Who doesn’t love a good fright? Of course, it’s better to be in on the fright than not. This year, the GTA has significantly upped its horror game and provided a menacing menu of unnerving sights, sounds and scenes for the Halloween hungry crowd—guaranteed to satisfy your otherwise humdrum, terror-starved lives. Brave the cold, dark evenings leading up to Saturday’s main event and gorge on some other-worldly excitement. Check out these sure-fire options for scaring yourself stupid.
The rare baseball top sirloin might not be the only bloody mess you see on your visit to this notoriously spooky steakhouse. Known throughout the city as a hub of paranormal activity, numerous spirits (including a hanged chambermaid above the main staircase and a shrouded figure in the ladies’ room) have been spotted since the legendary Massey mansion became a prime rib emporium in 1976. Though many have tried—and failed—to experience a close encounter of their own, this Halloween, you and your date might fare better.
The Keg Mansion – 515 Jarvis Street
(Photo by Billy Wilson via Flickr)
Now in its 23rd frightening season, Screemers—Canada’s number one indoor scream park—offers up a variety of new and returning rides and attractions like Skull Castle, Slasher Wax Museum, The Maniac Maze, and The Asylum. Gather your nearest and dearest friends and fiends (who would go this thing by themselves? Seriously?) and set off for a riotous run through the halls of terror.
200 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto (near BMO field)
Tickets starting at $29.95
October 27 – 29 (7pm – 11pm)
October 30 – 31 (7pm – 12am)
Back for another successful season of spine tingling terror, Canada’s largest amusement park opens its gates to throngs of adrenaline junkies brave enough to tackle their way through ten mazes, two scare zones and four live horror shows, all while dodging the 700 frightening forces lurking throughout the park.
1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Maple
Friday, October 30 + Saturday, October 31 (7pm – 12am)
Tickets starting at $33.99
Sit back, relax and take in Hitchcock’s original cinematic horror classic—with a twist: a live presentation of the film, accompanied by a first class re-arrangement of Bernard Herrmann’s iconic score (including that reeh-reeh-reeh shower scene).
Roy Thomson Hall – 60 Simcoe Street
Saturday, October 31 – 7:30pm
Tickets starting at $29.50
Pretty much exactly what you’d expect: you and a group of other thrill-seekers are sealed in a cramped space with a zombie chained to the wall. With only an hour to gather clues and work your way out before getting eaten, this terrifying ordeal is a great way to hone your life-saving skills in time for that inevitable zombie apocalypse.
81 Huron Street, Toronto
Tickets starting at $28
Thursday – Sunday (5:30pm; 7:30pm; 9:30pm)