Halloween is right around the corner. Thursday, Oct. 31, marks the “day of the dead” when the young and young-at-heart walk the streets dressed in costumes, both cute and scary.
Typical festive Halloween activities include: trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
Here is our Halloween run-down:
This might be the year that a raincoat gets incorporated into the children’s Halloween costumes. The scary forecast for Thursday includes the possibility of up to 20 millimetres of rain, most of it falling between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., which is prime trick-or-treating time. Visit our weather page a full Halloween forecast or current forecast.
Halloween costumes have become one of the most exciting aspects of Halloween for trick-or-treaters. If you’re the crafty-type why not try a homemade Halloween costume that could help save money.
If you haven’t picked out the perfect costume for yourself or the little ones, 680News’ Rudy Blair stopped by Theatrix Costume House for some inspiration.
If you love a good scare, there are lots of haunted houses, tours, and shows happening in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.
Tracking the Ghosts of Casa Loma: “The People’s Castle” is already one of Canada’s most famous historic sites and also home to some spirits. Get ready to get your pants scared off while you travel through creaky hallways and secret tunnels while learning about the ghosts that still haunt the castle.
Dates: Oct. 29; Nov. 1, 11 and 24
Location: Casa Loma; 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto.
Price: Reservations for adults – $26.95; children (14 and under) – $15.95
Screemers: Live out your nightmares and scare yourself silly while exploring the haunted houses of this Halloween favorite. You’re sure to have a few “screams” as you’re faced with incredible special effects and terrifying monsters.
Dates: Runs until Nov. 2
Location: Queen Elizabeth Building; 180 Princes’ Blvd. Exhibition Place, Toronto.
Price: $24.95 – $28.95
The Rocky Horror Show: Dress up as your favorite “Rocky Horror” character and enjoy a stage version of this comedy horror and cult classic. It tells the story of newly engaged couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who meet a group of strange individuals. The show is quickly becoming a Toronto tradition, celebrating it’s sixth year on stage. It sells out every year so make sure you get your tickets ASAP.
Dates: Runs until Nov. 10.
Location: Lower Ossington Theatre
Price: $39 – $49
Toronto’s Evil Dead: The Musical: This stage performance is based on the cult classic film series where five college students spend the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods, accidentally unleashing an evil terror. In this comedic take on 1980s horror franchise, characters and demons sing and dance to songs written specifically for the musical.
Dates: Oct. 29 – Dec. 22
Price: $19.99 – $79.95
Church Street’s Halloween Night Block Party: Get ready to end your “halloweek” with a bang and party at Toronto’s biggest outdoor Halloween night event. Church street will close from 6:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. with tonnes of pubs and parties in the area. There should be hundreds of costumes to admire but only one will be crowned the “best costume” at 519.
Date: Oct. 31 (Halloween)
Location: Church Street (closes at 6:30 p.m. and reopens at 2 a.m.)
Price: Free, but pub admissions may vary
The Exorcist: Just in time for Halloween, come and watch “the exorcist” in it’s new digital presentation. This classic horror tale of good versus evil is featured only for a limited time. Other classic horrors such as Ginger Snaps and the Changeling are also being shown at the theatre.
Date: Runs until Oct. 31
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W.
Also: Mayor Rob Ford has decorated his office for Halloween and it’s open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Oct. 31.
The shelves of grocery and department stores have been lined with miniature chocolate bars, candies and bagged chips for weeks, but which are the worst for your teeth? Here’s a hint the stickier the candy, the worse it is for your teeth. To find out which candies are most likely to cause cavities, click here.
And a heads up for Original brand “Original Halloween Kiss” candy lovers, federal health officials are warning people not to eat these candies because they may contain harmful pieces of metal. Full details on the recall visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
If enjoying a horror movie on the couch is more your style, we have a rundown of some of the most popular horror movies. 680News resident horror movie fanatic Jaime Pulfer is counting down her top frightening films this week.