Families in Toronto’s west end have no shortage of options when it comes to fun seasonal events—and Halloween is no exception! Whether you have little ones or older kids, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate the season in your neck of the woods. So pull together those costumes and get ready for a ghastly good time!
Here are the top five kid-friendly Halloween activities in West Toronto this year…
1) Local Street Events
When it comes to Halloween events for the whole family, many Torontonians are taking it to the streets. If you’re a west-end parent, you’ll find some fantastically fun trick-or-treating and scary lawn displays right in your own backyard. Lavinia Avenue is considered by many to be one the best streets in the city on all hallows eve—and it can draw well over a thousand little ones! There are also some pretty spooky spots in the Junction, especially along Pacific Avenue.
2) Toronto West Halloween Fest
Until Sunday, October 27th, Etobicoke is the ideal place for families to take part in some seriously spooky fun. At Sherway Gardens, you’ll find a costume parade, retailer trick-or-treating, cookie decorating, kid-friendly entertainment, and more. It’s all part of Toronto West Halloween Fest—an event your little ones will absolutely love. The good times take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and proceeds will go to a good cause (St. Joseph’s Health Centre).
3) Haunted High Park
Until October 30th, one of the city’s most majestic green spaces will become the site of a truly terrifying ghost walk. Head down to High Park’s Colborn Lodge to enjoy creepy ghost stories, spooky seances, and even a tour of the 19th-century home that belonged to the park’s founders. This Halloween event will be happening every night (apart from Monday and Tuesday) until the 30th, and tickets are $32.50. A word of warning: because of its scary themes, Haunted High Park may be best enjoyed with older kids!
4) Halloween Pumpkin Spooktacular
Baby Point residents, mark down Saturday, October 26th on your calendar! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., your community will be putting on a fun seasonal event featuring pumpkin carving, balloon animals, smoked ribs, and plenty of creepy characters (keep an eye out for Dracula). You and your children are also encouraged to dress up, which will only add to the fun. You won’t want to miss out, so be sure to free up some time for a walk through the area!
5) Pumpkin Parade
If you and your family are still looking to have some fun once Halloween has passed, head to Trinity Bellwoods Park on November 1st. Be sure to arrive before 7 p.m., when attendees will ceremoniously light their carved pumpkins in a beautiful seasonal display. Illuminate your jack-o-lantern, sip some warm apple cider, and have an all-around good time with the family!