Toronto may be home to some of the nicest people around
(truly, everyone there is very friendly), but the city loves to get its spook
on every Halloween. If pretending to be a zombie is your thing, or you just like to enjoy the
outdoor seasonal changes around fall, like the changing of leaves and the glow
of jack o'lanterns, then book your flights to Toronto. There are several events going on during the
last weekend of October, so pack your bags, and remember your zombie makeup.
For families with littler kids, the Halloween Howl at the Toronto
Botanical Garden offers an opportunity to explore the museum's 17 different
themed gardens while donning costumes! This year's event will be held on
Saturday, October 26, from 1 to 3 pm, and will include scavenger hunts, treats,
and a look at some of Halloween's creepy critters.
Celebrating its 10th year this year, and growing more
popular with every Halloween is the spectacular Toronto Zombie Walk, the city's own
interpretation on "Day of the Dead" festivities. Last year's event
drew more than 10,000 people. This year, the event will take place on Saturday,
October 26, at Nathan Phillips Square starting at noon, and for the first time
will include a Halloween parade. If you decide to join in the fun, event
organizers do have a zombie code of conduct, which includes no mauling of other
participants for their brains and body parts, and to respect other people's
property when marching along Toronto in search for brains. Something to keep in
For those who hate to say goodbye to Halloween every year,
Toronto offers one more day of Halloween fun. On November 1 at Sorauren Park is the Pumpkin
Parade. The park will hold a pumpkin sale on Saturday, October 26 (you can
swing by before your Zombie Walk), and the day after Halloween, rain or shine,
hundreds of carved jack o'lanterns go on display at 8 pm. Visitors to the park
are welcome to walk around and admire a range of gourd-carving craftsmanship.
The event has a local, neighborhood feel and is great way to experience one of
Toronto's prettiest parks and neighborhoods.
Forget cauldrons—the best brews around Halloween come in a
bottle. Toronto Beer Week may have
come and gone (remember it for next year), but fall brews are still available
at area markets. A seasonal favorite is St. Ambroise's Pumpkin Ale, which has
been referred to as pumpkin pie in a bottle. You may just catch a whiff of
nutmeg as you imbibe.
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