Halloween Events That Aren’t To Be MissedFun | Written on October 25, 2016
Event organizers throughout our area will be scaring up a great time this Halloween! We recently posted a blog about the fright-filled Fort York Lantern Tour and the Zombie Prom Party that will be taking place in our vicinity. Now we’re sharing our excitement, as well as all the ghoulishly delightful details, about the Ghost Walks at Exhibition Place, School Restaurant’s Haunted School event, and the Trinity Bellwoods Park Pumpkin Parade. Venues in and around Liberty Village are pulling out all the stops this year for a scare-filled Halloween and it’s simply fang-tastic!
First up is Exhibition Place’s Ghost Walk. On Friday, October 28, Exhibition Place hosts their final Ghost Walk of the season. If you haven’t attended any of these hair-raising night-time tours yet this month, you’ll certainly want to get on board for this one.
Exhibition Place is no stranger to things mystical and preternatural. There’s even been a book written by paranormal expert, Richard Palmisano entitled, “The Ghosts of CNE”, that focuses on the creepy crawly side of Exhibition Place. With the Ghost Walk, these stories come to life! The haunting tales of Exhibition Place that are whispered about among the grounds’ night staff or shared in hushed tones over campfires span decades of Exhibition Place’s history (as far back as the 1800’s in fact). Visitors will hear the eerie tales of the Horticulture Building (previously a morgue), the midway (also the site of a gruesome and bloody battle) and of all the spirits that reside at this well-known locale. As you know, things aren’t always as they seem. Enjoy the Ghost Walk to learn about this otherworldly side of Exhibition Place. Admission to the Ghost Walk is $20 per person and entry is restricted to people who are 10 and older. The Ghost Walk begins at 7:00pm in front of the General Services Building. Get ready for a boo-tiful stroll!
School Restaurant at 70 Fraser Avenue in Liberty Village is known for their incredible breakfast, brunch and lunch menu items. Whenever you’re in the mood for something mouth-watering, you can stop by School Restaurant and you’ll have a delectable selection of dishes to choose from, each made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. In keeping with their standard of excellence, they also recently put together a Wine School event that included a four-course menu with two pairings of wine per course. Talk about delicious dining! Now they are switching gears and opening their doors to a “Haunted” School on October 31. There are no tricks here, only a really awesome treat! The scares keep coming!
On Monday, October 31st, School will transform their restaurant into a haunted house, or rather, a haunted school that will include two terrifying, ghoul-filled rooms. This event is definitely not for those who scare easily! Take Halloween in Liberty Village to a new level of fun this year with costumes, treats and, well, a very frightful school. The event runs from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and, in order to gain entry, you’re asked to bring at least one non-perishable food item. A pretty great charitable endeavour, we must say. In addition, no event at School Restaurant would be complete without something delicious thrown into the mix. Visitors are encouraged to layer up so that they can also comfortably enjoy a “ghostly” cocktail on School’s back patio after the haunted restaurant walk-through. Villagers, we’re really looking forward to sharing this terrifyingly awesome treat with you!
Halloween isn’t solely about things that go bump in the night though. From the Haunted School and the Exhibition Place Ghost Walk we’re moving on to an event that’s a lot less scary but just as much fun! On Tuesday, November 1, Trinity Bellwoods Park (conveniently located a short 10-minute walk from Liberty Central By The Lake Two) will be hosting their annual Pumpkin Parade! And yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds!
Get out your carving knife and show off your expert pumpkin carving skills for this great event in our area! To participate, drop off your carved pumpkin (or pumpkins) any time before 6:00pm on November 1, along the footpath of the park east of Crawford (facing the playground). Don’t forget to include a tealight! Volunteers will light the tealights ahead of the parade, which begins at 6:00pm. Temperatures are falling so you’ll probably have to bundle up, but as a bonus, there’ll also be hot cider available, courtesy of The Lucky Penny General Store and Café. And, at the end of the parade at 9:30pm, there’ll be a pumpkin toss (into the bins provided) that’s guaranteed to be equal parts fun and equal parts clean-up help for the event organizers :-). The Pumpkin Parade is free to attend and is sure to provide hours of entertainment for kids and adults alike. We’re enjoying Halloween in a host of incredible ways this year in and around Liberty Village. Our paths are bound to cross at these or other great events happening in our area in the coming days. See you soon!
Written by L. D. Moore