Do you want to know a secret? Even if you don’t, I’m still going to tell you! There is an absolute perfect time to visit Toronto, Canada! I’m sure it’s lovely all-year round. However, you’ll love it the most in October, particularly late October. The weather is mild, though a bit cloudy, but the city is full of exciting activities! Read on below for my suggested “Perfect Day of Fall Activities in Toronto.”
Fall Activities in Toronto: Halloween at Casa Loma
My number one suggestion for Fall Activities in Toronto is the incredible Halloween celebration found at Casa Loma! Casa Loma is a gorgeous, historical mansion located north of downtown Toronto. It hosts many thematic events, which change seasonally. Read my full review of the attraction in my Toronto itinerary blog post or check out their website for look into the latest events.
Casa Loma: Immersive Theater Experiences
As far as the Halloween season goes, you will find the entire castle decorated for fall, though plenty of spooky decorations strewn about as well! This décor is reserved for the “Legends of Horror,” a special event open for the entire month of October. It is essentially a very amped-up spooky walk through the Mansion’s gardens, that is sure to give you a fright. Similarly, the “Zombie Apocalypse” is an even scarier experience, only available during the two weeks before October 31st. Two rooms are converted into a haunted house with a zombie apocalyptic theme with actors to create a scary, theatrical experience.
Casa Loma: Escape Rooms and Tunnels
Casa Loma also hosts Escape Room events year round throughout the mansion grounds. While these may not be Halloween-specific, “Murdoch Mysteries” and “Station M” do have some scarier undertones. Lastly, the creepiest experience of them all at Casa Loma is the “Tunnel of Terror.” What is this you may ask? Well, there is a very long, underground tunnel that goes between Casa Loma and the stables across the street. This tunnel is decked out in every kind of sinister theme you can imagine. Think skeletons, ghosts, ghouls, spirits, demons, witches, monsters, etc. Please note that much of the above is not personally recommended for children under 8. I saw many, many young children screaming and crying in terror. Especially with the tunnel, there is only two ways out and in, and they are extremely far apart.
Fall Activities in Toronto: Gorgeous Fall Foliage
The further north you go above the equator, the more beautiful the leaves turn in the months of fall. Toronto is no exception to the rule. Mid-October is supposed to be peak foliage season. However, lately it’s been getting colder later in the year. Therefore, late-October is likely a better bet. So where can you go leaf peeping, another one of the fall activities in Toronto? Well, besides along any street with trees, there are a number of great parks within the city.
Parks in Toronto
Toronto has several decent-sized parks with trails that are perfect for viewing fall foliage. Coronation Park, Toronto Island Park and Trinity Bellwoods Park are the closest parks to downtown and Old Toronto. High Park, Evergreen Brick Works Park, David A. Balfour Park, and Crothers Woods are further out, but still reachable in less than an hour via public transportation. Rouge National Urban Park is the largest area, with the most to explore, though this is at least a half-day trip from Toronto.
Fall Activities in Toronto: Haunted Walks
The Haunted Walks of Toronto is a year-round activity, available to participate in at any time. It should be on your itinerary, regardless of the time of year. However, when is a more perfect time to take one then during spooky season?!
Ghost Tours, Spirits and Hauntings
It all started with the Original Haunted Walk of Toronto, which covers the ghost stories from the cities early beginnings. There are other ghost tours in different areas of Toronto as well! At the city’s main university, you can find Campus Secrets and Spectres – University of Toronto Ghost Tour. You may also find Ghosts of the Village at Black Creek Tour and the Spirits of the Distillery District Ghost Tour. This fall, a new tour, Toronto’s Haunted Harbor, was added as well. Lastly, there is a unique experience called Alone in the Dark at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, where you can investigate theaters in the city that are rumored to be haunted!
Fall Activities in Toronto: Pumpkin-Themed Festivities
So category is not exclusive to fall activities in Toronto, however, it wouldn’t quite be a fall list without it. Pumpkins are an essential part of the Northern Hemisphere’s Autumn experience. You, of course, can have that experience in Toronto as well!
Pumpkins in Toronto
Sweet Ridge Farm is located on the outskirts of Toronto. Here, you will find all the fall activities in Toronto that you may need! Here you can experience pumpkin picking and a corn maze. You can also purchase fresh produce and local processed honey and syrup. PumpkinFest Toronto is a pumpkin-themed festival, which occurs annually during late October. Meanwhile, Pumpkins After Dark occurs throughout the season and offers a creepy, but beautiful, display of jack-o-lanterns.
I hope you enjoyed my Fall Activities in Toronto Guide! One last thing I’d like to add to this list is the Toronto Oktoberfest. It unfortunately ends in mid-October, so if you plan on going later this won’t work. However, if you are in the area, this is certainly a fall activity in Toronto worth enjoying! Don’t forget to read my other blog post for a full comprehensive Toronto itinerary!