There’s something chilling and thrilling (and giving) in the Halloween air! These houses in and around Toronto are getting spooky to collect donations for local charities, including SickKids and Mackenzie Health.
An immersive haunted experience in the GTA
The Thornhill Woods Haunted House at 1 Krisbury Ave. is transforming their entire home into an immersive, ghostly experience including a nightmarish cemetery scene on their front yard plus a haunted walk-through from Oct. 28-31. The family brings their scariest monsters, witches, ghosts and more, turning their front yard into a massive cemetery. Experience the haunted house itself with themed rooms that are sure to get a scream or two out of even your most stoic family members. For the faint of heart, opt to watch the fun (and fear) unfold from the front yard, where you’ll be greeted by spine-chilling music and ghostly ambient lighting. Happy haunting!
A spooktacular projection show
Brought to life by the family who was behind the long-running Scary Springs Drive, Freaky Farrell Road is a Halloween home haunt that focuses on the fun side of the haunting holiday! Enjoy a stunning outdoor projection show on Halloween night, taking inspiration from the The Twilight Zone, Disney’s Haunted Mansion and The Munsters. Best of all, the display is free — but they’re accepting donations that will all go directly to SickKids Hospital!
A neighbourhood art installation
For those of us less inclined to enjoy the scary side of Halloween, Forest Hill’s Heddington Halloween offers a street full of life-sized paintings of pop icons and other enchanted Halloween decor. Resident Barb started the event in 1998 and it has grown into an artistic installation involving 30 homes along the street, where Barb and her neighbours display all of her past art pieces along the street and create a trail of Halloween fun. Visit Heddington Avenue on Oct. 31 for a glimpse of all the art! Visitors are encouraged to donate to the the team’s fund for SickKids at the event itself or online. And this year, Home Depot Canada is donating five super-sized animatronic characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas for display — after which interested attendees can enter into a raffle or auction for them, with proceeds going to SickKids.