Halloween weekend of fun in the GTA

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Halloween weekend is finally here and after a month full of scary events there’s more family and pet-friendly activities for everyone to attend.

Luckily, we have another weekend of no scheduled TTC subway closures, but more construction is causing additional road closures in the city. Scroll below for those details.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

Top events

Howl’oween at The Bentway

For the first time since before the pandemic, the cutest Halloween event is making a comeback at The Bentway Skate Trail.

Howl’oween is an outdoor costume party and competition for dogs, and prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed pups.

The competition is going down this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

(Photo credit: Craft Public Relations)

Durham Halloween Haunt

The Durham Regional Police Service is hosting the annual Halloween Haunt at the Kids’ Safety Village in Whitby this weekend.

Kids are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and bring their own bags to collect candy.

Admission is free but donations are accepted to help support the Village, which is a registered charity.

The event runs between Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Toronto West Halloween Fest

Part of Sherway Gardens mall will transform into a Halloween celebration as St. Joseph’s Health Centre hosts its annual Toronto West Halloween Fest on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will include a costume parade and trick-or-treat trail, a Halloween magic show and spooky storytelling.

The event is free, but people are encouraged to make a donation to St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

st joe toronto west halloween fest
(Photo credit: Cadillac Fairview)

Riverside Common Sundays: Halloween Mini-Fest

Halloween Mini-Fest is coming to Riverside Common Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday.

Attendees, including pets, are encouraged to show up to the event in costume.

The free event will include a pumpkin patch, games, treats and hot drinks, a photo booth, face painting, and more.

Heddington Halloween in support of SickKids

The annual Heddington Halloween display, organized by Toronto’s Barb Gordon, showcases life sized paintings of beloved icons alongside pumpkins and other Halloween displays up and down Heddington Avenue in midtown Toronto.

The event and fundraiser has raised close to $25,000 for SickKids to date, and this year, 29 neighbours will join Gordon in decorating their houses.

The displays are already up to be viewed, and will run until Halloween Monday.

Thornhill Woods Haunted House in support of SickKids

The annual Thornhill Woods Haunted House, created and hosted by Thornhill’s Chris Ainsworth, is back in support of SickKids.

The haunted house experience has raised over $150,000 for SickKids to date.

Over the years, the Thornhill Woods Haunted House has grown from a few pumpkins on the lawn to a five-room walk-through experience to a Halloween street party.

All proceeds can be collected on-site or online.

The haunted house runs from Friday to Halloween Monday between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m located at 1 Krisbury Ave.

toronto sickkids hospital
Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. (Photo credit: Toronto SickKids Hospital)

Road closures

Adelaide closure 

Drivers travelling in the downtown core and into the Moss Park area can expect some major construction work on Adelaide Street ahead of the Ontario Line subway construction.

The City of Toronto says work along Adelaide from Bathurst to Parliament streets will include “critical upgrades to water, road and cycling infrastructure,” as well as completing TTC streetcar track work.

The work is expected to be completed in spring 2023.

Current traffic restrictions on Adelaide:

  • Since October 25, Adelaide Street, from Duncan to Bay streets, have been reduced to one shared lane for vehicles and cyclists. There will be a partial intersection closure on Adelaide Street at Simcoe Street, with no through traffic south of Adelaide Street. Construction on the stretch between Duncan Street to York Street is expected to be completed by the end of November.
  • Since October 27, the intersection of Adelaide Street and University Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Anticipated completion of this work is before November 15.


Click here for a full list of the current and upcoming closures.

Please note: Additional road closures will be added here once available.

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