Weekend need to know: Haunted houses and Halloween-themed events; road closures

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Halloween is around the corner, and scary events have been running all month long across the GTA. For all the horror lovers, there’s plenty of haunted houses and Halloween-themed festivities to enjoy this weekend.

As for public transit, luckily there’s no scheduled TTC subway closures, but there are GO Transit updates. Scroll below for those details.

Here’s what’s going on this weekend:

Top Events


For those who want to be terrified this time of year, a haunted house in Vaughan will be open this weekend as well as next week leading up to Halloween day.

This year Screemers is operating out of Assembly Park located at 80 Interchange Way in Vaughan.

The Screemers haunted house includes seven haunted walk-through mazes featuring over 120 live actors, along with rides and food trucks.

Organizers say costumes are welcome, but costume masks will not be allowed inside mazes.

WATCH BT correspondent JP scream his way around the haunted house:

Freaky Farrell Road – Maple, Ont.

Running on multiple dates until October 31, several haunted houses and Halloween-themed events are coming back in support of SickKids hospital.

Freaky Farrell Road is an outdoor Halloween projection show meant for all ages located at 356 Farrell Rd. in Maple.

The display is free, and all donations directly support Hematology and Oncology initiatives at SickKids.

The event is running daily until October 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Halloween the event will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

House of Horrors – Bolton, Ont.

House of Horrors is a family friendly, haunted house decorated by Brian Marmoreo. The fundraising aspect of this haunted house started when Marmoreo thought about the children unable to participate in Halloween activities due to illness.

The House of Horrors now fundraises in support of the SickKids VS Limits campaign, helping to build a new hospital.

Donations can be made online or by scanning a QR code at the haunted house.

The haunted house runs every evening during the month of October located at 136 Riverwood Terrace in Bolton.

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

Pumpkins After Dark

Pumpkins After Dark is an outdoor Halloween event featuring over 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, that can be viewed in the form of a walk-through experience.

The walk-through includes lit pumpkin sculptures, music, and classic Halloween characters.

The event opens this Sunday in Milton and runs until November 5.

(Photo credit: Facebook | Pumpkins After Dark)

Pickering Ghost Walk

This ghost walk is a guided tour of the historic village at night, with haunting ghost stories from the past.

Organizers say the walk is recommended for ages 12 and up.

The event is running this Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

(Photo credit: pickering.ca)

Road closures


Ashdale Avenue, between Gerrard Street East and the first laneway north of Gerrard Street East, will be closed to drivers from 12 p.m. to midnight on Saturday for the Diwali Mela Celebration.


Rees Street from Bremner Boulevard to Lake Shore Boulevard West is closed to motorists until 6 p.m. on October 28 for Toronto Hydro work.

Access to Lake Shore Boulevard West via northbound Bay Street will remain closed until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday for ongoing Enbridge work. Westbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane at the intersection, while northbound and southbound traffic will be redirected at Harbour Street and Lake Shore.

Westbound lanes on Sheppard Avenue East between Herons Hill Way and Parkway Forest Drive will be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday to 10 a.m. on Saturday, and then again from 10 p.m. on Saturday to 10 a.m. on Sunday for bridge rehabilitation work.

College Street, from St. George Street to Spadina Avenue, is closed to traffic due to TTC streetcar track replacement work and infrastructure upgrades. College, between Borden Street and Spadina, is also reduced to one eastbound lane, and is also reduced to one westbound lane from St. George Street to King’s College Road. The closures are expected to be in place until mid-November.

The Carlton and Church streets intersection has partially reopened. Vehicles can turn right onto westbound Carlton from southbound Church and turn right onto southbound Church from eastbound Carlton.

The intersection of King Street West and Shaw Street is fully closed until mid-November for TTC track replacement.

Traffic lanes on Queen’s Park, between Bloor Street West and Queen’s Park Crescent, are reduced due to TTC elevator installation work at Museum Station.

The Queensway has a reduced number of lanes in both directions, between Parkside Drive and the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles intersection, for TTC track replacement and road reconstruction work. Eastbound left turns are not permitted from The Queensway to Glendale Avenue.

Roncesvalles Avenue is closed from Queen Street West to Harvard Avenue for watermain replacement, TTC track replacement and road reconstruction.

Wellington Street, from Church Street to Yonge Street, is reduced to one westbound lane for TTC track replacement and sidewalk improvements. Scott Street, north of Wellington Street, is closed to all vehicular traffic.

Sewells Road between Steeles Avenue East and Old Finch Avenue will remain closed until 7 p.m. on October 26 for road work.

Transit updates

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday trains will not run between Union Station and Oakville GO stations on the Lakeshore West line due to the construction of the Hurontario LRT.

Replacement buses will run between Union Station Bus Terminal, Clarkson GO, Port Credit GO and Oakville GO stations. Trains will run hourly between Oakville GO and West Harbour GO stations.

GO train service to Niagara Falls will continue to be available but will run on an adjusted schedule and will not stop at Union Station or Port Credit GO and Exhibition GO stations.

Regular service will resume on Monday morning.

Click here for GO updates.

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