Stop it, you’re scaring me!

Stop it, you’re scaring me!

After having just spent the past three hours shoveling out pumpkins and carving with absolutely no help from my daughter, I realized two things…. 1) don’t buy so many pumpkins and 2) despite the pain, Halloween is a blast if you get into it.

With that in mind, no matter what your age, here are some highlights of what’s happening in the hood on Halloween and some fun activities for all ages…

Best Decor & Accessories:

– Dollerama at Shopper’s World, Woodbine & Danforth…glow sticks, spider webs, great costume accessories and candy…we outfitted our pumpkins with $1 tiaras and devil horns.

Best Costumes for Value:

– Home Sense & Winners both located at Warden & Eglinton, you can find amazing kids costumes from $15-$35

Best Halloween Shows:


The Halloween Haunted Graveyard is hosted by resident Jonathan Gillingham and many volunteers to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and covers eight homes from 6:00-9:30 PM. Email Julie Simmen at for more information or to volunteer.

LANGLEY AVENUE (and Howland)

In north Riverdale, The Langley Collective which includes film and arts pros, kids and grownups alike, produce a 15 minute multimedia Halloween showcase with awesome themes every year with shows at 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 p.m. It’s organized by L.J. Savage and his wife Donna MacLachlan with many volunteers. Hands down an incredible show that we’ll be going to ourselves!


Make sure you visit the Haunted Asylum – a terrifying 1500 square foot maze built by volunteers. Haunted Asylum will run Friday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. Children age eight to adult are welcome to attend this free-of-charge event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food bank donation.

Best Pre-Halloween Fun:

Check out one of the city’s many pumpkin farms…pony rides, treats and a good time for all.

Click: Pumpkin Picking

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