As October begins, the inevitable spooky season is upon us. Leaves change colour and fall to the ground, the air becomes crisp, and sunlight fades away quicker. Every year, October brings the Halloween season to the world, preparing us for spooky and autumn-themed fun. If you’re interested in taking part of the Spooky Season To Do List, keep reading for some GTA fun.

Haunted Houses! Who doesn’t love a good scare? Haunted Houses and mazes are a great Halloween themed activity. One haunted house that is a must-see is Legends of Horror at Casa Loma in Toronto. The castle is transformed into a huge haunted house and features a two kilometer walk, filled with horror figures and various scares. Participants take part in a self-guided walk—which allows them to move at their own speed. Throughout the castle grounds, the walk features frightful Halloween scares. Legends of Horror runs until October 31.

If the scare of haunted houses does not excite you, head to a local farm to visit a pumpkin patch and pick apples. Grab some friends and plan a trip to pick fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season. Downey’s Farm Market and Downey’s Apple Farm are located in Inglewood and are crowd favourites with a 4.3 and 4.1 google review, respectively. Other locations close to UTM are Chudleigh’s Farm in Milton, with a 4.2 google review, and Williams’ Orchard, also in Milton, with a 4.6 google review.

Once you’ve picked your pumpkin and some apples, bake some delicious treats! Either make a pumpkin pie, apple pie, banana and pumpkin bread, or apple crisp; the possibilities are endless. As you wait for the treats to bake, create other Halloween themed snacks. But not just any snacks, get together with some friends to bake and decorate cookies! Bake cookies in the shapes of pumpkins, bats, and even ghosts, then ice them to your hearts desires. If baking is not your style, try a pumpkin-carving contest instead!

To accompany your yummy treats, how about a Halloween movie marathon? Get into the spooky season groove with a marathon of all the best Halloween films. Watch some Disney classics such as: Hocus Pocus (1993), Halloweentown (Series), Twitches (Series), and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Or, have a horror movie marathon filled with ghosts, psychopaths, paranormal activity, and creepy dolls. Some horror classics include: the Scream franchise, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Child’s Play (1988), The Nightmare on Elm Street collection, and The Conjuring (2013). You can even stream recent horror movies such as: Annabelle Comes Home (2019), IT Chapter Two (2019), Us (2019), Slender Man (2018), and Hereditary (2018).

What’s better than watching scary movies? Being in one! Take part in an escape room at NOWAYOUT Escape Rooms, Escape From the 6, or Perplexity Escape Games, all located in Mississauga. Escape rooms are a great way to use your detective skills and team work to solve the puzzle.

If you prefer to enjoy the fresh autumn air, take a fall walk and see the colours of changing leaves. Grab some friends and venture into nature. Some trails close to UTM are Erindale Park, Meadowvale Conservation Area, and Lake Aquitaine Trail. Whether you prefer a steady walk or a daring hike, find a location near you that provides the experience you want.

Regardless of the activities you choose, make sure it is safe and fun. Halloween and autumn are a time for exciting thrills. So, get out there and create your own Spooky Season To Do List to keep you in the Halloween groove this October.

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