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October 15, 2009
October Halloween Hauntings at Toronto’s historic sites
  
In the candle-lit rooms of Toronto’s historic sites, prepare to be chilled to the bone by tours and tales of ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. This Halloween, the City of Toronto is offering tours in a number of historic landmarks and people of all ages are encouraged to take part. Admission prices and relevant ages vary for each event.

The Ghosts of the Garrison return to tell spine-tingling tales by lamplight at Fort York National Historic site. These tours will be run on October 16, 17, 23 and 24, starting at 7:30 p.m. and finishing at 9:30 p.m. The tours will start at the end of Garrison Road off Fort York Blvd. Appropriate for all ages. Pre-registration is required. For further information and to book, call 416-392-6907.

The Take a Spirit Walk at Mackenzie House is a tour through the spooky city and historic house of Toronto’s first mayor, William Mackenzie. City staff will guide participants through the building and will talk about the ghost stories associated with this renowned house. The tour will end with mulled cider to soothe the petrified soul. Tour dates are October 23 and 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and October 30, 6:30 p.m, 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Mackenzie House is located at 82 Bond St., east of Yonge Street, just south of Dundas Street. Appropriate for all ages. Pre-registration is required. For further information and to book, call 416-392-6915.

Halloween howls through High Park with eerie tales and ghostly legends told at Colborne Lodge during the Haunted High Park Walk. For one night only, family tours (appropriate for children eight years of age and older) will be held on October 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Adult tour dates are October 23, 28, and 29 starting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on October 30 and 31, tours start at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served on all tours. The tours will start from the south end of park, just north of The Queensway. Pre-registration is required. For further information or to book, call 416-392-6916.

Come listen to ghoulish tales being told by storyteller Dianne Chandler at Halloween Hauntings in the candle-lit buildings of Todmorden Mills Museum. Mulled cider and refreshments are included. Family tours (appropriate for children eight years of age and older) will be held on October 29 starting at 7 p.m. Adult tours will be held on October 30, at 7 p.m. The Todmorden Mills Museum is located at 67 Pottery Rd., west of Broadview Avenue. Pre-registration is required. For further information or to book, call 416-396-2819.

Prepare to be horrified by Nan Brien’s repertoire of frightening ghost stories. Skeleton Woman and other Spooky Canadian Tales will be told at Montgomery’s Inn and will include refreshments that will make your blood run cold. The storytelling is for one night only, October 30, starting at 7:30 p.m. Montogmery’s Inn is located at 4709 Dundas St. W. at Islington Avenue. Appropriate for all ages. Pre-registration required. For further information or to book, call 416-394-8113.

For all of the frightening details about these events, please go to http://www.toronto.ca/museums-events.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media Contact:
Vanessa Higgs, Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, 416-338-0045, vhiggs@toronto.ca



 

 

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