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October 3, 2005
Get into the spirit of Halloween at City of Toronto historic museums
Celebrate Halloween at the City of Toronto’s historic museums this October. The
whole family can enjoy a series of fun and spooky events, including haunted
walking tours, ghost stories, pumpkin carving and more.

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens
285 Spadina Rd.
"More Haunted Masters"
Previews: October 13, 14 and 15 (tickets: $15); opening night:
Thursday, October 20
Performances: October 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 (tickets: $25)
Special Halloween performance: Monday, October 31 at 8 p.m. (tickets: $40)

As a follow-up to last year's sold-out hit -- "Haunted Masters" -- Gene
Franklin Smith brings to us five new adaptations of supernatural tales, this
year featuring the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Henry James,
Ambrose Bierce and J. Sheridan LeFanu. The popular cast returns, as does
Patrick Conner as Director. The third floor of this 1866 estate sets the
perfect stage for these period pieces. Children 12 years and older. Tickets may
be purchased through T.O. Tix (online or Yonge-Dundas Square) or by calling

Historic Fort York
100 Garrison Rd. (off Fleet Street, east of Strachan Avenue, west of Bathurst Street)
"Ghosts of the Garrison"
October 21, 22, 28 and 29 -- 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Listen to ghost stories by lamp light in War of 1812 buildings on the site of
the legendary Battle Of York (1813). Bring the kids and the "kid in you" to
Fort York to creep through some of the oldest buildings in Toronto. "Ghosts"
will tell their favourite stories in original barrack room settings as the
"Birthplace of urban Toronto" celebrates Halloween. Hot chocolate and snacks
included. Pre-registration required. Adults/seniors/youth: $10, children 12 and
under: $5.

Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge Drive (just north of The Queensway, south end of High Park)
"Haunted High Park"
Thursday, October 27 -- 7 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, October 28 -- 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 29 -- 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Visitors will feel they have gone back in time to 1890 when John and Jemima
Howard, owners of Colborne Lodge, had both passed away. That year their house
sat dark and empty. Guests will be guided through the Howards' property in the
dark of night and hear tales of the ghostly Grenadiers and other eerie High
Park legends. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Adults $10. Children 8
years and older: $5.

Montgomery's Inn
4709 Dundas St. W.
"Terrifying Tales"
Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Join the Etobicoke Dreamcatchers for a haunted evening, if you have the spirit!
Pre-registration only. Call 416-394-8113 for prices and to register.

Mackenzie House
82 Bond St.,(2 blocks east of Yonge Street, south of Dundas Street East)
416 -392-6915
"Spirit Walk"
Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29 -- 7 to 9 p.m. or 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This Walking Tour begins at Mackenzie House and recounts the ghosts, spirits
and haunted buildings of downtown Toronto. The program concludes with a
gaslight tour of Mackenzie House. Hear about what haunts the last home of
Toronto's first mayor. Program not recommended for children under the age of 8
years. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Adults (15 years and older):
$10, children 8 - 14 years: $5.

Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge Drive (just north of The Queensway, south end of High Park)
"High Park Pumpkin Float"
Sunday, October 30 -- 4 to 6 p.m.

Meet at the playground at the northwest corner of High Park. Children carve
pumpkins and then float them on the water. Hear ghost stories, drink warm
cider, and more. Organized by the High Park Community Advisory Council in
association with Colborne Lodge. The fee for a pumpkin is $1.50 each.

For more information on the fall events being held at all of the City of
Toronto historic museums, call the events hotline at 416-338-3888 or visit

Media contact:

Andrea Raymond
Culture Division



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