Halloween is just around the corner. Ghosts, ghouls and goblins are gearing up to slither out into the night and provide frights and fun. But with the current public health situation requiring social distancing and minimized contact to keep us all safe and healthy, our traditional Halloween activities will look a little different this year. It is essential that we remain vigilant in limiting our contact with one another to limit the spread of COVID-19. This means coming up with new and creative ways to keep the haunted fun going.
In our post on How to Halloween in Your Bubble for Durham Region, we assured our friends and families in Durham that the festivities would not be shut down entirely. Our Durham-based attractions have been hard at work developing safe alternatives that are just as fun and “spooktacular” as those enjoyed in previous years. This is also true for our York Region attractions. They have stepped up en masse and put their creepy heads together to delivered some pretty fantastic and frightening experiences that will have you thrilled and chilled.
If you are looking for Halloween activities in York Region that you can do safely within your social bubble, we at YDH are happy to share with you some events that are still being held, and which have been modified to adhere to health guidelines for COVID-19.
7250 Keele St.,
Vaughan, ON L4K 1Z8
With more than 700,000 LED lights animated and synchronized to our favourite Halloween songs and themes, the Halloween Nights of Lights by Improve Canada is truly an immersive experience that you can drive through from the safety of your vehicle. It is an event for all ages, so come one and all, young and old, and prepare to be dazzled. This event takes place from October 1st to November 1st, on select nights, and tickets must be purchased in advance with prices begin at $25 per car for up to two people.
This year, with COVID-19, Improve Canada wants to make sure we all keep each other safe. They request that all attendees travel with members of their own family only, and that anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 stay home. Staff will assist you with rescheduling your adventure once you are well. Guests are asked to remain in their vehicles at all time, and tickets will be scanned through your closed car windows.
To purchase your tickets and for more information, visit the Improve Canada website for this event here.
18444 Yong St.,
East Gwillimbury, ON L9N 0J4
Take a walk on the dark side at one of the best haunted attractions in the GTA. Your greatest fears are brought to life with one and a half acres of park space filled with live actors and professional animatronics. Immerse yourself in the sound and lights that escapes each scene—the asylum, the cemetery and Frankenstein’s lab to name just a few—for some seriously frightening vibes.
To ensure social distancing, Haunted Hollows Scream Park is providing an individual haunted walk-thru with a two-minute window between groups. “No conga lines here, jamming you through one after another,” the website says. Masks are mandatory.
For information and to purchase your tickets for $20 each, visit the Haunted Hollows Scream Park Facebook page here.
1000 Murray Ross Pkwy.,
Toronto, ON M3J 2P3
For 2020, the famous Haunted Walk returns to Black Creek Pioneer Village with a specially developed, socially-distanced “out-of-house” experience. Step back in time to the 1860s for a premium small group bubble tour, which features 40 historic buildings. It is the perfect setting for a creepy experience, and the spine-tingling stories will only add to the Halloween fun.
For your bubble tour, you can bring up to 12 participants on weekends to October 31st beginning at $18 per participant. For more information and to book your premium bubble tour, check out Black Creek’s Haunted Walk website page here.
Story by Katherine Ryalen