Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hallowe'en in Scarborough

There's always tons of fun to be had in Scarborough, but this weekend through November 1, there'll be some special celebrations for Hallowe'en. Here are a few options for you to consider.

This Weekend - Oct. 29-30

Head to the Toronto Zoo this Saturday and Sunday for some animal-themed trick or treating fun. Trick-or-treat stations will be found throughout the Tundra Trek, with fun activities to test your animal knowledge - you have to pass the test to get your treat - such as Crayola Colour Alive colouring books, Finding Dory stickers, Nickelodeon booklets, and more! (While supplies last!)

Plus stop by the Courtyard Stage between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm to meet costume characters including Toys "R" Us' very own Geoffrey the Giraffe and a few of his fun character friends, plus a special appearance by Chase from PAW Patrol!!

Best of all, kids in costume (ages 12 and under) get FREE* admission when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission.

*Valid for up to two children per regular price adult admission. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.

Pumpkins at Whittamore's Farm

While not technically in Scarborough, it is just across the road, and only a couple of minutes North of the Zoo. Whittamore's Farm is a great spot to buy your pumpkins for carving, and you can easily spend a couple of hours with the kids in Pumpkinland.  They have a great corn maze, bounce houses, wagon rides through a creepy forest (with live costumed characters on the weekends), climbers, slides, farm animals, and so much more. Admission to Pumpkinland is $13 + tax per person, or $48 + tax for a family of four. 

Saturday - Oct. 29
Hallowe'en Storytime - Burrows Hall Library (1081 Progress Ave.) will host this free event for ages 4 and up, from 2-3pm.  Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and come along to enjoy spooky stories, songs, and a craft. Visit the Branch or call 416-396-8740 to register.

Going to Bat for Bats is a guided walk in the Rouge Valley with a focus on learning about bats - a great topic for Hallowe'en! The walk is about 2.5 hours, moderately challenging, and suitable for ages 6 and up. You can even bring along your furry friend, as dogs on leash are welcome.

Sunday - Oct. 30
Trick or Treat at Agincourt Mall. Sunday afternoon, from 2-4pm, check in at the Main Entrance to pick up your map, then visit participating stores for trick or treating fun. On your way out, hand in your completed map, and receive a reward for parents.

Hallowe'en - Oct. 31

On the big day itself, you can head to Parkway Mall (Victoria Park/Ellesmere) for free Hallowe'en treats, from 2:00-4:00pm. While you're there, be sure to take in the Hallowe'en Howl Monster Band in Centre Court at 3pm.

Tuesday - November 1
What do you do with your Jack O'Lantern after Hallowe'en night? If you are lucky, your neighbourhood or a local park will be holding a pumpkin parade. At the events, lcal residents drop off their Jack O'Lanterns during the day on Nov. 1 then they are arranged and lit up for everyone to enjoy that evening.  This year 34 parks across Toronto have organised events, including 2 in Scarborough - Terraview Park & Oakridge Park.

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