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Halloween Weekend Bonus: Fright at the Museums

This weekend, ghosts, mummies and monsters of all sorts scare up frightful fun at this city’s biggest museums.

Halloween at the Royal Ontario Museum<br>photo illustration

Historically relevant ghosts haunt the ROM this weekend.

Gab with ghosts at the
Royal Ontario Museum

Spirits come to life this Saturday to share their spooky stories with ROM visitors. Don’t be surprised if you bump into some familiar faces haunting the halls, including Dr. Charles Trick Currelly, the museum’s founder and friendly resident ghost. Brave little goblins can get up close and personal with some real-life creepy crawlies and make clip-on spider crafts to take home.

October 31. Adults $22, kids (under 14) $15, infants (under 3) free; call 416-586-5797 or click here for more information.

Run away to the circus at the Art Gallery of Ontario

To coincide with its ongoing Alexander Calder exhibit, the AGO hosts trapeze artists, jugglers, fortune tellers and many more dazzling performers from local circus troupe Lookup Theatre. Step right up and marvel at astounding acrobats and uncanny contortionists as they perform under a big top tent in the gallery’s spectacular Walker Court. Kids can make their own trapeze wire sculptures in the Off The Wall! creative space while adults sip on a festive Halloweeni Bellini cocktails at the museum’s restaurant, Frank.

October 31 and November 1.  Adults $18, youth (under 17) $10, kids (under 5) free; call 416-979-6648 or visit here for tickets.

Spot spooky shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum

Play dress up at the Bata Shoe Museum’s Costume Bonanza. There’s plenty of hands-on fun for kids—try on one-of-a-kind costumes, create scary shoe art and decorate ghost-shaped cookies with tasty icing. Afterward, take a tour around the museum to admire the frighteningly comprehensive collection of footwear.

October 31 and November 1. Adults $12, kids (under 12) $6; call 416-979-7799 ext. 242 or click here for further details and ticket information.

Celebrate the Day of the Dead at the Gardiner Museum

Don’t be scared to enjoy yourself at this morbid-sounding (but actually celebratory) traditional Mexican festival. Listen to musical performances by Jorge Lopez and his mariachi band while feasting on Mexican chocolate and pan demuerto (literally, bread of the dead). Admire remembrance altars made by local artists and let creative kids get their hands dirty sculpting clay skeletons.

November 1. Adult $12, kids (under 12) free; call 416 408 5063 or visit here for more details.

Unravel the secrets of mummies at the Textile Museum

The Textile Museum of Canada hosts Dr. Elizabeth Barber, an expert on prehistoric textiles, for a special lecture about her recent archeological expedition to Western China. Learn about the mysterious process of mummification and see photos of recently discovered ancient bodies which, although more than 3,000 years old, are astonishingly well-preserved.

November 3. Adults $12, kids (5 to 14) $6; call 416-599-5321 or click here for more information.

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