Halloween Archives

The Keg Mansion, formerly the Massey residence (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail/Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

I found a current article about some  haunted spots in Toronto and I wanted to include it on the TOPS website.  Just in time for Halloween too 8X   I hope you enjoy it and find the information of use to you!

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Jason Kucherawy, co-founder of TourGuys.ca, is putting a skeptical twist on the city’s spookiest haunts this year. Those who go on the company’s Toronto Ghost Tour will get their share of scary details, but they’ll also be getting some science to go along with it. “At each location we talk about the history, then we talk about the ghost stories, the hauntings, the reports that have come out of that location. Then we talk about some of the possible explanations for people experiencing the paranormal,” he says. That’s not to say he’s out to rob people of a ghoulish good time. “I’m very skeptical, but I’ve been in places where I’ve felt creeped out,” he says. With Halloween just around the corner, Mr. Kucherawy gave The Globe the graveyard dirt on some of Toronto scariest sites.

1. The Keg Mansion, 515 Jarvis St.

Haunted history: Legend has it that back when it was the Massey mansion, one of the family’s servants hanged herself in the front foyer after Lillian, the Masseys’ only daughter, died, Mr. Kucherawy says. “The underlying legend is that she hanged herself not just out of grief, but because Lillian Massey was actually protecting her from a dark secret [getting out]” he adds. There are also reports that the second floor women’s washroom is haunted.

Fright factor: Throw “dark secrets” into the mix and the hairs on your neck will surely be up. The only thing to calm those nerves is a stiff drink and a T-bone. Thankfully, you’re in the right place.

2. Ryerson University Theatre School, 43 Gerrard St. E.

Haunted history: Originally opened as the Ontario School of Pharmacy, legend has it that students used to work on cadavers on the building’s third floor. “People have said if you’re alone there at night you’ll hear your name being called,” Mr. Kucherawy says. There have also been reports of people hearing the piano playing, going to look, and finding no one in the room.

Fright factor: Cadavers? Pfffft.Your name being called by ghosts? Ho hum.Theatre students!?! Run! Run as fast as you can!

3. Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St.

Haunted history: Formerly the home of William Lyon Mackenzie, the first mayor of Toronto, this is arguably the most haunted house in Toronto, Mr. Kucherawy says. “People have seen strange lights up on the third floor. They’ve seen the ghost of Mackenzie at a writing desk … the printing press in the museum at the back of the house has been known to start up and stop by itself,” he says. The ghost of an older woman with white hair has also been seen in the house.

Fright factor: Oooooh! An old-timey printing press is running! Even Scooby-Doo wouldn’t be scared of that. That white-haired ghost, on the other hand, would scare Shaggy senseless.

4. St. Michael’s Hospital, 30 Bond St.

Haunted history: Sister Vincenza, an elderly nun who passed away in the 1950s, is said to haunt the hospital, which was once run by the Sisters of St. Joseph. “Patients have described being visited by a nun in full habit, but her face is always in shadow. Vinnie [as she’s known]seems to come in and turn the lights on or off for people. There was one patient who said a nun came in to her room and put a blanket on her,” Mr. Kucherway says.

Fright factor: The best ghosts are the ones who bring you cozy stuff and then hit the lights when it’s bedtime. Terrifying.

5. Elgin And Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St.

Haunted history: The elevators, which normally require an operator, have been known to run on their own, perhaps summoned by the ghost of a woman who was stabbed to death in the early days of the theatre. “She crawled, bleeding, to the elevator, figuring that the elevator operator could help her. The elevator wasn’t there and she died,” Mr. Kucherawy says.

Fright factor: Perhaps the scariest part of this story is that the elevators still require an operator. What century is this?

6. Old City Hall, 60 Queen St. W.

Haunted history: “In Courtroom 33, judges have said they’ve felt people tugging on their robes. There’s a stairwell near that room where judges have felt hands on their back as though someone’s trying to push them down the stairs,” Mr. Kucherawy says. Some believe the room and stairwell are haunted by the ghosts of Ronald Turpin and Arthur Lucas, the last two men to hang in Canada.

Fright factor: Scarier than Mary Walsh and a This Hour Has 22 Minutes crew storming you in your driveway.

7. Hockey Hall Of Fame, 30 Yonge St.

Haunted history: Before it became a shrine to the best game you can name, it was a Bank of Montreal built in 1885. It’s haunted by a ghost named Dorothy, Mr. Kucherawy says. “She was a teller spurned by the bank manager. One night she took her own life in the bank with the manager’s pistol,” he says. “People have said they’ve heard the sound of a woman crying and they’ve gone looking for the source but couldn’t find it.”

Fright factor: That sound of crying in the Hockey Hall of Fame? It’s probably coming from a Leafs fan.

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/haunted-toronto-a-paranormal-primer/article559802/?service=mobile

This 'genie' is currently for sale for $1,500 from eBay

I found an interesting article that I felt would be perfect for this website and it’s readers.  I can feel my anticipation for Halloween again!  I guess I’m on a break right now from sensing overwhelming negativity.  I know that I have pretty much said everything for now that I was meant to say peacefully in order to help our society go forward in a positive and productive manor so I am at peace now for a bit.  I never know when I am going to be used again, when my visions come, they come.  It used to be less frequent and only when I needed a heads up or warning.  It’s so strange but I don’t question it.  I just go with the flow and try to decode it and sometimes even write about it… what the people need to know.  Whatever I sense is peaceful and I would never do anything violent or destructive.  It’s only to better mankind and never to do anything else but advise for a positive outcome.  I disagree with radicals and extremists because I could never be one fore I am a Libra, a moderate that always tries to find the balance in things.  Anyways, I  don’t have an evil or destructive bone in my body or I would have to have it removed and thank goodness for that.  I don’t hate anyone either because we are all God’s children.  Some may need to go to the time out pit of hell for a while until they are purged, though.  I hope you enjoy the following article :)

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eBay has announced it will ban the sale of spells, hexes and magical items from its online auction site.

Yes – it actually used to allow it.

It seems that for years users have been taking to eBay to purchase love potions, artefacts with supposedly magical properties and spells for use in their daily lives.

But according to a post on its official blog, it will now be cracking down from September on “advice, spells, curses, hexing, conjuring, magic, prayers, blessing services, magic potions, [and] healing sessions”.

Curses!

eBay had previously banned the sale of “intangible” items, but potions and other magical whatnot had not yet fallen under the restrictions.

eBay’s previous policy said it would not allow the sale of “things that people won’t be able to use or be able to confirm whether they’ve received the items.”

“Items where the value is placed on an intangible factor. For example, listings that offer someone’s “soul” or a container that claims to have someone’s “soul” are not allowed.”

But all is not lost – for anyone wanting to stock up on magical objects before the ban, here are some of the items that as of press time were still on sale:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/17/ebay-to-ban-sale-of-hexes_n_1795469.html

I’m going to start planning fun things to do for Halloween this year.  I have Googled some Toronto Guides and I found 3 great sites that have a number of fun things to do this Halloween.

Toronto.com Halloween Guide

This site has a lot of great events for Torontonians this year :D

ClubZone.com is a great site for adults who are looking for spooky club scenes!

About.com also has a number of events, as well.  I listed some below too.

Black Creek
Saturday October 23rd & Saturday October 30th 2010
family events during the day Black Creek turns up the creep factor with ghost walks, illusions & mind reading, a haunted maze and more. Fuel up with a zombie burger and some pumpkin beer from the Black Creek Historic Brewery.
• 7pm-10:30pm, $20 in advance or $25 at the door ($5 less for members), $6 parking

Harlettes Monster Mash VII
Sunday October 31st, 2010
The Harlettes Burlesque and Vaudeville Troupe perform along with Mysterion the Mind Reader and others at Bread & Circus in Kensington Market. Prizes for best costume.
• $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Jubilee Queen Cruises Halloween Cruise
Friday October 29 & Saturday October 30th 2010
Costumes are optional are on this cruise, but there will be a prize for best costume of the night. Enjoy a DJ, drinks and finger food while you cruise the Toronto harbour.
• Boarding 7:00pm, departs 8:00pm, docks at midnight
• $50 on Friday, $37.95 plus tax & gratuities on Saturday

Note: The organizers of the Grand Halloween event which took place at Liberty Grand, Exhibition Place in 2008 and 2009 will not be hosting that location’s event in 2010. Watch the website for 2011 details.

Halloween Events for Kids

I found a great article that lists great Toronto activities this year.  There are so many fun things to do this year.  It’s a special Halloween because it falls on a Saturday so after the kiddies are done trick or treating, then you can hit some hot spots and make a late night out of it.  I am very excited because I’m in my new old house, from the 1930s, and it’s my first Halloween here.

13 Frightfully Fun Halloween Activities in Toronto

 

By Deanna Lampert

Sep 24, 2009

All Hallow’s Eve is fast approaching, and just ‘cuz you can’t trick-or-treat anymore, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Ghostly events, devilish diners and haunted attractions await you on Halloween week. Take a few days to try out all the suggestion. If you dare!

1. Boo at the Zoo is for children of all ages with a Critters and Costumes parade, pumpkin carving contest and a show on the Halloween Harvest Stage. When leaving the zoo, each child receives a chocolate treat. Families with up to two children, 12 years old and under in costume, get in free.

2. Pick the perfect pumpkin for carving or decoration. Southbrook Farm and Pumpkin Patch, located in Richmond Hill, has pick-your-own pumpkins. They also have a market place with freshly baked fruit, pumpkin pies, cookies, tarts, natural honey, maple syrup and more. For other pumpkin patches around the GTA, check out our Pumpkin Picking guide.

3. Designing the perfect costume is the best part about Halloween. Though I don’t recommend you leave it to the last minute, some stores are still very accommodating. It’s My Party on the Danforth is hard to miss, with spider webs and monsters adorning the outside of the shop. The wide variety of costumes cover both kids and adults with wigs, masks, makeup, fake weapons and other gory accessories.

4. Candy cravings are easily filled on Halloween. Every drug store and supermarket around is stocked with indulgences. In order to get the most cavity-inducing bang for your buck I recommend Bulk Barn. A few of the tasty creations are hard candy skulls, hard candy bloody bones, spooky eyes gumballs, peanut butter and chocolate balls, orange and black jellybeans, candy corn and more.

5. The Devilicious Culinary Tour is on in Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village during the month of October for Halloweek 2009. Many of the restaurants in the area are severing up special prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner to celebrate the spooky occasion. Click here for a list of restaurants involved. The Village is the most fun place to be during Halloween, click on Halloweek 2009 for more information.

6. For those who can’t wait for October 31, celebrate the undead by participating in the Toronto Zombie Walk. More than 1,000 guys and ghouls wander the streets of Toronto looking for tasty brains. Costumes are a must as you drag your carcass around town. If you don’t have your own fake blood, Bloody Mary is on hand to donate. So do what zombies do best: lurk around and drag your limbs to find your next meal.

7. Dine in the dark. O.Noir offers a zero-light experience where patrons must rely on their other senses. The destination has a lit lounge where you can choose your starter, entrée and dessert from the prix fixe menu. Blind servers seat you, and talk you through where everything is on the table. Dinner is served at 5:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

8. Visit Colborne Lodge around Halloween for the Haunted High Park event. Explore the lodge and the grounds in the evening where you’ll learn about ghostly secrets and legends. There is one showing for families on October 24; otherwise this event is 18+. Refreshments are included.

9. On October 24, Nathan Phillips Square transforms into one giant dance floor. The annual Thrill the World group dance is international and will be performed to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, competing to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Zombie costumes are a must, and to help get your ghoul-grove on, there are online dance tutorials and practices held in Toronto parks. The group dance is a great way to pay homage to the King of Pop and celebrate Halloween.

10. The Haunted Streets of Downtown Toronto walk explores some of Toronto’s most famous attractions like Queen’s Park, Osgoode Hall and Old City Hall. Haunted stories of spirits and lost souls who lurk the streets are told during the two-hour tour. The expedition starts at the ROM and travels south to Queen Street and east past Yonge.

11. Scare yourself silly with films about a prank gone horribly wrong, a game where even the winners are close to death or a zombie plague. These movies can only be described as gruesome, gory and just plain disgusting and fun. Some of the popular movie choices available at your local theatre during the month of October are: Jennifer’s Body, Zombieland, Sorority Row and Saw VI.

12. If you like to feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up, check out the blood-curdling mazes and 300 monsters roaming Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland. New this year is the Blood Club with a dance hall and vampire staff. The newest maze, A Midsummer Night’s Scream, is full of fearsome fairies bent on revenge. Exhibition Place is hosting the popular horror theme park, Screemers. The attractions include a haunted house, castle, an asylum for the criminally insane, a black hole, a maze and a 3D clown house. Also, no Halloween night is complete without a trip to a haunted asylum. The Power House of Terror Charity Haunt takes place in the Power House Recreation Centre, which is one of Toronto’s most haunted buildings. During the end of October the building is transformed into a labyrinth with fear lurking behind every corner.

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End your night at a creepy celebration like The Damned Ball. The University of Toronto is throwing a vampire-themed costume party with live performances, DJs and prizes. There is a VIP cocktail party with an open bar, hors d’oeurves, a silent auction and more. Donations go to the Sergio Apolloni Memorial Scholarship for LGBT students at U of T.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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