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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

I Googled “Toronto Paranormal” news and came across an interesting article that is searching for people that have a ghost or ghosts.  I really hope they get some calls, especially from the GTA, because I am always up for ghost stories.  The actual article is just below:

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A Toronto production company wants to know if you have a ghost, seriously! Big Coat Productions is producing an original series that they believe will leave audiences wondering who or what they share their homes with. One local family in Webbwood will be featured on the series, and while the crew is here, they want to know if anyone has an interesting story to share with the television public.
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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

If you have heard of famous Amityville Horror, then you have probably heard of Lorraine Warren and her late husband, Ed. She and her husband have investigated many other haunting and demonic cases.

I have seen them featured on A Haunting and just Lorraine on Paranormal State numerous times.  I always enjoy when they are involved because I have always felt that they brought more than their expertise.

The Warrens believed in both scientific and spiritual aspects of the paranormal, as do I.  They not only investigated, but they wanted to help.  Their work for The New England Society for Psychic, that was founded in 1952, proved that.  There are books and movies documenting those accounts, all on Wiki, as well.

There is a Face book page dedicated to this event with all the exact information and details.  I am a big fan of hers so I might even be there too :)

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