Halloween is around the corner, and although my trick-or-treat days are long behind me, I feel obligated to share with you a few cool things to do during this creepy time of the year (as tempting as it is, I will leave watching the US Presidential debates off the list).
First and foremost, everyone’s favourite amusement park, Canada’s Wonderland, does the season justice with its “Halloween Haunt”. Every weekend night, evil takes over the park, as Zombies, psychotic clowns and other nightmare-inducing characters come out to play.
Warning: according to their website, www.canadaswonderland.com/haunt2012, “this event is too intense for anyone under the age of 13. Or anyone, for that matter.” The Haunt is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7pm-12am, through October 28.
For something a little more family friendly, try The Haunted Walk of Old Toronto. Tours depart from the Distillery District (20 Gristmill Lane) strolling through the cobblestone streets by lantern, then make their way over to the old hanging grounds at St. Lawrence Market. A special Halloween twist is given to these tours until the end of this month. (www.hauntedwalk.com/torontotours)
And I guess now would be a great time to mention the brand new blockbuster exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which opens October 20 and runs through January. www.ago.net/frida-diego-passion-politics-and-painting
Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting features more than 80 works on paper and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and more than 60 photographs of the couple, whose shared passion for each other and Mexico’s revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them Mexico’s most famous artists. I know this doesn’t sound too creepy, but take a look at this couple! (photo #1). An absolutely bizarre relationship, which I won’t go into at the risk of being a “spoiler”. But the art of both these characters is wonderful, and the exhibit is a gem. I had the pleasure of going to the media launch yesterday, where we were treated to cookies shaped like Frida herself (affectionately dubbed “uni-brow” here at the office). (photo #2)
How scary is that?!