For October, Casa Loma, has been transformed to a spooky haunted castle, filled with monsters, zombies and werewolves. Legends of Horror opened in the beginning of the month and runs until Halloween. It’s an all-ages event (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult); the price is $40 in advance or $45 at the door.
Dracula accompanies us through the grounds of the Castle, drawing us into a mysterious and spooky world. Creatures roam free in the garden as we journey closer to the castle. 3D projections illuminating the castle’s exterior add a chilling omniscient presence. Halfway through the tour, we were in the basement of the castle for some Captain Morgan drinks and resting from the trek through the garden. The tunnels beneath the castle were spine-tingling, full of darkness and death. We encounter ghosts, characters holding a séance, vampires discovering eternal life and werewolves roaming free and powerful. Finally, at the end of our journey, we watch as Dracula reveals his plan to bring life back with his creation of Frankenstein.
It’s an amazing use of the castle giving the opportunity to explore the underground tunnels that aren’t normally open to the public. For those who haven’t gone, wear comfortable shoes as you will be climbing stairs.
The entire experience runs for roughly an hour, where you can set your own pace in this self-guided tour, as you immerse in the theatrically designed sets, chambers, with over 70 actors dressed in character. It’s a 1.2 km narrative journey through the castle ground through the lower gardens and winding its way through the castles tunnels and areas around Toronto’s only castle.
Legends of Horror
1 Austin Terrance
Photos by James Shay and Nick Lee