If you know anything about me, you know that two of my favourite things are Halloween and history. So when I heard about the Legends of Horror at Casa Loma, it was like a dream come true! Basically – Casa Loma had been decorated as sort of a haunted maze, all themed after major horror movie legends, like Dracula and Frankenstein. My boyfriend and I went at 8pm one weekday at the beginning of the month and it was pretty empty. I’d imagine as we get closer to Halloween it will get busier though.
You start out in the garden, and every area is decorated with a different ‘legends’ theme. The beginning wasn’t terribly scary for either of us, but the design was amazing. We figured they must have had an absolutely insane budget because the animatronics, scenery and costumes were the best we had ever seen.
It took us probably 2o minutes to wander outside (it’s entirely self guided so you can go at whatever pace you want) and then you get to the mid point – the Captain’s Bar! The one thing neither of us really liked was that to get there, you have to squeeze through two giant inflatable walls. Both walls were pushing up against you, it was pitch black inside and you couldn’t tell where the end was. So if you’re highly claustrophobic and don’t feel like making sure you still are, maybe something to miss.
You can spend as long as you like in the bar, and then you move on to the next half of the tour, which starts in the tunnels underground. If you’ve been to Casa Loma before you can imagine that these would be the perfect set for a haunted maze. This was when the tour started to get kind of creepy for both of us.. they did a really good job of building up the scariness throughout the maze. We also started to run into some other groups here, all of whom seemed very terrified and were quite happy to let us pass them. One of the downsides to this being a self guided tour is that although they tell you not to get too close to the people in front of you, in practice this is very difficult to do. We were late, but I can imagine it would be even more difficult if all the people in the 8pm timeslot had started at the same time.
The tunnels underground are all themed as well, but rather than being ‘legend’ themed, they include a haunted hotel, ghosts, and a seance. Apparently it’s in reference to Casa Loma’s use as a refuge for children sick with the plague. This part of the tour finishes in the stables and carriage house, before you see a short skit of Dracula and Dr. Frankenstein raising a mummy and Frankenstein from the dead. It was weird. Also the only time you see any of these legends characters the whole tour. From there you stumble through a short little section of maze and then you’re done!
All in all the tour took us about an hour, but that’s including the 15-20 minutes we spent sitting at the bar having a drink. It’s really convenient to get to on TTC so a really awesome idea for an October date night, or a night out with friends. Cheaper and more creative than Halloween Haunt too. Our one criticism was that we expected it to be inside the actual house, which we thought would have been absolutely awesome. As we were leaving though we noticed they were doing filming inside, so it makes sense that it wasn’t.
Definitely something to check out this month! Look around for sales on tickets, we got ours on Groupon.
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