Halloween season is going strong, and Torontonicity is here to bring you more options that include fun for the whole family. Canada’s Wonderland has added Camp Spooky to their calendar, which runs during the day on Saturdays and Sundays! The kid-friendly (and scare-free) activities take place in Kidzville and the Planet Snoopy area. It’s fun for everyone and won’t leave any little guests with sleepless nights worried about those scary zombies that roam the park during Halloween Haunt hours!
One of the main reasons I like Camp Spooky is that they include the same main attractions of the nighttime activities, but in a fun and spookless way for kids. The terrifying Cornstalkers (found in the White Water Canyon area) has been adapted into a fun cornstalk maze for kids. The scarecrows in this version are friendly and help visitors navigate the maze, and they’re accompanied by farmers!
Anyone who hasn’t visited Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland should know that the Camp Spooky version of Cornstalkers is very different. Guests treading carefully through the dark and creepy maze at night aren’t welcomed by friendly scarecrows – instead, they’re lurking in corners waiting for you to anxiously walk by before they lunge out! You can hear genuinely terrified screams from those navigating the maze ahead of you. Consider yourself warned!
If your little ones are into mazes, there are more options than just Cornstalkers though! Camp Spooky also includes Spirit Manor and the Enchanted Garden Maze. I would recommend the Enchanted Garden to guests of all ages though, as it includes glow-in-the-dark decorations, and that’s fun that can be enjoyed by the whole family!
Speaking of glow-in-the-dark: make sure to ask any Wonderland staff for a “No Boo” necklace if any family members or guests in your party aren’t into the idea of being creeped up on by the zombies roaming the grounds. The glowing necklaces let the monsters know not to scare you. This is a great way to make the experience more enjoyable for the whole crew!
Aside from the mazes, Camp Spooky includes a brand-new crafting section called Sally Brown’s Creepy Crafts. This is a great quiet activity area for those little ones who love hands-on fun where they can express their creativity! Dance-lovers can also express their creative movement in the Silent Disco, where all guests enjoy music that’s streamed directly to headphones they’re provided. There’s something for everyone!
Another great aspect of Camp Spooky is the Trick-or-Treat Adventure, where guests are brought to haunted houses by costumed characters. Kids can visit just a few houses to get an idea of what the trick-or-treating tradition is all about. This is a great way to introduce kids to trick-or-treating during daylight hours in preparation for the main event, which may feel overwhelming for some.
Maybe your family enjoys some serious scares and just wants to attend Halloween Haunt. If that’s the case, make sure to scare yourselves silly on Yukon Striker. This ride at night is terrifying, because you can’t exactly see what’s coming and the dive into the tunnel that leads you underwater is even more shocking. Dangling 75 metres (245 feet) in the air will definitely get your heart racing!
Another great, and gorgeous, time to ride Yukon Striker is right at sunset. Make sure to line up just as the sun is dipping behind the horizon and sit in the front row to get the best view of the mesmerizing colours that are splashed across the sky. Make sure you dress warmly though because the cooler fall temperatures combined with the top speed of 130 kilometers an hour make for some chilly moments. This ride is a totally different experience in the evening, and I would highly recommend any roller coaster lover lineup and experience it.
Make sure to arrive early for the Halloween activities, as this amusement park gets packed during this season! Any guests that are GOLD passholders already get unlimited visits to both Halloween Haunt and WinterFest (stay tuned for details on that coming later)! If you’ve already attended the festivities that run until the weekend of October 27, 2019, comment down below and let us know what your favourite part was as we’re always excited to hear your recommendations as well!
You might be interested in reading, “Halloween Events in Toronto 2019“.