Halloween-inspired events coming to Toronto's museums this fall

October 2, 9 and 23 Victorian Gothic at Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St

Victorian Gothic at Mackenzie House

From popular contemporary novels about Dracula and Frankenstein to the fear of being buried alive and the fetish of post-mortem photos, the Victorians were obsessed with death. Take this interactive tour that explores gothic themes in Victorian fiction, 19th-century funeral and burial traditions and their origins, post mortem photography and strange remembrance traditions, like hair wreaths and jewellery. Plus, learn how to wrap and seal unique funeral cookies. This event is part of Toronto History Museums' Halloween programming. Mackenzie House is one of 10 Toronto History Museums which explore where Toronto's many pasts, presents and futures meet. It interprets urban Victorian life of the 1860s and the evolution of democratic institutions through the lens of Toronto's first Mayor William Lyon Mackenzie.

This event is part of Toronto History Museums' Halloween programming.
 
Cost: $30

Reservations / Advance Tickets are required
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City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
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News Release:  October 2, 2019
 
Halloween-inspired events coming to Toronto's museums this fall
 
October will bring a chilling lineup of Halloween-theme events to Toronto's history museums, with "haunted happenings" suitable for every age and scare-ability.
 
Among the many events are the following six highlights. All but the last one listed here require tickets, available now at various prices.
 
• Mackenzie House will present a Victorian gothic event during the evenings of October 2, 9 and 23. 
• Fort York will offer lantern-led tours nightly from October 28 to 31 on the grounds, including the military cemetery.
• Todmorden Mills will hold Halloween workshops from 10 a.m. to noon on October 19 (mask making) and October 20 (lantern making), suitable for children age 6 and up.
• Spadina Museum will feature the theme of clairvoyance on multiple dates starting October 10.
• Gibson House will host Victorian séances on October 30 and 31, with a paranormal investigator shedding light on the Victorian obsession with death.
• Scarborough Museum will feature "Halloween Blast from the Past" from noon to 4 p.m. on October 26.
 
The full program lineup, as well as details for the events highlighted above, are available at https://www.Toronto.ca/museums-events and also in a backgrounder under "City Events" at https://www.toronto.ca/home/media-room/backgrounders-other-resources/.
 
Quotes:
"I encourage everyone to enjoy the many Halloween-related events offered at our historic sites across the city throughout October in the lead-up to Halloween at the end of the month."
- Mayor John Tory
 
"This year, our Toronto History Museums are taking residents way into the past and into the land of the paranormal with fun Halloween-themed activities. I encourage you to take part in their fall programming to experience the vibrancy of our museums through a new lens."
- Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Councillor Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee
 
"We are excited to provide some creative Halloween-themed programming at Toronto History Museums this fall where Toronto’s many pasts, presents and futures meet. These new experiences will be sure to surprise and to haunt. It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare!"
- Cheryl Blackman, Director, Museums and Heritage Services
 
About Toronto History Museums
Toronto History Museums are a group of 10 museums owned and operated by the City of Toronto that bring Toronto's history to life for residents and visitors. They include Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Market Gallery, Montgomery's Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum, Todmorden Mills and Zion Schoolhouse.
 
More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/museums, or follow Toronto History Museums on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/tohistoricsiteson Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/tohistoricsites or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tohistoricsites.
 
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