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5 Great Toronto Halloween Activities

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year.

Below are 5 great ways to explore Toronto and enjoy Halloween with family and friends.

1) Casa Loma

casaloma_nightCasa Loma is offering a number of festive events this halloween season. Activities include scavenger hunts, pumpkin carving competitions and many others. The Canadian Castle has created a destination in Forest Hill this fall.

The pumpkin carving contest is open to children 13 years of age and younger. It runs Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. until noon. Admission is $15 for children (plus tax) and $18.19 (plus tax) for adults. All carving participants must be accompanied by an adult. (Carving tools and pumpkins provided!)

Pre-register by calling (416) 923-1171 ext. 205 or ext. 215.

2) The Haunted Walk

Haunted walks are always a exhilarating way to learn about the spooky history of your neighborhood. Below are a few suggestions;

I) The Haunted High Park, Colborne Lodge Drive.
Colborne-Lodge2This Family-oriented tour is organized by the city and runs Oct. 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 30 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children (plus tax). Period refreshments are included. The walk is not recommended for children under 8.
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Colborne Lodge

II) Muddy York Walking Tour
Muddy York Walking Tours offers a number haunted walks around the city. I would recommend “The Haunted Streets of Downtown Toronto” tour. There are a number of other walking tours available through Muddy York.

Tours are available from Oct. 8 to Oct. 31 every night at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Recommended for children aged 8 and older. The cost is $10 for ages 17 and up, $8 for children under 17.
For information on other tours offered by Muddy York follow the link below

3) Screemers at Exhibition Place

screemersSince 1992 Sceemers has been scaring people silly! The event consists of 6 walkthrough haunted features, carnival rides and a theater presentation, all included in the price of admission.
Screemers located at Queen Elizabeth Building and is open evenings from Oct. 16 to Oct. 31. Not recommended for children under 10. Admission is $28.50 (plus tax).

For more information follow the link below

4) Pumpkinland at Whittamore’s Farm

A short drive from downtown Toronto, Pumpkin land offers families a great way to spend the day! Pick your own pumpkin, go on wagon rides, watch the pumpkin cannon show, climb the two storey tree fort and don’t forget to pick up a pumpkin pie!

Pumpkinland is located at 8100 Steeles Avenue, East Markham and is open daily from September to Oct. 31 (including holidays); from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $10 (plus tax) on weekends and holidays. On weekends, a family of 4 costs $36 (plus tax). On weekdays, admission is $6 per person age 2 and up.

For more information follow the link below

5) Boo at the Zoo and Halloween Howl at the Toronto Zoo

Boo at the Zoo is an annual event aimed at children under 12 (who get in free) and features the Kids Zoo, storytelling, a creepy walk, magic and more.

Halloween Howl is a sundown event that educates visitors on the ways of wolves and First Nations culture.

Oct. 20 to 24, 30 and 31. Event is free with Zoo admission. Children under 12 wearing costumes are free.

For more information follow the link below


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Fun Facts – Forest Hill Notable Residents

Below lists some notable residents that live in Forest Hill:

  • Kurt Browning, figure skater
  • George Cohon, founder of McDonald’s in Moscow, owner of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada
  • Nelly Furtado, singer-songwriter
  • Aubrey Graham (“Drake”), actor, rapper, singer, and musician
  • Edward Rogers III, Deputy Chairman of Rogers Communications
  • Melinda Rogers, the daughter of Ted Rogers
  • J. R. Rotem, record producer and founder of record label Beluga Heights
  • Tara Strong, actress, voice-over actress, singer, comedienne
  • Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
  • Galen Weston Sr., owner of Loblaw Companies
  • Peter Munk, founder of Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Hilary Weston, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

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Foodies Unite!!!


Toronto-Underground-MarketLast month was the innugural launch of The Toronto Underground Market (TUM) Located in at the Evergreen Brick Works, it featured a gathering of foodies, who strut their skills in cuisine and taste testing.

“The Toronto Underground Market (TUM) is a social food market for the community to sample the food of Toronto home cooks. It is a venue for budding entrepreneurs to showcase their products. These vendors are not necessarily chefs, although some will be. This is a new kind of community market; not a farmer’s market, or a food festival, but something completely unique and new to Toronto.”

The next event is scheduled for October 22.

 For more information about upcoming events follow this link  http://yumtum.ca
Toronto Underground Market




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Finding More Information About Current Toronto Real Estate Market Conditions

Where can I, the consumer, find more information about current Toronto real estate market conditions?

Subscribe to http://OurHomeTorontoBlog.com/ and or the Toronto Real Estate Board releases a publication twice a month, including a full statistical update on market conditions at the beginning of each month.

The following is a link to the Toronto Real Estate Board’s publication.


Toronto, October 18, 2011 Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 3,477 transactions through the TorontoMLS® system during the first 14 days of October 2011. This total represented a 20 per cent increase over 2,890 sales reported during the first two weeks of October 2010. Year-over-year growth in new listings for the same period was slightly stronger than that recorded for sales – up 21 per cent to 6,249.

Growth in new listings outstripped growth in sales, meaning more choice for buyers. A growing number of home owners are reacting to the above average price growth reported this year and have decided to list their home for sale. They are confident they will receive timely offers in line with their asking prices.”

The average selling price during the first two weeks of October was $475,743 – up 7.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2010.

“The average resale home price is expected to grow at a slower pace in the months ahead because the market is becoming better supplied. There will be less competition between home buyers as we move through the fall and winter.” said Jason Mercer, the Toronto Real Estate Board’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis. “With a more balanced market in 2012, the average rate of annual price growth is expected to be in the mid single digits.”

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The Evolution of Green Real Estate

Green = SavingsThe green revolution has been a powerful movement. People are more aware of how their actions impact our earth. The word “Green” has become a social status, personal objective and money-making industry!

The “green stamp” influences Canadians when purchasing new products. According to the Real Estate Council of Ontario 68% of buyers consider themselves environmental-friendly consumers when looking to purchase a new home. Making your house greener does not require huge investments with undertakings such as installing a new water heat or installing solar panels on your roof.


Here is a list of some cost effective tips suggested that will save you money, make your house more green, and could provide people with incentive to buy your house!

1. Install Faucet Aerators – $10

2. Replace an Old Dishwasher – $300

3. Swap out Older Toilets – $150

4. Buy Compact Florescent Light Bulbs – $3 Each

5. Plant a Tree – $20 The Shade can lower your cooling costs by up to 25%. They also make your home more comfortable and green!

6. A Ceiling Fan – $50 This allows for better airflow, resulting in improved efficiency of your heating/air conditioning system

7. If you want to install hardwood floors, opt for Bamboo instead! Lumber can take 95% longer to grow then bamboo. Bamboo is also more economical!

8. Use healthier paints – Conventional paints contain solvents, toxic metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause smog, ozone pollution and indoor air quality problems with negative health effects. Look for zero or low emission VOC paints.

9. Compost. They are free and create a positive ecosystem for your discarded organic materials. If you live in an apartment, take a look at the link below. It will explain how to make odorless compost, also known as vermiculture.http://organicgardening.about.com/od/compost/ss/setupawormbin.htm 

10. Get rid of the refridgerator in the old garage.

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James Metcalfe’s Real Estate Update October 2011 … in #OurHomeToronto

Here is our October  Real Estate Market Update for Our Home Toronto: You will note Strong Fall Market, House  Smart – Heating, Condo Corner – NO smoking please, Staging Pays! and the ever popular Pearls of Wisdom … Enjoy and do let us know if you would like to receive this update by email.

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