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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.
For more information call
Colborne Lodge
416-392-6916
[email protected]

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
http://www.muddyyorktours.com/

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
http://www.screemers.ca/

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!

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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
http://www.whittamoresfarm.com/pumpkinland.htm

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

http://www.torontozoo.com/Events/

-E.A.M Consulting & James Metcalfe  REALTOR® BROKER

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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.

E.A.M Consulting & James Metcalfe  REALTOR® BROKER

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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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James Metcalfe’s Market Update September 2011 … in #OurHomeToronto

Here is our September Real Estate Update for Our Home Toronto: You will note August home sales up 24% vs LY and prices up 10% vs LY, Personal Finances – Mortgage Options, Legaly Speaking – Closing Check List 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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James Metcalfe’s Real Estate Update August 2011 … in #OurHomeToronto

Here is our August Real Estate Update for Our Home Toronto: You will note July home sales up 23% vs LY and prices up 10% vs LYCondo Corner – Pets,  House Smart – Painting Tips, Green Initiatives, 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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James Metcalfe’s Real Estate Update June 2011 … in #OurHomeToronto

Here is our June Real Estate Update for Our Home Toronto: You will note our Strong Spring Market continues with sales up 6% vs LY and prices up 9% vs LY, an interesting article on Personal FinancesPre approval for best rates and terms, House Smart – Air Conditioning options, First time Buyers Tax Credits to AC Ontario rebate programs, 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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