The battle for the best-decorated Halloween house has officially begun in the town of Innisfil. For the second year in a row, residents will be pulling out all the stops to beat their neighbours and win a prize for their spooky transformations.
Nearly 100 homes participated in last year’s contest, and organizer Jennifer Richardson hopes even more participants will join the fun this time, she told Innisfil Today.
An Innisfil address and $10 donation is required to register, and all of the proceeds will go to the Innisfil Food Bank and Christmas 4 Kids charities. Businesses around town will be chipping in with gift certificates for the winners, who will be chosen by locals and a panel of special guest judges.
The homes will be evaluated in the two days leading up to Halloween, and participants should prepare to have all their decorations on display between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., the Facebook event page says.
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Participants will apparently be given a tour map so they can check out all of the other homes and submit their votes. It’s not clear if the map will be made available for out-of-towners, but you could always drop by and see how many of them you can spot from your car.
There are so many drive-thru Halloween events happening around Toronto right now that you could map out a whole spooky season road trip.
Head over to Pumpkins After Dark to see thousands of glowing jack-o-lanterns and then to an epic Halloween light show with its own Trick or Treat lane where you’ll get candy through your car window. For something more authentic, you can visit all the creepy abandoned ghost towns in Ontario.
And if you’d rather wander through creepy homes instead of admiring them from afar, there are all kinds of haunted houses to check out in the city too.