Halloween Special Recap On LTC TV featuring Toronto, Halloween Haunt – Canada’s Wonderland, Powerhouse of Terror’s and so much more HISTORY OF THE TORONTO ZOMBIE WALK The zombie walk started one gloomy Sunday, a week before hallows eve in 2003. A handful of the living dead rose from their graves to wander the streets of Toronto in search of brains. The plague returned every year, and the zombie count grew into a large and deadicated legion of the undead. Not only did the plague hit Toronto, it hit New York, Vancouver, Ottawa, Melbourne and numerous other cities around the world. In 2006 The Toronto Zombie Walk joined forces with the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, to ensure zombies have an enjoyable evening of flicks to see after their flesh eating endeavors. 2012 marked our ten year anniversary and we hoarded in over 10,000 people! History of The Power House on Love This City TV – Halloween Special The Power House, constructed in 1936, was built by the patients of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Centre. The steam heat ran through the underground tunnels and pipes located throughout the site. The coal was trucked in and stored in a 20ft X 10ft (6m X 3m) coal bunker on the South East corner of the building. The chimney stands 100 Ft high and is significant because the height determined the rate of combustion needed to heat the hospital. The chimney top is 4ft. in diameter. The Power House ceased operation in 1979 when the hospital closed. The Power House and surrounding buildings are listed as Toronto’s most haunted. Stay tuned for some Ghost stories that have been witnessed!!! Copyright Disclaimer, Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for ‘fair use’ for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use Official Wonderland Halloween Haunt Review | LOVE THIS CITY TV Part 1 The haunted theme park concept was first introduced in 2005, then called Fearfest while the park was under the ownership of Paramount Parks. Fearfest at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland originally operated on weekday evenings through October, with 7 maze attractions alongside 2 motion simulator movie rides in the Paramount Action FX Theatre. Most of the park’s regular rides and attractions (with the exception of Nickelodeon Central, KidZville and Hanna-Barbera Land) continued to be staffed and operated during Fearfest, including the ‘Haunted’ Thunder Run coaster, which was slightly thematically changed to match the park. The park grounds were divided into 3 separately themed scare areas- The Curse of Sleepy Hollow, MTV Rockin’ Scare, and Backlot Blood Bath – each having 2-3 mazes associated with it. Each maze and scare area generally has its own unique back story, sometimes linking several mazes together. The following year, Paramount extended its regular operating season through the family-oriented Halloween event “Spooktacular” in the typically closed child-oriented areas of the park, to match Fearfest’s attendance in October. In 2006 the park ran Spooktacular from October 14–29 on weekends during the day, and would reopen the park as Fearfest in the evening. With the change in ownership of the park from Paramount to the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, the Fearfest name was dropped and renamed Halloween Haunt, remaining consistent with similar attractions at other Cedar Fair theme parks across North America. In addition, Spooktacular was not revived for the 2007 operating season. Despite this, Canada’s Wonderland still continued regular daytime park hours during the Halloween Haunt run. With an existing history of running haunted attractions since 1973 at Knott’s Berry Farm’s event, Knott’s Scary Farm, Cedar Fair was able to incorporate 4 additional mazes to the roster while retiring the Legend of the Lost and Slaughter Street attractions. In 2008, Halloween Haunt saw an extended seasonal run into November, breaking the park’s own attedance records for the event. Cedar Fair also retired the MTV Rockin’ Scare area, including the Total Request Dead and Ozzburnes mazes in order to introduce 3 new ones for the season. The “adult-oriented'” horror musical show Dead Awakening also opened during the 2008 Halloween Haunt, performing at the Wonderland Theatre. There are currently three atmospheric scare areas with free-roaming monsters: Carnevil, Ghostly Pines, and Toys.