October 26th-27th The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Extravaganza @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to Hot Docs cinema for its annual Halloween screening. Excited Mental State: Toronto’s Rocky Horror Shadowcast will be performing their own satirical, comedic version of the film for audiences during the show. Find your favourite costume and “don’t dream it, be it.” $15 advance tickets available online.
7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A FREE weekly event combining the love of music with the traditional bingo format. Each player receives a Music Bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, they play the music! Singing along encouraged.
8 pm Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or show up early to reserve a spot.
7 pm “Venus Rising” Exhibition Opening @ Hashtag Gallery, 830 Dundas St. W. A solo exhibition of works by Toronto-based artist Ghazaleh Rastgar, which aim to shed light on the female sexuality that has been suppressed and commodified for at least the last millennia. Until 11:30 pm. Exhibition runs through November 4th.
8 pm The Throwback @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Gramera and Dennis P of SoulSkank take over the Drake Hotel lounge and fill the air with smooth beats and silky saxophone sounds. End the night in a fun groove as they take you through classic music eras in true throwback Thursday fashion.
9 pm Boombox: Halloween Edition @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. This Halloween, enter the dark world of ghouls, glam, and classic horror at Boombox, TIFF’s can’t-miss party of the year. $175 tickets available online (includes signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount).
10 pm Sister Mister @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. A queer dance party bringing some much-needed heat, body, and swish to the West End. Every Thursday, they welcome a new DJ (female, male, and beyond the binary) to get you dancing and always blurring gender lines in Toronto’s nightlife universe.
10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise spins from primitive rock ‘n’ roll to garage, psych to power pop, punk rock to glam, and old school hip-hop to soul.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Wicked @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Come in your Halloween best, and experience the weird, wacky, and wicked with complimentary access to the ROM’s intriguing new exhibition, Spiders: Fear & Fascination at #FNLROM. $17 (plus tax) tickets available online; limited amount available at the door.
10 pm Scream Me Up: Halloween Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Beam Me Up’s annual celebration of disco’s spectral rise, from the depths of the darkness back to the limelight! Residents the Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist play freaky funk, dark disco, and haunted proto-house for an evening of reverence. Costumes encouraged but not required. $10.
10 pm Jamz: Hallowscream @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Jamz is back with their 6th annual Hallowscream party! The hottest hip-hop, pop, rap, girl group, and boy band jams from the ’90s and ’00s all night. Costumes encouraged but not mandatory. $10.
10 pm Faded Halloween @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi bring the night to life with the hottest hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall tracks. Spend Halloween wildin’ for the dance floor and stylin’ for the photo booth and costume contest. Great prizes to be won! $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
10 pm 90s Video Dance Party: Halloween Edition @ ROUND Venue, 152 Augusta Ave. 90s Video Dance Party pays tribute of ALL of your favourite spookshows! Music videos DJ’d all night by Hedspin, Grouch, and Markoshi; free glowsticks; themed drink specials; and a $100 costume contest. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
10 pm 9th Annual Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ’90s Halloween @ Revival, 983 College St. A tribute to old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop from the ’90s with DJs Starting From Scratch, R2, and D-Smooth. Cash prizes for top three Halloween costumes. $25 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Boosie Fade @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Jordan Sowunmi and DJ Yung Adult are back in the mix with yet another legendary ceiling-slapping jam, featuring the latest and greatest tunes from artists like: Travis Scott, Cardi B, Rico Nasty, Lil Baby and Gunna, Juice Wrld, Young Thug, Playboi Carti, Rae Sremmurd, J Hus, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Lil Uzi Vert, and more. $10.
10 pm 80s Mix Tape Dance Party @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. All ’80s, all night with DJ Blush. $5.
10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.
10 pm DJ Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Friday night freak out with DJ Teenage Werewolf! Rock ‘n’ roll, soul, psych, punk, and more.
11 pm Riddle Me This @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. Pollen and Undisposable are getting together to throw a Halloween party to remember, drawing inspiration from the 1998 movie Belly, starring Nas and DMX. Music by Prime Diesel and Bambii. Wear your favourite ’90s rap entourage-inspired costumes. $15 advance tickets available online.
9 am CAFTCAD Movie Wardrobe Sale @ TriBro Film Studios, 6 Curity Ave. Shop from a selection of vintage and gently used designer/name brand clothing items and accessories as well as clothing and costumes that have been featured on TV series and films shot in Toronto. There will also be a special area with replica props from the Harry Potter series, including the Sorting Hat, Triwizard Cup, Fawkes the Phoenix, and a collection of wands. $7 at the door (free for children under 12 and seniors), with partial proceeds going to The AFC. Until 5 pm.
4 pm Night of Dread @ Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St. Clay & Paper Theatre presents the 19th annual Night of Dread, an evening of fearful pageantry, revels, and mockery. Call on, mock, and banish your private and collective fears through parade and pageantry, music and masquerade, dance, and a devilishly good party. PWYC. Full schedule of events here.
7:45 pm Damn Fine Party @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. The Gla… err… Great Northern Hotel is throwing a damn fine party and you’re invited. You’ve stumbled upon a small, kitschy town stuck in the 1990s. It seems perfectly normal, but that’s precisely what a small town with secrets would feel like. $42 advance tickets available online.
8 pm Snailoween 2018 @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. The Silver Snail is excited to bring you a brand new take on Snailoween, Toronto’s most epic annual Halloween cosplay party of epicness! Get ready for amazing prizes for best solo and group costume, multiple themed rooms, comic-themed selfie stations, a trick or treat station, catering, fierce drag performances, and DJs Aeryn Pfaff and Phil V. $30 in advance and at the door.
8 pm Dudebox Is Fucking Dead IX @ TBA. The Dudebox crew is throwing their annual Halloween rager in an abandoned secret venue. Sounds by: Justin “Living Dead” Lee, Bonita “Last Words” Lunez b2b Aegis, Minzi “Ride To Hell” Roberta, James “Wears A Cape” Redi b2b Jon “Does Not Wear Capes, Period” Chetty, Shaine “Kill All Humanz” CRSB, and more. $21.59 advance tickets available online, with 100% of profits supporting Pieces to Pathways and Shelter Movers.
9 pm Stranded Fest Presents: Punk Goes Diva @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. A night of punk bands covering pop divas! Featuring We Are X Music as Spice Girls, Minority 905 as Britney Spears, Honeymoon Bay as Lady Gaga, and Nothing Serious as Katy Perry + a costume contest with awesome prizes. $10 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Shipwreck’d: Spooky Luau in Outer Space @ The Shore Leave, 1775 Danforth Ave. Brace yourselves for the invasion of intergalactic rum runners, strange encounters with inter dimensional beings, and unexpected adventures as Shipwreck’d celebrates a very spooky Hulaween in outer-space! Prepare for take-off and put on your favourite Halloween disguise (outer space-themed suggested, but all costumes are welcome).
9 pm Scary Potter: Hallowe’en at Hogwartz @ Track & Field, 860 College St. This year at Track & Field, they’re dressing the bar up as Hogwarts and inviting you to get in the spirit with some Harry Potter costumes. Death Cohen will be playing all your favourite jams to rage to. $13.76 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Rue Morgue Presents: The Devil’s Playground Halloween Party @ The Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. Calling all vampires, werewolves, and creatures of the night: Rue Morgue returns to Toronto to kick off its third decade of horror. Featuring a sinister spectacle of eye-popping visuals with digital-deco from VJ 7th Deadly, the demonic dance music of DJ Jimi LaMort and Saucy Miso, and the annual Midnight Costume Contest with $1,000 in cash prizes. $25 in advance, $30 at the door (before midnight).
9 pm Chronologic Halloween @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. Chronologic Halloween returns bigger, better, and scarier than ever! Join the Goin’ Steady DJs for a dance party through the ages as they play pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2019, played in chronological order). Toronto designer Gram Schmalz will transform Lee’s into a frightening array of ’90s-themed spooky mayhem. $10 at the door all night.
10 pm Juicebox Halloween @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. All ’80s Halloween party with DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel spinning the best alternative pop hits from the decade. Prizes for best costume! $10.
10 pm Stones Place Halloween Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. DJ Blush plays rock, soul, funk, pop, and disco from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Dress up as your favourite rock star (living or dead) and you could win a prize! $10.
10 pm Purple Thriller Halloween Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Get loose in celebration of two great pop music legends! All the greatest hits and pop anthems from the past and present. Costumes mandatory; prize for best Prince and Michael Jackson. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Werewolf Bar Mitzvah @ Edenhall, 193 Baldwin Ave. DJs Jer and Byron monster mashing up the scariest beats you’ve heard all year! Best costumes will be getting some swag.
10 pm P&L Halloween @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Two floors of Halloween celebration! Music by Big Jacks, JAYEMKAYEM, Diggy the DJ, and Dopey. $15.
10 pm W A V E S Halloween Party @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. W A V E S is back with their spooky Halloween spectacular! Blasting heavy hits from all genres and all decades. Costumes encouraged but not mandatory.
10 pm Worst Behavior: Hip-Hop Halloween @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush will be rattling your bones and playing hip-hop all night. Costumes (especially Drake-inspired costumes) encouraged! $10.
10 pm Hey Ghoul Hey @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Hey Girl Hey is turning The Garrison into their own personal haunted house for Halloween! Featuring DJ “Blood Orange” Pekoe spinning bone-chillingly fun female hip-hop/RnB, head-witch-in-charge Sean Beardoncé conjuring a floorshow that may or may not invoke Manon, a costume contest with a $$$ prize, CANDY, and more terrifying surprises. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
10 pm The Hilarious House of Shrikeinstein @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Esoteric Halloween romp featuring Phillip Irwin playing grave stompers all night long.
10 pm Panic Halloween Video Dance Party @ Remix, 1305 Dundas St. W. The ultimate retro party with DJ Lazarus playing the coolest and most haunted music videos of the ’80s and ’90s. Cash prizes for best costumes, Halloween decor, and treats. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
10 pm Stranger Things: 80s Halloween Dance Party @ Hard Luck, 772-A Dundas St. W. Hard Luck is heading back to the 1980s for the strangest and spookiest dance party you’ve ever seen. All your favourite 80s tunes all night long. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm The Look Goes As Follows @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Scooter McCreight and Boy Pussy serving you techno all night while you serve looks. The look this time: STRIPES. $10 cover ($5 if you have stripes in your look).
10 pm DJ Bad Credit @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Halloweekend is in full effect! Come get yer weird on with DJ Bad Credit.
10 pm Take A Chance @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Sexy Italo, futurist disco, cosmic dance, mutant wave, and synthpop with your host, Julia Dickens (DJ JD).
10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the UK, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
10 am Day of the Dead Celebration @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Evergreen’s eighth annual celebration of Latin American culture with activities for children and adults alike. It incorporates traditional Latin celebrations, fun family activities, and delicious food and drink.
10 am Framed By Feminists @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W. An affordable market of feminist art. PWYC at the door (those who can’t make a donation will not be turned away). Until 4 pm.
12 pm Trick or Treat! A Spooky Arts and Crafts Fair @ Toronto Media Arts Centre (second floor), 32 Lisgar St. An arts/crafts market for those who enjoy creepy, spooky, weird, and cute art. Free/PWYC, with all donations going back to TMAC. Until 6 pm.
12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. Kensington Market’s car-free celebration returns for the last time this season. The streets are yours until 7 pm.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
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