October 25th-27th For York After Dark: Lantern Tours @ Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd. Tour the grounds of Fort York at night, and hear stories about this national treasure and the history that surrounds it. Complimentary refreshments included. $13.50 advance tickets available online.
6 pm Design Mexico @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Showcasing work from seven of Mexico’s best graphic design studios, illustrators, and typographers. $20 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 and the winning table gets an $50 Drake gift card (plus bragging rights)! Click here to reserve with OpenTable, or show up early to ensure a spot for your team.
8 pm The MUFF Society Presents: Practical Magic @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton, 20 Carlton St. Join The MUFF Society for a screening of one of the best witchy movies of all time, Practical Magic! Pop-up shop + photobooth fun at 8 pm, screening at 9. $10 advance tickets available online.
5 pm Fall Vintage Crawl Toronto @ various locations. The best vintage stores in the city stay open late so you can hop from shop to shop and check out fabulous fashion finds, with some stores offering up live DJs, treats, and deals in a party-like atmosphere. Visit the Vintage Crawl website for a full list and map of participating stores. Until 11 pm.
5 pm Vintage Boozaar Night Market @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Gladstone’s Vintage Boozaar has joined Vintage Crawl Toronto for another night of vintage glory! Dig through heaps of crushed velvet, french lace, Irish wool, and more while enjoying patties and punch from Chef in Residence Suzanne Barr + a DJ set by Kill Them With Colour at 8 pm.
6 pm Goosebumps Marathon @ D-Beatstro, 1292 Bloor St. W. Get into the Halloween spirit by watching episodes of the classic kids show Goosebumps! All ages welcome.
7 pm “Black & White Fright” Opening Reception @ Black Cat Artspace, 2186 Dundas St. W. An exhibition of original art by C.M. Duffy inspired by classic horror of the silver screen. Until 11 pm. Exhibition and pop-up shop runs until November 1st.
10 pm Get Lo @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush bring you the ULTIMATE ’90s til now dance party, GET LO! They’ll be playing all the shit you wanna hear from the ’90s to today.
10 pm Soul, Funk & What? @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Soul and funk that will have you dancing the night away, all spun on 45s. Maximum party time!
10 pm Bless This Mess @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Dirty Daddy Don brings a messy mix of magic to The Steady. $6 PBR tall cans.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Wicked @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park Blvd. Come in your Halloween best and experience the weird, wacky, and wicked at #FNLROM! Advance tickets sold out, limited available at the door beginning at 7 pm.
8 pm Freaky Friday: Halloween Edition @ The House of VR, 639 Queen St. W. Enjoy 360 degrees of terror as you walk through a virtual haunted house or attempt to fend off Bloody Mary. $15 gets you an all-you-can-VR pass for the whole night; each VR booth will have its own terrifying experience so you can try all the creepy games and interactions.
8 pm Rocky Horror Picture Show Trivia @ H Bar, 859 Queen St. W. Think you know the Time Warp? Test your Rocky Horror knowledge at H Bar’s special themed trivia! Free to play, $50 prize.
9 pm Dragonstone Hotel Halloween Bash @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Gather your allies and don your finest furs, because winter has come to the Dragonstone Hotel this Halloween. Live performances by Kayko and The Mercenaries; DJ sets by Misty, Kaleb, and Joe Blow; Pink Crow Tarot as Melisandre, the Red Woman channelling the Lord of Light and telling fortunes; and a special appearance by Fay Slift: Lady Beard Extraordinaire as the Queen of Dragons. Costume contest winner takes the Iron Throne. $35 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Hallowimmin @ Less Bar, 834 Bloor St. W. Wimmin rides again! A heavy, queer rock ‘n’ roll dance party, featuring music by only female and gender-expansive punkers and rockers like Patti Smith, X-Ray Spex, PJ Harvey, The Cliks, Against Me!, Janis Joplin, Le Tigre, and many, many more. Costumes strongly encouraged. PWYC ($5 suggested, but no one turned away for lack of funds).
9 pm All Fright Long: A Halloween Dance Party @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. A spooky dance party featuring a six-piece live band performing all your favourite freaky Halloween songs and so much more. Afterparty from Child’s Play – Disney, retro cartoons, and video games remixed to insanity.
10 pm Stranger Things ’80s Halloween Party @ The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. Stranger Things reinvigorated our love for ’80s horror movies, so the Opera House is throwing a Halloween party dedicated to the era. Come party as your favourite ’80s villain (or hero or heroine) and dance the night away to the best ’80s jams there are. $11 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Scream. Halloween @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A night DEADicated to all things horror and things the go bump in the night! A night of haunted dancing begins with host Jacklynne Hyde and special guest Skipper Meds. Gogo dancer Josh Newfund will slay all your wildest fantasies, while DJ Adam Cowan keeps you in the mood for night like no other. $5.
10 pm Medicine: Halloween Edition @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Medicine gets spooky! Classic psyche (Can, Velvet Underground, 13th Floor Elevators, Neu!, etc.) vs. modern psyche (LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, Tame Impala, My Bloody Valentine, etc.), played on vinyl by DJ Nico and Johnny Trash.
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 Halloweekend Freakout with DJ Teenage Werewolf @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Post-punk, psych, Rock ‘n’ roll, soul – come get freaky with DJ Teenage Werewolf. Halloween drink specials, tricks, treats, ghouls, ghosties, and free candy!
10 pm Buffy ’90s Party @ Hard Luck, 722-A Dundas St. W. Buffy, Xander, Willow, Spike, and the rest of the gang are facing a new threat and it has sent them back to the ’90s! They need your help to dance them away. Make sure you dress the part or you’ll be spotted. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Essence Brown Spooky Costume Party @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Sexy, smooth, seductive hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall with your hosts Teej Mahal, Hoiking, and Sims. $5.
10 pm High Power Freak Fete #2 @ Miss Things, 1279 Queen St. W. High Power is back for the second annual Freak Fete, which means someone’s gonna play “Thriller” and someone else is gonna play “Bodak Yellow” three times. Sounds brought to you by Nino Brown, Dre Ngozi, and Spinelli. Costumes, no costumes, clothes, no clothes, fangs. Come get it. Advance tickets sold out, limited available at the door.
10 pm Boosie Fade @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Bumping all the ceiling-slapping bops you want to hear, including tunes from artists like: A$AP Mob, Future, Beyonce, Rihanna, Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert, Metro Boomin, Miguel feat. Travis Scott, Rae Sremmurd, and more. $10.
10 pm All That @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A ’90s night like no other! DJs Streets and LK play mostly hip-hop, dirty R&B, and club kid jams. $5.
10 pm Peak Freaks @ The Embassy, 223 Augusta Ave. Expect a mind-melting mix of original heavy heavy sounds, mod, psych, prog, freak-sounds, and wiggle rock, with loving lashings of soul, rhythm und blües, and gummy gummy rocksteady. All vinyl.
10 pm Jamz @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Mostly ’90s dance party with pals Slater and Ty! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.
11 pm Get Good @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy The DJ plays all your favourite bangers. $10.
11 am Tiger of Sweden Trick of Treat @ Tiger of Sweden, 56 Ossington Ave. Stop by Tiger of Sweden’s Toronto flagship for complimentary candy bars for trick or treating, hot chocolate, and face painting. Both children and adults are welcome! Until sunset.
4 pm Day of the Dead Celebration @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. A community-sponsored celebration featuring musicians, Mexica (Aztec) dancers, culinary creators, artisans, visual artists, and performers. Bring a (marigold) yellow/orange flower to place in the community altar as an offering to your beloved ones that have passed away. Admission is free and the celebration is suitable for all ages. Until 10 pm.
4 pm Night of Dread @ Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St. Clay & Paper Theatre presents the 18th 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. Full schedule of events here.
8 pm Dudebox Is Fucking Dead VIII @ Zimmerman’s Freshmart, 241 Augusta Ave. The Dudebox crew is throwing a Halloween rager in an abandoned supermarket in Kensington Market. Eardrum-bleeding sounds provided by Nino “Body Bags” Brown, YesYes “Jook This Fool” Jill, Abscvnd, James “Rip Your Ribs Out” Redi, Jon “I’m Actually Quite Nice, Sorry To Be Off Brand” Chetty, and Aux God. $15 before 10 pm, $20 before midnight, $25 after midnight (party goes until 4 am).
8 pm Hey Girl Hey: Halloween + Goodbye Steady @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. The Steady is going to be closing her doors forever, but before that happens, Hey Girl Hey is sending her off with the best goddamn Halloween party of life! DJ Orange Pekoe on the decks, playing hip-hop and R&B by female artists + Beardoncé headlining multiple floor shows throughout the night. $10.
8 pm Snailoween 2017 @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury Ave. Toronto’s nerdiest, spookiest Halloween bash, brought to you by Silver Snail. This year, they have over $2,000 in prizes to give away for the best of the best costumes. $30 advance tickets available online (includes catering).
9 pm Chronologic Halloween @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Chronologic Halloween returns bigger, better, and scarier than ever! Join the Goin’ Steady DJs and special guest Wes Allen for a dance party through the ages. Pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2017, played in chronological order). $10 at the door.
9 pm Rocky Horror Halloween @ Stone’s Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Join DJ Blush and the Stones Place family as they do Halloween in a Rocky Horror Picture show kinda way! ’50s/60s/70s rock ‘n’ roll dance party + costume contest. $10.
9 pm Nightmare on Broadview @ The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave. The Broadview Hotel transforms into a post-apocalyptic dance hall with dancers, performers, live music, and DJs. Dress to impress, but beware as no one knows what’s lying just around the corner. $40 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Worst Behavior: Hip-Hop Halloween @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush playing past and present bangers all damn night from Drake, The Weeknd, Cardi B, Beyonce, Notorious B.I.G., Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and more. Costumes (especially Drake inspired costumes) encouraged! $5 before 10 pm, $10 after.
9 pm The Dancing Dead Halloween Party @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Family Business resurrect DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi to 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. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
9 pm Gore Gore Halloween @ Lipstick & Dynamite, 992 Queen St. W. Halloween is the season of the Gore. Party with your favourite ghouls in leopard print – there will be raffles, photo booth, and a costume contest!
9 pm Carnivale Halloween @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. The Great Hall will be turned into a living, breathing, haunted experience with creepy decor, live performances (including freaky sideshow acts, fire artists, and contortionists), top DJ talent, and more for the fifth annual Carnivale Halloween. $29.95 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Rue Morgue Presents: The Night We Turn 20th Anniversary Halloween Party @ The Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. Calling all vampires, werewolves, and creatures of the night: Rue Morgue returns to Toronto to celebrate two decades of horror. Featuring $1,000 in cash prizes for the Midnite Costume Contest, Crazy Clown Ball Pit, 20th anniversary cake sitting ceremony, all night terror tunes, and lots more. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
10 pm Juicebox: Halloween Edition @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Celebrate Halloween with DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel spinning a very special, ALL ’80s, ALL awesome set. $100 prize for best costume + giveaways from Kops Records and Steam Whistle! $10.
10 pm She’s A Witch @ Less Bar, 834 Bloor St. W. Dress in your finest blood-soaked garments, velvet, diamonds, clothing from the future-past, or whatever disguise you prefer on this spookiest of weekends. Spellbinding tunes courtesy of DJs Automaticamore, Katie Marie Lavoie, and JD. $5/PWYC.
10 pm Good Times Halloween Special @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Halloween weekend madness with DJ Misty! Motown, rock ‘n’ roll, spooky drink specials, free treats, and plenty of tricks.
10 pm P&L Halloween Carnival @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Two floors of Halloween celebration! Hip-hop, trap, and more upstairs with DJs JAYEMKAYEM and Freeza Chin + Don Diego in the basement playing throwbacks, R&B, and more. $300 cash prize for best costume. $10.
10 pm Halloween Funhouse @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. The Drake turns into a Halloween Funhouse for one night only! Get spooked and straight (responsibly) slizzard in a building-wide house party banger with DeeJay Nana and DJ crew Itzsoweezee. $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 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 ’90s. Cash prizes for best costumes, Halloween decor, and treats. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
10 pm Jelly Halloween @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Calling all freaks to the front… DJs Sammy Rawal, Tamika, and Diego Armand serving sounds all night to bounce to. House, trap, dancehall, vogue, club dembow, afro, electronic, and baile funk. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm 8th Annual Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ’90s Halloween @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. A Tribute to old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop from the ’90s. Cash prizes for best Halloween costumes. $25 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Love Below Halloween @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Throbbing music made by machines (and people) moving in slow motion. Quiet storm meets storm rave. Andrew Ross on the button. $5 before midnight, more after.
10 pm Tiki Disco Saturdays @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Post-dinner Saturday night party in the Coconut Room, with special guest DJs to make you MOVE! No cover before midnight.
10 pm You Dig? @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. DJs Crate Bugz and Akiin spinning funk and soul, classic hip-hop, disco, afrobeat, breaks, and more.
10 pm F’unreal @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Six great DJs with different styles collide in a sweaty mash-up of fun. $5.
10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the U.K, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
11 pm Halloween 1983 @ Smiling Buddha (basement), 961 College St. Costume party circa 1983. Boogie music all night long. $5.
12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. The final Pedestrian Sunday of the season! From 12-7 pm, cars are given the boot for streets filled with food, performers, dancers, music, vendors, and hundreds of happy people.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
8 pm Screen Queens Presents: Elvira Mistress of the Dark @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Drag Queens. Live drunk commentary. Drinking games. Debauchery. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month, enjoy a screening of the goth horror cult classic Elvira Mistress of The Dark. Prizes for best costumes (theme: goth or Elvira characters) from Speakeasy Tattoos, Muskoka Brewery, The Royal Cinema, Screen Queens, and more. $15 advance tickets available online.
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