Check out our picks for the Toronto’s best Halloween arts events here.
October 21st-November 3rd American Apparel Halloween Pop-Up @ 215 Spadina Ave. Score your Halloween costume up to 90% off at this American Apparel warehouse sale! New merchandise arriving daily. Open 10-9 pm Monday through Saturday and 10-7 pm on Sunday. Free admission.
9 pm Fear Street @ Sex Laser, 1369 Dundas St W. Horror/sci-fi movie scores/songs from soundtracks, or spooky/cool stuff every Wednesday. Maybe you’ll talk about movies. Maybe you’ll dance with some zombies. Maybe you’ll fall into the Hell Mouth. $3 PBR before 11pm.
10 pm Sha Na Na @ The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W. Hump day dance party! DJ Brittney (one half of the Bangs & Blush duo) plays jukebox hits and makeout songs all night long.
10 pm Liquid Karaoke @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Colin Bergh, James McDonough, Nadia Belerique, and Jeff Hayward are your hosts. $4 Jameson and $5.50 pints before midnight.
10 pm Stop Crying @ Crawford, 718 College St. The Bass6 crew plays all the bangers you want to hear! $5.
10 pm Switched On @ Camp 4, 1173 Dundas St. W. DJ Pammm and special guest One Riker One Bridge (Dan) play indie rock and campus radio jams.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Trick or Treat @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Sponsored by Peroni, Amsterdam Brewing Co., and NOW Magazine. Sights: Evil Dead, The Musical (10:30-10:45 pm), The Dead Things Tour (take a ghost tour of the ROM’s galleries, led by a zombie), explore the ROM galleries (7-9:30 pm). Sounds: MAZ, Jamie Ruben Trio, Phil Leithead, Vanity Muscles, and house DJs curated by ElectriCITY Events. Flavours: City Gourment, Pimenton, Curbside Bliss, Gourmet Gringos, La Rivolta, Little Tomato, The Saucy Pierogi, HotBunzz, Tita Flips. $12 tickets available at the door.
8 pm A Fundraiser in Support of Philippines Earthquake Relief @ Chinchilla Lounge, 513 Danforth Ave. On October 15, 2013, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Bohol killing and injuring hundreds of people and causing widespread destruction to homes and infrastructure across the province. Livelihood Infrastructure Food Education For Health (L.I.F.E. For Health) hosts this fundraiser in support of the earthquake survivors and the province of Bohol. All funds raised will go towards helping Boholanos rebuild and recover from this catastrophe. With DJs Paul David (house), Bob Sexton (funk, soul & deep house), and Jeremy Sean (house & techno) + silent auction. PWYC.
9 pm Rue Morge Presents: The Hangman’s Ball @ The Courthouse, 57 Adelaide St. Join Rue Morgue as they celebrate their 16th year! Featuring The Violation of Violet, One Arm Bob: Geek in a Cage, and Dr. Black’s Plastic Surgery Disasters. Take part in the legendary Midnite Costume Contest featuring a $1,000 cash prize for the winner. Sponsored by Netflix and Kraken Rum. $25 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Steam Whistle Halloween Bash @ Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd. Night One of the Annual Halloween Extravaganza at Steam Whistle Brewing (Saturday’s party is sold out). Come party with hundreds of partiers in costume at the historic and haunted Steam Whistle Brewery. DJs! Cold pilsner! Surprises! $32 advance tickets available online (includes coat check and non-alcoholic drinks).
10 pm Welcome to Dead House: A Goosebumps Halloween Party @ Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave. Monster Edition and Bedroom invite you to release your inner ’90s kid at their Goosebumps Halloween Party! With DJs Brendan and Eytan Tobin + spooky projections culled from the Goosebumps TV series. Photobooth by Hello Foto. (This is a private event, so make sure you click “attending” on Facebook or email email@example.com to RSVP. There will be guest list at the door.) $10.
10 pm Dudebox is Fucking Dead IV: Carwash of Doom @ 689 King St. W. “We’ve booked the dopest, most carwash-iest of locations to accommodate the creepy throngs of drunk fools looking to get drunker and more foolish. What’s that? You think pop-up locations are lame? Whatever, see you in the lineup in your Robin Thicke costume cupping your balls and telling the bouncer you went to elementary school with the DJ. We’ll all be inside drinking cheap beer and grinding with Zombie Michelle Obama. There will be no ‘Best Costume’ awards. There will be no ‘Decorations.’ There will only be a slew of people pushing their way toward one of several bars in an atmosphere of pure, hip-hop chaos/ecstasy. This party is going long, it’s going hard and it’s going late. And just to be clear, IT’S IN A FULLY OPERATIONAL FUCKING CARWASH.” – Dudebox. $10, with 80% of profits donated to Manifesto.
10 pm The Devil’s Disco @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. DJ set by Doctor Dru (Germany) with support from Night Vision, Bones McLeod, and Graham Plant. $12.50 advance tickets available online. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for reduced cover.
10 pm We Did It Halloween @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. With Shlohmo, Salva, Nick Melons, and Harrison Bennett. $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm No No Pony @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Orange Psykoe and Amy Blood play ’90s hip-hop and everything else, with Ginuwine’s “Pony” every hour on the hour. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Shindig! @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. This month, Shindig! is bringing back that dirty old R&B that made this party famous! Resident 7” 45 RPM record selectors General Eclectic, Parkdale Funk, and Splattermonkey play your favourite jump blues, R&B, soul, and early rock ‘n’ roll all night. Free before 10:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. What would Buckwheat do? Come find out! DJs Nino Brown (Yes Yes Y’all) plays hip-hop, RnB, bangers, winders, and grinders. $5.
10 pm Nightcap Friday @ Crawford, 718 College St. DJ KOBe’J plays new and old school hits of the hip-hop, RnB, reggae, and soca variety. Two floors! $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.
10:30 pm Forever Young @ Cabal, 782 King St. W. An ’80s-themed dance party presented by Brown Eyes Entertainment. DJ Mista Jiggz playsthe best in ’80s new wave, pop, disco, house, funk, hip-hop, rock, RnB, house, reggae, TV themes, and everything else in between! Featuring video loops of TV shows, movies, commercials, and music videos + candies and board games to play from the decade. No cover.
11 pm Diggy the DJ @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Diggy the DJ (Down With Webster) plays all your favourite hip-hop bangers. $10.
4 pm Night of Dread 2013 @ Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St. The 14th annual Night of Dread will parade our private and collective fears through the darkened streets of Toronto. Join Clay & Paper Theatre for an evening of ceremonial festivities that allow us to call on, mock, and banish the fears that unite and divide us in these times. All your fears are welcome to attend and be banished! Come and dance in the streets with our city’s finest musicians, puppeteers, dancers, and stilt walkers. Parade returns to park at 7:30 pm. Dress code: black and white and dreadful. PWYC ($10 suggested).
6 pm Ghost Hole V @ Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island), 443 Lakeshore Ave. On October 26th, when the sun begins to fade… a Ghost Ship will make it’s way to the shores of Gibraltar… guided by the glow of the old light house… and the doors of the old island public school will open… but only for those brave enough to enter. Ghost Hole is an annual not-for-profit Halloween Haunted Artshow that has taken place in various strange and spooky locations around downtown Toronto. This year is the second installment at Artscape Gibraltar Point Toronto Island, at the old (and supposedly haunted) public school. Featuring strange visuals, rituals, and sounds. $13 advance tickets available at Soundscapes. $15 at door. $7 ferry tickets at dock.
9 pm 5th Annual Burroughes Haunted Mansion @ The Burroughes Building, 639 Queen St. W. For the 5th year running, the Burroughes Building will be turned into Toronto’s preeminent Halloween party! Prizes for best dressed. $25 advance tickets available online.
9 pm The 9th Annual Monster Mash: Chronologic Edition @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. This year’s Monster Mash will be bigger, better, and scarier than ever! Featuring pop and antipop from since the end of history (i.e. music from 1890 to 2013, played in chronological order). The Goin’ Steady DJs will be working with Toronto designer Adam Belanger (Cronenberg Evolution / Young Lions Music Club) to transform Lee’s into a frightening array of spooky mayhem. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
10 pm Slaughterhaus @ 99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury St. Breakandenter x Mansion present a blood soaked, industrial Halloween horror show with Berghain resident Marcel Fengler alongside a diverse selection of Toronto talent. They’ll be transforming 99 Sudbury’s Gallery into an immersive multi-room A/V labyrinth of tortured techno, hallowed house, and dark disco, with a delicious pig roast just outdoors (vegetarian option available). $25 advance and $30 regular tickets available online.
10 pm Death Disco @ Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W. Wrongbar Halloween 2013 with Fred Falke, Tourist, and Natural Animal. $15 advance tickets available online. For guestlist, email email@example.com.
10 pm 3rd Annual Shake, Rattle & Roll Halloween Spooktacular @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Spend a spooky night together with the Bangs & Blush ladies! ’60s pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to drink, dance, and get messy to. Dress to impress guys and ghouls – there will be a Halloween costume contest! $5.
10 pm Born To Run DMC Presents: Werewolves of London @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Mizz Brown and Paul G spin rock and hip-hop classics, from The Boss to Run DMC. Prizes for best costume and candy! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Ice Cold Dranks: Halloween Hangover 2 / Back In The Day @ Crawford, 718 College St. Upstairs, it’s a night of crazy costumes, bottomless candy, and swag giveaways! DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi play the hottest rap bangers, classic r&b, reggae, trap, pop, and more. Downstairs, DJ Law spins the best of all the classics with music videos GALORE! $5 before 10:30 pm, more after.
10 pm Crush Halloween @ Club 120, 120 Church St. Get your freak on with nerdy ghouls, sexy zombies, and mountable ghosts. What a better way to get your heart rate racing than shaking your booty with the pirating Tap That girls of the sexy seas?! Featuring horrific burlesque that will get your blood flowing (wink wink), pivate consent-monitored booths to get hot and heavy in, and spider webz. Dress code: terrifying. $10.
10 pm The Grave Hall: Halloween 2013 @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Toronto Is Awesome and ElectriCITY Events present: Half Punk’d (a tribute to Daft Punk), Kill Them With Colour, No Big Deal, Andrew Green, and Phil Leithead. $10 in advance or in masquerade costume.
10 pm Panic: Halloween Retro Party @ Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W. The ultimate retro Halloween party! DJ Lazarus spins the kind of retro that changed your life: ’80s, ’90s, new wave, classic alternatives, ska, Brit-pop, dance, shoegaze, post-punk and more. Prizes for best retro costume. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Hoxton Horror Halloween @ The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst St. The annual Hoxton Halloween party! DJ set by Joachim Garraud with support from resident Matt Zanardo and Miceli&Maiz. $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Blood, Sweat & Queers: Halloween Edition @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Bruce LaBruce DJs! Watch Marie Antoinette lose her head at midnight! Rocco the Psychic will read your cards! Costume contest with prizes! $5.
10 pm Idol Hanse x Bambi’s IV @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Manic nutbar Alixander III slap dashes in with Alpha Mate Ali Black to bring the deep dark techno, ritualistically assassinating sanity and sobriety in a trance induced group sacrifice to our Lady Of Darkness. You’re presence, allegiance, convenant in blood and spirit will not go unrewarded.
10 pm VOX Halloween @ Baltic Avenue, 875 Bloor St. W. Celebrate Halloween at the second VOX DJ night, featuring the best in indie and electropop. Costume optional. Dancing mandatory. $5.
10 pm In Touch @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Michelle Williams and Andrea Winkler play 111% hits! Hip-hop, R&B, and dancey classic rock anthems.
10 pm Fast Times @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’80s night with DJs Brendan Canning and Tweed! Pop, rock, new wave, punk, funk, electronic, soul, R&B, and everything else ’80s. Free before 10:30 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Pressure Drop @ Magpie, 831 Dundas St. W. DJs Chuck Boom and Guvnor General play only the very ruffest, tuffest selections from across the different eras and styles of Jamaican music: ska, rocksteady, roots reggae, dubwize, rub-a-dub, dancehall, mento, capypso, soul, funk, and more. Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
11 pm Shake A Tail @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. ’60s pop, rock, soul, funk, garage, ska, ANYTHING! Always humid. $5.
11 pm Itzsoweezee @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A feel-good house party atmosphere! DJs Tom Wrecks and DeMiggs play music to make you dance, smile, and holler. For guest list, email firstname.lastname@example.org (closes at 11:30 pm). $10.
10 am The Junction Flea @ Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave. The Junction Flea heads east to the Brickworks! A mix of select independent vendors selling antiques, handmade craft + design, food, vintage clothing, records, and more. Until 5 pm. $2.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Come get yourself quizzed by the quiz masters Kirk and Anthony!
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