Join Toronto’s not-for-profit theatre company Clay & Paper Theatre this Saturday, October 26, for an evening of fearful pageantry, revels, and mockery!

Now in its 20th year, Night of Dread invites people of all ages to call on, mock, and banish their private and collective fears through parade and pageantry, music and masquerade, dance, and a devilishly good party. Participants will gather at the Rink House inside Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St.) from 4-6 p.m. to sign out puppets and masks before parading around the Dufferin Grove neighbourhood. The revelers will then return to the park, where they’ll be treated to the “Fear of the Year” theatrical pageant featuring pyro performers New Model Circus Army.

Other highlights include a shrine garden in The Valley of Remembrance to honor those who have passed, the Small Fears bonfire, a waltz with the Death dancers, traditional Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) made in the park’s public bake ovens, and a closing performance and dance party with musical guests. 

The dress code for the evening is “Black & White & Dreadful” and admission is $10 to $20 (pay what you’re able).