October 26th-31st Legends of Horror @ Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. Experience an immersive theatrical interpretation of all of the classic horror figures as you go take part in a one hour, 1.5 km self-guided walk through the bowels of the historic castle. $40 in advance, $45 at the door.
October 28th-29th Scream Whistle @ Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd. Join The Good Fear Folks as DJs Skratch Bastid and Fields McQueen take over Steam Whistle’s haunted boo-rewery for two nights. Doors at 9pm. $35 advance tickets available online.
7 pm Keith Cole: #Hashtag Gallery Slut @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. Legendary Toronto performance artist Keith Cole presents a work that considers legacy and memory, collapsing time, space and identity. Featuring drag sensation Maria Delmonte, porn superstar Ryan Russell, and queer filmmaker Raymond Helkio. There will be water. There will be interpretive dance. There will be cats. Free!
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.
7 pm Hell’oween Havoc @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. A trivia night this close to Halloween only means one thing: an entire evening of questions dedicated to the things that go bump in the night. Horror movies, monsters, ghosts both friendly and not, and most importantly, the abomination known as candy corn. Round up your fellow gorgons, ghouls, and gremlins and prepare yourselves for tricks ‘n’ treats, shitty costumes, monster chiller horror theatre, and the Sons of Satan’s iPod. Doors at 7 pm, trivia at 8. $5 per team (up to 6 people).
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.
7 pm #FNLROM: Goosebumps @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Come in your Halloween best and experience the weird, wacky, and spooky at #FLROM. Costumes are highly encouraged, but to keep the museum’s collections safe, please coat check masks and props. $15 tickets available online and at the door.
7:15 pm Scream Quote-Along @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. A 20th anniversary quote-(and scream)-along screening of Wes Craven’s brilliant, genre-subverting 1996 horror blockbuster. As always, Hot Docs will show the movie with subtitles on so you’ll know exactly when to yell out “Not in my movie!” and provide some prop items to make it a truly interactive experience. Doors at 7:15 pm, screening at 8:15. Advance tickets available online.
10 pm Shindig Halloween @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. It’s that time once again when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest, allowing the dead to walk among us. Throw on your costumes and come dance your butts off to the coolest ’50s and ’60s soul and R&B records of all time with DJs Parkdale Funk, General Eclectic, and Splattermonkey! $10.
10 pm Blaq Hole @ Luanda House, 974 Bloor St. W. Blaq Hole is turning the intro scene of Belly into a horror flick. It’s Hype Williams meets Tim Burton, set to dancehall, trap, vogue, and RnB. Sounds by Nino Brown, Murderposse, and Young Teesh. This is a black light glow-up party, so all-white costumes are encouraged. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Tenderness Halloween Ball @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. A night of ghost and goblins, with your special selectors Roberto Pinto Jr., Cody Lee, and Jason Hynes to calm them down. Disco, funk, soul, and boogie.
10 pm A Zombie Prom to Remember @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Sexy corpses, dapper survivors, cute cadavers, and HAZMAT tuxedos: dress to impress or infect! Featuring free glam photo shoots, zombie makeup, costume contests, prizes, giveaways, and DJ Johnny B Goode playing the best dance hits and monster mash anthems of all time. $25 in advance, $40 at the door.
10 pm Stranger Tings @ Dundas Video, 831 Dundas St. W. Halloween is finally here and Barb is still nowhere to be found. Come celebrate the spookiest of holidays (preferably in costume) at Dundas Video for a night of hip-hop, R&B, electro, new wave, indie, retro video games, and cheap drinks. No cover.
10 pm ’Bout It @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Join selectors Ian C and DJ Nova for a third installment of uncanny riddim to shake yer bones! This special costume-friendly edition promises a mix of deep and classic jams, including soul, funk, boogie, disco, house, and some surprises.
10 pm The 2000s Halloween Party @ BLND TGR, 559 College St. DJs Hedspin and R2hrowback playing throwback hip-hop and R&B from the early 2000s until now! All your favourite and forgotten millennial hits from Usher, 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Missy Elliott, Kanye West, Ludacris, Pharrell, and more. Halloween costumes strongly encouraged. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Feministry @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. A project growing from music, fashion, writing, conversation, ideas exchange, centred by intersectional feminism; acknowledgement of difference, assertions of love and respect. This month, DJs Vicky C, Jaime Sin, and Cam Lee play techno, house, disco, and weird stuff. PWYC / $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm You Dig? @ The Yukon, 1592 Queen St. W. Resident DJs The Crate Bugz spinning all vinyl: funk and soul, funky disco, breaks, jazz, classic/old school hip-hop, and more.
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 Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, soca, dancehall, and deep grooves with DJ Nino Brown.
11 pm Lay These Knight @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Lay These Knight spooks you good for Halloweekend! Famous Players and Patrick McGuire play sweaty R&B anthems from the ’90s to the ’10s. All your old favourites, new favourites, and soon-to-be-favourites. $10.
11 am Rotate This 25th Anniversary @ Rotate This, 186 Ossington Ave. Rotate This is turning 25 years old this October, and they’re planning a big party to celebrate. In addition to a legendary sale event, they’ve got guest DJs, live bands, cake, pizza, and giveaways galore. Until 8 pm.
2 pm Keith Cole: #Hashtag Gallery Slut @ Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W. Legendary Toronto performance artist Keith Cole presents a work that considers legacy and memory, collapsing time, space and identity. Featuring drag sensation Maria Delmonte, porn superstar Ryan Russell, and queer filmmaker Raymond Helkio. There will be water. There will be interpretive dance. There will be cats. Free with gallery admission.
4 pm Night of Dread @ Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St. Clay & Paper Theatre presents the 17th 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 family-friendly party. Full schedule of events here.
9 pm Afterlife Glam: Drake Halloween @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Ground control to the artist formerly known as Prince. This Halloween, the Drake Hotel is paying tribute to the greats of glam with a Bowie vs. Prince banger. DJ Nana and Itzsoweezee on the decks + a costume contest with prizes, prizes, prizes! $10.
9 pm Goin’ Steady DJs Present: Monster Mash @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. For the 12th year in a row, the Goin’ Steady DJs are pleased to announce that their Monster Mash will be bigger, better, and scarier than ever! Featuring the absolute best dance tracks from every era, played in chronological order. Unexpect the accepted except exceptional exceptions and DANCE. $10 at the door (arrive early).
9 pm Bangs & Blush’s Halloween Spooktacular @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Ready to scream with delight?! Bangs & Blush’s Halloween Spooktacular is back for a sixth year, and they’ll be bringing you the scariest and supernatural tunes from the ’90s until now to get your bones moving. Impaler Swift, Spice Ghouls, Mariah Scary, Kill Smith, Boolio, Cray-Z, Spook Dogg, Beyon-slay, and more. $10.
9 pm Tim Burton Halloween Extravaganza @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1250 Queen St. W. Immerse yourself in the fantastical fairytale world of Tim Burton at the Gladstone’s 2016 Halloween Bonanza. They’ll be going down the rabbit hole to transform the hotel into a desperately dark, freakishly fun, amazingly animated inside-out upside-down wonderland. There will be enough selfie stations, bands, DJs, performers, dancers, and decorators to keep your head spinning all night. Dress in your best for a chance to win a costume contest! $35 advance tickets available online.
9 pm Stones Place Halloween @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Monster Mash yourself silly with DJ Blush and the Stones Place family! ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s rock ‘n’ roll, soul, pop, funk, and disco + prizes, candy, and a costume contest.
10 pm Juicebox: Halloween Edition @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Indie hits dance party with DJs Tweed and Babe Decibel playing The Strokes, David Bowie, Pulp, The Stooges, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, Joy Division, Belle & Sebastian, Gorillaz, The Ramones, Interpol, and more. And thanks to Kops Records and Steam Whistle, there will be a $100 CASH PRIZE for best costume! $10.
10 pm Italoween @ Holy Oak, 1241 Bloor St. W. A night of hypnotizing Italo, glittering cosmic disco, and other haunted melodies that will keep you up at night and have you screaming for more. With DJs Pammm, Diana, Daniel, and Andycapp. Free before midnight, $5 after.
10 pm Motown Party Monster Mash @ Studio Bar, 824 Dundas St. W. Come shimmy, shake your tail feather, and step to old favourites and rare grooves from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and more. Devilish DJs Fawn Big Canoe and Good Kids got that spooky soul sound to put the spring in your step. $10 early bird and $15 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Scream Me Up: Halloween Disco @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Beam Me Up’s annual celebration of disco’s spectral rise, from the depths of the darkness back to the limelight! Residents A Digital Needle and Cyclist play freaky funk, dark disco, and haunted proto-house for an evening of reverence. $10.
10 pm Parts & Labour Halloween @ Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. Two floors of Halloween celebration at Parts & Labour! DJ Big Jacks upstairs from 11:30 pm onwards, Bitch Craft downstairs playing LOUD rap music. Photobooth and other surprises throughout. $10.
10 pm Stranger Things Halloween Party @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. Stranger Things reinvigorated our love for ’80s horror movies, so Velvet Underground is throwing a Halloween party dedicated to the best era for the genre. Come party as your favourite ’80s villain (or hero or heroine) and dance the night away to the best ’80s jams out there, with some Halloween flavoured songs as well. $15 advance tickets are sold out, but there will be some available at the door. Due to popular demand, a second party has been added for Monday, October 31st (tickets available here).
10 pm Purple Thriller Halloween Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Come 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 Michael Jackson and Prince. $10 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Satan’s Panties @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Satanic ear candy by DJs Shevil Knevil and Gina Hoops. Dark rock ‘n’ roll, oozy disco, haunted soul, devil’s dance, and Halloween oddities.
10 pm 8th Annual Footprints Halloween Bash @ Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W. Join DJs General Eclectic and Jason Palma for their always fabulous, spooked out freakfest of a Halloween get down! The playlist will be their trademark brand of soulful, funky, and polyrhythmic goodies from disco, house, R&B, and hip-hop to Latin, Brazilian, afrobeats, reggae, dancehall, funk, and soul. Costumes are greatly encouraged, but not mandatory. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after.
10 pm Heroes vs. Villains: A Halloween Party @ Wide Open, 139-A Spadina Ave. Dress up as your favourite hero or the most feared villain, and get ready to take on the world. $5 in advance and at the door (advance tickets include a complimentary shot).
10 pm The Boat’s 11th Halloween Party @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Celebrating 11 Halloweens of EXCELLENT costume parties at the Boat. Get down to the best spooky jams of the season with DJ Keith Hamilton. There will also be drink prizes, tattoo prizes, and fun prizes!
10 pm Panic: Halloween Retro Party @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. The ultimate retro party! DJ Lazarus and special guest Tom Shear spin the kind of music that changed your life: ’80s, ’90s, new wave, classic alternatives, synth pioneers, Britpop, ska, shoegaze, post-punk, and more. Dress up in your best retro-inspired costume to win cash prizes. $10 in advance (guarantees entrance and line bypass), more at the door.
10 pm Glitter Box: Halloween Edition @ The Steady, 1051 Bloor St. W. Get out of your boring box and come to the GLITTER BOX! It’s gonna be a puuuuuurfect night with DJ Kitty playing all your favourite retro guilty pleasures and the best spooky hits from eras past.
10 pm Promise Warehouse Halloween Party @ 178 Queens Quay E. This Halloween, Promise is taking over a stunning raw industrial warehouse and filling it everything you need, beginning with the unveiling of graf artist Kizmet’s first ever 360º 3D installation. For the main room, the lighting and decor is a mix between Promise’s favourite Nuit Blanche exhibit and the Stranger Things series – half spooky, half pretty, all fun! Soundtrack for the night is house and techno, with AD/D, My Favorite Robot, Matt Von Wilde, Jackie Spade, and TAKiN. $44 advance tickets available online.
10 pm Breakfast Club ’80s Halloween Party @ BLND TGR, 559 College St. BLND TGR takes you back to the ’80s this Halloween, with sounds from David Bowie to Duran Duran to Steve Winwood, and visuals from Poltergeist to Friday the 13th to Ghostbusters. Music provided by DJ Starting from Scratch. $10 guestlist before 11:30 pm (text names to 416-897-8177), $20 after.
10 pm 7th 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. $30 advance tickets available online.
10 am Fall Vintage Clothing Show @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Find a world of vintage under one roof at the Fall Vintage Clothing Show, from fashion to accessories and textiles. Featuring 30 top vintage dealers from Toronto, Montreal, and beyond. Until 5 pm. $10.
12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. The streets are yours from 12-7 pm! Pedestrian Sundays don’t permanently change the streets; they forever change the way you perceive them.
3 pm Super-Flea Every Sunday Flea Market Party @ Super Wonder Gallery, 876 Bloor St. W. Shop rad stuff and PARTY! Over 35 vintage and one-of-a-kind vendors, yummy foods, live music and entertainment, and drinks in Lucifer’s Lounge. Until 9 pm.
6:45 pm Ghost Stories (Told Live) @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. Get ready for a teeeeeeeerrrifyyyyyyyyyyyiiiiiiiiing night of ghost, Hallowe’en, and spook-related (mostly) true stories! Featuring nine storytellers telling (mostly) true stories about eerie things that happened to or near them (or to one of their relatives). Doors at 6:45 pm, stories start at 7:30. $10 in advance and a limited number of tickets available at the door for $15 each.
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: Beetlejuice @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Screen Queens is Mystery Science Theater + Drunk History + Elvira x lots of booze. Get ready to experience movies like never before. This month, they’re screening Beetlejuice, with live and potentially very drunk commentary, special guests, performances, drinking games, a Halloween costume contest, and plenty of surprises. Pre-show at 8:45 pm, movie at 9. $15 in advance, limited tickets available at the door.
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