27 things to do in Toronto this Halloween weekend: October 28 - 30

Oct 26 2016, 11:19 pm

It’s the last weekend of October!

Whether or not you’re ready for it, November is right around the corner. With it comes daylight savings, and a whole lot of snow.

So take advantage of this last weekend of October, this sunshine, double digit weather, and of course, Halloween!

Have a great Halloween, Toronto!

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Art Toronto

Art Toronto is Canada’s international contemporary and modern art fair that provides access to the Canadian art market. The fair presents important artwork from leading Canadian and international galleries combined with an engaging series of lectures and panel discussions, curated projects, and top-tier cultural offerings throughout the city.

Where: Various venues, and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd.
When: Now until October 31

Skittles Ave

Head down to Helendale Avenue this weekend to create a rainbow-hued Halloween spectacle like never before. The residential street in the Yonge and Eglington area promises colourfully decorated houses, fun activities and of course, free packs of Skittles.

Where: Helendale Avenue
When: October 28 to 31

IKEA Then & Now: Canada’s 40th anniversary

IKEA is turning the big 4-0 and they are throwing a huge party to celebrate this impressive milestone. IKEA Then & Now is a free, interactive exhibit where visitors will have the chance to play in a ball pit, appear on the cover of the 2017 catalog, and uncover design trends.

Where: Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street
When: Now until October 30

The 4th annual Spooktacular Dog Walk

The Village Dog Pack invites dogs and their humans to join us in celebrating Halloween by taking part in a costume contest and walk around Liberty Village. This is a dress-up event – so get your doggie in the Halloween spirit!

Where: Liberty Village Park, 70 East Liberty Street
When: October 28 at 6:30 pm

ROM Friday Night Live: Goosebumps

Get ready to Halloween at the ROM! Show up in your Halloween best, and experience the weird, wacky, and spooky at #FNLROM. Costumes are highly encouraged, but to keep the collections safe, masks and props are not allowed.

Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
When: October 28 at 7 pm

July Talk

Toronto’s alternative/blues band July Talk return for two homecoming shows this weekend. July Talk’s newest album Touch was released in September. Their powerful first single “Push + Pull” has already spent a month atop the Alt Radio Chart in Canada.

Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: October 28 at 7 pm

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Raps are playing a home game on Friday evening, hosting the 2016 NBA champs, Cleveland Cavaliers. Cheer on our boys this weekend, this should be a good game! #WETHENORTH.

Where: Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay Street
When: October 28 at 7 pm

Tegan and Sara

Having just released their eighth studio album Love You To Death to rave reviews, the Quin twins are now off to their fall tour. Tegan and Sara are talented multinstrumentalists who are also incredible to watch live. Fans are in for a treat with this one!

Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When: October 28 at 8 pm

Zombie Prom

Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in style! Corpses, dapper survivors, cute cadavers and HAZMAT tuxedos. Dress to impress or infect!

Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
When: October 28 at 10 pm


Get spooked and get your drink on at the annual ScreamWhistle at Steam Whistle Brewing. DJs Skratch Bastid and Fields McQueen will be the musical entertainment for the night of ghoulish fun.

Where: 255 Bremner Blvd
When: October 28 and 29

Gills & Ghouls

The aquarium will be transformed into a creepy cove filled with everything that screams Halloween! There will be live performers throughout the entire aquarium, including a mermaid, merman, witch, and pirate, just to name a few! Check out an underwater pumpkin carving at one of their live dive shows starting at 11:15 am.

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Blvd
When: October 29 at 9 am to 4 pm

Rotate This 25th Anniversary

Celebrate one of the city’s best record stores’ birthday! Rotate This turns 25, and will be having a legendary sale, along with DJ’s, pizza, and of course, cake.

Where: Rotate This, 186 Ossington Avenue
When: October 29 at 11 am to 8 pm

The 2nd Annual Halloween Walk

A free event for first responders, their families and supporters, to help raise money for Mood Disorders Society of Canada, Peer Support Program, catering to these groups and support awareness and resiliency in areas of mental health and PTSD.

Where: Armoury, 70 Birmingham Street
When: October 29 at 12:45 pm

Canzine Toronto 2016

Canada’s largest festival of zines and independent art is coming this weekend! Hundreds of zines, comics, and artist books will be for sale, along with workshops and kids activities.

Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West
When: October 29 at 1 to 7 pm

Pumpkinfest 2016

The annual Junction Pumpkinfest is back! Head down to the neighbourhood and celebrate all things pumpkin and fall inspired at local participating businesses throughout the day.

Where: The Junction Train Platform
When: October 29 at 2 to 6 pm

St. Clair West Zombie Walk

One of a few Zombie Walks taking place around the 6ix this month is the St. Clair West Zombie Walk. All zombies and horror related creatures are welcome to join in eating the locals on St. Clair West. Free of charge and all ages are welcome.

Where: Wells Hill Park, 145 Hilton Avenue
When: October 29, 2 pm to 4 pm

Day of the Dead Celebration

The Mexican Community invites you to the traditional Celebración del Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead celebration) with aztec dance, traditional food, music, altars, workshops and more. Bring a yellow flower for the altar.

Where: Artscape, Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: October 29 at 4 pm to 10 pm

Danny Elfman’s music from the films of Tim Burton

Movie (and music) nerds unite! The Toronto Symphony Orchestra will perform selections of Danny Elfman’s celebrated film scores brought to life on stage by orchestra and choir, enhanced by the stunning visuals of Tim Burton’s original sketches, drawings, story boards, and film clips rendered in exquisite detail on the big screen. Films include Batman, Edward Scissorhands, and Nightmare Before Christmas. Best. Halloween. Ever.

Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
When: October 29 at 7:30 pm


The Toronto tradition that is Screemers is back to haunt you with seven haunted houses and thrilling rides. Take your bravest friends and head into an evening of ghostly excitement!

Where: Queen Elizabeth Building, 180 Princes’ Blvd
When: Now until October 31 from 7 pm to midnight

Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland

Experience more than 20 haunted attractions, 700 monsters, live shows and thrill rides at Halloween Haunt. Every Friday to Sunday night including Halloween.

Where: Canada’s Wonderland
When: Now until October 31

Toronto’s Horror Hallway’s

Enter the depths of hell and explore this terrifying, seemingly never-ending maze of horror. Tremble in complete darkness. Think you can handle the darkness? Runs Friday to Sunday including Halloween.

Where: 401 Mini Indy, Etobicoke (near Highway 401 and Dixon Road)
When: Now until October 31

The 17th annual Night of Dread

Night of Dread is an unforgettable evening of pageantry, music and masquerade, towering puppets, stilt dancers, fire-spinners and fearful masks. The interactive parade begins in Dufferin Grove Park at 6 pm. Admission is PWYC ($10 suggested) and all are welcome.

Where: Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Street
When: October 29 at 4 pm

Legends of Horror at Casa Loma

An immersive theatrical interpretation of all of the classic horror figures as the audience is led through a one hour, 1.5 km self-guided walk through the bowels of the historic – and spooky – castle.

Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
When: On now until October 31 at 6:30 pm

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

Great stock, top dealers, super venue. Check out vintage clothing, jewellery and fashion accessories, as well as old textiles, linens, fabrics and quilts. Visitors will meet more than 30 top Ontario and Quebec dealers in vintage fashion and textiles.

Where: Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: October 30 at 10 am to 5 pm

Monster Dash

Dress up and take part in the Monster Dash, a family friendly event that supports the WWF Canada.

Where: Sunnybrook Park
When: October 30 at 4:30 pm

Haunted Toronto

Get a team and check out Urban Capers Scavenger Hunts! From the mass graveyard at Yorkville to the insane asylum which now houses our esteemed members of parliament, to the residences of some of this country’s founding fathers (some of whom are still hanging around) you will seek out answers to tricky trivia questions while uncovering the spicier side of old Toronto.

Where: Benches outside the Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West
When: October 30 at 6 pm


Grouplove takes over the Danforth Music Hall on Sunday night! The indie pop band made us all dance and smile with their catchy single “Tongue Tied” back in 2011, and they continue to do so with their latest album Big Mess.

Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: October 30 at 7 pm