5 things to do in Toronto today: Thursday, October 31

Oct 30 2019, 3:00 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Don’t worry, that’s not the early start of Christmas music (that’s tomorrow). It’s October 31, Halloween, and while that means the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest, it also means the veil between you and a good time is practically non-existent.

Halloween at Arcane

What: King Street’s hottest new venue is throwing not one, but three Halloween bashes this year. Closeout the month with the final one! It’s is the Eyes Wide Shut-themed masquerade.

When: Thursday, October 31
Where: 461 King Street West
Admission: Ticket info can be found here

TIFF Boombox: Heroes Vs Villains

What: Good and evil collide on October 31 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where heroes face off against villains and Cirque du Soleil dazzles with an exclusive, one-night-only performance. Head there dressed as your favourite hero or villain — the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. What happens next is up to you.

When: Thursday, October 31
Time: 9 pm
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street W
Admission: Available online

Halloween On Church Street

What: Watch as Toronto’s Gay Village transforms into the city’s most wicked street party on Halloween night. The street closes to traffic and becomes a pedestrian-only boulevard.  Get ready for wave after wave of Halloween-dressed revellers. Organizers expect thousands of people filling up six blocks along Church Street (Wood Street to Gloucester Street).

When: Thursday, October 31
Time: 6:30 pm to 2 am
Where: The Village, 65 Wellesley Street East
Admission: Free

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince In Concert

What: With this film, based on the sixth installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the movie as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra plays the score along with it. Organizers encourage fans to come dressed in their favourite wizarding attire and be a part of a costume showcase.

When: October 31 to November 2
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Sony Centre, 1 Front Street East
Admission: Tickets start at $55, available online

Don Giovanni

What: Don’t miss this outrageous comedy of an incorrigible young playboy who blazes a path to his own destruction in a single day. Firmly grounded in the tradition of the Italian commedia dell’arte, this glittering new production stars Douglas Williams as Don Giovanni at the gorgeous Ed Mirvish Theatre.

When: October 31 to November 9
Time: Times vary, check online
Where: Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St
Admission: Tickets start at $39, available online