Your ultimate Toronto Halloween event guide for 2019

Oct 22 2019, 10:45 am

This year, there’s no shortage of Halloween fun to be had, as there are countless parties and events taking place as early as this weekend.

Whether you and your friends want to get down to some live music, enter a few costume contests, or dance the night away at a 90s-inspired party, we’ve got the perfect Halloween event for you.

The Rocky Horror Show

Rocky Horror

The Rocky Horror Picture Show / IMDb

What: Let’s do the Time Warp Agaiiinnnnnn! This comedy horror and cult classic tells the story of newly engaged couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who meet a group of strange individuals. Sold-out for seven years in a row, you can’t miss this Halloween spectacle, live on stage.

When: October 24, 25, 26, 27, and 31
Time: Performances from 8 pm to 10 pm and 11 pm to 1 am
Where: Lower Ossington Theatre
Price: Prices vary by seat selection

Dark Waters

What: Splash into Dark Waters on October 25. This 19+ event will send chills through your gills as you explore the dark side of the aquarium. Beware of creatures from the deep because this is not your average Halloween party. Once you catch your breath, grab a few drinks, join the costume contest, and enjoy the thrilling views as you dance the night away. Just be careful of what lurks below.

When: October 25
Time: 8 pm to 12 am
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Boulevard
Tickets: From $28 per person

Thriller Halloween

What: If you’re in the mood to dance the night away to the sounds of one of the top house DJs, Rebel is the place to be on the Friday before Halloween. Thriller at Rebel will feature the sounds of Oliver Heldens, Manzone & Strong, and more.

When: October 25
Time: 10 pm
Where:
Rebel, 11 Polson Street
Price: From $65

Halloween at Arcane

What: King Street’s hottest new venue is throwing not one, but three Halloween bashes this year. The Unknown is a ticketed costume event taking place on October 25, the Innocence masquerade is on the 26, and the Eyes Wide Shut masquerade on the 31.

When: October 25, 26, and 31
Where: 461 King Street West
Price: Ticket info can be found here

Howl’oween at The Bentway

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The Bentway

What: The Bentway is hosting Howl’oween (read: a dog-in-costume parade) on October 26. The site, in collaboration with Bark ‘n Yapp, is inviting local pups and their owners to participate in the event complete with loot bags, prizes, treats, and local vendors.

When: October 26
Time: From 1 pm
Where: The Bentway – 201 Fort York Boulevard
Price: Free to attend

The Haunted Hotel at The Thompson

What: Just in time for Halloween, the Thompson will be transformed into a one of a kind spooky experience – the entire hotel is being taken over from the Wildflower to the Lobby. This Haunted Halloween is complete with DJ’s, candy tables, cocktails, and of course costume competitions.

When: October 26
Time: 9:30 pm to 2:30 am
Where: 550 Wellington Street
Price: Tickets from $30

Scream Whistle

What: Steam Whistle is back with Scream Whistle, their annual Halloween bash this October. Come in costume and dance the night away with DJ Skratch Bastid and Fields McQueen.

When: October 26
Time: Party kicks off at 8:30 pm
Where: Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd
Tickets: $35

Redemption Paws Halloween Bash

What: Dogs in costumes, music, prizes, food, drinks, and more dogs — what could possibly be better than this? Perhaps that you can enjoy all of these things at Toronto’s largest Halloween party for dogs this month.

When: October 26
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard Street East
Price: $40

Trick or Drink

What: Calling all ghouls, goblins, witches, and warlocks. It’s time to prepare for a haunting night out. Because Barcrawlerz is taking over Toronto this month, for a multi-day bar crawl completely revolving around Halloween. During the crawl you’ll get the chance to float through Belfast Love, Dublin Calling, Rock ‘N’ Horse Saloon, and many more, decked out in full costume.

When: October 26 from 4 pm to 2 am and October 31 from 6 pm to 2 am
Where: Participating bars in downtown Toronto
Price: Tickets are available online from $15

The Citizen Disco’s Dead

The Citizen/Instagram

What: Get your disco shoes ready, Citizen is throwing a groovy disco Halloween party next weekend. The spooky celebration will feature a DJ and tons of awesome Instagrammable Halloween scenes and props. The theme is Death and Disco.

When: October 26
Time: 10 pm
Where: Citizen, 522 King Street West
Price: Cover is $10

Nightmare on Brandt Street

What: Alright party people, it’s time to get out your most terrifying ensemble and get ready to party all night long at Early Mercy’s Nightmare on Brandt Street bash. Doors will be open until 4 am so get ready for a night full of surprises.

When: October 26
Time: 10 pm
Where: 504 King Street West

Halloween at MARBL

What: Leave it to Marbl to host a four-day Halloween celebration. On October 26, 30, and 31, you can join Marbl in celebrating the spookiest day of the year. They’ll also be hosting “Day of the Dead” on November 2. No tickets are required for any of the events, but entry will be on a first come first served basis, so make sure to get there early.

When: October 26, 30, 31, and November 2
Where: 455 King Street West

Halloween at Petty Cash

What: Petty Cash is so excited for Halloween that they’ll be throwing two different parties this year. To kick it off, they’ll be hosting “Saturday Night Fever, Dead or Alive” on October 26 and the party will continue on October 31, with a “Get Lit” themed event. Both events are first-come-first-serve and free to attend.

When: October 26 and 31
Where: 487 Adelaide Street West

Halloween at The Pint Public House

The Pint Public House

What: The Pint will be hosting Halloween festivities on October 26 and October 31. On Saturday, The Pint will be hosting its first-ever 90s themed costume party. There will be prizes for best costumes, drink specials, lots of candy, and more. Then, on October 31, The Pint will be bringing you your favourite tunes, $5 beers, $4 shots, and a prize for the best costume. Tickets for both events are $15 and can be purchased online.

When: October 26 and 31
Time: Saturday, 9 pm to 2 am; Thursday, 10 pm to 2 am
Where: 227 Front Street West
Price: From $15

Howl-O-Ween Party

What: Brunswick Bierworks is throwing a Howl-O-Ween party, complete pumpkin carving, a costume contest (for both dogs and humans), and much more. Plus, all attendees will receive a trick-or-treat bag to fill at vendor booths.

When: October 27
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Where: Brunswick Bierworks – 25 Curity Avenue
Tickets: Available online for $10

Ghost Stories Live

What: If you don’t feel like going to a party this year, you can still get into the spooky spirit at this live ghost story reading. The event will feature storytellers telling (mostly) true stories about eerie things that happened to or near them. Featuring some of True Stories Told Live’s previous favourites and a few new faces, plus the annual and ever-popular Ghostbusters theme singalong.

When: October 28
Time: Doors open at 6:45 pm, stories start at 7:30 pm
Where: The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West
Price: $10 in advance or $15 at the door

Halloween on Church

What: On Hallow’s Eve, the Village will be shutting down six blocks of Church Street to host a massive pedestrian-only Halloween party, that’s known for being the largest Halloween party in North America. The fun begins at 6:30 pm, and the Village’s shops, cafés and bars will be bumping all night long. All are welcome, and it’s highly recommended that you wear a costume.

When: October 31
Time: 6 pm
Where: Along Church Street (Wood Street to Gloucester Street)
Tickets: Admission is free

A Night At The Bronze: Buffy Tribute Night

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

What: Calling all Buffy the Vampire fans! You can enjoy a live-reading of one of the show’s more popular episodes at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, followed by an all-night 90s dance party as Buddies transforms into the iconic teen bar, The Bronze.

When: October 31
Time: Readings at 7 pm and 9 pm; dance party starts at 10:30 pm
Where: 12 Alexander Street
Price: $25 (show and 90s vampire dance party) or $15 (dance party only)

Broadview Hotel Halloween Party

What: You can get your spook on this Halloween at The Broadview Hotel. The iconic hotel will be throwing the ultimate Halloween rooftop party. Set with a DJ and Halloween costume competition, the party is set to be a devilishly good time. Make sure to dress to impress and donate a minimum of $5 to Red Door Shelter to be entered into the competition for a chance to win a one night stay at The Broadview Hotel.

When: October 31
Where: The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Avenue

Celebraciones De Los Santos at Baro

What: Baro will be hosting Celebraciones De Los Santos on October 31st with live music provided by DJ Mechon. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door. Please note that the cost of tickets at the door is subject to change and guests are asked to arrive before 11 pm.

When: October 31
Time:  Arrive before 11 pm
Where: 485 King Street West
Price: $20

A Regulars Halloween

What: Regulars has quickly established itself as King Street’s go-to local for elevated food and drinks. This Halloween, partygoers can stop by for dinner with the party starting at 9 pm. There’ll also be a DJ spinning and drink specials. Costumes are also encouraged.

When: October 31
Time: Party kicks off at 9 pm
Where: 688 King Street West
Price: No cover

Asylum

What: Spend your Halloween at the second annual Asylum, which is dubbed as the city’s largest and wildest Halloween party. Make sure to dress to impress.

When: October 31
Time: Doors open at 10 pm
Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
Price: From $22

Halloween Party at the Drake Hotel

What: The Drake Hotel is throwing an epic party this month, which is dubbed as the “weirdest” and “wildest” Halloween bash in the city. Be sure to wear your best costume as there’s a total of $600 in prize money up for grabs.

When: October 31
Time: 9 pm
Where: 1150 Queen Street West
Price: No cover

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert

What: Just in time for Halloween, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert is coming to Meridian Hall, so get your costumes ready. Fans of all ages can experience the thrilling tale of Harry’s obsession with a mysterious potions book accompanied by the music of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing Nicholas Hooper’s score LIVE as Harry soars across the big screen in HD. Additionally, fans are encouraged to dress in their best Harry Potter-related cosplay and enter the costume showcase contest.

When: October 31, November 1 and 2
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Meridian Hall, 1 Front Street East
Price: From $55.25