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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: October 2013 Archives

A spooktacular weekend

If you haven't chosen an outfit for Halloween yet, you still have a couple of days. And maybe this weekend's spooktacular events will help with inspiration:

The Running Dead: Toronto Zombie Run
Oct 27
Riverdale Park

Your job is to outwit, outrun, & outlive the Zombie hordes as they chase you to take 1 of 3 lives! While there is no reward for keeping your lives and no penalty for losing them - you want to find out your survival chances in a Zombie invasion. Partial proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

For more information, check out The Running Dead website.

Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade
Oct 26
Nathan Phillips Square

The zombie walk started one gloomy Sunday, a week before hallows eve in 2003. A handful of the living dead rose from their graves to wander the streets of Toronto in search of brains. This year they have added a Halloween Parade to the festivities.

For more information, check out the Toronto Zombie Walk website.

Boo at the Barns
Oct 26 (5 PM to 11 PM)
Artscape Wychwood Barns

A super fun-packed evening for everyone in your family to enjoy! Go dressed up in your best Hallowe'en costume for this free all-ages Halloween party. There are many activities for kids 7 and under between 5 and 7 pm including scary sound installations, spooky storytelling, games and activities. And they have a superheroes vs zombies contest.

For more information, check out the At the Barns website.

Halloween Fun
Oct 26 to Oct 27
Casa Loma

Celebrate Halloween - Medieval Style! Take your royal family to a Castle for an opportunity to step into the past. Real Knights - in real armour - with real weapons! For those looking for something a little sweeter, there's a castle-building with candy workshop.

For more information, check out the Casa Loma website.

Halloween Haunt
Oct 26 to Oct 27
Canada's Wonderland

It's a horror-filled nightmare. From mazes with terrifying creatures around every corner to thrill rides that'll haunt your dreams, it's everything you fear and can't wait to experience. Not for anyone under 13.

For more information, check out the Canada's Wonderland website.

Sci Fri: Risk
Oct 25 (6 PM)
Ontario Science Centre

Join in for a fun look at the science of fear featuring Stormchaser George Kourounis. This is a unique, free event for teens between 14 to 19.

For more information, check out the Ontario Science Centre website.

Oct 26
The Junction Train Platform

Make your way to the neighbourhood to celebrate all things Pumpkin and fall inspired at local participating businesses throughout the day. Also, there will be pumpkin carving at the train platform and other fun family activities from 2-6 pm.

For more information, check out the Junction BIA website.

Cabbagetown Ghost Tour
Oct 27
Start point: Winchester and Parliament (NE corner)

This one-hour tour will pass by several ghost inhabited houses in Cabbagetown. Hear new stories, greet a ghost. Take a flashlight, costumes encouraged.

For more information, check out the Cabbagetown Preservation Association website.

Haunted High Park
Oct 25, Oct 26 and Oct 31
Colborne Lodge

Visit Colborne Lodge and its grounds at night and hear about legends and ghost stories that have been told about the Lodge and High Park. Period refreshments served. Pre-registration required.

For more information, check out the High Park website.

Night of Dread
Oct 26
Dufferin Grove Park

Face your darkest fears at this annual event organized by Clay and Paper Theatre. They have many costumes, masks and puppets for you to wear for the parade. Or simply stand and enjoy the spectacle.

For more information, check out the Clay and Paper Theatre website.

Cabaret, Comedy and Coffee Talk with Ryan G. Hinds
Oct 25 (9 PM)
The Flying Beaver Pubaret

The monthly cabaret/chat show returns for October, with a trick or treat bag of comedy, music and drag. This month, Hinds welcomes Elliott Loran, Carla Collins and King Flare.

For more information, check out the event page.

Phantoms of the Organ
Oct 25 (10 PM)
Metropolitan United Church

The church will be lit by candles as the audience hears organists John Tuttle, Patricia Wright, Thomas Gonder, Sarah Svendsen, David Simon, Angus Fung, Josh Ehlebracht and others playing traditional "Hallowe'en" music and other repertoire. Admission is free, but donations are welcome and support our student organists.

For more information, check out the Metropolitan United Church website.

Edutainment Convention
Oct 25 to Oct 27
North York Civic Centre/Toronto Centre for the Arts

R.I.S.E Edutainment are having a 3-day convention of concerts and workshops next week (Oct 25 - Oct 27) to establish a bridge between aspiring artists with the established ones.

RISE is a collective of Artists and Activists providing a welcoming platform for the arts, inspiring creation, and enlightening the community with edutainment.

For more information, check out the R.I.S.E. Edutainment website.


Calling all zombies!

Calling all the undead in the city. A zombie casting call is just one of the many events worth checking out this weekend:

Casting Call: Zombies Wanted
Oct 19
The Office Pub

Prepare your best moans and groans, model your post-apocalyptic fashion sense and work those ghoulish angles for the panel of celebrity judges and certified zombie experts from the worlds of film, media and entertainment.

For more information, check out The Running Dead website.

Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Oct 17 to Oct 25
Scotiabank Theatre

The festival is a nine-day-long showcase of horror, sci-fi, action and cult cinema, and includes a diverse selection of feature-length and short-films from around the world including new works from Asia, Europe and North America.

For this year's line-up, check out the Toronto After Dark Film Festival website.

Sikh International Film Festival Toronto
Oct 18 to Oct 19

The Festival will shine a spotlight on uniquely Sikh stories and Sikh storytellers, with a special focus on documentaries, features and short films that celebrate the rich heritage and cultural contributions of Sikhs around the world.

For more information, check out the SIFFT website.

Toronto Roald Dahl Day
Oct 19
Lillian Smith Library

Create telekinetic dance moves with Ann-Marie Williams of The Movement Lab, see Danny Devito's acclaimed film version of Matilda, and don't miss the story contest awards ceremony hosted by Vikki VanSickle, featuring variations on Matilda by writers 6-12. It will be a whole day of whizzpopping fun for Roald Dahl fans of all ages!

For more information, check out the Small Print Toronto website.

Screenings: Trespassing and Alias
Oct 18
Toronto Reference Library

Rap thrives in Toronto neighborhoods like Regent Park, Don Mills, and Jane and Finch where music and lyrics voice the reality of marginalized communities growing up in urban poverty. Michelle Latimer's feature doc debut Alias is a powerful film that captures the realities of Toronto rappers Alkatraz, Trench, Alias, Knia and Keon trying to escape the hustle of drugs and danger through their music.

For more information, check out the Toronto Public Library website.

In Concert: Jay Vazquez and Sugar Heat
Oct 18
Social Dance Spot

Big Party, Live Music, Free Food - Mark SDS Flood Recovery and 2nd Anniversary! Celebrate their recovery from an unexpected flood and the studio's second anniversary in a fun, friendly event.

For more information, check out the Social Dance Spot website.


Lots to give thanks to this weekend!

It's the Thanksgiving weekend! Here are some events to check out before or after you hang out with family and close ones:

Fall Events
Oct 12 to Oct 13
Kortright Centre

Lots to enjoy including guided fall colour walks, Archetype Sustainable House tours, self-guided activities and more.

For more information, check out the Kortright Centre website.

Celebrate Fall
Oct 12 to Oct 14
Toronto Zoo

Crisp fall air, vibrant colours and fun for all ages; the Toronto Zoo is the place to be this October! Celebrate the changing of the season with interactive and themed activities, educational programs, tours, keeper talks and enrichment programs with the animals. There is something for everyone in your family!

For more information, check out the Toronto Zoo website.

Oct 12
North York Central Library

There are lots of activities for the whole family, including a workshop to artists 6-12 years old, a DIY Comic Lab, pop up shops and kids' activities.

For more information, check out the Small Print Toronto website.

HarbourKIDS Thanksgiving
Oct 14
Harbourfront Centre

Take the kids to a world of good at Harbourfront Centre this Thanksgiving Monday. Featuring a full day of family fun, including concerts, films, crafts and more. They're putting the "great" back in grateful.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Nuit Blanche: Extended Projects
Until Oct 27
Various Locations

If you missed it last weekend, do not despair. You can still catch some of the Nuit Blanche exhibits such as Ai Wei Wei's Forever Bicycles.

For a list of these ongoing exhibits, check out the Nuit Blanche website.