What to do in Toronto this weekend
Hallowe'en parties, haunted houses and zombies on October 26-27
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
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
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.
Oct 26 to Oct 27
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.
Oct 26 to Oct 27
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.