11 of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend (October 28-30)

11 of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend (October 28-30)

It’s officially the high season of fear! Monsters and ghouls of all shapes and sizes will stalk the streets as our city celebrates all things wicked this Hallo weekend. There are so many fun things to do this weekend in Toronto if you’re planning to celebrate Halloween, from costume parties to haunted attractions and shark cocktails.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, friends. See you there!

Dark waters at Ripley’s Aquarium

Forget ghosts and vampires! This Friday, you can attend a Halloween party at Ripley’s Aquarium featuring real-life creatures that are even scarier than the ones in your favorite horror movie.

Dark Waters returns to the aquarium for a spooky 19+ party with DJs, a cocktail bar, snacks, and of course, underwater predators of all kinds.

When: October 28, 2022, Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Black Pearl Rocky Horror Halloween Show

Now this is what we call a party! Black Pearl is throwing a Rocky Horror themed party and it will feature live bands and DJs and lots of surprises too! Tickets are still on sale for $25 online and $40 at the door.

When: October 29 from 9:00 p.m. to late
Where: Black Pearl – Calle Perla 184

Putt Par-Tee After Dark

This is not your usual type of Halloween party! Par-Tee Putt, Toronto’s miniature golf and drinks destination, is hosting a Halloween party on October 29. All-you-can-putt and a DJ playing the best songs throughout the night. Tickets can be purchased online!

When: October 29, 2022
Where: 26 Duncan Street

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The Great Hunt in the Grand Order of Divine Sweets

Every Halloween, adults must suppress the urge to dress up and go door to door for candy. But, this year, we can relive our trick-or-treating glory days with a Toronto Halloween scavenger hunt hosted by The Grand Order of Divine Sweets.

Each entrant receives a delicious prize, but one in particular is especially great: a chocolate smashed pumpkin stuffed with $1,000 cash!

Where: Various locations and 1162 Queen Street West
When: October 29, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Halloween Black Lagoon Popup

Ready for some monstrously good time? The Halloween bar of your dreams (or should we say nightmares) is open in Toronto.

Through October 31, Black Lagoon serves spooky cocktails in an equally spooky immersive space. Be sure to wear your costume and bring your favorite monsters along for the fun!

Where: 875 Bloor Street West (Above)
When: Until October 31, 2022

dread night toronto

Halloween is just around the corner, which means the beloved Night of Dread parade is about to return to Toronto.

Every year, the Clay and Paper Theater presents a “procession of ghastly pomp, revelry, and mockery” with costumed performers dressed in over-the-top costumes.

Not only is it fun to watch, but it’s also interactive. Participants are encouraged to “make a terrible racket with pots and pans, drums, musical instruments, and other noisemakers.”

When: October 29, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Shaw Street (north of Bloor) to Dovercourt Park

Halloween at Storm Crow Manor

Don’t miss Storm Crow Manor’s “Halloween At The Manor” event. Tickets are on sale from September but there are still some left. Each ticket includes a drink, a bag of candy and other goodies, food (last canapés), and a raffle ticket.

Expect the night to be filled with the best Halloween music, craft beer tastings, a raffle, photo opportunities, and a costume contest.

When: October 30 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Church Street 580

Halloween Food Truck Festival

It’s a Halloween fair for the whole family and a food festival all in one! Come enjoy delicious food and drinks, entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s costume contests and Halloween treats.

Admission is free, but you can make a donation to support Variety the Children’s Charity, which organizes unique programming for people with disabilities.

Where: 3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough
When: October 29 and 30, 2022

CF Shops at the Don Mills Fall Festival

If you want to celebrate the fall season with a side of Halloween vibes, the Fall Festival at CF Shops in Don Mills is the best of both worlds.

At the festival, you can relax by the bonfires while enjoying drinks from the bar hosted by The Good Son and fall-flavored treats from local artisans at the Toronto Artisan Market.

And the fun doesn’t end there! A special Halloween Skating Night will be held on Saturday October 29th and costumes are encouraged.

When: October 28 to October 30, 2022
Where: CF Stores in Don Mills

Halloween Party at Bay Lower Station

A Halloween party in a really spooky setting. This weekend, the TTC is hosting a Halloween festival at the “Lower Bay” station, a subway station that has been closed to the public since 1966.

The family-friendly event will include trick-or-treating, free giveaways and more, in the spooky atmosphere of the Lower Bay. Costumes are optional, but we encourage you to wear one. After all, it is Halloween!

When: October 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.)
Where: Line 2 – Bay Station (1240 Bay Street)

Poutine Party

Indulge in over 50 variations on Canada’s favorite comfort food. In addition to all the poutine creations you can handle, the event will also have roller skating, marshmallow-roasting fire pits, a craft market and more.

The best part? Admission is free!

Where: Celebration Plaza, Mississauga
When: October 28 to 29, 2022

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The only thing scarier than these movies is not seeing them! Kick off your Halloween weekend at The Great Canadian Horror Film Festival, with a curated series of scary movies from around the world screening on Friday and Saturday nights. Grab your popcorn and hold on to your seat, things are about to get spooky!

When: Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Where: The Royal Theater – 608 College St, Toronto
Cost: $22.23 per day! Click here to get tickets for Friday, and here for Saturday.


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Gather your friends and get ready for a spooky weekend in Niagara Falls. Moviegoers can capture the Fall Feature Series showing The Hitchhiker at the Niagara Falls History Museum. Or you can dive into Hallowe’en for a hair-raising tour of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield by torchlight and candlelight.

finish everything with Frightmare at the fallsa two-day horror-filled experience with more than 50,000 square feet of memorabilia, panels, exhibits and activities.

When: From Thursday, October 27 to Sunday, October 30, hours vary

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