October is in full swing and that means its officially spooky season! Have a costume and no plans? We’ve curated a list of the most ghoulish events where costumes are more than welcome. Don’t forget, Halloween isn’t just a one-day event. We’ve got you covered all week, leading up to the one-of-a-kind Heroes vs. Villains Halloween Bash at TIFF Bell Lightbox… a.k.a the Toronto Entertainment District’s most haunting experience.

So, put down your pumpkin carving kit and come out to the #TorontoED for spooktacular festivities to ring in the season.

Dark Waters

WHEN: Friday, October 25 | 8:00 to 11:59 p.m.

WHERE: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada | 288 Bremner Blvd



Sharks are eerie on their own – but what happens when you pair sharks against the backdrop of Halloween décor and the perfect soundtrack? Find out for yourself during Dark Waters, the annual event at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada! The 19+ event will feature multiple cash bars, food and the perfect Halloween tunes courtesy of DJ’s Lucie Tic and Cozmic Cat. If you haven’t gotten the chance to visit the aquarium yet, this event will be the perfect time to dive in (no, not literally)!


Toronto After Dark Film Festival

WHEN: October 17-25 | Various showtimes

WHERE: Scotiabank Theatre | 259 Richmond St. W



For a cozier affair, take part in one of the world’s leading showcases of horror, sci-fi, and action movies in the week leading up to Halloween at Scotiabank Theatre. If you have a hard time finding people to watch scary movies with, look no further! Many of the screenings will be accompanied by its filmmakers!


Escape Manor

WHEN: Wednesdays-Sundays | Various Times

WHERE: Escape Manor Toronto | 383 King St. W



Plot your grand escape from a selection of experiences and put your teamwork skills to use at Escape Manor. If you’ve ever had fantasies of starring in a horror flick, now’s your chance!  Get your squad together for some seriously spooky fun and sign up for Cabin 13 or The Asylum and see who makes it out alive… And if that’s not enough, get exercise and blow off some steam from that pesky job with some axe throwing! Check out the escape Manor’s website to book your experience today… if you dare!


Cabin From Hell

WHEN: October 26-27 | Doors open 10 p.m.

WHERE: Dublin Calling | 250 Adelaide St. W



Take part in an epic night of partying and become a creature of the night as four multi-room venues are transformed into a mega Halloween bash. Show off your Halloween looks at Dublin Calling before hitting the clubs for the ultimate Halloween bar crawl. Enjoy guest DJs, confetti cannons, costume contests, and lots of spooky jams! Luxury limo shuttle buses are available to transport attendees between venues. VIP experiences will enjoy zero cover and instant access into clubs upon arrival.


Dead Disco

WHEN: October 31 | 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

WHERE: Mister C | 80 Blue Jays Way



Have you stopped by the Bisha Hotel for a staycation yet? The luxury boutique hotel standing at 80 Blue Jays way is a lavish escape and features a stunning bar located just off the lobby – Mister C. Stop by on Hallows Eve for Dead Disco! Celebrate in ghoulishly lavish fashion with elevated entertainment, dancers and a live show at midnight.


Take Me Out to the Improv: Spooky Edition

WHEN: October 26-Nov 2 | Various times

WHERE: Second City | 51 Mercer St.



If you prefer a humorous Halloween, Second City has you covered! Stop by for a spooktacularly funny improv show where top local talent takes the graveyard (stage) to leave you and your crew howling all night! Check out showtimes on its website and buy tickets for a funny to the bone show.


Boombox: Heroes vs Villains

WHEN: October 31 | 9 p.m.

WHERE: TIFF Bell Lightbox | 350 King St. W



If you’re looking for the ultimate Halloween experience, this is the year’s most anticipated Halloween ball at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Are you a hero or villain? Find out when good and evil collide this October 31. Dress in your favourite Marvel or DC characters and prepare for a dazzling affair with performances by the one and only Cirque du Soleil Alegria. Select from a range of tailor-made packages and enjoy a heroic or villainous night you’ll remember for years to come. Each ticket includes an open bar complete with cocktails and nibbles included with a charitable tax receipt.

Whether you’re a hero, villain, movie lover or even a shark enthusiast, the #TorontoED has something for everyone. Get out and show off your DIY crafting – we can’t wait to see!

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