The only guide to a Hogtown Halloween you’ll need
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The default activities for Halloween are house parties, clubs or just staying home to give out candy. (Or maybe you’re still the one trick or treating. No judgment here.)
But in the days leading up to All Hollow’s Eve, there’s a near endless list of things to do to scare you out of your usual Halloween routine.
Along with the array of horror films that see release before Halloween, there are still two nights left in the After Dark Film Festival for the hardcore horror, sci-fi and cult movie buffs.
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema continues its annual tradition of screening the Rocky Horror Picture Show Friday and Saturday night, an event that always borders on performance art.
Homebodies might want to note that MuchMusic has scheduled Paranormal Activity and the first three Scream movies into their weekend schedules.
If active frights are more your thing, there’s plenty of haunted houses around the city.
The go-to, of course, is the Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland that runs through Sunday.
Not to be out done, Exhibition Place hosts Screemers, an indoor scream park with a slasher wax museum.
There’s also the Scareshow haunted house on the Danforth and Topham Terrors Haunted House in Richmond Hill.
Nearly every neighbourhood has ghost walks of some sort, including Haunted High Park, Haunted Kensington, Haunted Streets of Downtown, the Toronto Ghost Tour, the Ghosts of the University of Toronto and the Halloween Howl night hike.
There are also Halloween parties in a few unlikely places.
The Royal Ontario Museum’s Friday Night Live DJ night goes ghoul with Spirit (All Hollow’s Eve) with a more family friendly event Sunday afternoon.
The Silver Snail comic shop hosts a party at its new Yonge Street location. The event includes a costume contest and if FanExpo is any indication, comic fans don’t fool around when it comes to costumes.
Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island is hosting Ghost Hole IV, a haunted art show with a performance from Maylee Todd.
Anyone looking for something really fun and out of the ordinary should head down to Club 120 on Church Street Friday night for Drag You to Hell, a horror-themed drag show. And finally, Electric Circus makes a rare return to 299 Queen St. W. Saturday night. Party like its 1999.