It's a busy season in Toronto during this time of year. Students are cramming for midterms, Halloween is just around the corner, and it seems like everyone's participating in some type of spooky-themed hobby leading up to Halloween. We think you should make the most out of this magical time of changing seasons while enjoying festive activities like watching scary movies and sipping spiked apple cider. That's why we've compiled this list of 9 things to do this weekend in Toronto.

Whether you enjoy ghost stories, movies, or some good music, these events are sure to keep your weekend full of fun. Whether you're looking for a date night activity, something to with your friends or family, or even a place to explore alone, these events will definitely put you into the Halloween spirit. 

So check out this list of things to do in Toronto and start exploring! 

Toronto After Dark Film Festival at Scotiabank Theatre

Price: $11.99 + per film

When: October 17-25

Address: 259 Richmond Street W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: They will be screening over 50 films from the Action, Horror, and Sci-Fi genres to get you into the Halloween spirit. Over 10,000 people attend every year, and some of the shows are already sold out. Filmmakers also do a Q&A with the audience. Grab your tickets!

Tegan and Sara at Winter Garden Theatre

Price: $50+

When: Fri. October 18,  doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
    and Sat. October 19, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Address: 189 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Everyone's favourite Canadian indie pop twin sister sensation are in town this weekend. Tegan and Sarah are on their Hey! I'm Just Like You Tour, which has two Toronto shows. Grab your tickets before they sell out!

28 Days Later (2002) Screening at Cinesphere in Ontario Place

Price: $11-15

When: Fri. October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
    and Sat. October 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Address: 955 Lake Shore Blvd W., Ontario Place, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Cinesphere is the world's first permanent IMAX theatre. They are screening Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later in IMAX, which is a British post-apocolyptic horror movie starring Cillian Murphy. Watch the trailer in the website link below. This will for sure be a memorable screening because of the effects. Not for the faint of heart. 

Encounters Toronto at The Symes

Price: $20

When: Fri. October 18, 10 p.m. till late

Address: 150 Symes Road, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: A crew of Toronto talent are getting an all-night party in the beautiful and spacious Symes warehouse. Artists such as Bambii, Chippy Nonstop, Ciel, Koreatown Acid, Raf Reza, and more will all be collaborating to bring you this multi-room party so you can dance all night.

Curious Clairvoyance at Spadina Museum

Price: $30

When: Fri. October 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    and Sat. October 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Address: 285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: This 18+ event has sold out in the past. Learn about the history of mysticism and clairvoyance in Toronto, which apparently gripped many people here in the 20s. Listen to stories of creepy local history as well as how to read a palm, scientific explanations of ouija, and more. 

Cask Days at Evergreen Brickworks

Price: $66+

When: Fri. October 18, 1 p.m. to 12 a.m.
and Sat. October 19, 1 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Address: 550 Bayview Ave,  Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Even if cask ale isn't your thing, this event is full of arts, music, cocktails, and food and drink culture. Ticket includes five food/drink coupons. This was started by the Bar Volo team back in 2005 and has been a huge success. 

Ghostbusters (1984) 35 Anniversary Screening at Revue Cinema

Price: $10

When: Sat. October 19 at 1 p.m.
    and Sun. October 20 at 1 p.m.

Address: 400 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Come to everyone's favourite community cinema and watch a screening of this classic 80's film, a relic of Bill Murray's early years.

Haunted High Park

Price: $32.50

When: Sunday, October 20 at 9 p.m.

Address: 11 Colborne Lodge, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: The rest of the weekend is already sold out, so grab these tickets while you still can. Learn about High Park's eerie history as you explore a 19th century home on the grounds, and the tomb of it's owners. Victorian ideas of death and dying will be covered, and ghost stories shared.  

DJ Pauly D at REBEL

Price: $15-$20, ladies free before 11:30 p.m.

When: Sat. October 19, 10 p.m.

Address: 11 Polson Pier, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: DJ Pauly D from Jersey Shore will be DJing at REBEL this Saturday. You also have a chance to win a meet and greet with him. Contest ends this Friday, so enter to win! Details of how to do so are in the caption of the Instagram post below.


No matter what event you choose to head out to this weekend, it will definitely be a good one. 

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