Another Halloween season of fright festivities is underway. From fun-filled kid-friendly events to the strange and eerie tours of haunted sites, here is a round-up of things to do during Halloween in Toronto's east end.
SPOOKY BABY BOO AT LAZY DAISY CAFE
Take some adorably spooky photos of your little one all dressed up and ready for Halloween at the 2nd annual Spooky Baby Boo at Lazy Daisy Cafe. With a pop-up photobooth and costume contest, simply stop by, snap a quick one-minute picture of your little one all dressed up or book a 15-minute session ($50) and take home some adorable keepsakes. Check out the Lazy Daisy's Facebook page for details.
1515 Gerrard St. E
BARRIO HALLOWEEN PARTY
Head down to Barrio on Saturday Oct. 29 and/or Monday Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. for a special Halloween-themed event with complimentary buffet, DJ and killer drink specials that include 2 margaritas for $12 and $3 tequila shots.
884 Queen St. E
PAINT, DRINK AND BE SCARY AT PAINTLOUNGE
Come dressed up or masked to Paintlounge to paint your own masterpiece set to an art jam of hallowing jazz and dark romantic beats. May we suggest some bloody paint drips? Cost is $20. For more details, visit the Paintlounge site.
1173 Queen St. E
Oct 29-30, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
HALLOWEEN AT AN SIBIN PUB
An Sibin Pub is hosting a Halloween party Saturday, Oct. 29 with prizes for top three costumes (grand prize is a Guinness beer fridge!), live music starting at 10 p.m. with the Stephen O’Toole Band and $4 Jameson (all day every day).
709 Queen St. E
HORROR MOVIE TRIVIA AT I'LL BE SEEING YOU
I’ll be Seeing You is hosting a horror movie trivia night for all you movie buffs. Costumes are encouraged, and they have cheap drinks. Swing by for a night of $5 pints of Lost Craft, $5 shots of Tequila and Jameson, and an endless list of spooky movies.
747 Queen St. E
Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
GHOSTS AND SPIRITS OF THE DISTILLERY
With tales of duels to the death, the perilous world of whiskey-making and the explosive War of 1812, you'll quickly see why the Distillery is known as one of Toronto's most haunted spots. Book into this 90-minute guided walking tour — rain or shine — that's guaranteed to spook you. Prices vary. Check out The Haunted Walk for more info.
30 Gristmill Lane
Ongoing dates and times
TORONTO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS AT FOX THEATRE
Get ready for Halloween by seeing the original inspiration for The Joker! Starring Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine horrifically disfigured as a child when a permanent smile was carved into his face by a King enraged at his father’s treachery. Live piano accompaniment by Bill O’Meara. $15 at the door; discount price for those who have Fox membership cards.
2236 Queen St. E
HALLOWEEN ON CHURCH STREET
Every year on Halloween, Church Street proves Oct. 31 isn't just a day for kids. Church celebrates Halloween like no place else — shutting down the block from Alexander St. to Gloucester St. and transforming it into one of the biggest parties on the continent. Thousands of people put on the most creative and outrageous costumes and join the outdoor street party. Bars and restaurants participate in this unique experience with costume contests and Halloween night events. Check out more event details.
Church and Wellesley
Oct. 31, 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR AT JONES LIBRARY
Head to Jones Library this Halloween for some spooktacular fun! Wear your costume and visit their haunted house. All are welcome!
Oct. 31, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
118 Jones Ave.
7th ANNUAL FREE PUMPKIN GIVEAWAY AND FUNDRAISER
Nell + Natasha Real Estate Homeward invites families to join them for pumpkin decorating, carving and more. Donations this year will go to the Rivertowne Breakfast Program, helping local children your and families.
807a Queen St. E
Oct. 29, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
HALLOWEEN BOO BARN AT RIVERDALE FARM
Let the kids don their costumes, then head to Riverdale Farm for the Halloween Boo Barn. A spooky haunt takes over Upper Francey Barn along with face painting and pumpkin carving (tools provided). Open to children aged three to nine. Admission is free but please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. Check out the link for more details.
201 Winchester St.
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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