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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

10 things to do on Devil's Night 2016 in Toronto

devils night torontoDevil's Night is Halloween-eve, and historically October 30 is a night known for tricks and pranks, whereas October 31 is reserved for treats. Toronto's version of Devil's Night is basically a free pass to an extra night of partying. So what should you do on Sunday night?

Here are my picks for the top things to get up to on Devil's Night in Toronto.

Laugh 'till you die
Second Star present a terrifying night of comedy starting at 8 p.m at the Danforth's Social Capital Theatre. There's a costume contest and a dance party after the show, as well as drinks and snacks at the bar.

Carve a pumpkin with some nuns
Between 3:30 and 7 p.m., join the Toronto Sisters of J.O.Y. (a group of beautiful drag nuns who fight for community) for an afternoon of pumpkin carving in the Village. Pumpkins, lights and carving tools will be provided, you just need need to show up to The 519 and get creative.

Go to a floating pumpkin pool party
Meet at the northwest corner of High Park neat the wading pool, carve a pumpkin (they're provided for $2.50), light it up and set it free in the pool. This slightly creepy, but calming pre-Halloween activity will get you in the mood for the big night.

Wrestle in hell
This is a wrestling-themed Halloween party at The Contender on Dundas West. Folks are encouraged to show up as their fave WWE wrestler and there will be prizes alongside decent food and drink specials.

Watch a scary movie
The Beetlejuice screening at the Royal presented by the Scream Queens crew includes drag performance and lots of beer and yelling at the screen. Later on at the Royal, you can see the The Little Shop of Horrors and sing-a-long with it as well.

Gather 'round and listen to some ghost stories
Nine storytellers will reveal (mostly) true stories about eerie things that happened to them. This event at the Garrison will feature some of True Stories Told Live's previous favourites, and a few new faces. Costumes are optional and tickets are $15 at the door. Spine chills are free.

Hear the eerie music of Tim Burton live
The TSO performs the best of Danny Elfman's celebrated film scores brought to life on stage by an orchestra and a choir, and enhanced by the stunning visuals of Tim Burton's original sketches, drawings, story boards, and film clips on the big screen. Films include Batman, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Halloween Frenchie parade
The third annual Frenchie Halloween parade happens in Trinity Bellwoods Park. This one is less creepy and more adorable than anything you'll see this season. Everyone meets at the main gates at 11 a.m. and slowly parades to the dog bowl for some off-leash ghoul-dog action.

Walk around the Halloween edition of Pedestrian Sunday
The last Pedestrian Sunday of the year is always a fun one, and this year it's Halloween-themed. Expect dance parties on the street, DJs, lots of costumes, random acts of scariness, and the usual food and street vendors everywhere from 1p.m. to 6 p.m.

Go to a terrifying Halloween attraction
Haunted attractions have been an especially big hit this year, and this is one of your last chances to see them before the consumer world turns its focus to Christmas. Head to Casa Loma or one of the numerous attractions just outside the city.

Did I miss a Devil's Night activity you're excited about? Let us all know in the comments.

Photo by superherb via the blogTO Flickr pool.

by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO

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