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Chilling Halloween events you need to check out
by Miriam Mohamadi | October 19, 2017

It’s time to get your Halloween plans sorted out

Looking for a  spooktacular Halloween? There are a variety of events taking place in the city from October 27th to the 31st that will help you get into the Halloween spirit.

Whether you’re looking to win a costume contest, watch a Halloween classic on the big screen, or dance the night away, there’s an event for everyone. There are many ways to spend Halloween. Some of us look for something to frighten our senses, others prefer to relax and binge on candy, and there’s those that prefer a night out with friends. Whatever your thing is, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some of the Halloween events you might want to check out in the GTA:

IGNITE Halloween party

Yes, Halloween’s on a Tuesday this year but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and celebrate the night of the dead. On October 31st, IGNITE will be ringing in Hallow’s Eve with our annual Halloween party at the Universal Event Space (6250 Highway 7, Vaughn, ON). Bring your best costume, indulge in some comfort food, and make your way to the dance floor for an unforgettable night. Tickets are only $5 so it’s a very affordable way to celebrate. Sounds like a devilishly good time right?!

Group of 7 students in costumes posing for a photo


ROM Friday Night Live: Wicked

You can start off your Halloween weekend with the ROM’s Friday Night Live: Wicked event on October 27th. You’ll get to spend the night dancing next to dinosaurs, can grab a bite from one of the many delicious food stands, and will have full access to the exhibitions. Student admission is $15.50. Early bird tickets are available online but sell out fast so make sure you get them soon! When else will you get the chance to walk around in one of Toronto’s most iconic museums in a costume?

A large room inside the Royal Ontario Museum with a dinosaur featured in the centre
Maker Festival


AGO Halloween Screening

For some, binge watching Halloween movies is the best part of Halloween (aside from the candy of course). If that sounds like you then you’ll want to check out the AGO’s screening of Halloween on October 27th. Best of all, you won’t have to break the bank  to attend; student admission is only $8.

Halloween The Movie, Mike Myers standing with mask on


Dark Waters

If you’re looking for a thrilling experience, you’ll want to consider checking out Ripley’s Aquarium on October 27th for their event, Dark Waters. This is a 19+ event with admission pricing at $28, which gives you full access to the aquarium. Come dressed to impress for the costume party, dig into some delicious food, and when you need a break from the dance floor take a walk through the aquarium and check out the sea creatures around you.

Clear hallway in Ripley's Aquarium with a shark. fish, and corals visible


Monster Dash

Why not try out something different this Halloween? On October  29th, you can take part in Ontario’s largest Halloween run,  Monster Dash.  This is a 5 km or 10 km run starting at the Science Centre that runs through Wilket Creek and Sunnybrook Park trails. All proceeds will go towards the Science Centre’s Community Access Programs, which supports education programs for schools in underprivileged neighbourhoods. Costumes are encouraged and once you’re done the route you get to head into the Science Centre for the after party.

Monster Dash


Legends of Horror at Casa Loma

If you’re looking for a frightening experience this Halloween then check out Legends of Horror at Casa Loma. This tour takes you on a one hour walk through the lower gardens and tunnels of the castle. For $40-$45,  you will be immersed in theatrical performances portraying some of the most recognized characters in the horror genre as you wind through the trail. Tours will be taking place everyday up to October 31st so if you’re already in the Halloween spirit you can check out this event to kick off your Halloween celebrations. Don’t be fooled by the beautiful setting, this truly is one sinister event!

Casa Loma


Zombie Prom

What do you get when you mix prom with Halloween? The kind of event that makes a Halloween dream come true. Celebrate Hallows’ eve with Zombie Prom on October 27th and 28th in Toronto’s downtown core. You can expect a zombie makeup station, a costume contest, free photoshoots, giveaways, candy and more. I think its safe to say that this will be one wicked event.




These are just a few of the events going on for Halloween. If you want to take a look at what else is going on in the city for Halloween, check out this list of the best halloween events in Toronto.

Make sure you check out IGNITE’s events page for a list of upcoming events on campus.