Halloween has returned as scheduled, and there’s lots on the plate this evening for ghosts, goblins, stormtroopers, and Jedis alike. If our detailed Halloween-ist guide hasn’t sated your appetite for BRAINS…um, events to attend this evening, swing by some of the following gigs—just watch out for razors in apples, strangers in white (or was it red?) vans, unwrapped chocolate bars, crossing the road without a reflector, going into strangers’ basements, shaking hands without sanitizer, and binge eating pixie sticks.
(NO) ZOMBIE PARTY: Be prepared for the inevitable rise of the undead and the anarchy that will surely follow, turning the living against the living, as everyone is trapped in a mall or a house in the country, or the basement of a factory, or a school. Party people breakandenter are ready to help us avoid a zombie attack tonight (hint: it’s going to involve lots of music and dancing). Featuring guest speakers Jimmy Edgar of Warp Records and Maetrik of Iron Box Music and the fine anti-zombie musical creations of Wustenarchitekten, Francis Wax, and breakandenter, we figure your frontal lobe should be safe from being horrifically devoured for at least a few hours. Temperance Gallery (10 Temperance Street), 10 p.m., $20 and up.
ART PARTY: The art party aficionados at the Whippersnapper Gallery promise to deliver us from the land of “Monster Mash” remixes and hip-hop renditions of The Exorcist theme song with live music from Toronto’s own Ten Kens, Yip-Yip, and Tonka and Puma. Wear a costume or risk being labelled a douche for the rest of the night (just because you’re on College Street doesn’t mean you have to act like it). Oh, and, of course, there’ll be cheap drinks and a costume contest. Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College Street), 8 p.m., $5 ($7 without a costume).
SEXY PARTY: If you haven’t been in previous years, you definitely want to check out the pulsing sweaty drag-fest that is Vazoween. Travel back to the Halloween nights of your childhood, with wholesome traditions like a bobbing for butt plugs contest, go-go dance performances by Cock Wolf and CoCo La Crème, and live music by London’s No Bra and DJ Will Munro. Fun for the whole family, assuming your whole family is made up of 19+ half-naked party animals). Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., $10 with a costume.
ODDITY PARTY: Check out paintings by Kevin McBride and films by Cliff Caines at “An Evening of Oddities” tonight. Yes, there is a costume contest (we knew you were wondering). Savannah Room (294 College Street), 9 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
TICKET EXCHANGE PARTY(?): This is probably the biggest party of the year, so come early—today is the last day for customers to exchange TTC Adult tickets for new tokens! WOO! Your student, senior, and child tickets are still usable (giving the young and elderly a fighting chance to escape the hordes of flesh-eating monsters soon to be unleashed upon our fair city…until they realize that, OH GOD, the bus driver is a zombie too!). Bloor-Yonge Subway Station, Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Davisville Station, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Photo by fotograf416 from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.