This Halloween weekend, gather 'round High Park for ghost stories, venture out to the Toronto Islands for a spooky art show, monsters come out for a parade of fear, and much more.
BOND, JAMES BOND: “Everybody needs a hobby.” “So what’s yours?” “Resurrection.” If this exchange from the latest Skyfall trailer caused you to squeal in delight, you can add the following to your to-do list, pronto. Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style is an exhibition straight from London which takes a look at props, concept art, gadgets, and much more from the franchise’s immense history. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), runs Friday to January 20, times and ticket prices vary.
HAUNTED TOUR: Miss spending time with the family? Well, grab your loved ones and some candles, and head out to High Park after the sun sets for some fun. If this sounds like the beginning of a horror movie to you, well, you’re on the right track. Join Haunted High Park for a chance to hear ghost stories and other legends (there are also period refreshments available). Note that some of the gatherings are for those who are 18 years and older. Colborne Lodge, High Park (11 Colborne Lodge Drive), Friday to Sunday, times vary, $17.50.
BOOKS: Literature fans are in for a treat this weekend. Irvine Welsh, best known for the iconic novel Trainspotting, will be making an appearance to promote the newest film adaptation of one of his works, Ecstasy. Following a screening of the film, he’ll be doing a Q&A with director Rob Heydon. Projection Booth East (1035 Gerrard Street East), Saturday, 12 p.m., $15 advance, $20 door.
ART: Do you dare venture out through the fog, on the lonely ferry, to the Toronto Islands on this spookiest of weekends? The especially bold will be attracted to “Ghost Hole IV: Haunted Art House.” This spooktacular art show features various artists, as well as performances by Processor, Maylee Todd, and more. Artscape Gibraltar Point (443 Lakeshore Avenue), Saturday, 2 p.m.–12 a.m., $12.
PARADE: It’s Halloween weekend and you know what that means. The streets are filled with ghouls and monsters and the spirit of mischief is in the air. Sure, we aren’t getting candy until Wednesday night but you’ve got the Night of Dread to hold you over. This parade of our collective fears starts its journey at Dufferin Grove Park, inviting attendees to dress up too. The night also includes music and masquerade, huge puppets, fire-spinners, and more. Dufferin Grove Park, Saturday, 6 p.m., PWYC ($10 suggested),
CIRCUS: Halloween celebrations in Toronto continue, this time with Lunacy Cabaret. If you haven’t been to the circus since you were a little kid and expect it to be the same, you may be in for a bit of a surprise. These performers are showcasing burlesque, stand-up, sketch comedy, and more in an adults-only night of mayhem. Centre of Gravity East (1300 Gerrard Street East), Saturday, 8 p.m., $20.
DANCE: If you’re thinking of going out as a zombie this Halloween, here’s a tip: don’t spend oodles of money working on the costume when the most impressive thing you can do is right here. PushPULL Dance is holding a Thriller workshop, in which you too can learn the iconic choreography from MJ’s best video. No dancing experience required. Dovercourt House, second floor (805 Dovercourt Road), Sunday, 6:30 p.m., $10.
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