Halloween is around the corner, which means the beloved Night of Dread parade is about to make a comeback in Toronto.

Every year, the Clay and Paper Theatre puts on a “procession of fearful pageantry, revels and mockery” with costumed performers dressed in over-the-top costumes.

“Clay and Paper Theatre invites Torontonians to call on, mock and banish their small fears and their big fears for their communities and the world,” says the event’s description.

“Through parade and pageantry, music and ritual we face our darkest fears together.”

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Not only is it fun to watch, but it’s also interactive. Participants are encouraged “raise a dreadful racket with pots and pans, drums, musical instruments and other noisemakers.”

The parade’s Fear Catchers will be wandering around collecting fears from audience members, so be sure to write yours down on a piece of paper.

And don’t forget, the dress code for the parade is “black, white, and most dreadful.”

The procession will start on Crawford Street at the top of Christie Pits Park, then travel south where the parade will officially begin on Shaw Street just north of Bloor Street West.

The parade will travel along several nearby streets until it reaches Dovercourt Park, where all will assemble for a short pageant performance.

For the first time in its 23-year history, Clay and Paper Theatre is requesting donations to help cover the costs of the parade and support local artists.

If you love this spooky season tradition, you can make a donation at this fundraiser link.

Start the countdown because The Night of Dread is only a few sleeps away!

Night of Dread Toronto

When: October 29th, 2022, 6 PM to 7 PM
Where: Shaw Street (north of Bloor) to Dovercourt Park