We’re approaching the end of October, and you know what that means — it’s almost Halloween! Although it hasn’t arrived yet, there are so many things to do in Toronto this week to get you into the spooky spirit, from haunted houses to attractions to a Halloween party at the aquarium.

Aside from that, there are countless events worth checking out in the city, and we’ve got the best ones right here.

Dark Waters at Ripley’s Aquarium

Forget ghosts and vampires! This Friday, you can attend a Halloween party at Ripley’s Aquarium with real-life creatures that are even scarier than the ones in your favourite horror movie.

Dark Waters is making a comeback at the aquarium for a spooky 19+ party featuring DJs, a cocktail bar, snacks, and of course, underwater predators of all kinds.

When: October 28th, 2022, Doors open at 8 PM
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The Raptors are officially back in action and you can catch one of the first games of the season at Scotiabank Arena this week. The boys are off to a strong start, so now is the time to see all of the action in person.

When: October 26th, 2022, 7:30 PM
Where: Scotiabank Arena

Mean Girls: The Musical

This is SO Fetch! Tina Fey’s Broadway hit Mean Girls will be hitting the stage in Toronto this week.

According to Mirvish Productions, Mean Girls is a hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team. And as they say, “It’s not a regular musical. It’s a cool musical.”

Where: Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West
When: October 25th – November 27th, 2022

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Fall n’ Leaves T.O.

Fall n’ Leaves has returned to the heart of downtown for the third year in a row, complete with fall foliage, pumpkins, and hay bales to make you feel tucked away from the busy city.

There’s so much to do and experience at Fall n’ Leaves this season. In addition to picking and painting your own pumpkin, you can warm up by an open fire, lounge on the hay bale sofa, go pumpkin bowling, and indulge in autumn-themed food and drinks.

Where: 621 Richmond Street
When: Until October 31st, 2022

Black Lagoon Halloween Pop-up

Ready to have a freakishly good time? The Halloween bar of your dreams (or should we say nightmares) is now open in Toronto.

Running throughout October, Black Lagoon will serve up creepy cocktails in an equally creepy immersive space. Be sure to wear your costume and bring your favourite freaks along for the fun!

Where: 875 Bloor Street West (Upstairs)
When: Until October 31st, 2022

Poutine Festival

Indulge in over 50 variations of Canada’s favourite comfort food. In addition to all of the poutine creations you can handle, the event will also have roller skating, fire pits for marshmallow roasting, an artisan market, and more.

The best part? Admission is free!

Where: Celebration Square, Mississauga
When: October 28th to 29th, 2022

Martino Manor Haunted House

Etobicoke’s most beloved haunted attraction is back and they’re ready to scare your socks off. With the scariest props and most terrifying ambiance, Martino Manor puts the M in most spooky experience in west Toronto.

When: Until October 31st, Thursday to Sunday
Where: 7 McIntosh Avenue, Etobicoke

The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

Bridgerton fans, your Queen’s Ball invitation is here. Toronto is getting an exclusive ball experience inspired by the hit Netflix series so you can feel like royalty for one magical night.

Get ready to mingle with other royal members, sip on cocktails and take part in an evening of music and dance.

When: October 27th & 28th, 2022
Where: Cinespace Studios, 8 Unwin Avenue

Legends of Horror – Casa Loma

Casa Loma’s Legends of Horror is one of Toronto’s most terrifying haunting experiences and it’s bigger than ever before this year with a new zombified installation. Be sure to check it out on or before the big night!

When: Until October 31st, 2022
Where: Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace

Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland

Get spooked at Canada’s Wonderland! The park has transformed into a haunted “scream park filled with Halloween attractions that offer unforgettable thrills and unspeakable horror,” according to the description.

Run from zombies, brave the haunted houses, and have yourself a freakishly good time with your favourite skeleton crew. And of course, enjoy some thrilling nighttime rollercoaster rides!

Where: Canada’s Wonderland
When: Until October 30th, 2022 (select nights)

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The only thing scarier than these films is not seeing them! Kickstart your Halloween weekend at The Great Canadian Horror Film Festival, with a curated series of scary films from around the world screening on Friday & Saturday night. Grab your popcorn and hold onto your seat- things are about to get spooky!

When: Friday, October 28th & Saturday, October 29th, 2022 – 9:00 to 11:00 PM
Where: The Royal Theatre – 608 College St, Toronto
Cost: $22.23 per day! Click here to get tickets for Friday, and here for Saturday.