It’s time to celebrate all things spooky in our city. There are tons of Halloween-themed things to do in Toronto this weekend, but if that’s not your jam, fear not because we’ve got many other options for you.

From a gooey mac n’ cheese fest to a Kensington Market street party to a spooky bash at an abandoned subway station, our city’s truly got it all.

So, take a look at these bewitching things to do in Toronto this weekend and have yourself a spooktacular one!

Halloween Fest at Bay Lower Station

Calling all ghouls and goblins, the TTC will be hosting a Halloween Fest at its abandoned Bay Lower Station this weekend.

All are welcome to enjoy a hauntingly good time with the TTC. You’ll have a chance to navigate through the subway platform, take part in TTC trivia, and get some TTC-themed merch.

For the kids, they can take part in a trick-or-treat train experience and fill their bags with nut-free candy.

When: October 28th from 9 AM to 7 PM (Last entrance at 6 PM) and October 29th from 9 AM to 4 PM (Last entrance at 3 PM)
Where: Line 2 – Bay Station (1240 Bay Street)
Cost: $5 per person

Howl’oween at The Bentway

Celebrate Halloween with your pup this weekend at The Bentway!

This costume parade for dogs and their owners is a fun-filled event you can’t miss.

It’ll feature a costumed pup parade, complete with amazing prizes, music, a festive photo selfie station, warm drinks, and local fur-endly vendors.

When: October 28th, 2023 from 12 PM to 4 PM
Where: The Bentway at Strachan Gate, Fort York Boulevard
Cost: FREE

Sponsored Pick: New Healthy Planet at Yonge & Dundas

Buying groceries for the week? Well, you might have a new go-to shop. Healthy Planet just opened up a new store right at Yonge & Dundas, and it’s packed with organic grocery must-haves, natural beauty products, supplements, vitamins, and all things health, with opening deals you don’t want to miss. While you’re there, grab a bite of fresh, delicious food and smoothies at Healthy Planet Kitchen!

When: click here for store hours
Where: 322 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market

This weekend is your last chance to experience Kensington Market’s iconic monthly street party before it wraps up for the year.

The sounds of live music and smells of street food will fill the air and visitors will be treated to live performances, entertainment, art showcases, and displays from local creators.

Don’t miss the final hurrah of 2023 in this famous vibrant neighbourhood.

When: October 29th, 2023
Where: Kensington Market
Cost: FREE

Sponsored Pick: The Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

The Oceanwise Chowder Chowdown is back on October 26th, where ten local chefs will be competing for the 2023 Chowder Champion title. Event tickets will grant you chowder-tasting access, complimentary craft beverages and the ability to vote for the People’s Choice Award! Plus, all proceeds raised will be donated to Ocean Wise’s sustainable seafood program. So get ready to eat, drink and cast your vote—all in the good name of ocean conservation. 

When: Thursday, October 26th, 6pm – 9pm
Where: George Brown College, 300 Adelaide Street East Toronto
Cost: $75 per person

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Art Toronto

Art lovers, this one’s for you.

A showcase of over 100 galleries from across Canada and abroad will take place in downtown Toronto this weekend.

Attended by over 20,000 collectors, curators, and art enthusiasts, this is inarguably one of the biggest events of the year for art appreciation in our city.

Plus, the fair opens with an Opening Night party to benefit the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

When: October 26th to 29th, 2023
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Cost: $35 per adult

Halloween House Party at Maison Selby

You’re never too old for a Halloween House Party. Dress to impress, costume, and all at Maison Selby.

Tickets include admission, canapés and bites, a welcome cocktail, sounds by DJ Adaline, and live entertainment featuring burlesque and tarot card readings.

There will also be prizes to win so make sure to get your tickets ASAP.

When: October 28th from 7 PM to close
Where: 592 Sherbourne St
Cost: $100

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Film festival season isn’t over yet in Toronto.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival takes place this weekend at venues around the city, showcasing Indigenous-made media from across the country and the world.

This festival is known as the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators.

When: Until October 29th, 2023
Where: See festival schedule here
Cost: $10 per ticket ($8 per student/senior)

Next Stage Theatre Festival

Back for its 16th year, this local theatre fest is a must for performing arts lovers.

The event will take place this weekend at a brand new venue — the historic Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

“Enjoy six productions in this exceptionally rich and experimental season,” the description says.

It’s an experience in “music, movement, levity, and raw emotion from six talented companies who are poised and ready for their next stage.”

When: Until October 29th, 2023
Where: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Cost: $20 per ticket

Mac and Cheese Festival

A festival celebrating everyone’s favourite comfort food is coming to us this weekend.

Put on by Street Eats Market, this beloved festival will be happening in Celebration Square all weekend long.

The Mississauga edition will feature various chefs and all kinds of vendors on-site serving up delicious ooey-gooey mac and cheese in creative varieties.

When: October 28th and 29th, 2023
Where: Celebration Square, Mississauga
Cost: FREE