Toronto Weekender: October 31 through November 3, 2013

Yep, the hallowed day has finally arrived, and we’ve got a rundown of some uber-hot parties to ring in the special day in the most notable way. But that’s only the beginning of our Weekender…

Tonight naturally has a ton going on. The Thompson Hotel is decking it up festive style and bringing us The Haunted Hotel, while over at Bloke & 4th we’ve got A Very Scary Electric Circus. (So dubbed, we presume, because it’s petrifying people wanted Electric Circus to make a comeback.) EFS is giving us a Night of the Dead, while the Drake Hotel’s got a big ol’ piece of Jack-o-Slice for us to dig into. Pop-up king Fidel Gastro ends his H-ole-ween celebrations tonight, and of course, there’s the annual Church Street Halloween Night Block Party, which shuts off the thoroughfare to vehicular traffic for an all-night street fest. Get your ghoulish garb on and get out there! Halloween comes but once a year…

Got a cabaret-style video that’s burning up your YouTube feed? Head over to Kitch Bar tonight in the Junction for the first YouTube Cabaret. That’s right, they’ll be showcasing the coolest amateur cabaret vids across the screens while you can drink and dance in delight.

Have a thirst for some sip-able brown liquors but can’t quite fill the void? Never fear, as Whisky Live is here. Yes, the annual consortium of all things brown spirits is back, offering up a chance for attendees to get one-on-one with some of the best producers on the globe. Part and parcel of Whisky Live 2013 are seminars, workshops, and, naturally tastings aplenty. 

Redrum. Redrum. Redrum… A cryptic call out from one of the most famous horror flicks of all time, or an uber-cool party this Friday night? In Toronto, it’s the latter, at least for this weekend, as the spirit of the film possesses the Gladstone Hotel. With DJs, VIP booths, and dancing, this’ll be one badass Queen West shindig.

The ‘Ultimate Girls’ Day Out’ is back in Toronto. The National Women’s Show is where you can learn about ground-breaking services for women (like the newly launched CoolSculpting excellence), products you’d pass by otherwise (think organic goods), and check out celebrity guests chatting up the stages. 

With the food scene ever growing in the city, it’s nice to sit back and look at some of the events that got us to this foodie-fuelled spot. Events like the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, aka The Royal. This event lets you get up close and personal with cool vendors, farmers, and the like, discovering the ins and outs of the food supply world alongside chef challenges, the famed horse show, and so much more. 

Have a hankering for something a li’l… dark? Well the Dark Comedy Festival is taking over a few venues around the city, netting us nine days of blackened bliss. North America’s most tortured laugh-happy souls will be on showcase, offering tons of challenges and comedy. 

Antique Shows Canada is bringing us a blast from the past this Sunday at Artscape Wychwood Barns with The Old Book & Paper Show. This is your chance to get your hands on some uber-cool collectables from the world of print. Advertising, post cards, war-time photos, and the like will on be on display for your purchasing pleasure. Maybe you’ll find your next coveted gem, or that perfect poster to cover up the holes in your wall. 

End your weekend on a high – a sugar high, to be exact – at the Luxury Chocolate Show. With chocolate producers aplenty on hand showing off their cocoa crazes, chocolate eating contests, chocolate making workshops, a chocolate sculpture showcase and the list goes on, this is one edible event you won’t want to miss.