Halloween might be fun as a kid, but trick-or-treating (followed by the inevitable candy overdose and subsequent sugar crash) isn't all that great. Spookier, boozier and all around groovier, adult Halloween is where it's at. And we've rounded up the best parties and events to celebrate the haunting holiday. So dress up in your best costume, swap out the candy (okay not all of the candy) for cocktails and get ready to be scared – in the best way possible.
The Thompson Toronto
550 Wellington Street West
The 5th Annual Haunted Hotel at the Thompson will see the entire space transformed into a spooktacular sight. Over $30,000 has been put into decor that includes art installations, projections, audio visual effects and smoke machines. All of the hotel’s event spaces are in on the fun, which means your ($40 advanced or $50 at the door) ticket gives you access to Wildflower, the Lobby Bar, the Park Room and the Rooftop. If all that’s not enough to win you over, did we mention there are candy stations?
The Rec Room
255 Bremner Boulevard
Double down on the fun for your inner child by dressing up and heading to Rec Room for arcade games galore. On October 31st, their Halloween Carnival will offer unlimited gameplay, fortune telling, a horror make-up station and a costume contest – all while you monster mash to a live DJ set. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St. W
If you’re still in withdrawal after the third season of Stranger Things came to an end, the Gladstone Hotel has the party for you. During their 80s Starcourt Halloween Spooktacular on Friday October 25th, the hotel will be transformed into the iconic mall. Grab a snack in the “foodcourt” on the second floor before heading to the 80s Video Dance Party to do the Time Warp. Tickets are $40.
Steam Whistle Brewing
255 Bremner Blvd
For the 18th year in a row, Steam Whistle will be throwing their annual Halloween bash on Saturday October 26. Craft brews and candy make the perfect pairing so take advantage of the $7 full bar. Dubbed, Scream Whistle, the dance party is sure to be a thriller. Get your $35 tickets in advance, this event usually sells out.
220 King Street West
Mascot Brewery is back with Ales from the Crypt on Saturday October 26, in their new location on King St. W. Sip on $6.66 beers (spooky right?), $5 shots and special halloween cocktails. This party is a steal of a deal with $10 tickets in advance and $15 at the door.
627 King Street West
Lavelle will be keeping things creepy all weekend long with Lavelloween. The party starts with Nightmare on King Street on Friday October 25th and Bloodbath on Saturday October 26th. Tickets are $20 for each night. Come back on Sunday morning for a Halloween brunch (costumes encouraged). Then on Halloween night, get your blood pumping at the Vampire Ball.