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To boo or not to boo, there's plenty to do this weekend for everyone

Last Updated Oct 27, 2017 at 9:05 am EDT

Boys in their Halloween make-up, make faces as they make the rounds of the houses to get candies and other sweets. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Bullit Marquez

This weekend ghouls, monsters and certainly more than a few superheros will be getting ready to roam the streets looking for delicious treats and with the temperature drop, it’s certainly starting to feel a lot like fall.

But if Halloween isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of things to do in the city this weekend.

And don’t forget, there’s a subway closure on Line 1 as well.


Non-Halloween Events

TTC Subway Open House

Be one the first to see three of the TTC’s new and uniquely designed subway stations on the Line 1 extension. On Saturday, you can get a sneak peek of Pioneer Village, Highway 407 and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Stations. Between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., visitors and future riders will have access to the station, take a self-guided tour, and learn about how they were built and how they will operate. The stations officially go into service on Dec. 17. More details can be found by clicking here.

Last Pedestrian Sunday of 2017

It’s the last pedestrian Sunday of the year in Kensington Market so why not head out this weekend and celebrate all the things this unique and cultural neighbourhood has to offer. From noon to 7 p.m. explore some of the area’s great shopping, food and music.

Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show

With Halloween right around the corner, you can indulge your sweet – or savoury – tooth a little early at Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday and runs through 5 p.m. on Sunday at the International Centre. The show includes North America’s best bakers and pastry chefs, live demonstrations and hands-on classes. Whether you moon over cakes, cupcakes and icing, or have a love for breads and bagels, the Baking and Sweets Show has something for everyone. For more information, click here.

Guns N’ Roses @ ACC

GNR fans will be flocking to the ACC this weekend for another North American leg of Guns N’ Roses massive “Not In This Lifetime’ reunion tour. The stadium and arena run began on October 8th in Philadelphia. During the Toronto stop, Guns N’ Roses will play two shows – one on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. and another next Monday night at 7:30 p.m. The band shot to stardom in 1987 with its album Appetite for Destruction, with the single “Sweet Child o’ Mine” reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Halloween Events

Halloween On Queen

Queen Street’s 5th annual “Halloween on Queen” will be taking over Kew Gardens and Ivan Forest Gardens this Saturday. The afternoon event features Queen Street’s infamous costume contest for guests and their pets. There will also be games, inflatables, face painting, stilt walkers and live music. Local businesses will also be handing out treats. The Halloween-inspired fun goes from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pumpkinfest in The Junction

The autumn temperatures have arrived and what better way to get into the spirit than heading to the Junction on Saturday for its annual Pumpkinfest. Test drive those Halloween costumes by trick or treating at local businesses and then work some of that candy off at the Monster Mash Costume Dance Party. Weather permitting, there will be a bouncy castle too! For full details click here.

Boo at the Zoo

The Toronto Zoo has had quite the baby boom in the last few years so why not take your little one to see their little ones this Halloween weekend? Kids ages 12 and under who come in costume will get free admission when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission. There will be tons of photo opportunities you’ll cherish for a lifetime. But keep in mind, inflatable costumes scare the animals so please avoid them.

Monster Dash 2017

Make sure you can run in your Halloween costume! The 2017 Monster Dash hits the streets at 4:30 p.m. this Sunday with a spooky mile, 5km run/walk and 10km run/walk. Each course kicks off and ends at the Ontario Science Centre. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, scariest costume, best couple costume, top fundraisers and overall finishers. All proceeds from the Monster Dash will go toward the Science Centre’s Community Access Programs.

Howloween Pup Parade & Costume Contest

Trick-or-dog-treat! Halloween is going to the dogs this weekend at the second annual Howloween Pup Parade & Costume Contest. It’s expected to be one of the largest dog Halloween events in the city, with over 100 dogs and their owners expected to take part. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday and takes place along Fort York Boulevard between Spadina and Bathurst. There will be multiple stops along the way for treats, judging and pictures. The family-friendly event is in support of Just Paws Animal Rescue.


TTC Closures

If you’re planning to head out to one of the MANY Halloween events around the city, take note that there will be no subway service between St Clair and Lawrence stations due to track work. Shuttle buses will be operating during the closure.