416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Oct.26 – Oct.27)

ZombiesIt’s almost Halloween which means that this weekend is, well… all about Halloween. Zombies, ghosts, monsters and anything gross and disgusting is just right this weekend. But if that’s just a touch too much Halloween spirit for you, there are other things that guarantee to keep you busy this weekend. Here are my TOP5 things to do.

Toronto Zombie Walk – This Saturday, the annual walk of zombies sees the gore-enthused stumble through the city in costume during the 2-hour parade before catching live entertainment in Nathan Phillips Square at 5:00pm. The zombies will begin to gather in character at noon in the square, with the parade starting at 3:00pm.

BrunchZombie Brunch at The Drake – Now in its second year, the brunch includes Egg’s Caleb (two poached eggs, smoked salmon, arugula, toasted English muffin, hollandaise and home fries), Brains + Egg Skillet (fried pork brain, poached eggs, spicy tomato with grilled miche) and the Not Actual Brain Skillet (mac and cheese with tomato, poached eggs and black beans). On the beverage side of things, they offer a Smokin’ Bloody Caesar, that includes a horseradish and spooky smoke.

Cabbagetown Ghost TourThis Sunday wear your Halloween costume (plus comfy walking shoes) for this neighbourhood tour and visit haunted homes while learning about eerie urban legends. The tour starts at the northeast corner of Winchester St. and Parliament St. at 7:00pm. Tickets are $5 – $10.

PumpkinfestThe Junction Pumpkinfest – This Saturday from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, the Junction Train Platform will host pumpkin carving, as well as other pumpkin-themed activities and treats in participating businesses around the neighbourhood. Expect at least a few dogs in pumpkin costumes and little devil hats. Enjoy the Saturday afternoon by taking a stroll through the streets with the kids and start the trick or treating a few days early.

International Festival of Authors – This annual event, now in its 34th year, seeks to bring together the best writers of contemporary world literature. This year’s festival running from October 24th to November 2nd features readings, interviews, discussions and book signings from over 60 confirmed authors (think: Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Anne Carson, Douglas Couplan, Stephen King, Sam Lipsyte and Lisa Moore).

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