Halloween is less than two weeks away and this year it falls on a Monday, which means there are parties starting as early as the Tuesday before. If you’re looking for the ideal Halloween shindig to attend in the Capital City, look no further: Eventful Capital’s pulled together a list of suggestions to help you decide on your Halloween plans. To get all the details, just click on any of the event posters below.
On Tuesday, October 25, Feminist Twins are hosting Pumpkin Paint Nite at Pressed Cafe. Paint, brushes and canvases will be provided, so all you need to do is bring yourself and let your creative juices flow.
Strange People and SPOOR are partnering to bring you a pre-Halloween party featuring a Chicago legend. It’s the first Freak Out Acid Party put on by the organizers and it’s going down at the Mercury Lounge on October 28 with American DJ Skull (Ron Maney).
For the fourth year in a row, the legendary Double Barrel and Timekode parties are teaming up and joining forces to bring you an epic Halloween dance party at D’Afrique resto bar that will probably fill up early. If you want to dance to soul, funk, Motown and vintage reggae, this is sure to be right up your alley.
If you’re into emo and hardcore covers, you’ll want to hit up House of Targ on Friday, October 28 for the Halloween Emocore show featuring Slip performing “The Black Parade”, MISSIONER performing Green Day’s “American Idiot” and Mosely performing the music of Our Lady Peace. It’s a food drive for the Ottawa Food Bank, so bring a non-perishable food item for $2 off door price.
Death Wish presents their Halloween party show on Saturday October 29 at Cafe Dekuf and it’ll feature live sets by local metal /punk bands Pussy Goblin, Projekt Gothenburg, Death Wish and Sketchy Poutine. There will be a costume contest with prizes, too, so dress the part if you want in on that.
Businesses and restaurants in the Vieux-Hull are poking fun at all the construction paralyzing the area as of late with a thematic Halloween party aptly dubbed “Travaux en cours” (Work in progress). Orange cones, hardhats, tool-belts and steel-toe boots are highly encouraged.
The 10th Annual Great Pumpkin Charity Ball is being held on October 29 this year at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and the theme is POISON – Descend into Darkness. Join 750 costumed revelers at one of Ottawa’s biggest annual Halloween parties and enjoy live music, DJs, psychic and Rune reading booths, a photobooth, cake, prizes and more.
Ottawa alternative rock band Good2go is hosting its annual Halloween costume party at House of Targ on Saturday, October 29 alongside Ottawa garage rockers Road Haus.
On Saturday, October 29 at the Mercury Lounge, resident DJs Sergio Pari, Chiino and Trevor Walker reunite to bring you the Halloween edition of Deep Therapy, a dance party that showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary. It’s your remedy from the mainstream, so let loose and dance.
People are Strange. Music is Stranger. On October 29, round up your friends, dress in your creepiest or strangest costumes and gather at Kaffe 1870 in Wakefield for a spooky night featuring DJs FaT MaN and BeatScience and creepy visuals courtesy of T-Claude. Free all night. Music at 10 p.m.
No Diggity, the 90s R&B and throwback party that’s cooler than the other side of your pillow, is having a Halloween edition on Saturday, October 29 at Kinki. You can expect plenty of old school jams provided by DJs Illo, Mace and Kam. Dress up, obv.
House of Targ is throwing a wicked Halloween jam on Sunday, October 30 as part of their Toughen Up Free Play Sundays. There gonna be prizes for rad costumes, a Rampage Challenge on the big screen, free-play action on the arcades, and a mega all-vinyl dance party.
The 2016 edition of Scream is going down at the EY Centre on Sunday, October 30 and this year it’ll feature live sets by Marshmello, Destructo and others. If you’re into EDM, that’s probably where you’ll want to party this Halloween.
Ottawa’s first annual Halloween guided bike ride is happening on Monday, October 31. Participants are invited to dress up in a costume as well as decorate their bikes for a fun ride bridging Ottawa and Gatineau, before heading back to Mill Street Brew Pub for a yoga cool down, costume judging, dinner, drinks, music and prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Royal Ottawa in support of mental health research. Super neat!
On Halloween night, join Harea Band and Monday I Retire at Live on Elgin for a night of music, boozing and dancing. The two local bands will be delivering all the favourites as well as some spooky Halloween songs to get you in the spirit. You can expect free candy and some wicked prizes for best costumes.
The 7th Annual Zombie Strippers Halloween Show is happening at Babylon once again and this year it’s on October 31. Indulge in sexy burlesque and vaudeville performances, a live set by local garage band Nightshades and stick around afterwards for the costume prizes and a hot and sweaty dance session. This party sells out year after year so be sure to buy your tix in advance if that’s where you want to be on Halloween night.
Casual Hex is hosting an all-ages Halloween show at Black Squirrel Books on October 31 that will feature live performances by Spell, Blunt Chunks and Mixer. You’re invited to wear a costume too, if you’re so inclined.