The Toronto Geek Guide to Halloween

You’re too old for trick-or-treating. Seriously, I’m telling you this for your own good. Back in the day we all hated the goofy “big kids” in hockey jerseys who unjustly got a cut of our candy, so it’s time to throw in the towel you’ve been using as a makeshift Superman cape before you become that which you despised the most.

Fortunately, trick-or-treating isn’t the only way to celebrate the spookiest time of year, and Toronto hosts a handful of Halloween alternatives for us big kids who have graduated from door-to-door candy begging.

For the Comics Fan:
Silver Snail’s Snailoween Party

Over $2000 in prizes, the all-robot Transformers cover band Cybertronic Spree, and a whole lot of geek goodness are all centre stage at Silver Snail comic book shop and Geekpr0n’s annual Halloween show. Snailoween is the perfect event for cosplayers and comic fans craving a chance to dress up in the post-Fan Expo season.

…I seriously can’t overstate how radical Cybertronic Spree is live.

For the Gamer:
A & C Games’ All Day Horror Game Marathon and 13% off

Toronto’s biggest retro video game store will have staff and customers playing and streaming horror games at the back of the store all day long. If you show up in costume not only do you get to play games for free, but you’ll get 13% off any used game or console in store!

Come hang out with Gar, Chang, Daniel (and Corey!) as well as the rest of the A & C crew in store for your fix of retro games, group horror game sessions, and free candy!

For the Reader:
Fan Fiction the Show: Harry Potter

Fan Fiction the Show is a brilliant concept: Toronto’s funniest comedians attempt to act out the most outrageous fan fictions they could find online once a month, and this time they’re giving us geeks a one of a kind take on Harry Potter and his friends’ wizardly world. If you stick around after the show, the Comedy Bar will be hosting its own Halloween after party to keep the magic alive.

Staying In?
Try SOMA on PS4 and PC

Hey, it’s totally cool if crowds and dressing up aren’t exactly your thing! But if you’ve got no other plans and are looking for a good spook before the trick-or-treaters come knocking, we recommend Frictional Games’ latest horror game, SOMA. The game’s prologue is set in Toronto before things take a turn and players find themselves in a mysterious and seemingly abandoned  underwater facility.

SOMA supplies the appropriate dosage of spookiness that Halloween prescribes, and will leave you asking existential questions like what makes you human, what is reality, and how on Earth anyone could get cell phone service in the TTC subway?!

That’s all we have planned for this Halloween, but let us know how you’ll be spending your day, whether in Toronto or elsewhere!

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