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Weekend Roundup: What to do on Halloween + Les suggestions de @Basement819

By Katie Marsh on October 30, 2014

Halloween can be great if you have access to a child old enough to do the trick or treating rounds, but young enough that you can easily coerce them into giving you their candy. But what to do if you don’t have a kid, can’t borrow one, or you secretly think that “Halloween is christmas for jerks“? This edition of the Apt613/Basement819 weekend roundup has you covered.

Thursday is the not-so-calm before the storm. First, our mandatory Support Local plug: you have a choice between a Terrarium Workshop by Flock Boutique, or a Twin Peaks themed art show at Victoire (I bet they’ll have some damned fine coffee). If you feel like doing some good with your partying, head over to Ottawa’s only barcade for Pit Bash and Com-pit-ition (breast cancer) or Schmoozefest (United Way). Art lovers have a lot to choose from: Falldown Gallery’s monthly Ottawa Art Party, Enriched Bread Artist’s annual open house (a personal favourite that is running all weekend), or an experimental film screening at Club SAW.  Music lovers have the options of singer/songwriter Moonface at the Bluesfest School of Music and Art or  Canadian indie rock super group Mounties with Hawksley Workman, Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat and Ryan Dahle of Limblifter.

There was obviously some witchcraft involved with getting Halloween to fall on a Friday. You’re going to have to choose a side: Team Hellraiser or Team Hell No!

For Team Hellraiser we have a list of some of the venues throwing parties or shows where you can freely wear your ironic costume based on current events.

A special call out to the Antique Skate/Top of the World bash for Support Local month! On the charity circuit Funhaven is doing an actual haunted house (14+) while partiers at the Bronson Center will be dancing in support of mental health. You could also try a spooky hay ride or see a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture show. 

For Team Hell No!, the pickens are slim. You can see a play about bullying or watch re-runs of the Bachelor.

The big event on Saturday will be the annual Ottawa Vintage Clothing show at the convention centre, a day too late to help with your costume. There’s some Halloween spill-over from Friday, including the annual Great Pumpkin Charity Ball and Extreme Halloween 2. Team Hell No! does a lot better on the weekend, with the choice of a beer tour to Quebec, a fundraiser for Hintonburg Happenings or a few music shows (see our calendar for more details).

After all of this, if you want to go out on Sunday, all I can say is don’t you have laundry to do? I’m tired already, and I’m just writing about the events. If you absolutely must go out try Remi Royal at the Manx or launching a pumpkin out of a giant slingshot.

See below for some suggestions from our francophone friends at Basement819, and let us know what we missed!

Les Suggestions @Basement819

Quelle chance! Halloween tombe un vendredi cette année. La ville s’enflamme et propose plusieurs événements halloweenesque. Voici donc nos recommandations :

Vous avez toujours rêvé d’un karaoké d’Halloween dans un resto chinois? Et bien n’attendez plus car le Shanghai restaurant situé sur Somerset dans le quartier chinois propose un karaoké d’Halloween. Deux soirs pour faire vibrer vos cordes, soyez-y vendredi ou/et samedi soir dès 21h. *Des prix seront remis aux meilleurs et … aux pires déguisements! Chanter une chanson de Céline Dion déguisé en poulet = réussir sa vie.

Toujours dans la même veine, le House of Targ nous présente Monster Bash ce vendredi. Bien évidemment il s’agit d’un évènement d’Halloween : déguisez-vous (en poulet de préférence). Pour l’occasion les arcades seront gratuites et la musique sera assurée par DJ Gary Voiceman. Pour clouer le cercueil (vous voyez le jeu de mots), il y aura une prestation-surprise sur le compte de minuit!

Finalement, quelle fête d’Halloween serait complète sans une histoire de fantômes? Pour combler ce manque, The Haunted Walk nous propose jusqu’au 1er novembre, un tour guidé des endroits hantés d’Ottawa. Sachez bien que cette tournée d’Ottawa est devenue une tradition dans la région. C’est à faire au moins une fois dans sa vie! Saisissez votre chance par les cornes.

Il y a également une multitude d’autres festivités d’Halloween dans les différents bars de la ville. Gardez donc les yeux rivés sur notre compte Twitter pour une liste complète tout au long de la semaine.

As always, Instagram your adventures and hashtag them #Apt613Weekend44. Check our Instagram on Monday where we’ll feature our fave pics.