Halloween happenings 

Horror-filled film fest, art, parties and more to celebrate creepiest holiday

click to enlarge Wigging Out DJ one and Johnny Biggs strike a pose at last year's Monster Massive bash, held at Merlin's.
  • Wigging Out DJ one and Johnny Biggs strike a pose at last year's Monster Massive bash, held at Merlin's.

The pumpkin is carved, leaves are raked into piles on the lawn, and a basket of candy stands at the ready by the front door. But when the sun goes down on Friday night, the Halloween revelry begins.

If you haven’t managed to come up with that perfect costume yet, don’t rip the sheet off your bed and transform into a boring ghost just yet. Instead, visit Peak To Party Novelties, where you can pick up a packaged costume, or accessories to finish your look off.

And if you’re on a bit of a budget, or just want to exercise a bit more creativity, head to the Re-Use-It Centre in Function Junction for some second-hand finds.

F As in Frank, a new vintage clothing store, is another great place to dig up a stellar costume. They just opened last fall, and stock an impressive collection of vintage clothing and accessories year-round, but during Halloween, they go all out. They have racks of wild pants, shirts, dresses, robes, over-the-top shoes, and crazy accessories to finish off just about any look.

The store is also sponsoring one of the biggest parties of the weekend — Monster Massive IV. This annual local’s party is organized by Solartribe Soundsystems Underground DJ Collective, so the 300 guests who managed to snag tickets to this sold-out party at Dusty’s on Friday night can definitely expect to be treated to some amazing music. There are eight DJs — Tone, Phroh, Rob Banks, Surgeon, Adam Bomb, Milton, Tim Livingstone, FSU and Goodkid — on the decks spinning the night away with everything from trance to drum ’n’ bass.

“It’s a solid lineup. There’s going to be a lot of DJs and a lot of madness,” Phroh said with a laugh. “…All summer long, people go to our parties and then after a while it gets cold and people get the idea that there’s not going to be a really good party for a while, because of the dead season, and then all of a sudden, ‘oh yeah, Halloween!’”

Organizers are offering prizes for the top costumes, with loads of other spooky surprises in store throughout the night.

And Monster Massive IV certainly isn’t the only big Halloween bash in town — the GLC is renowned for their annual Halloween shindig, and this year will be no exception, with local party queen, Ace McKay-Smith hosting the Ragnaroc party on Friday night, complete with over-the-top decorations and audiovisual effects to wow partygoers. DJ Vinyl Ritchie (aka Captain Howdy), Bad Brian and others will be making music to get the crowd moving.

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