Halloween returns to Toronto’s Gay Village for one night only in October

A once-shrouded Halloween activity returns to Toronto’s Gay Village. Halloween 2016 will return to Toronto’s Gay Village on October 29. Best: Halloween almost can’t be gone – as it was in Toronto from 2004…

Halloween returns to Toronto's Gay Village for one night only in October

A once-shrouded Halloween activity returns to Toronto’s Gay Village.

Halloween 2016 will return to Toronto’s Gay Village on October 29.

Best: Halloween almost can’t be gone – as it was in Toronto from 2004 to 2014 – without being celebrated in style.

The town’s annual Halloween Party, which was shut down by city police from 2005 to 2014, has been rescheduled for later this year in the U.S. Live entertainment features include popular YouTube and YouTube personality Mondo Guerra, electro-dance musician Sonyito, and hip-hop artist Newhamstep. Costumes by Bayview Clothing and punk costumes by Funkycondos. Tickets cost: $25 for Grey Goose and Sixpoint Vodka or $32 for Mexican beer and wine.

Halloween isn’t the only festival that can rely on vintage Halloween costumes, or at least has a reputation for them. Throughout 2016, Toronto’s annual Halloween celebration features history re-enactments as well as a Living History Museum, a costume contest, and circus performances.

Halloween first made its return to Toronto’s Gay Village in 2005. Permitting to hold parties in Toronto ended because of overwhelming public backlash. The St. Andrew’s-Yorkville District Corporation (SLYC) agreed to a temporary Halloween pact with the Gay Village residents that made the Gay Village Halloween Zone annual. The region agreed not to increase the area’s Halloween size in exchange for the Gay Village allowing its residents to celebrate the event – with minimum picket lines – as long as Halloween was a legal holiday. The Gay Village and the SLYC shared responsibility for administering the Halloween zone.

When it came to 2010, the LGBTQ citizens of Toronto were outraged that the city council was returning to an arrangement that prevented its residents from celebrating the event in public for the first six Halloween’s. As a result, the city curtailed the parties’ hours, which now only run from 2pm-4am.

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