Get those ghostly, ghastly costumes and Frankenstein-like appetites revved up because in exactly one week we’ll be celebrating the day of candy, treats, trick-or-treating, and all things scary, spooky, and boo-tastic! Even though Halloween isn’t necessarily known for being food-centric the way Christmas or Thanksgiving is (yes, we like our chocolates and candies, but let’s face it: IT’S NOT A MEAL), the essence and theme of Halloween is the inspiration behind Kraft Canada’s Halloween Recipe Centre with sweet, savoury, and ghoulishly fun Halloween recipes (hey, I work here, I can’t talk Halloween without promoting this!) and Toronto’s many special Halloween food events such as Halloween cookie and cupcake decorating, a Devilicious restaurant event in one of the city’s most party-hearty neighbourhoods, Halloween-inspired menus, and a mish-mash of fall and Halloween all rolled into one. If you love Halloween and food, you just might want to check out some of these events happening in the city:
Devilicious Ghoulinary Dining Tour in Church-Wellesley Village, October 24 – 31. Church-Wellesley Village near the intersection of Church & Maitland Street at participating restaurant locations in the neighbourhood. Prices vary depending on restaurant menus but many are price fixe and multiple course meals. In conjunction with the annual Halloween Church-Wellesley block party on Halloween night, Devilicious celebrates the sinfully delicious restaurant menus and dishes at some of the neighbourhood’s most popular haunts.
Restaurants such as Cafe California, Sambucas, and O’Grady’s Tap & Grill on Church among various others are dishing out “Halloweek” menus that will leave you bloodthirsty for more! Feast on fall favourites such as maple pumpkin cheesecake and curried butternut squash and sweet yam soup from Cafe California during the day and when the sun goes down and your hungry fangs come out? Satiate the appetite with baked potato “dead skins”, deep fried pickle “witch fingers”, hell’s lasagna, and blood red velvet cheesecake from O’Grady’s! http://www.churchwellesleyvillage.ca/stayandplay-detail.php?sub=16&id=23, http://www.toronto.com/article/748067–spooky-spots-to-eat-for-halloween
Halloween at Vagabondo, October 25-31. 32 Wellington Street. 3-course price fixe menu and Halloween drinks and bar promotions during Halloween week. 1/2 price appetizers on the 31st! http://www.vagabondo.ca/main/halloween-vagabondo
Introduction to Cupcake Decorating: Halloween Edition at Le Dolci, October 26. 1pm-3pm. 1006 Dundas Street West. $80 +HST/person. Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home among like-minded icing sugar queens and kings! Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, swirls, and whatever your heart desires! Halloween is just around the corner so think pumpkins, witch hats, black cats, Halloween candy, and even costumes if you like! http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/
Jubilee Queen Cruises Halloween Cruise & Finger Food Party, October 26 & 27. 7pm-12:30am (7pm boarding time, 8pm departure, 12am dock). 539 Queens Quay West. $49.95/person. Tour the dark and haunting waters of Toronto’s harbourfront with this ghoulishly fun Halloween cruise and food party! Take to Jubilee’s “boneyard” and nosh on “salty bones” breadsticks, bat wings with swamp slime (chicken wings with avocado-lime chipotle sauce), gnarled witches fingers with bleeding heart dip (chicken tenders with blood orange sauce), devilish desserts, and so much more!http://www.jubileequeencruises.ca/toronto-halloween-cruise-event.htm, http://www.jubileequeencruises.ca/halloween_finger_foods_menu.htm
1st Annual Foodies on Foot Haunted Halloween Ghost Tour and Finger Foodie Party, October 27. 6pm haunted ghost walk, 8pm spooktacular finger foodie party. Ghost tour takes place in the Distillery District to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Finger food party to take place at Foodies on Foot Studio at 75 Portland Street. $65 membership, limited availability. Call 416-826-1997 to check availability. http://foodiesonfoot.ca/haunted-halloween-ghost-tour-and-cocktail-party/halloween-tour-and-finger-foodie-party/
Boo at the Barns at Wychwood Barns, October 27. 5pm-9pm. 76 Wychwood Ave. at Artscape Wychwood Barns just off of St. Clair Ave. West, east of Christie St. and west of Bathurst St. FREE admission, food and drink tickets available for purchase on-site ($1 each or 12 for $10). Games, pumpkins, costumes, dance, food, and more – it’s a Halloween celebration like no other! Fill up more than just a trick-or-treat candy bag as you nosh on pizza, samosas, patties, popcorn, desserts, and other treats and roast your very own pumpkin seeds and s’mores in Wychwood’s oven! http://www.wychwoodbarnscommunity.ca/articleDetail.aspx?a=347&n=90&s=0&email=&nskin=9
Halloween Cookies for Kids with Cookie Martinez at The Depanneur, October 27. 4pm-6pm. 1033 College Street. $30 +HST/person. For kids ages 6-9, celebrate the fun and ghoulish Halloween festivities with cookies at The Depanneur with Cookie Martinez! Kids will learn baking basics such as rolling out and cutting out dough, baking and safety, and decorating adorable Halloween themed cookies that they can take home after the class. http://www.facebook.com/events/472343126131528/
Introduction to Cupcake Decorating: Halloween Edition at Le Dolci, October 27. 10am-12pm noon. 1006 Dundas Street West. $80 +HST/person. Get the creative juices and sweet teeth going as you decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home among like-minded icing sugar queens and kings! Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, swirls, and whatever your heart desires! Halloween is just around the corner so think pumpkins, witch hats, black cats, Halloween candy, and even costumes if you like! http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/
Boo-tastic Trick-or-Treat at Casa Loma, October 27 & 28. 10am-11:15am on October 27, 11:30am-1pm on October 28. 1 Austin Terrace (near Spadina Ave. and Davenport Rd.). $20 +HST for children 4 to 9 years old, $20.55 +HST for adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Prices include admission and tour of Casa Loma. Pre-registration is required for the event. To book, call 647-725-1826. A fun and festive Halloween day for the little ones! Kids will get the opportunity to decorate 12 mini cupcakes Halloween style with frosting and sprinkles and then go on a trick-or-treating tour through the 2nd floor of the spooky castle. Dress them from head to toe in costume and have a boo-tastic time! http://www.casaloma.org/events.index.gk#20340
Leslieville Farmers’ Market Harvest & Halloween Celebration, October 28. 9am-2pm. Jonathan Ashbridge Park on Queen Street East and Woodward Ave., between Greenwood and Coxwell Ave. It’s the last market of the season for Leslieville and they’re going out with a bang! Enjoy pumpkin carving, kids costume parade, carnival games, and plenty of food! Feast on the Wild Boar Roast and Falafel Feast at 12pm noon with pork sandwiches ($7) and falafel sandwiches ($6). Bring your own plate event!