A few days ago, the Toronto Barbell Club announced it would be selling out its first ever Halloween costume.
The club, which started in 1995 as a way for bar patrons to come together and celebrate Halloween, was open to all genders and all ages, including transgender people.
The event was billed as a “puppets night.”
It was sold out.
“We wanted to get people in there and bring a little bit of life and fun and excitement to their bar experience,” club owner Sam Smith said.
“The idea of a costume night is something we had never had before, so it was really important to us that we get as many people in here as we could.”
The club decided to hold its Halloween party in a small, dark room inside the club.
This is where the puppets were going to be kept, which meant it would have to be discreet.
Smith said the puppeteers would be kept separate from the rest of the bar, and that there would be no alcohol on the premises.
“It’s really important for us to be very careful with the costumes,” Smith said, adding that he wasn’t going to allow the club to open up to the public.
“We really don’t want to get in the way of people.”
The bar’s costume party was meant to celebrate the Halloween spirit of the club, but the event quickly turned into a night of revelry.
“I’m not sure what kind of night we have, but it’s definitely a great night of fun,” Smith told CBC News.
“There was definitely a lot of people out there and a lot people out here.”
The costumes were meant to be fun for the clubgoers, but Smith said they weren’t meant to create a dangerous atmosphere.
“If we can create a safe space for people to have fun and to dance around the bar and have a great time, that’s a great thing,” he said.
“The costumes have to stay within the rules.”
The night ended with people dancing in a circle around the room, dancing around each other.
Smith has seen the impact Halloween costumes can have on people.
“You know, I’ve seen people get really emotional when they see the costumes that are going on in the room,” he told CBC Toronto.
“That was a really good night.
I’ve never seen people react so much as they did.”
The Toronto Barbarbell Club has been hosting the costume party for more than two decades.
The party was originally a way to bring people together and have fun, but now, it’s becoming a way that everyone can come together to celebrate Halloween together.
The club was hoping to sell out all its costumes and that the bar would open up for other bar patrons.
However, it wasn’t until this past week that the party was sold, and now the club is officially open for business.
Smith told CBC Radio’s Toronto Morning that the club will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but that some events may change.
He said that the night may be extended until 6 p.ms.
He also said that it may be a few more months before the party will be officially open.
Smith expects that many more people will be out in the neighbourhood this Halloween night, but he warns that it’s best to be prepared.
“Some of these costumes, you don’t have to go out and see them.
It’s not a party,” he explained.
“If you have some good friends who have been dancing around the corner, maybe you should try to make that happen.”
Smith said he is happy to host the costume night as long as it doesn’t put the patrons in danger.
“Just like we are a bar, we are not a costume bar,” he stated.
“This is something that we do for fun, for fun with our friends and we love having fun.”