It's Halloween time in Montréal! 🎃

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton is the community director for QueerMTL, an internationally-touring musician with his projects Woodpigeon and Frontperson  and a graduate studies student of history researching LGBTQ+ activism in the city. He’s lived in Montréal since 2015, during which time he’s most often spotted atop a BIXI bike usally running a few minutes late.

This article was updated on October 15, 2021.

Every Halloween in Montréal, the city’s streets fill with ghouls and goblins of every shape and size. From the Old Montréal ghosts of Montréal en Histoires - Cité Mémoire to parties and events for monsters of all ages throughout the city, October comes alive (or is it undead?) for Halloween. Scroll on for our list of the spookiest events … if you dare!

Note: We suggest contacting host venues for information on capacities and ticketing information, as well as potential cancellations.
 

Thrills and chills for children of all ages

Visit the Château Ramezay throughout the month to learn all about Halloween’s favourite gourd the pumpkin during the Pick a Peck of Pumpkins garden exhibition. Then visit one of the nearby orchards in search of a pumpkin patch for the ideal specimen to take home and carve into the perfect jack-o-lantern.

Spine-tingling fun!

The Space for Life’s Montréal Botanical Garden presents Funk and Pumpkins, featuring Halloween-themed play areas, a closer look at the squash family, and theatre presentations. And get your eyes on the prize for the Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

The Legend of McTavish at the Pointe-à-Callière historical museum brings an old Montréal ghost story back from the dead between October 23 to 31, 2021, through the story of Simon McTavish, rumoured to have made a deal with the devil to construct his epic mansion on Mount Royal. Stick close with the lamplighter who illuminates the way through the museum’s sewer tunnel, and costumes are encouraged.

Between October 15-31, 2021, Exporail / The Canadian Railway Museum transforms into a haunted train station, with phantoms and skeletons waiting in the shadows. But be careful … some of these trains never reach their destination!

Spooks and kooks around every corner

Watch your step – there’s body parts everywhere at Six Flags La Ronde for their annual Fright Fest. It’s all family fun and games throughout the day every weekend in October, but once the sun goes down there’s truly nowhere left to hide.

That was probably just the wind that brushed your shoulder and gave you a chill on your Montréal Ghosts' ghost walk through Old Montréal. Probably! Guidatour presents their Montréal Ghosts Halloween Special on October 29-31, 2021, and promise a look at the gruesome side of our storied streets. The ghost hunters at Haunted Montréal (who keep tabs on Montréal’s ghoulish past through the Haunted Montréal Blog, updated the 13th of every month) offer walks and paranormal expertise through their Haunted Downtown, Old Sainte Antoine Cemetery, Haunted Mountain and Haunted Griffintown tours – with the latter offering the chance to interact with the neighbourhood’s infamous Headless Mary. Wait, did you just scream or was that me?

Somewhat happier screams can be heard from the speed junkies soaring overhead on the MTL Zipline, which zooms over the Old Port of Montréal on a solitary wire. And right next door, the SOS Labyrinthe celebrates Halloween with a heart pounding adventure through their maze on weekends till October 31, 2021.

Local drag superstar Barbada de Barbade hosts a gourmet Halloween Brunch Extravaganza at the Time Out Market, with sittings at noon and 3:00 PM. Expect fierce thrills both onstage and on your plate in front of you. For something a little bloodier, the COVEN Drag Show Halloween Double Feature on October 29, 2021 at The Diving Bell Social Club, features House of Gahd favourites Uma and Selma Gahd, HercuSleaze, Seyoncé and Anaconda LaSabrosa. The 10:00 PM show is the “EXTRA GORY” edition, so don’t say we didn’t warn you against wearing light colours.

Speaking the potential for stains, the Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball also returns this year, with a shadow cast accompanied one-night-only screening on Halloween night. Keep an eye on their website for information and secret venue details! Those looking for some at-home chills should check out Montréal’s immersive horror experience Malefycia. Unfortunately postponed for 2021, their blood-drenched sensory experiences are just as terrifying on their documentation website. A quick browse is a good way to build up your nerve for next year!

Between October 21-31, 2021, the Listeso Quartet will present Candlelight Halloween in the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel in Old Montréal, featuring their renditions of seasonal favourites from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Halloween, Psycho and chillers from the classical canon. Scary film lovers should also keep their calendars open for the Fantasia International Film Festival’s Fantasia en fête series of film screenings at the iconic Cinema Impérial from throughout their 25 year history. And better yet, all screenings are free!

A bat has escaped into Laser Game Evolution's labyrinth, and if you catch it a candy reward is yours! There’s other Halloween themed fun and games throughout the month, and No Limit Halloween sessions for both kids (9:00 AM-1:00 PM) and adults (6:30-10:30 PM), including drinks and candy for all.

Happy Halloween!

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton is the community director for QueerMTL, an internationally-touring musician with his projects Woodpigeon and Frontperson  and a graduate studies student of history researching LGBTQ+ activism in the city. He’s lived in Montréal since 2015, during which time he’s most often spotted atop a BIXI bike usally running a few minutes late.

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