Kooky, ooky and spooky activities for the whole family
The Stewart Museum in the island oasis of Parc Jean-Drapeau is known as one of Montréal’s most haunted places, and the spirit world will run rampant on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1! Equipped with nothing more than a flashlight and their nerves of steel, the younger set will make their way through the museum’s darkened halls for a Ghost Hunt, and enjoy My First Fantasia, a line-up of kid-friendly films curated by the Fantasia International Film Festival. Grown-ups will love the outdoor Behind the Walls: The History of the Fort on St. Helen’s Island, dipping a cautious toe into the Stewart Museum’s mysterious past.
The Pointe-à-Callière historical museum in Old Montréal presents its new Halloween experience, The Legend of McTavish, on October 31, exploring the great local mystery of Simon McTavish, said to roam the city’s sewer system after having made a deal with the devil to build a great house on Mount Royal. Costumes are encouraged! And while the fog-shrouded ghost trains at Exporail / The Canadian Railway Museum may arrive to the station to pick you up on time once the museum re-opens on October 29, 2020, there’s no guarantee you’ll be back any time soon … Brrr!
More than just the symbol of Halloween, the pumpkin is a fascinating vegetable that comes in many shapes and sizes, and the Château Ramezay’s Pick a Peck of Pumpkins... outdoor exhibition gives well-deserved props in a fully immersive experience for all. And this year the Space for Life’s Montréal Botanical Garden is moving its Halloween festivities online, with its Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest offering museum passes and gift basket prizes for the best dressed squash.
This Halloween, Laser Game Evolution presents an all-new Humans vs. Zombies game in a fight to the finish! There’s also a month-long drawing competition, bat hunting, and a candy jar riddle – correctly guess the number of candies in the jar, and they could be yours.
Montréal Ghosts' tours – either a ghost walk or ghost hunt – promise a terrifyingly good time exploring the legends and intrigues of Old Montréal. Wait, did you just touch me? Something just touched me … Haunted Montréal's regular tour routes also take paranormal enthusiasts up the Haunted Mountain – where if you’ve gotta run, at least it’s downhill. This year, you won’t need to risk your life IRL, as their Halloween programming is going online with their Virtual Halloween Ghost Tour. (You can also learn more about Montréal’s ghoulish past through the Haunted Montréal Blog, updated the 13th of every month). Speed junkies will also love the MTL Zipline as it rockets over the Old Port of Montréal hanging from a single wire. Trust us, those screams are happy ones. Or are they?
One of the city’s annual unmissable Halloween events, Malefycia is heading outdoors for 2020 with a 48-hour scavenger hunt running October 30 and 31. Promising a frightening and immersive experience, the first to solve the riddles and complete the route will also win $10,000. Leave the kids with a sitter for this one – and we’d suggest wearing something you don’t mind getting stained. Speaking of gore, the blood-splattered drag queens of Coven, featuring local favourites Uma Gahd and Charli Deville, are celebrating their second anniversary with two shows on October 31 at The Diving Bell Social Club.