Have a Spooky and Kooky LGBTQ+ Halloween

Mark Hamilton

Halloween returns to Montréal with a busy season of costume parties, drag, and vogue.

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They say every day is Halloween for drag queens, and lovers of the art form can do no wrong heading to Cabaret Mado throughout the month of October. The weekly program including hostesses Tracy Trash, Rita Baga, and Mado, the drag mother of Montréal herself takes on the season in hilarious style. Pick up some makeup tips, clock the best lip-synch skills in Quebec and sing along.

Catch the fiercest voguers and runway walkers at the House of Horror Halloween Vogue Ball hosted by Twysted Miyake-Mugler and Elle Barbara at La Sala Rossa on October 28. Categories include creepy clowns, bloody nurses, and dead designers and is sure to feature some legendary walks and performances on the runway. For those new to the runway, there’s more than one “Virgin” category to make your ball debut in full Halloween costume.

Lez Spread the Word host the LSTW Halloween Party at the fantastic Bain Mathieu, a vintage indoor public swimming pool space on October 28. Head straight for the deep end and dance the night away within the tiled walls to DJ Sunset and a special surprise DJ. If LSTW’s previous DJ roster is anything to go by, this surprise set is sure to be a wow.


Notre Dame des Quilles’ regular house, techno, and goth night CLUB LAND returns on October 20. Dance shoulder-to-shoulder with Montréal’s club kid and goth scene in one of the city’s coolest queer venues tucked away in Little Italy. Head in a bit early to try out the bowling lanes before they’re over-run with dancers.


And for those looking for a quieter start to their Halloween celebrations, Montréal’s LGBTQ+ series of literary events The Violet Hour presents a Halloween Edition night of readings befitting the season at the Stock Bar on October 31. Come for the readings, stay for the dancers.

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton, blogger, Queer MTL community manager

Male, mid-to-late 30s, tall and bearded. Likes romantic walks on Mont Royal, long-distance cycling, beard oil products and antique travel guides. Has a bad habit of falling in love with men in vintage photographs who are certainly long dead. If he could be anything, he’d live his life as a professional flâneur. Until then, he spends his time writing, making music, and wandering.

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