Trick or treat.
Unsure how to spend Halloween 2016 in Montreal? We’re here to give you a little advice.
Whether you’re looking to party hard, catch a live show, be scared out of your wits, or drink pumpkin-infused coffee, there are a multitude of ways to spend Halloween in Montreal.
Check out these 31 ways to celebrate Halloween in Montreal.
Are you a fan of this cult classic? Well whether you are or not, watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween is a must. Lucky for you, Montreal does Rocky Horror justice at the annual Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball. The show takes place at the Imperial Cinema and features a screening of the original movie while a large cast of actors performs live on stage. As per usual, audience participation is actively encouraged. Tickets to this Montreal institution are just $17.95 ($19.95 at the door).
When: October 28, 29, 31 at 8 and 11 pm
Where: Cinema Imperial, 1430 Rue Bleury
The only Haunted Theatrical Experience in the City, Sin: Halloween Haunted House, will guide visitors through a “labyrinth of hellish sins and mortal punishments.” The interactive show will take place at Theatre Sainte Catherine from October 28-30 at 8 pm. Absolutely no one under 18 will be admitted. Prepare to be scared.
When: October 28-30, 8 pm
Where: Theatre Sainte Catherine, 264 Sainte Catherine Street East
Spend Halloween the traditional way, going trick or treating for some yummy candy. Candy just tastes better on Halloween, don’t you agree? No matter your age, make your way to Dollarama, throw together a costume, and head out to the streets with a pillowcase in hand. Finish the night in a sugar coma of your dreams.
When: October 31
Put your brain to the test this Halloween at Montreal’s very own escape room game centre, A/MAZE. A/MAZE will challenge you in more ways than you thought possible, and there’s only one way to escape: by solving the puzzle. In a limited amount of time, you’ll have to find clues, crack codes, and solve problems. And as if A/MAZE weren’t already scary enough, each year they add a special Halloween edition to their list of terrifying brain puzzlers.
When: Monday to Thursday 2 to 10 pm, Friday to Sunday 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Various locations
Just 45 minutes from Montreal, Petch Orchards gives Montrealers the chance to pick pumpkins, pears, and plums at their quaint farm. In addition to the fruit and veg, the farm produces some of the best apple cider and apple juice in the province.
When: Every weekend in October
Where: 431 Route 202 Hemmingford, Québèc
Zombie-fy yourself at Montreal’s annual Zombie Walk. If you like blood, gore, and walking funny, then you best join in on one of Montreal’s most fun themed walks. It is absolutely free to join. All you have to do is show up with tattered clothing and your best zombie makeup and make your way through the spooky streets of Montreal. Not the greatest at applying makeup? There will be makeup experts on hand at Place des Festivals starting at 3 pm sharp. $15 will cover a full application of makeup (wounds, gashes, blood and all).
When: October 29, 4 pm
Where: Place des Festivals
The Smitheman Family Haunted Yard is the spookiest attraction in the West Island. Entrance is by donation and all proceeds go to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Prepare to be scared out of your wits by the incredible decor at this haunted attraction. There will be swamp monsters, werewolves, ghosts, mummies, witches, and of course, lots of candy.
When: October 22-31, 6 to 9 pm
Where: 116 Maywood Ave., Pointe Claire
It appears Old Port is haunted! Do you believe in ghosts? The people over at Guidatour certainly do, as evidenced by the Fantomes Montreal Ghosts tours they run throughout the summer and fall months. Taking place in Old Port, Fantomes Montreal Ghosts offers two 90-minute ghost tours: The Traditional Ghost Walk and the Ghost Walk & Dark Encounters. They are also offering a Halloween Special that will feature costumes, disguises, and ghost hunts. Tours range in price from $15 to $25.
When: Tour dates and times range, for more information click here
Where: 360 Saint-François-Xavier Street
Celebrate Halloween with La Ronde at their annual Fright Fest. Every weekend in October, La Ronde will be transformed into one giant haunted village. Prepare to meet zombies, convicts, and worst of all, clowns. In addition to their usual slew of mazes and haunted houses, 2016 boasts Demon’s Hell, where you’ll be chased by your worst demons, and The Cursed Farm, where a string of people have recently gone missing…If you like being scared on Halloween, then Fright Fest at La Ronde is the place to go.
When: Every weekend in October from 11 am until closing, for a full schedule click here
Where: La Ronde, 22 Chemin MacDonald
If you’re looking for a fun weekend with the fam, then you have to visit Le Verge Labonte. In addition to their huge crop of pumpkin and squash, they also boast corn mazes, a children’s playground, a petting zoo, a quaint bistro, and some seriously scrumptious apple muffins.
When: Monday to Friday 1 to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 4:30 pm
Where: 2291 Perrot Blvd., Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot
Leche Desserts is the place to be if you love donuts. However, recently it’s also become the place to be if you love pumpkin pie. Combining two of our favourite things, Leche Desserts has created the pumpkin pie donut. Yep. It’s true. If that’s not enough to make you flock to this St. Henri bakery ASAP, I don’t know what will.
When: Any day
Where: 640 Rue de Courcelle
The Montreal Botanical Garden has been lit up at dusk every night since September 2nd, showcasing its gorgeous exhibit of animals, temples, and lanterns. This year’s Chinese-themed exhibit tells the story of the Son of Heaven, a Chinese Emperor. Thus, when you step into the Gardens of Light, you are also stepping into Beijing’s Forgotten City where you can learn about key moments from the Emperor’s life and rule through stunning display of glowing lanterns, cranes, pandas, fish, dragons, giraffes and turtles. The exhibit ends on October 31, so why not spend this Halloween taking in one of Montreal’s most beautiful art installations?
When: September 2 to October 31, every day from 9 am to 9 pm
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Rue Sherbrooke Est
It’s never too late to indulge in a little pumpkin spice. If you’re not a fan of Starbucks, several other cafes will be serving pumpkin-infused drinks this fall season. Noble Cafe (pictured above) serves up a pretty mean pumpkin latte, and they’ll even top it with some pumpkin latte art if you’re lucky!
Where: Various cafes
The Canadian indie pop duo are back in Montreal, this time performing at Metropolis over Halloween weekend. The identical twins will be performing songs from their latest album Love You To Death, including their hit single “Boyfriend.” Tickets are general admission and cost $45.
When: October 29 at 8 pm
Where: Metropolis, 59 Sainte-Catherine Street East
Spend your Halloween wandering around a Montreal farmer’s market. Grab a pumpkin or perhaps a few little gourds and enjoy all that the harvest has to offer. Whether you go home and carve your pumpkins into cute Jack-O-Lanterns or make a delicious pumpkin soup, a trip to the farmer’s market is always a good idea on a crisp fall day.
When: Any day
Where: Various locations
The Spasm Festival has dedicated itself to showcasing the most unusual films in cinema. Taking place over Halloween weekend, SPASM will be screening Total Crap 12 on October 27, a preface to their grand night of horror movies on October 28th. On Friday, October 28, SPASM will be taking over Club Soda, playing a slew of the goriest horror movies before screening The Evil Dead in honour of the film’s 35th anniversary. If you’re a film buff looking to get your horror fix this Halloween, you should definitely consider heading to Club Soda for the SPASM Festival.
When: October 27 and 28
Where: Club Soda, 1225 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Light up your pumpkin in Outremont’s Pratt Park. 2016 marks the 3rd edition of the Pumpkin Parade, in which families are invited to carve, decorate, and most importantly, light their pumpkins. Last year had over 1,000 people in attendance, not to mention the 400 pumpkins. Plus, new this year is “Catch the Donut,” where children are invited to bite delicious donuts off a swinging rope.
Where: Pratt Park, Pratt St. between Van Horne and Lajoie, Outremont
Specializing in hand-crafted, local desserts, Rustique Pie Kitchen serves up some of the best pies and cakes in the city. From traditional flavours like strawberry shortcake and cherry pie, to mouth-watering new inventions like a banana split banana creme pie, the Rustique Pie Kitchen executes all of their baking to perfection. However, this fall season, it’s the pumpkin pie we’re after. Made fresh, Rustique Pie Kitchen’s classic pumpkin pie is as good as they come.
When: Any day
Where: 4615 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Located in nearby Mont Saint Hilaire, Verger du Flanc du Nord is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon. In addition to the standard u-pick pumpkins, they also make their own apple cider and have special Halloween-themed events throughout the month of October where you and your kids are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes.
When: Every day, 8 am to 7 pm
Where: 835 Chemin Rouillard, Mont-Saint-Hilaire
This Halloween event is Cirque de Boudoir’s most anticipated of the year. Dubbed Montreal’s kinkiest Halloween Party, Black Mass will feature performers, DJs, visual artists, and more. Over 1,200 Montrealers attended Cirque de Boudoir’s 2015 event, so be sure to grab your ticket early.
When: October 29 at 9 pm
Where: Paradox Theatre, 5959 Boulevard Monk
Forget Old Port, Haunted Montreal Tours are here to show you all the haunted spots in Montreal. With tours of downtown, Grifftintown, and Mount Royal, you’ll soon realize that nowhere is safe in Montreal. From forgotten cemeteries and ghost-infested buildings, to the infamously haunted Club Le Cinq, prepare for your outlook to change on our fair city. All tours are lead by professional actor and storyteller, Donovan King.
When: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October at 8:30 pm
Where: Downtown, Mount Royal, Griffintown
Monde Ose is at it again, this year with a Halloween theme like no other. The theme of the 2016 Monde Ose Halloween Ball is POP. That’s right, I’m talking about Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, and of course, Campbell’s soup. The event will feature pop art installations, video projections, and burlesque performances. Be sure to dress in your best Marilyn outfit!
When: October 29 at 10 pm
Where: St James Theatre, 265 Rue Saint-Jacques
If you love running around playing laser tag then this is a no brainer. In the spirit of Halloween, Laser Quest is hosting their annual White Night Zombies overnight game. The game begins at 11:59 pm sharp and doesn’t end until 6 am the next morning. Be sure to dress in white and wear your best zombie costume!
When: October 29 from 11:59 pm to 6 am
Where: Laser Quest Montreal, 1226 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Teach your children about the cultural origins of Halloween at Montreal’s very own Museum of Archaeology and History. Over the course of this Halloween-themed history lessons, your kids will meet a superstitious witch, a Druid magician, and Irishman named Jack-O-Lantern, and perhaps even a ghost or two. Each tour will take approximately 45 minutes.
When: October 22, 23, 28, 29 at 12:30 and 4:30 pm
Where: 350 Place Royale
SAT is the place to be this Halloween. Their massive party will include nine DJs, two floors of fun, and a special film screening. Tickets are just $25 and can be bought at the door. Stay tuned for more details on the event.
Where: Société des Arts Technologiques, 1201 St-Laurent
Though apple picking is this farm’s specialty, La Magie de la pomme also have a pumpkin patch in October and some pretty neat Halloween activities for kids. Head to La Magie de la Pomme for an authentic tractor ride, pumpkin patch experience (oh, and don’t forget to try their famous apple donuts).
When: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 925 Rang de la Fresnière, Saint-Eustache
The Montreal Botanical Garden is back at it with more Halloween-themed fun. Once you’ve finished gazing at the Gardens of Light, be sure to head on over The Great Pumpkin Ball. Filled with Halloween games and shows for the whole family, this year’s event includes a squash kiosk, pumpkin-decorating competition, Little Monster’s courtyard, and a show starring Pepo citrouille. It’s sure to be an event to remember!
When: Now until October 21
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Rue Sherbrooke Est
Every fall, pumpkin becomes the star of the show. We carve them, roast them, and make pies out of them. Unfortunately this means other veggies in the squash family gets left behind. This unique and educational exhibition at Chateau Ramezay intends to write this wrong by creating an exhibit entirely on squash! Learn about the vegetable’s native American origins and all the different types.
When: Now until November 6
Where: Chateau Ramezay, 280 Notre-Dame Street East
This event is one of the cheaper Halloween parties in the city, but that doesn’t mean it’s not just as raging. DJs include Dj Bonanza, DJ Masta, and LaFlame, so be sure to bring your dancing shoes (and your scariest costume). Doors open at 10pm.
When: October 29 at 10 pm
Where: Facul T Club, 3556 St-Laurent
For two weeks in October, ExpoRail is going to be completely transformed. Filled with bats, spiders, ghosts, and skeletons, ExpoRail is celebrating Halloween in all its glory. In addition to the fun decor (yes, they’ll even be decorating the trains), children are invited to participate in arts and crafts workshops such as the making of a Halloween mask.
When: Now to November 1
Where: Exporail, The Canadian Railway Museum, 110 St. Pierre St.
Taking place in the Dominion Warehouses, the Incognito Masked Ball is one of the most exclusive Halloween parties in the city. All proceeds will go toward the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and the festivities begin at 9 sharp. Prepare for a magical night filled with “mystery, dreams, and roses,” and don’t forget your mask!
When: October 28 at 9 pm
Where: 433 Saint-Martin