13 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, October 27

Oct 26 2018, 6:25 pm

Today’s not just a regular Saturday, it’s the Saturday before Halloween witch which means, plenty of spooky events and costume opportunities. Or, if you want to wait until Wednesday to get your ‘Halloween on’, there’s plenty of events to keep you busy in the city today, October 27.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Rocky Horror Picture Show Montreal/Facebook

Halloween in Montreal isn’t complete without checking out our iconic screening of one of America’s favourite cult classic films, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The weekend event shows the original 1975 musical/comedy/horror film in its original version while a large ensemble cast performs live on stage with a wide range of audience participation.

Hosted at the beautiful vintage theatre in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien and Meat Loaf in what the RHPC website calls “a guaranteed party.”

Guests are urged to dress up, scream, dance and throw things in the screening room.

When: Saturday, October 27 (and Wednesday, October 31)
Time: 7:30 pm and 11 pm
Where: Cinéma Impérial, 1430 rue Bleury
Price: $19.95 online, $21.95 at the door

The Gardens of Light

The Gardens of Light is a staple Montreal fall event that is oozing with gorgeous photo opportunities.

The lantern festival includes a lighted path through the Botanical Garden’s three cultural gardens, the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Gardens, all looking at nature from a different perspective.

When: From now until October 31
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm (until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Where: Montreal’s Botanical Gardens
Price: $10.25 – $20.50

Malefycia’s Zone 4


Malefycia/ Facebook

With Halloween creeping up, it may be time to check out some serious frights. Malefycia’s Zone 4 is a fuse between the traditional haunted house and interactive theatre.

The event uses custom-built scenarios with professional actors, props and settings to bring their guests’ worst nightmares into reality.

This year’s theme is called Zone 4 and it focuses on military experiments gone wrong and the event’s antagonist, as per the Malefycia website, is “the most dangerous of all demons: the man.”

When: October 26-31
Time: 5 pm – 12 am
Where: 2085 rue Drummond
Price: $35 – $55, available online

Smitheman Family Haunted Yard

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 26 – 31
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: 116 Maywood Ave., Pointe Claire
Price: Free

Festival SPASM

horror movie festival

Festival SPASM/Facebook

Besides candy and costumes, Halloween is all about scaring people. And what’s a better way to scare people than with a horror movie festival?

Returning for its 17th edition, the SPASM film festival was created to encourage and explore the various horror genre films from Quebec cinema and international French films.

Sure, Hocus Pocus and Casper were scary when you were a kid, but SPASM aims to showcase all films that are gruesome, quirky, terrifying, thrilling and edge-of-your-seat enjoyable.

When: From now until October 27
Time: Varying times
Where: 1225 Boulevard Saint Laurent – Club Soda
Price: $20.25, available online

Electric Avenue Black Out Party

There’s a massive dance party happening at Electric Avenue on the Saturday before Halloween. The dance floor is decorated with neon lights for their Blackout Party.

The resident DJs will be blasting classic Halloween tunes and there are cash prizes ($275 to $675) to be won for both a costume and a dance contest.

Better start practicing those Thriller moves.

When: Saturday, October 27
Time: 7 pm
Where: Electric Avenue, 1476 rue Crescent
Price: $8, available, online

Montreal’s Zombie Walk

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Marche des Zombies/Facebook

It’s time to zombie-fy yourself at this weekend’s Zombie Walk.

If you like blood, gore, and walking funny, then you best join in on one of the city’s undead-themed walks. All you have to do is show up with some tattered clothing, your best zombie makeup and maybe even a sword to the head or two.

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: Saturday, October 27
Time: 1 pm
Where: Place des Festivals
Price: Free 

Montreal Cannabis Expo

The cannabis expo is a place to learn and share everything there is to know about the marijuana industry. Like-minded professionals, working in all aspects of the community, including licensed producers, growers, investors, supplies, health care providers and job-seekers.

When: Saturday, October 27
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Place Bonaventure
Price: $45


pumpkin lantern festival

Pumpkinferno/Upper Canada Village

Pumpkinferno (besides having a great name) showcases over 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins which are lit up at night along a one-kilometre path set against a 19th-century backdrop. Some are individual pumpkins and some are fused together to make some outstanding art.

When: October 27 and 28
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Upper Canada  Village – County Road 2
Price: $12 – $16

Haunted Mountain

Haunted Montreal conducts Ghost Walks and carries out research into ghost sightings, paranormal activities, historic hauntings, unexplained mysteries, and strange legends from Mont Royal.

Join a tour conducted by professional actors and storytellers and learn about the mountain’s frightening past.

When: Saturday, October 20
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Fletcher’s Field – Jeanne Mance Park
Price: $23

La Ronde’s Fright Fest

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As if La Ronde’s wild rides aren’t scary enough, they’ve added some ghouls, zombies and witches to the park this month to give thrill-seekers some added jolts at Quebec’s biggest amusement park.

Fright Fest returns for select days in October, it’s a spooky time as costumed monsters take over the park at night.

The park will offer a wide variety of places to get your scare on including new haunted houses, scare zones, frightening mazes and themed rides.

When: Saturday, October 27
Time: 11 am – 10 pm
Where: La Ronde – 22 Chemin Macdonald
Price: Varying prices

Lily Allen in Concert

Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper, known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer, songwriter, and television presenter. She’s at the gorgeous Théâtre Corona on Saturday as part of her No Shame tour.

Fun fact: She’s the sister of the Alfie Allen (who plays Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones).

When: Saturday, October 27
Time: 7 pm (doors), 8 pm (show) – 11 pm
Where: Théâtre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame
Price: $42.50, available online

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New City Gas is hosting a big costume Halloween party where the massive space’s DJs will be spinning Halloween tunes all night. There are prizes to be won, VIP deals and a scary amount of people going.

When: Saturday, October 27
Time: 10 pm – 3 am
Where: New City Gas, 950 rue Ottawa
Price: $16 – $36, available online

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