As green leaves turn to a rusted orange and carved pumpkins appear on people’s doorsteps, Montreal begins to brim with life. Halloween is finally coming back! Grab your vaccine passport and get ready to discover the dozens of spooktacular activities being offered all around the city. Here are six events you won’t want to miss.
Fright Fest at Six Flags La Ronde
A classic of the Montreal Halloween season, the Fright Fest at the Six Flags La Ronde amusement park offers a variety of frightening activities, including four haunted houses: Cursed Farm, Nightmares, District 510 in the Dark, and Evil Circus 3D. After visiting the terrifying haunted houses, brave visitors can board one of the park’s many thrilling roller coasters, including the diabolical Demon. Unfortunately, while one might think that the horror is only confined to haunted houses and rollercoasters, this could not be further from the truth. Three scare zones are spread-out throughout the park, and you could encounter demons giving directions, while vampires and zombies ambush unsuspecting passersby. Fortunately, family-friendly shows offer visitors relief from the terror. The fest ends on Oct. 31.
Halloween Exhibition — Pumpkins and Other Curiosities
This free exhibition is perfect for West Island-based Concordians with gentler souls. Attendees will be able to discover fun pumpkin facts and admire a collection of pumpkins decorated and carved by young Dorval students and acclaimed pumpkin master Alex S. Girard, le Citrouilleur. The exhibition runs from Oct. 23 to 31.
Drag Brunch MTL and Time Out Market Montreal Halloween Extravaganza
This activity is perfect for drag lovers. The extravaganza taking place on Oct. 31, headlined by accomplished drag performer Barbada de Barbades, will feature musical and comedic drag performances. Spectators can purchase food from the city’s top chefs to enjoy as the performers sing, dance and perform stand-up. Dressing up is encouraged, and costumed guests will automatically be entered into a contest to win a $50 Time Out Market gift card and a limited edition tote bag.
Candlelight Halloween concerts
Rejoice music lovers: the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel presents a series of exclusive concerts from the end of the month until mid-November. A 60-minute soundtrack of fear will be played by the Listeso Quartet on strings. Onlookers will bask in the light of hundreds of candles as the quartet plays timeless classics such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and appropriately spooky classical pieces such as “Marche Funèbre” by Frédéric Chopin.
Trick or Tease at Café Cléopatra
For those wanting to indulge their wild side, Trick or Tease at Café Cléopatra is the perfect opportunity. On the night of Oct. 29, the club will feature pole dancing, twerking, burlesque, tribal fusion belly dancing, and desi fusion performances accompanied by an MC and DJ. Patrons will be able to quench their thirst with the venue’s bar and drink service. For those wanting a full experience, costumes are recommended (hint: there’s a costume contest).
Montreal Halloween Party
Gather your friends and come party on St. Laurent Blvd. between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Oct. 31. Everyone is welcome at the massive party, but costumes are a must so don’t forget to bring your dress-up A-game. Costumed party goers will dance to a wide range of music, from the newest hip hop beats to the hottest EDM tracks. In addition, attendees will have the chance to capture this moment forever with the help of a professional photographer, and a lucky few will have access to the limited bottle service.
We hope this guide piqued your interest. The Concordian wishes you a happy and spooktacular Halloween.