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31 best things to do this October 31 for Halloween in Montreal

Make this Halloween in Montreal the scariest and spookiest ever with haunted amusement parks, corn mazes, escape rooms, and more.

JP Karwacki
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JP Karwacki
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UPDATE, October 26 2021: Tarot readings, Squid Game parties, spooky times and not-so-scary (but no less fun!) activities have joined our final update for the best things to do this Halloween in Montreal. Last year was a total drag, so get out there and enjoy this season as best you can!

Break out your costumes, light your jack-o-lanterns, buy up boxes upon boxes of candy and get ready, because Halloween in Montreal has arrived. With the arrival of fall in Montreal comes all kinds of activities like going apple picking or pumpkin picking near Montreal, but this is the one day of the year where we can enjoy spooktacular events like haunted corn mazes or witnessing horrors in terrifying Montreal escape rooms. It's not all scary this year either, as shopping in the city's best candy stores or getting ghoulish baked goods from Montreal bakeries (plus a cute corgi party!) is on the table too.

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The best and most spooktacular things to do this Halloween in Montreal

On October 31 with two brunch shows to choose from, Drag Brunch MTL and Time Out Market Montréal are hosting a Halloween Extravaganza! They’ll bring the song, dance and comedy in drag, the Market will have the food and drink, and you bring the appetite and sense of humour.

It’s going to be a fabulously spooky afternoon filled with drag performances by Barbada de Barbade and friends while you dig into menus from the city’s top chefs. Everyone is encouraged to bring their costumes, have as much fun as possible, and slay the day away.

A series of exclusive concerts has been planned from October 21 to October 31 in Old Montreal's Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel: It's a 60-minute "soundtrack of fear" played by the Listeso Quartet on strings in the light of hundreds of candles, playing timeless classics like Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' and Danny Elfman's 'This Is Halloween' from The Nightmare Before Christmas alongside some thematically appropriate classical pieces as well. Tickets are getting gobbled up, though; grab them while you can! 

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The Russian bar and nightclub duo Bar Kabinet and Datcha have been making the most of the month by hosting jazz and tarot nights every Thursday. Getting a reading done may not be spooky enough for some, but the future-gazing vibes you'll find here—plus a healthy dose of booze and nightlife—is just the thing some of us are looking this time of year in Montreal. Readings are first come, first served.

The Snowbird Tiki Bar on the stretch of St-Hubert Plaza is hosting a Zombie Halloween Party on Saturday, October 30th.  Who better to host a zombie party that serves zombies to zombies? Everyone's encouraged to dress up, and while the staff will be zombified, they'll be screening movies on their screens all night long alongside a $4 discount on the classic tiki zombie cocktail for anyone dressed the part.

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You've got your pumpkin... right?

If you haven't already gone beyond the city limits to take in the autumn scenery and eat fresh menus from farms' kitchens at pumpkin patches for picking near Montreal, now is the perfect time to do so. We found a whopping 23 different places for you to travel to both near and far, and it's a great time to make it part of a Halloween-themed weekend by going for a scenic drive too.

 

Running until October 31, there's haunted houses, 'scare zones', shows, and rides to check out at La Ronde every weekend that's great for both brave adults and curious kids looking for a scare.

Fridays are 18+, with exclusive horror evenings in the park where everything becomes a scary playground to ride in the dark and visit all the haunted houses (Le Cirque diabolique 3D, Cauchemars, District 510 in the dark and the Cursed Farm). From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., you'll have unlimited access to the thrill rides and all the haunted houses for $25 in you don't have a season pass ($20 if you do).

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A Squid Game Party in Old Montreal
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A Squid Game Party in Old Montreal

Both Bord’elle and Farsides in Old Montreal are joining in on the Squid Game craze by hosting their own Halloween parties on Sunday, October 31st. Farsides is going the more fun-and-games route while Bord'elle is fashioning their party after the animal-masked VIP lounge of the show (if you know, you know). âŁWhichever one you're interested in, expect professionally decorated venues, shoes, costumed hosts, interactive shows, and 'surprises and freebies every 30 minutes every the day'; just make sure to wear a costume!

The multiplex Village nightclub Unity is, according to Eater, hosting two two Halloween parties "to make up for their absence last year." On Friday, October 29 there will be a 'Make Me Scream' party while Saturday, October 30 encourages glamourous get-ups for a 'What Would Britney Do?' party. Both events will feature costume contests, DJs, and Halloween drinks.

 

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On Halloween night at 7pm this year, Montreal's Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball has announced that its yearly festivities—which took a short break last year due to the pandemic—will be taking place as usual at Dollar Cinema.

For fans of the cult film and the experience of throwing around objects and singing along to the film, the Montreal experience—deemed the largest of its kind in North America—is going to look very different this year. It may not feel quite right to some, but this is as good as it gets this year: It'll be a "non-participation screening of the classic cult film," the organizers wrote on the event's website.

No less fun when compared to last year, though!

From October 28 to the end of November, Illumi's light-filled experience is doing a special Fall and Halloween edition that's bigger and brighter than last year. Kids and adults will get to see thousands of larger-than-life structures made from 25 million lights, towering sculptures and spreads of monsters, ghosts, witches, and thousands of pumpkins. There's also an afterhours session on October 30, where a party will last until the wee hours of the morning for Halloween, on the night of October 30 to October 31.

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Some folks like a sexy Halloween, and this one event delivers: Calling itself the "wildest and sexiest spooktacular event of the Halloween season",  Trick or Tease at Café Cléopatra on the night of October 29 will feature performances that include pole dancing, burlesque, belly dancing, twerking, Desi, and more! Participants are encouraged to arrive in costume (there's a contest) and enjoy the bar service available at this 18+ event. Pre-sale tickets are $25, $30 at the door if any remain.

The downtown co-working space Anticafé near Place des Arts will hosting its first-ever movie night with Halloween flicks on the night of November 1; perfect for anyone who misses out on the Halloween festivities over the weekend. They'll be projecting three different movies in the café between 8:30 and 10 p.m. and three others movies from 20:30 p.m. to midnight. You'll only need to buy your tickets, and after that, it's bottomless popcorn and bloody drinks.

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Up by Gibeau Orange Julep (score!), Arena LeRinque is hosting a Halloween Roller Disco on Halloween night. There's going to be disco lights, decorations, and lots of music. Tickets get you access to the arena for 1.5 hours, but the price of the ticket doesn't include your skates. You can bring you own pair or rent some on site starting at $ 10 with protective equipmentavailable for $5, cash only. Don't forget your vaccine passport!

It's a cabaret night of "devilish dances, pervy performances, fiery fetish, and more evil delights than you can imagine in your darkest dreams!" A seated show from Cirque De Boudoir, they're hosting a a seated show with limited tickets that will feature circus, fetish, and burlesque performances; tables of four only remain, but poolside seating alternatives are available if you email the organizers (check the tickets link!).

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Every year, the Village Québécois d'Antan in Drummondville looks to outdo the previous year's spooky activities, upping the ante. This year promises to be no different, with more than 130 actors bringing your worst nightmares to life in more than 20 displays of horror spread throughout the houses of the historic Village and 3 kilometres of streets and paths to get lost on. The family area opens at 6:00 pm to entertain the littlest ones. For the bravest, the area for mature visitors opens at 6:30 pm. It's even got a spooky restaurant and candy run to check out.

Did you hear about a digital block party that happened in Mile End this summer from MAPP_MTL? Well, they're throwing a special series of projections up on the walls of the central monument of Parc Laurier from October 27 to October 31, and it won't cost you a dime. With the organization's ability to pull together top artists in the field of projection mapping from Quebec and abroad, we're expecting this to be amazing.

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The CINEMANIA Film Festival is doing a special presentation of Paul Verhoeven's Benedetta at a Halloween event on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema L'Amour: The film stars Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling and Lambert Wilson and is set in the 17th century, as the plague spreads in Italy, with the very young Benedetta Carlini joining a convent in Tuscany. Since her early childhood, she has been able to perform miracles. "Her presence in the religious community will change everything," reads the release.

If Dutch director Paul Verhoeven's past work with Basic Instinct or Elle is any indication, this one is one movie buffs in Montreal don't want to miss.

The Fantasia International Film Festival’s 25th edition this past summer was a momentous events for the festival, so the renowned Montreal event has announced Fantasia en fête, a special screening series revisiting the most vital highlights from across the festival’s history. All screenings take place at the historic Cinéma Impérial (1430 de Bleury), where the festival was born in 1996. Best of all, as a gift to Montrealers, admission is free of charge for all screenings.

Movies range from horror and suspense to kaiju battles and kung fu. Be there or be square.

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A giant puppet walk in the streets
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A giant puppet walk in the streets

Eery times await in the Sainte-Marie borough of Centre-Sud on October 31: A giant puppet will walk the streets at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. near the Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto. Named Candide, it's a giant poet as tall as a house that will wander and utter philosophical questions, funny reflections, unexpected dialogues, and lively speeches as it walks about. It all comes from the Montreal theatre company Labokracboom which works in circus, dance and physical theater.

Montreal's own Find the Key escape rooms have 45 minutes to an hour of pure terror to experience, and if you don't believe us, consider why one of their puzzls is 16+: Anywhere from two to six people can experience one of four trials the company has made available at their Village-based business, ranging from the gore of the The Unknown (age restricted) and another based on the upside-down of Stranger Things to a Cabin in the Woods and a haunted pirate ship. You've been warned.

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Every weekend in October, the La Belle de Coteau-du-Lac farm an hour outside of Montreal is hosting an event called Festiv’Halloween which features a haunted corn maze and haunted 250 meter-long indoor and outdoor gallery course, in addition to pumpkin picking and picking your own corn for popcorn. The real attraction is that corn maze, however: Separated into a family-friendly version and one that's scarier and not for the feint of heart, October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 and 31 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.is set up to scare you good.

The makers of the corgi party that happened earlier this year and Japan Week, Yatai MTL, have a new reason to hit the city's parks this Halloween: On Sunday, October 31 at 4:00 p.m. in a predetermined location (postponed to Saturday, October 30th if there is rain), there's going to be a 'pawty' for corgis and shiba inu dressing up for the occasion. Dog owners and dog lovers alike are welcome to attend, and if you register your attendance before the date, you'll find out where it's happening. 

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Get some Halloween-themed desserts and snacks
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Get some Halloween-themed desserts and snacks

If you're into getting some top-notch Halloween treats this year, don't look any further than the chocolates that the Plateau chocolatier Ernestine is making—skeletons in coffins, jam-filled eyeballs and adorable and edible cyclopses—as well as a Spooky Banana Smoothie from The Alley bubble tea store in Chinatown West in downtown Montreal, inspired by diabolic forests and crafted especially for daring grave hunters, that comes with “rest in pieces,” a crunchy caramel tombstone with Oreo crumble.

Looking for a Halloween day trip? Running from October 13 to October 31, Wesley Clover Parks Campgrounds is hosting their Deadwood Haunted Drive, a haunted drive-through with a total of seven "spine-chilling, hair-rising horror sets. With live actors, dazzling special effects, coordinated lighting and sound and unforgettable scares all from the comfort or discomfort of your vehicle." The Deadwood experience is estimated to take around 20 minutes. Note that you can't stay at the campground too; reservations ended on October 11.

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With 50,000 pumpkins at its disposal, the Laval-based Ferme Marineau has created its first-ever pumpkin picking season that will last until the end of October. They've put together games, a giant fiberglass pumpkin sculpture you can step inside of, a park with a real silo, swings, a chicken coop, and all kinds of other agricultural delights you and the kids can get into. Because it's outside, no vaccination passport is required, and there are tons of snacks that make the trip worth it.

ARG Évasion escape rooms have been touring Quebec with their haunted house inside a 53-foot trailer for a few years now, but now they've set up shop with a new 14+ horror-themed escape room that's entirely handcrafted by the team. Located an hour and a half outside Montreal, the first show that's available is the Burger Palace, where one to five people need to solve the gory mystery of a restaurant's mystery meat in less than 60 minutes; soon enough, on Ocotber 31, the same company will launch an escape from the St-Charle Hospital and asylum.

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Want some SLeepy Hollow feels this year? Located an hour and a half from Montreal, Upper Canada Village's Pumpkinferno show is back: It's an outdoor art exhibit made up of over 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins that are all lit at night along a kilometre-long path with the historic village's 19th-century backdrop. New and returning designer/carvers create new designs each season, so no two visits to this place's exhibits are ever the same. 

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Montreal's had a lot of trouble dealing with its red zone restrictions, but among all the closures that have been happening, retail remains open. That means that the best candy stores in Montreal will be happy to have you come by and pick up some sweets in bulk, or just to pick up some nostalgia-satisying American imports or just gorging on some homemade chocolates, fudge, ice cream or candy. Candy stores need some love too, you know!

Check out this local's jungle Halloween house
Photograph: Maxime duval halloween / Facebook

Check out this local's jungle Halloween house

Located on the South Shore, this Halloween house on Balmoral Street from local artist Maxime Duval has been decorating his place annually for 28 years. This year's theme will be the jungle, and he's going a spookier route than usual with some trippy illusions and sculptures to bring thick canopies of plant life to, er, life.

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This Halloween, Les Halles d'Anjou—the biggest open market on the eastern side of Montreal—is making a go of this season by coorindating all kinds of reasons to visit: Autumn beers, decoration supplies from Petit Marché des Halles selling small pumpkins of all kinds of colors and shapes, chocolates and pumpkin truffles from Fromagerie des Nations; even Platinum Spa et Beauté is prepped and ready to do your nails for your costume.

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