In a city that’s known for its lively spirit even during the coldest of months, Halloween in Montreal is no exception. Beyond the costumed nights held at bars and clubs across the city, here are some of the larger events, traditions, and attractions that you can add to your Halloween experience.
Located just outside of Montreal in Drummondville, Le Village Hanté is open in the evenings from Fridays through Sundays, from September 29th to November 4th. Fun and creepy for kids and adults alike, there’s a special zone for children where they can play games and participate in pumpkin carvings, get their faces painted, explore a labyrinth, and more—with the intention of entertaining them, not scaring them. For adults, the immersive reenactments of monsters, zombies, ghosts and more can be truly horrifying.
This year, the Montreal Zombie Walk will occur on Saturday, October 28th. With free admission, the parade starts at 5 pm at Place des Festivals (at Maisonneuve/Bleury), and then it heads west on Maisonneuve, south on McGill College, east on Sainte-Catherine, and ending again at Place des Festivals. You can head downtown earlier for various related events that start at 1 pm, including a makeup space where you can get your face “zombiefied,” and afterward, there will be live shows by local bands PUP, Chocolat, and Duchess Says.
Claiming to be the biggest Rocky Horror Picture Show experience in North America, this is certainly a much-anticipated annual Halloween event in Montreal. With show times at 8 pm and 11 pm on October 27th, 28th, and 31st at the Cinema Imperial in the heart of the Quartier des Spéctacles, you can watch the original cult classic movie on the big screen while a large cast performs live on stage. This year’s film spectacle host is Tranna Wintour, who will also supervise the event’s costume contest—so come dressed to impress!
Every weekend from September 30 to October 29, 2017, Montreal’s amusement park, La Ronde, turns into a haunted hot spot full of zombies, demons, and ghouls. At Fright Fest, the whole family can partake in activities throughout the day, but it’s in the evenings that the spooks are set free for their daily hunting rituals. There are haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurks around every corner, as the dark of night washes over the park. New for 2017 is the “Nightmare” lineup of rides and mazes.
Calling itself “Montreal’s only guided house of haunts,” SIN at the Théâtre Ste. Catherine, now in its 7th year, is an interactive haunted house experience that is 18+ only. The guided tours, which cost $20, start at 8 pm on October 28th and go through the 31st, and it will take you “through a labyrinth of hellish sins and mortal punishments.” It is a popular Halloween event, and you’ll want to arrive early because the lines can get long. It closes at midnight.
Haunted Montreal offers a variety of spooky tours around Montreal, and for Halloween 2017, you won’t want to miss their Haunted Mountain tour of Mont Royal. This after-dark tour starts in the Plateau neighborhood at a bar that is rumored to be haunted, and it visits different haunted sites heading up the mountain—including several locations where ghosts have reportedly been sighted. The tours are led by theatrical guides who are professional actors and storytellers, who recount the ghost stories, mysteries, and legends that surround Mont Royal, such as the haunted hospital, cemeteries, and history of paranormal activities on the mountain.
This year, the McCord Museum in downtown Montreal is hosting a series of kid-friendly Halloween-themed events from Friday, October 27th to Sunday, October 29th. It includes a special screening of the silent film The Phantom of the Opera, starring Rupert Julian (1925), ghost stories for kids, magic shows, and a Harry Potter event. These festivities are excellent for a low-key way to celebrate some Halloween fun.