Best Things to Do for Halloween in Montreal

Halloween in Montreal is not unlike All Hallow's Eve in other cities around North America. You've got glitzy parties, sexy costumes, underground bashes, and annual community events that loyally coincide with the holiday season. However, that also means there's no shortage of things to do in the city on your trip this holiday season.

From zombie walks to costume parties, adult-oriented events abound in Montreal each October in preparation for Halloween night. Whether you're a fan of haunted tours or would rather dance the night away, there's plenty of options to choose from no matter what you want to do.

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    Montreal Halloween 2017 events for adults, from parties to annual festivals.

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    Eccentric theatrics are guaranteed at Old Montreal's hottest nightclub La Voûte on October 31, 2018. The annual Halloween Ball at Club La Voûte presents a night of chills and thrills at the vaults of the former Banque Royale. With actors in spooky costumes presenting live entertainment throughout the event, you're sure to have an incredible Halloween night at this ticketed event. Music by Andrew Pololos and Evangelos Pavlis starts at 10 p.m. and ends at 3 a.m.

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    Happening October 26, 2018, Incognito has a hint of a networking vibe underscoring its dress code of Venetian masks and semi-formal attire. The seventh annual Incognito Masquerade Ball benefiting the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation will return to the Dominion Warehouses this year, and proceeds will go to the Craniofacial Surgery and Facial Slots Department of the hospital. Chic cocktail attire and a mask are required (you can purchase masks on-site), and tickets are required to attend. Prices for admission are rather expensive (over $100 for most), but it's a great place to see and meet some of Montreal's most prominent young professionals and help a great charity.

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    Montreal Zombie Walk 2017

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    It wasn't that long ago that the Montreal Zombie Walk was a simple grassroots flash mob featuring a handful of people, but it's now one of the largest events of its kind in North America. Fortunately, it's still extremely easy to get involved in the stampede of undead enthusiasts each year—all you have to do is head over to the official website to sign up, and then show up on October 27, 2018. Zombies are instructed to meet at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles around 1 p.m.

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    Cinema Imperial Montreal

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    No Halloween in Montreal is complete without attending a screening of one of America's favorite cult classic films: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Fortunately, you can attend the largest "Rocky Horror Picture Show" event in North America at the annual RHPC Halloween Ball on October 26, 27, and 31, 2018, at Cinéma Impérial inside the Place des Artes. Tickets for screenings of the Rocky Horror Montreal 2018 Halloween Ball go on sale at the end of September.

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    Kink event organizer Cirque de Boudoir hosts BDSM and fetish-friendly parties year-round, though its annual Halloween bash might very well be one of their naughtiest and darkest. Cirque de Boudoir's Necropolis event takes place on October 27, 2018, at Paradoxe Theatre, which was once a church. The event also features extreme fetish demonstrations and circus acts. Tickets are required to attend and the event is known to sell out. Be warned: this event is extremely adult-oriented and appeals to the kink and fetish communities. 

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    Montreal Halloween 2016 events for adults include Garden of Lights.

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    No Halloween costume is needed to visit Gardens of Light, a Montreal fall event staple that joins forces with sister city Shanghai every year to cover the Botanical Garden's Chinese Garden with handcrafted lanterns (not unlike Moon Festival lights). However, you'll need to schedule a time slot for your visit due to the popularity of this once-a-year event. While not necessarily Halloween-oriented, this unique display is sure to add a little sparkle to your evening in Montreal.

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    From October 17 to 27, 2018, the 17th edition of Spasm returns to Theatre Plaza for a made-in-Quebec spoof fest. Spasm features the goofiest, campiest mashups of the worst film and television ever produced in addition to horror film screenings. Tickets typically go on sale a week or two before the screening, so you should be able to score seats even if you wait to buy yours. Check the lineup and buy tickets online before you plan your trip, though.

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    Notre-Dame Basilica

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    With a history spanning centuries and plenty of war and death seen on its soil, Montreal has its fair share of ghost stories and haunted tales to discover on your trip to the city this Halloween. Whether you'd rather explore haunted locations on your own or have an experienced guide lead you through spooky streets, there are plenty of spooky thrills waiting around Montreal. 

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    In the fourth installment of Montreal's scariest haunted house, located at Clinik Angus in downtown Montreal, visitors will be forced to witness one of the scariest demons on earth: mankind. Boasted as "the most realistic depiction of true horror," ​Malefycia is an interactive, walk-through horror house set up as a medical clinic. Although the admission price is steep (especially for the unlimited cocktail bar VIP package), the thrills are unlike any other haunted attraction in Quebec. Tickets are available for September 28 and 29 and October 4 to 7, 11 to 14, 18 to 21, and 25 to 31, 2018.

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    La Ronde, an amusement park on Saint Helen's Island in Montreal

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    Every weekend (and Thanksgiving Day) from October 6 to 26, 2018, turns into a Fright Fest at La Ronde amusement park in Montreal. You can enjoy the usual thrills and amusement throughout the day, but at nighttime, zombies, and ghouls overrun the park, turning it into a truly frightening experience only meant for older children and adults. While you're there, check out La Ronde's La Maison Rouge, which is French for "The Red House" and is dubbed a "labyrinth of terror." Just make sure you're tall enough to get in as the minimum height is 54 inches (1.37 meters)—it's not recommended for kids ages 12 and under.