Guide to Halloween in Montreal: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Lawn Decorated for Halloween, Montreal, Quebec

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Halloween in Montreal is not unlike All Hallow's Eve in other cities around North America. Glitzy parties, sexy costumes, underground bashes, and annual community events all coincide with the holiday season, meaning 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, you've got plenty of options to celebrate Halloween in Montreal.

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Halloween Ball at Club La Voûte

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, 2019. 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, Evangelos Pavlis, Chris N, and Zack Cola starts at 10 p.m. and ends at 3 a.m. on November 1.

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Montreal Zombie Walk

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 12, 2019. Zombies are instructed to meet at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles around 1 p.m. to line up for the event.

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Salem Halloween at Cirque de Boudoir

Kink event organizer Cirque de Boudoir hosts BDSM and fetish-friendly parties year-round, but its annual Halloween bash might very well be one of its naughtiest and darkest. Cirque de Boudoir's Salem Halloween event takes place on October 26, 2019, at Paradoxe Theatre, which was once a church, and 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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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball

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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've got three chances to attend the largest "Rocky Horror Picture Show" event in North America, at the annual RHPC Halloween Ball Montreal, which hits Cinéma Impérial inside the Place-de-Artes on October 31, 2019, and again November 1 and 2. Tickets for screenings of the Rocky Horror Montreal Halloween Ball go on sale at the end of September.

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Spasm Film Festival

For a different kind of film festival to get you in the Halloween spirit, head over to the Spasm Film Festival at the Theatre Plaza in Montreal for a made-in-Quebec spoof fest. The 18th Annual Spasm Cinema Insolite runs from October 17 to 26, 2019, and features the goofiest and campiest mashups of the worst film and television productions ever made, in addition to horror film screenings. Tickets typically go on sale a week or two before the individual shows, 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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Gardens of Light

Montreal Halloween 2016 events for adults include Garden of Lights.

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Although the Montreal Botanical Gardens is closed for major renovations until January 2020, the annual Gardens of Light event will return to portions of the gardens from September 6 through October 31, 2019. You don't need a special Halloween costume to attend this Montreal fall staple, which coincides with a similar event in Montreal's sister city Shanghai every year. During the Gardens of Light, the Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, and First Nations Garden will all be decked out with brilliant light installations and illuminated by glowing bulbs of various colors. 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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Verse Five of the Malefycia Haunted Attraction

In the fifth installment of Montreal's scariest haunted house Malefycia, known this year as Verse Five, 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. Although the admission price is steep (especially for the unlimited cocktail bar VIP package), the thrills are unlike any other haunted attraction in the region. Tickets are available for select dates in September, October, and November 2019 starting on August 31.

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Hunt Ghosts in Old Montreal

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. Fortunately, the tour company Fantômes Montréal Ghosts offers unique guided excursions through the city year-round that take you to all of Montreal's most-haunted destinations. Choose from either the Traditional Ghost Walk or the Ghost Hunt to hear about the legends, grim stories, and criminal mysteries that still haunt the streets of Montreal to this day.

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Trick or Drink Montreal Halloween Bar Crawl

To celebrate the Halloween season and local seasonal brews alike, Barcrawlerz is teaming up with a variety of Montreal bars and restaurants to organize a Montreal bar crawl like no other. The Trick or Drink Halloween Bar Crawl takes place on two days this year—October 26 and 31, 2019—and features drink specials at all the best bars in town. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes, but fun outfits aren't required to participate. However, you do need to register and purchase tickets in advance, which will give you access to wristbands on the day of the event.

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Fright Fest La Ronde

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On select dates from October 5 to 27, 2019, La Ronde Amusement Park in Montreal turns into a haunted attraction for the annual Halloween event known as Fright Fest. 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), and it's not recommended for kids ages 12 and under.

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