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Halloween 2017 Events: Family-Friendly Frights and Fun
Montreal Halloween 2017 Events for Kids
From the Great Pumpkin Ball to ghastly ghost tours and arts & crafts workshops, there's enough going on in and around Montreal to keep the family knee-deep in Halloween frights and fun every weekend of the month.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: Pumpkin Patches
Sure, you could pick up a pumpkin at the closest supermarket. Or you could turn an annual Halloween purchase into a picking event.
Gather the family, hop into the car and head to one of these pumpkins patches near Montreal. Once there, instruct thine offspring to select their favorite gourd of the bunch and enjoy an afternoon of country air and exploration.
No car? No problem. Head to Montreal's public markets instead. My favorite of the bunch, a five-minute walk from the closest metro station, is Marché Jean-Talon. Take advantage of the complimentary fresh fruit samples on display, splurge on some affordable treats and grab a cute pumpkin or two, whatever you can safely carry home.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: Pick A Peck
Every fall over the last few years, Château Ramezay has featured Pick a Peck of Pumpkins, an annual free admission outdoor event where kids were invited to follow a series of clues to solve a squash-centric mystery. Sunday afternoons typically featured tastings of the squash family;s lesser known members as well as pumpkin soup. No word yet on if it returns in 2017.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: Nab the Best Costume
The sooner you begin the search for the ultimate costume, the better. You'll have first dibs.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: The Great Pumpkin Ball
Every year, Esmerelda the Witch appears at the Montreal Botanical Garden along with a few hundred dressed-up squashes vying to reign supreme at the Garden's annual pumpkin decorating competition dubbed the Great Pumpkin Ball. Associated kid-friendly activities, including a Halloween-themed playpark dubbed "Little Monsters Courtyard," run from October 6 to October 31, 2017.
Pro tip: aim to schedule your visit near sundown so you and yours have a chance to catch this.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: Tricky Spiders
Dropping by the Botanical Garden for the Great Pumpkin Ball? Drop by natural museum neighbor the Montreal Insectarium for their spotlight on spiders running October 6 to October 31, 2017. Staff might even let you touch a few.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: Ouimet Farm Adventures
Consider a day trip out in the country at Ouimet Farms Aventure (formerly Mc Maze), a family-friendly activity-filled farm with seven acres of labyrinths carved through corn fields which kids can run through when they aren't busy choosing their favorite squash in the farm's pumpkin patch or trying out other attractions on-site (think zipline, a kart track, and a "jumping pillow").
A specially-scheduled night corn maze is proposed September 30, October 7, October 14, and October 21, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. And a haunted corn maze is on October 27, 2017.
Admission is $13.25 plus tax. Family rate is $44.25 plus tax. Toddlers under age 3 get in free. Ouimet Farms Adventure is in Ontario right by the Quebec border, open now through October 29, 2017.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: The Rise of the Dead
Drop by Place des Festivals on October 27, 2017 anytime between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. for The Rise of the Dead, when "skeletons, giant marionettes and visual artists will be infusing Place des Festivals with an amped-up, carnival-like energy." Fire breathers, a gothic choir, DJs, funeral marchers, and assorted performers unite to entertain. Event is free.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: Fright Fest
Thrill rides, scare zones, and zombies and ghouls released on the grounds when the clock strikes 5 p.m. every day of Fright Fest is La Ronde's Halloween gift to you, open weekends September 30 through October 29, 2017.
And beware La Maison Rouge, the Six Flags theme park haunted house that debuted in 2015. Kids need to be at least 54" (1.37 meters) to get in.
Note that Fright Fest is not recommended for ages less than 13 or for anyone who scares easily. Score early bird and day-of deals.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: Zombie Walk
Is the Montreal Zombie Walk happening this October 28, 2017 suitable for kids?
Judging by previous years' pint-sized turnout, the masses say... yes. Or at least maybe, depending on the child.
Some as young as toddlers, even infants, have been spotted at the annual walk. Whether it's appropriate or not for your child(ren) is up to you.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: The Great Wizadry Fest
Harry Potter fans ages 12 and under won't want to miss this. Dress up in your Halloween costume and head to Place des Arts' Esplanade at 12:30 p.m. on October 29, 2017 for The Great Wizadry Fest:
"We need the kids of Montréal to help us fight the Trouble-Fête! They are our only hope to save the city from the clutches of this evil creature!
That’s why the PDA’s Esplanade will be transformed into a wizardy village, where a battalion of wizards-in-the-making can learn how to prepare for this mighty feat by taking part in an array of activities. Magic wand-making, a spooky carrousel, face painting, a pumpkin museum, an enchanted forest and more are all on the program.
Children will receive a passport that gives them access to the apprentice wizard workshops. Once they have completed all the activities and their passports have been stamped, these newly-trained sorcerers will be ready to face the creature and, hopefully, put it back to sleep once again.
After that, the Great Wizardry Parade will begin, with floats and wizards making their way toward the Trouble-Fête at the Place des Festivals. To thank the children for their precious help on this important mission, they will be treated to a show by Les Petites Tounes."
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: Cemetery Walk
I LOVE walking through Mount Royal cemetery in the fall, being surrounded by the sight of carved stones, crying angels and crimson leaves, the perfect setting for a daytime Hallow's eve walk with the family. The cemetery is adjacent Mount Royal Park.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: Ghost Walks
Just in time for Halloween, Old Montreal's Ghost Walks run every Saturday of the month and special Halloween edition ghost hunts and ''dark encounters'' are featured the last week of October.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: Amazon Adventure 3D
It's not Halloween-themed per se but I felt compelled to add Amazon Adventure 3D to this particular hit list because I think every kid would love this film seeing as the main protagonist is chasing after his childhood dream. Here's the trailer. It might even inspire some unique Halloween costumes and a career in science.
Playing at the Montreal Science Centre starting October 5, 2017, consider pairing the screening with a visit to the Science Centre's Indigenous Ingenuity exhibit which debuts October 12, 2017.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Halloween 2017 Events for Kids: Jack O'Lantern
The last two weekends of October 2017, discover the story of Jack O'Lantern as told by Jack O'Lantern himself, a "young Irishman condemned to wander through purgatory with only a lantern carved from a turnip." Admission information here. At the Pointe-à-Callière Museum.
Activity lasts about 45 minutes. English tours in 2017 are at 12:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. French tours run at 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Schedule for the 2016 season will be made available as we close in on Halloween.