Here are 12 Halloween-themed activities to do in Quebec and Ontario. For the pleasure of young and old.
Halloween is still a very popular holiday in North America. Fortunately, in 2021, we will have the opportunity to celebrate it again. Here come the costumes, the decorations we make at school and at home, the fancy dress parties, preferably outdoors, the sites we visit and, of course, the candy collection.
Take the time to check your libraries or community centres for any surprises. For events are gradually resuming. Here are a few of them to complete the party.
Note that most of these activities require online bookings and vaccination passports for those thirteen years and older.
A Haunted Village in Central Quebec
The Village d’Antan is transformed into a haunted village.
The ultimate night of darkness will take place in Drummondville every Friday and Saturday night in October, as well as Thanksgiving and October 31st. From 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
On the menu: haunted houses, riddles, morbid atmosphere, macabre settings and escape game with a horror background.
The activity allows a limited number of entries and is recommended for people thirteen years and older. More details here.
Festiv'Halloween in Monteregie
In Coteau-du Lac, the Domaine Maudit awaits us with its labyrinth in a haunted cornfield, a tour of its gloomy ancestral sheds and a small wooded area where sinister characters live. This activity takes place in the evening on Fridays and Saturdays between October 15 and 30 and on Sunday, October 31.
But the company “La Belle de Coteau-du-lac” also offers an alternative in the afternoon for the younger ones and those who are less fond of strong emotions. Self-pick pumpkins and squash, and visit the decor, so that everyone can do what they like. Check the different dates for the two activities.
Hullween in the Outaouais
You read that right. The city of Hull is winking at us by hosting Hullween. The activity will take place on Saturday afternoon, October 30. On the menu: rally, candy, inflatable games, strolling magic and 25 booths from regional merchants.
Gatineau precedes its neighbour on October 16 with its Witches’ Market. About forty artisans, producers, artists and authors will distribute sweets to children. Face painting for the little ones and a BIG witch basket raffle will please everyone.
A chilling concert, storytelling and nightmare zones in Montreal
- For music lovers, in the beautiful Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs church in Verdun, the Listeso string quartet will perform great classic themes of horror . The only lighting will be candlelight. Be ready on October 21 for tunes like Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Frédéric Chopin’s Funeral March and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre.
- The Botanical Garden reinvents itself every October. Here it is this year with the “Parcours des pas Sorciers”, an animation booth about squash, a play for 4-8 year olds called “Tous les monstres ont disparu” . The Japanese theatre adds its “scary stories“. Well, I’m not shaking that much.
- On Saturday, October 23, Lufa Farms is offering a pumpkin decorating workshop at their rooftop greenhouse in Ahuntsic. For $10, pumpkin, carving tools and decorations are provided. The proceeds will then go towards their program of giving to people in need who can customize their own baskets. What a great idea! Register here
- Chills by day… and Horror Nights every weekend in October as well as Thanksgiving Monday at La Ronde. Hello haunted houses, scare zones, rides with characters that invite themselves. Shows with themes such as “Nightmares“, – “Diabolical Circus in 3D” – “District 510 in the dark” also await all the brave teenagers of this world… and adults with a strong heart.
Halloween with our furry friends in the Eastern Townships
The last four weekends of October, the Granby Zoo invites us to celebrate Halloween with its 1,500 animals of 225 different species.
Decorations and surprises, costumed staff, photo zone for costumed children and rides will be available every weekend until October 31.
Self-pick, scavenger hunts and horror stories in Quebec City and surroundings
The National Capital has planned activities for all ages from October 1 to November 6. City Hall, Jardin Jeanne-D’Arc and Petit Champlain are already brilliantly decorated.
These venues will host, among others:
- Tales to wake the dead
- Abracadabra: a Halloween treasure hunt on the Plains of Abraham
- Eagle talons: a demonstration of birds of prey
- Horrors from the good old days: historical anecdotes told inside the mysterious Martello Tower
This is followed by ghost walks for unafraid teenagers. Imagine, we are told of centuries of executions and tragedies!
And for a more family style,
- self-pick pumpkins and squash on Île D’Orléans, or in Beauport, Cap-Santé and Château-Richer,
- a visit to the aquarium that will celebrate the dead. Dates to come. Keep an eye on the site.
A festival with and without terror in Lanaudière
In the MRC Des Moulins, check out the activities from October 21, 2021. In Mascouche, you can take part in an illuminated course with giant puppets, escape games, with and without terror but including candy. In Terrebonne, we add a cabinet of curiosities . Hm! Are you intrigued?
Fireworks and movies in the Lower St. Lawrence
La Pocatière will offer many activities from October 27 to 30, 2021. Nothing less than a night of cinematic horror, a haunted house, shows, a parade and inflatable games for the little ones. The whole thing will culminate in fireworks!
7,000 carved and lit pumpkins in Ontario
The Pumkpinferno, 90 minutes from Montreal, is held annually at Upper Canada Village.
No horror here but masterpieces of pumpkin sculptures designed by artists.
The outdoor exhibition extends over a kilometre. Illuminated in the evening, the show becomes spellbinding alongside historic sites, animals, water creatures, fairy tale characters and more. An experience for everyone that appels to our capacity for wonder.
Finally, I leave you with the Ottawa region’s highly original programming. Tyrolean traverse, fear fest, wagon rides, escape rooms on the agenda.
In short, these are a few suggestions to avoid missing the party.
Since October 31 falls on a Sunday, why not make the weekend even better with a night at a hotel that includes an indoor pool? For Marriott Platinum members and above, breakfasts will be included.
A promotion, this time in the Outaouais region, could help reduce expenses. We’ll let you decide.
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And… Thanks to Caroline Tremblay who played a key research role for this article.