Though Montreal has lots of kid-friendly Halloween fun, for grown-ups who want to treat their inner child to some Halloween tricks this year, Montreal once again has no shortage of A-Z options for a scarily good time…
Hotel party organizers are putting the “W” in Halloween this year at two different theme parties in Old Montreal’s W Hotel. Zombie-fied cartoon characters will stalk patrons at Wunderbar’s “Zombie Pop-Art” party, and the hotel’s Plateau Lounge will host “Voodoo Lounge,” a lively (or rather deathly) cross between New Orleans voodoo culture and Mexico’s Day of the Dead. Makeup artists, specialty cocktails and a costume contest (best costume wins a free stay at the W, second place gets a spa experience at the AWAY spa, and third place receives a complimentary cocktail experience valued at $100) are all part of the party.
Zombies! Run! For 10 km! The annual Apocalypse 10 km night race takes gets started on île Notre-Dame (Parc Jean-Drapeau) on Oct. 25 starting at 7:30 pm, and this year the theme is “Sanatorium Zombiphobia.” This unique road race (which starts on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve F1 race track) is for folks 18-plus, costumes are encouraged, and there will be prizes awarded to the winners in each of the many age categories.
If all this zombie talk makes you want to get in on the undead action, St-Laurent costume boutique Imagine le Fun, who bill themselves as the largest “disguise” store in Montreal, has the solution. Halloween-themed contact lenses, 3D prosthetics, manic makeup, masks and morphsuits, Imagine le Fun has everything needed to take your Halloween to frightful new heights. Imagine the fun, indeed.
Rocky Horror fans, and there are a terrifying number of them, will have their pick of pleasures this Halloween season. Montreal’s beautifully restored Imperial Theatre will once again screen the 1975 Rocky Horror Picture Show film with the usual healthy helping of crowd interaction as well as dancing, and prizes will also be awarded for best costume. Do the Time Warp on Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1 at 8 pm and 11 pm… And in what has become a popular annual tradition, St-Laurent Blvd.’s Mainline Theatre will once again stage a live performance of Rocky Horror complete with a crazily costumed cast, dancers and a live band. The campy action gets going at 8 pm on Oct. 22-25, and at 11 pm Oct. 24-25.
Many of life’s horror stories begin in a bar, and so does a new ghost tour of downtown Montreal titled, fittingly, Haunted Downtown Montreal, a haunted walk through the heart of the city that promises to reveal “many dark secrets, from forgotten cemeteries to ghost-infested buildings.” Haunted hotels, church demons and other ghost-infested locations (including an old funeral home cum nightclub) are all part of a 90-minute adventure that begins at Andrew’s Pub (1241 Guy Street) at 8 pm, Oct. 23-26 and 29-31. Reservations are recommended.
Speaking of ghoulish tours, Montreal Ghosts is again offering an opportunity to hunt the haunts themselves in historic Old Montreal. On Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1, the storytellers of Montreal Ghosts will lead groups of up to 20 people, 12 years and older, on 90-minute guided tours exploring the sordid, real-life-inspired stories of four famous Old Montreal ghosts. This very popular annual event features costumed, professional actors and makes maximum use of the already spooky, old world wonder of Old Montreal. These tours fill up quickly so reservations are suggested.