Spooky fun: some Montreal events to mark Halloween & the Day of the Dead

UPDATED OCT. 31, 2012 with more Halloween events

You may not have heard of these community events


Oct. 24-Oct. 31 Halloween D.I.Y. at Coop Le Milieu

Make your own costumes, Halloween decorations (for instance, a crocheted spiderweb, Day of the Dead tissue paper garland), carve a pumpkin etc.

When: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: 1251 Robin (Beaudry metro)

Info: Le Milieu Facebook page

colourful skeleton Dia de los Muertos poster on wall at Cafe 92 degreesDía de los Muertos celebration at Café 92 degrees, plus big event for NDG Food Depot Nov. 2

Two of the café’s owners, Claudia and Maria, hail from Mexico. In recent years they’ve been decorating the café  for the Día de los Muertos, all the while educating some customers about the holiday. This year is no exception. Along with colourful garland banners of skeletons celebrating and loving life (dancing, marrying, drinking, playing guitar), and a big skeleton propped up near the cash register, sugar skulls on shelves, Café 92 degrees is decorated with a variety of  artistic skeleton posters. On Nov. 2 the café  is holding a big fundraising party. Posters will be auctioned off  and the proceeds will be donated to the NDG Food Depot.

Over the next few weekends they will be baking  “pan de muerto” (bread of the dead) to give customers a taste of the traditional bread people eat in Mexico for the Dia de los muertos.

Where: 6703 Sherbrooke W. (corner Montclair)

Día de los muertos celebration happens on Nov. 2.  Choose your favourite poster for the auction happening at 3:30 p.m.

Info: Café 92 degrees Facebook page

screw-head halloween decoration pumpkinlike apple?  with beady eyes and screws sticking out

Friday Oct. 26

St-Raymond Residents Association Haunted Tunnel Halloween Decorating Party

They’re making Halloween decorations for a place some find spooky all the time, the Melrose Tunnel (it’s a pedestrian tunnel linking the St. Raymond part of NDG with the rest of NDG. The St. Raymond’s section is on the south side of the railway tracks, thus the tunnel)

Event is open to everyone living in and/or supporting the St. Raymond’s neighbourhood.

Children must be accompanied by their parents. Materials provided.

Free but donations are welcome.

They are feeding pizza to volunteers.

When: 4-8 p.m.

Where: 5600 Upper Lachine. To find the Melrose Tunnel, either walk south along Melrose past de Maisonneuve or go to Melrose and Upper Lachine and walk north.

Info available here

Día de Los Muertos at La Ruche d’Art St-Henri

Help build a heartfelt ofrenda (offering)  to celebrate the Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead, celebrated in Mexico and across the world) at La Ruche d’Art St-Henri, a community art studio.  From 5-8 p.m. people are encouraged to add to an ever-growing collection of  “memories, wishes, photos, and poems” to La Ruche’s collective altar. People are also invited to make or bring larger art works for the walls since La Ruche will continue celebrating the holiday through Nov. 15.

Free.  Bring stories of ancestors and others who have touched your life, music and snacks.

When: 5-8 p.m.

Where: 4525 St-Jacques (metro Place St-Henri)

Info: La Ruche d’Art St-Henri Facebook page

Saturday Oct. 27

Siamsa Halloween Ceili

Montreal’s Irish School of Music, Siamsa (pronounced sheem-sa), holds monthly ceilis that feature music and traditional Irish dancing. This Saturday’s ceili is a little different – not only do you get to try traditional Irish dancing but there are door prizes to be had for wearing a Halloween costume.

Where: NDG Legion, 5455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. (corner Addington)

When: Saturday Oct. 27, 8 p.m. to midnight

Admission: $10

Info: Siamsa Web site

Sunday Oct. 28

Nightmare Before Christmas at Westmount Park United Church

This one’s for children but children of all ages are probably welcome. A live 15-piece orchestra will perform music from the Nightmare Before Christmas and Suite for a Small, Frightened Child. Expect to find a haunted house, tarot card readings and face painting along with plenty of “spooky” treats served up at Café Ghoul. Proceeds go to lunch and after-school programs at St. Columba House.

Where: Westmount Park United Church (corner Lansdowne)

When: 3 p.m. on

Tickets: $20 adults; students/seniors $15; families $45

Info available here.

Words After Dark: Montreal Mystery Night

Book talk and signing with mystery authors Linwood Barclay, Giles Blunt, Archer Mayor, and Peter Kirby.

Tickets available at Paragraphe Books and the Westmount Public Library’s circulation desk.

When:  7 p.m.

Where:  Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Maxwell Cummings Auditorium, 4626 Sherbrooke St. W

Tickets: $5 regular; $3 students/senior

Info is available on the Quebec Writers’ Federation Web Site

Wednesday Oct. 31 – Halloween for grown-ups events

  1. There are Halloween contests at bars and pubs (Hurley’s Irish Pub, for instance) tonight.
  2. Wear a costume and join the NDG Food Depot’s annual zombie walk and  Thriller flashmob zombie dance to promote its upcoming Christmas food drive. Stop by the depot (2121 Oxford – near de Maisonneuve) at 4 p.m. for makeup prep and to learn Thriller and other dance moves. The group leaves for the zombie walk at 5:30 p.m. sharp. Event continues till 8 p.m.
  3. Startup Drinks is encouraging people to pitch their tech business startup ideas in costume tonight at Brutopia, 1219 Crescent St. Frustratingly the e-mail I received does not give a meeting time. But their past events have started at either 6 or 7 p.m.
  4. Love early country music and early rock and roll?  The Wheel Club in NDG (3373 Cavendish, south of Sherbrooke) is  promising “the west’s deadliest party and Halloween’s most diabolical show. “ The fun includes Eddy Blake and the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, Joey Venom and the Sidewinders, Danny Duke and the Northern Stars, Eric Sandmark and the Party Crashers and more.  Doors open at 8 p.m. $8 with a “real” costume, $10 without. You can even carve a pumpkin.

Friday Nov. 2

3:30 p.m. auction of Día de los Muertos posters at Café 92 (see top of  page)

two of Mexican day of the dead posters hanging on wall at Cafe 92 degrees

Saturday Nov. 3

Día de Muertos event at the MAI (Montréal arts interculturelles) includes an ofrenda, images and music. I believe there may also be dance but the poster doesn’t mention it.

Tickets: $15

When: 6 p.m.

Where: 3680 Jeanne Mance

Info: youalichan2004@gmail.com


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