Montreal Halloween happenings for the last-minute crowd

Tonight is Halloween and Montrealers have plenty of fun ways to celebrate.

If you can’t score a ticket to a Rocky Horror show, here are a few West End happenings you may not have heard about:

Dia de los Muertos poster auction at Cafe 92°

While Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos has nothing to do with Halloween, you’ll probably see some Halloween costumes at this fundraiser for the NDG Food Depot.

Two of Cafe 92º’s owners, Claudia and Maria, hail from Mexico. For several years now they’ve turned their café into a place that educates people about Mexico’s Day of the Dead. The cafe’s decorations help explain the tradition and they sell Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead), a delicious sweetbread. Artwork from local artists is replaced with artistic posters created in Mexico to honour the Dia de los Muertos.

The gorgeous posters are auctioned off to the highest bidder with all proceeds going to the NDG Food Depot.

When: Today (Oct. 31, 2015) @ 5 p.m.
Where: Cafe 92º, (Sherbrooke & Montclair, take the 105 bus)

Get there early, bring plenty of cash (I’ve seen bids go as high as $100 as people compete to win a poster) and have a good time.

colourful skeleton Dia de los Muertos poster on wall at Cafe 92 degrees (2012)

NDG Food Depot’s 7th Annual Thriller Halloween Dance

Get your zombie on and march 4.5 km with other zombies through the streets of NDG, dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. If you haven’t done the dance before you may want to get there early. A hot meal will be served and the NDG Food Depot will have makeup artists and materials so you can make signs (for instance, “Solidarity with Zombies.”)

When: Today (Oct. 31, 2015). Be there at 4 p.m. to rehearse, get your makeup on etc. If you’re Walking Dead ready, meet the group at 5:30 p.m.

Where: 2146 Marlowe (Trinity Church),  near the Vendôme metro

Visit the Melrose Tunnel

For a few years now locals in the St. Raymond section of NDG have decorated the normally horrible pedestrian tunnel under the railway tracks that separate their community from the rest of NDG. The tunnel is usually a spooky place but it will be family-friendly and spooky and festive tonight, thanks to NDG community efforts.

When: You can visit anytime (folks from the NDG Park Art Hive are decorating it this afternoon) but after 5 p.m. is good.

Where: Melrose Tunnel. Walk south on Melrose Ave. to De Maisonneuve Blvd if you’re coming from Sherbrooke St. or find it by walking to Upper Lachine Rd. and Melrose Ave. and then head north on Melrose toward the railway tracks.

Update, Nov 2, 2015 Yvette Salinas posted a video of what the tunnel looked like in 2015:

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