Halloween is almost upon us and this weekend brings with it an array of spooky and spectacular seasonal offerings.
Whatever your tolerance for scares may be, there’s a fun activity for you amid these recommendations:
Take a walk in the name of encouraging healthy lifestyles. La Grande Marche kicks off at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Montreal’s Place des festivals. Show up an hour early and you can take in a Marc Hervieux show.
The Port of Montreal’s exhibit on the city’s maritime history is full of tidbits and artifacts from Montreal’s past. The venue, at 200 de la Commune St. W. is open from noon to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, giving you plenty of opportunities to learn about boats and whatnot.
This one’s not for the faint of heart, but people who enjoy a good scare should head to Malefycia. In this, the second weekend of its season, it’ll be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and replete with immersive and frightening scenes that give new and chilling meaning to the idea of a haunted house.
Let’s say you have a slightly delicate constitution and are looking for a seasonal activity that does not involve bloody costumes. If that sound like you, the Botanical Garden’s annual Garden of Lights display is probably a good choice. Throughout the event, three of the site’s cultural gardens — the Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden and First Nations Garden — will be illuminated every night. It’s pleasant and profoundly peaceful. Even if you’re into haunted houses, this might serve as some nice counter-programming.
Organists might not be commonly associated with fierce competition, but here they are in Montreal fighting for prizes in the Canadian International Organ Competition. The competition actually has been going on since Oct. 6, but you can get the highlights by attending a concert with various prize winners this Saturday at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. and is organized in collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.