From dark forest trails to haunted houses and costume parties, Hallowe’en activities in the next five days across the West Island promise to amuse and scare
There are plenty of public activities on offer during the run-up to Hallowe’en. Do you like haunted houses, dark forests, or just hanging out with costumed friends and pumpkins? Here’s a guide to what’s on in the next few days:
> Spooky, scary houses. Enter if you dare . . .
* The Town of Pincourt will host a Haunted House. Children can tour it and leave with treats.
When: October 31 — 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Omni Centre, 375 Cardinal-Léger Blvd., Pincourt.
* Residents of Vaudreuil-Dorion are invited to visit their city’s Haunted House, where various themed activities are planned. The theme for the Haunted House is Frightful Circus, where visitors may encounter mysterious characters such as the Fortune Teller, the Magician and the Strong Man. Other activities will include a movie night on Friday and a costume party on Saturday.
When: Friday, October 28th (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.); Saturday, October 29th, (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
Where: Opticentre St-Jean-Baptiste, 145 Harwood Blvd., Vaudreuil-Dorion.
Good to know: Lots of information here.
> Spooky, scary forests and trails. Take your flashlight…
* The Horror Trail – Ego Porta Mundi: Asylum 1680 is the name of an immersive experience in the basement of the Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, which is designed to mimic the atmosphere of an abandoned hospital, where “morbid and terrifying creatures await you.” But caveat emptor: The event comes with the following disclaimer from the city: “This activity is not recommended for pregnant women, people with heart conditions, abnormal blood pressure or epileptic problems. Also, the recommended age is 13 and over. Once you have entered the tunnel, you won’t be able to get out until the end.”
When: Saturday, October 29 — 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, 1335 Bord-du-lac/Lakeshore Rd., Dorval.
Good to know: Mandatory registration. Information and instructions here.
* Get your flashlight and summon your courage to walk the Hallowe’en Trail in Saint-Lazare. Children are encouraged to take their bags and collect candy as they walk. This is for residents and non-residents. It’s free, but online registration is mandatory. There are also two start times.
When: October 29 — 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Where: Les Forestiers de Saint-Lazare Nature Park, 2800 ch. Lotbinière, Saint-Lazare.
Good to know: Information: 450-424-8000, ext. 287 or firstname.lastname@example.org
> Baie d’Urfé
* Baie d’Urfé residents are invited to don their costumes and walk the Spooky Hallowe’en Path. For the young and young-at-heart to enjoy the decorations and take some photos with their loved ones. First come, first served.
When: Friday, October 28 — 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Between the Baie d’Urfé Library and Fritz Community Centre.
* Don a costume and stroll around the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough Hall to discover strange creatures and sweet treats. This event is for children aged 6 and up.
When: Thursday, October 27 — 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough Hall, 13665 Pierrefonds Blvd.
> Not so spooky or scary Hallowe’en skating events. More like good ol’ family fun, really.
* Fancy a skate while you wear a Hallowe’en costume? Two municipalities have planned Hallowe’en-on-ice events.
* The town of Kirkland invites skaters to the arena for some ice time. Wear a costume.
When: Saturday, October 29 (7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) and Sunday, October 30 (2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.)
Where: Kirkland Arena, 16950 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland.
Good to know: For all. No registration required.
* Ditto for the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux. Head to the arena in your costumes and skates.
When: Saturday, October 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Dollard-des-Ormeaux Civic Centre, 12001 de Salaberry Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux.
Good to know: Helmets required for children under age 12. Admission: $1 with costume; $2 without costume. Fee payable upon entry.
> Less spooky, but lots of fun
* The Hallowe’en Enchanted Forest Party features a magic scavenger hunt (during three time periods) and a barbecue, run by the West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped. Walk in the Terra Cotta forest, albeit during the day so it’s not so scary.
When: Sunday, October 30 — Scavenger hunt: 11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.; 12:20 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 1:40 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Where: Terra Cotta Nature Park, entrance on Viburnum Ave., Pointe Claire.
Good to know: This includes an art workshop.
* Children are invited to trick-or-treat at Shannon Park on Hallowe’en, where they’ll receive a treat.
When: Monday, October 31 — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Shannon Park, 424 Beaconsfield Blvd.
* Teen Night – Halloween Special will take place at the Pierrefonds Library. Attendees are expected to be in costume for an evening of games with friends. Themed drinks, treats, games and movies will immerse everyone in the Halloween atmosphere. Dress up for an opportunity to win a prize for best costume.
When: Thursday, October 26 — 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Pierrefonds Library, 13555 Pierrefonds Blvd.
Good to know: Registration required. Information here.