6 original things to do on Halloween weekend
Featured Events, October 23, 2023 2023-10-23
Manoir d'Youville
Manoir d'Youville. Photo credit: Marie-Anne Gaudreault

Next weekend is the scariest weekend of the year! And there will be plenty of festivities and special events to get you in the mood for Halloween. You'll be amazed by these original activities that are definitely out-of-the-ordinary and promise lots of thrills. Here are 6 suggestions that are sure to please the whole family!

1. An activity to help witches at the Musée des Ursulines

Witches are busy preparing the Halloween party at the Musée des Ursulines in Trois-Rivières, but nothing is going according to plan... On October 28 and 29, you can help them avoid disaster by finding the ingredients they need to make the monstrous pudding during the "Witches need your help" activity. This 1-hour activity is ideal for 3-to-6-year-olds, and features zany tales, monster crafts and more. Be sure to register online to participate!

2. An evening of myths and legends at Manoir d’Youville

In the mood for a spine-tingling evening? Parents and kids are invited to take part in a special Halloween event called "Mythes et légendes" (information in French only) on Saturday, October 28 at Manoir d’Youville in Châteauguay. Look forward to witch and ghost hunts, storytelling, music, entertainment and door prizes. It's also the perfect opportunity to put on an original disguise and take a picture at the photo booth, or even enter the contest for a chance to win best costume. Be sure to reserve your place by October 25!

3. A cello concert for "little monsters" at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

On Sunday October 29, Élément 8, a cello octet and member of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ – Québec symphony orchestra) and the Violons du Roy ensemble, along with special guests will be at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Québec City starting at 3 p.m. to present "A Celloween concert - Cellos for little monsters", designed as an introduction to symphony music for younger ears. The whole family is invited to wear a costume for the occasion. Reserve online and arrive at 2:30 p.m. to meet the musicians and have a go at playing the cello!

4. A tour of cemeteries on the Townships Trail

Late October has a mystical air about it, and it's the perfect time to explore unusual places. Drive to Coaticook, in the Eastern Townships, to discover the "Voices from Another Time" tour, which reveals the secrets of 10 local cemeteries. Ghosts will rise from the grave and accompany you on this audio tour. As you pass by ancient tombs, the history of these ancestral sites and the stories of people from the past who rest there will come to life, thanks to fascinating audio narratives, period photographs and documents. A unique Halloweenesque experience!

Musée des Ursulines à Trois-Rivières
Photo credit: Musée des Ursulines de Trois-Rivières

5. A guided tour about what fall was like in New France

Take advantage of the season to immerse yourself in the customs of New France at the Maison Saint-Gabriel Museum and Historic Site in Montreal. A new guided tour “Fall in New France” allows you to explore the various rooms of the museum with a guide in period costume, who will explain what tasks and traditions were associated with fall during the first French settlement. You'll also learn about harvesting, food preservation, the origins of Halloween and witchcraft in New France! This activity is held Wednesday to Sunday until November 26 (presented in French at 1 p.m. and in English at 2 p.m.). Don't forget to book your tickets online.

Chapelle des Ursulines
The Ursuline Chapel of Quebec. Photo credit: Marie-Anne Gaudreault

6. A nighttime tour of the Ursuline Chapel

A jewel of history and architecture, the Ursuline Chapel reveals its many treasures and secrets on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28. This special tour, organized as part of the Étrange Carnaval, a major Halloween celebration that takes Old Québec City by storm over the weekend. Seize the opportunity to admire this exceptional religious site at night, while discovering the stories of people associated with this sacred site and why it is still significant. Contact the chapel to take part in this activity.

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