Here’s where to party for Halloween

Halloween is on. Are you ready?

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How Sad and some friendly ghouls at last night Cult MTL Halloween party


UPDATE: Forget New Year’s Eve. Halloween is Montreal’s favourite party. Our thing last night was a blast — see a photo gallery here.

But there’s much more fun to be had. This year, Halloween in Montreal is running for an unprecedented week-and-a-half. Here’s a list of parties and events happening around the city:


Oct. 31

Bash-up on Bishop Halloween Piss-up!

In the Concordia ghetto, Grumpy’s holds its 54th annual (?!) Halloween party, with costume prizes and music by the Moonshiners song circle. 1242 Bishop, 9 p.m., free



Rock karaoke with a live band? uRockaoke hosts its annual Halloween shindig, providing just that. Playhouse (5656 Parc), 10 p.m.


Punk Rock Karaoke!

Dead celebrities is the theme at this punk-rock bash. Search Facebook for the long, long list of available tunes. L’Escogriffe (4467 St-Denis), 9 p.m., $8 (includes one drink)


Xtreme Halloween!

Xtrem Productions present heavy music at Katacomes, feat. Motorheadache (a tribute to you-know-who), Cereal Killers, OPENYOURMIND and Citizen Vicious. 1635 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10

Hardcore Halloween!

Party on the Main at Trick or TRH!,with fast and shouty music courtesy of Bearmace and Jesus Horse, door prizes and a costume contest to boot. TRH Bar (3699 St-Laurent), 8 p.m., $2


The local band launches their record Future Circus, which should inspire some sweet costumes—there’ll be prizes for best costume and best dancer. Openers are Cyrus and ¡Flist!. Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent), 9 p.m., $7/$10


Holy Halloween!

DJ Frigid sticks a halo on his new alt night at Apollon, all the while courting controversy. Encouraged costumes include “sexy Jesus, sacré Marie, nuns gone wild, demons and fanatics, burkas and crosses.” 1450 Ste-Catherine E., 10 p.m., $4



DJs Jordan Dare and Joakim spin dark and stormy sounds at Rockette. 4479 St-Denis, 10 p.m., free

Soul Party!

Live music from Martin Goyette & the Skinny Bones and the all-vinyl DJs of Divan’s soul monthly, Mess Around. Divan Orange (4234 St-Laurent), 9:30 p.m.



Glossy art mag Décover throws a Halloween bash/finissage for its monster-art exhibit in a Centre-Sud church. Expect DJs, costume contests, installation art, portraiture and good times. 1155 Alexandre-de-Sève, 8 p.m., $10



Lindy Vopnfjörð, Sister Spacek, Tony Ezzy and other fine musicians play this Greenland Productions party at classic St-Laurent Blvd. dive Barfly. Peace be upon you. 4062 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $9


Punk/alt cover-band pile-up!

The Stooges, the Ramones, the Pixies and, to mark the passing of a legend, the Velvet Underground/Lou Reed solo material will be covered by a succession of pop-up bands feat. members of local acts like Metalian, Red Mass, Each Other, Ultrathin etc. Drones Club (address withheld), 10 p.m. sharp, $5/$7 w/out costume


In St-Henri, behind that St-Remi building you (should) know, there’ll be live music by the Bloody Cunt Rags, Cannonhead and Perfect Strangers. 9 p.m.


514 rap!

Alaclair Ensemble and K6A perform alongside DJ Thierry Malépart. Lion d’Or (1676 Ontario E.), 9 p.m., $30

Mile End Bike Co-op Fundrazor!

Hear music by Goblin, Distillers and Mands covered by a pack of local musicians at this fundraiser for MEBC, with DJs John Batt & Cadence Weapon. 454 Beaumont, 9 p.m.,  $5–$10 suggested donation

Ladies nite!

Women and cross-dressers drink for half price at the Wiggle Room tonight, where DJ Matthew Star is spinning and the costume contest winner gets a bottle of champagne. 3874 St-Laurent, 11 p.m., $5

Mile End afterparty!

We’re not going to tell you where it is, but the Casual Agent is doing it up in the wee hours, with open bar and “a very special line up” of…DJs? Bands? Very mysterious. 3-6 a.m., $20

Oct. 31–Nov. 2

Rocky Horror Picture Show!

See the classic 1977 film at the annual Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball, with a full live cast, a costume contest and host with the most Plastik Patrik. Cinéma Impérial (1430 Bleury), 8 and 11 p.m., $17.95/$19.95



Interactive haunted house theatre that’s actually scary. For real bro. Théatre Ste-Catherine (264 Ste-Catherine E.), 8 p.m. nightly, $20


Nov. 1

Day of the Dead!

BBAM! Gallery hosts a Day of the Dead shindig, promising “snacks, music, good friends and Jazz Juice.” Jazz Juice? Hmmm. 3255 St-Jacques, 6-10 p.m., free


Halloween Massacre!

Pop Montreal presents live music by Each Other (“the Shitty Beatles” cover band), Renegades of Funk (Rage Against the Machine cover band), WZaaRD and Filthy Haanz plus DJs Raf Stabbybak, & Annie Q. NOMAD (129 Van Horne, 2nd floor), 9:30 p.m., $7/$10 without a costume


All Black Everything!

Frank & Oak presents a party at Apt. 200, featuring the Dirty Gold DJs. Dress code: black. 3643 St-Laurent, 10 p.m.


PJ Harvey cover band!

Femmes Fatales is a queer dance party featuring five local acts covering PJ Harvey, with DJ Like the Wolf spinning, too. There’ll be a costume contest, so dress up! This is a dual benefit for Rock Camp for Girls and Head and Hands. Playhouse (5656 Parc), 10:30 p.m.

Halloween in the Satosphere!

Immerse yourself in beats and bass and space in SAT’s spectacular dome. Poirier, Prison Garde and Jake Williams provide the tunes, while United VJs, RFID & AZYL provide the immersive visuals. 1201 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $15


Men in Gray Suits & les Separatwists!

Don a costume & dancing shoes and prep your pelvis for some live surf rock and R&B/twist music. O Patro Vys (356 Mont-Royal E.), 9 p.m.


Speakeasy HallowSwing!

Live music by les Sofilanthropes, creepy burlesque routines, a photo booth & surprises are promised at the Halloween edition of this recurring vaudevillian party. Lion d’Or (1676 Ontario E.), 9:30 p.m., $13


Nov. 2


Yup, the Rivers Cuomo-approved all-girl Weezer cover band, with openers Lederhosen Lucil, Elgin Skye, DJ Noah Bick and more guest TBA. Il Motore (179 Jean-Talon W.), $10

Is YOUR (public) Halloween party missing? Email us at and we’ll add it to the list

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