A Saint-Hubert Artist Created A Marvel & DC Comic Universe On His Lawn That You Can Visit

It's an annual Halloween tradition! 🎃
Contributing Writer
A Saint-Hubert Artist Created A Marvel & DC Comic Universe On His Lawn That You Can Visit

If you venture to 1745, rue Balmoral in Saint-Hubert — just a 20-minute drive from downtown Montreal — you'll notice that your favourite superheroes have come to life on the lawn, just in time for Halloween.

There's The Avengers, Spiderman, Superman, Catwoman, Wolverine, and the list goes on — not to mention Marvel legend Stan Lee kicking back on a bench, admiring it all.

Maxime Duval, the homeowner and artist behind these life-sized creations (yes, the Hulk stands eight-and-a-half feet tall) goes all out with his homemade Halloween decorations every single spooky season.

We asked him what visitors can expect for this year's 27th edition.

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How did this tradition begin?

Maxime Duval

Duval recounted the night of October 31, 1992. He was 16 years old and still wanted to celebrate Halloween by going trick-or-treating.

"When I arrived at the door, the lady told me that I was too old and she closed the door," he told MTL Blog.

"After this hard blow, I said to myself: 'Next year I will decorate and everyone will be accepted.'"

On October 31, 1993, the first edition was born.

What can people expect this year?

Maxime Duval

Duval said the idea for this year's superhero theme came when his wife spotted a life-sized Batman and Spiderman in a music store.

"I hope to bring some sunshine and a smile in this dark and special circumstance. People need a special moment and I will be there to welcome them as Captain America," said Duval.

On the evening of Halloween, there will be candy and a show featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Batman and Harley Quinn.

The Facebook event reads: "This is your annual show, this magic moment belongs to you. I want to see as many Super Heroes as possible on October 31. Calling the Marvel and DC geeks. P.S ca va bien aller."

Duval requests that visitors "kindly respect the two-meter distance."

How did you make the superheroes?

Maxime duval halloween | Facebook

Duval said he used several mediums: pottery, styrofoam, urethane, plaster and plastic. He got help from some other local artists, such as the folks at Atelier JD and airbrushing by Luc Duguay.

The soundtrack was directed by Michel Duguay from the Quebec bands Okoumé and Shigawake.

The whole design took him almost one year to complete. And the actual set-up in the front of the house will have taken about a month by the time it's done, he said.

Maxime Duval Halloween

Price: FREE

When: October 31 and November 1 starting at 5:45 p.m. — or pass by on the days leading up to Halloween for a first look.

Address: 1745, rue Balmoral, Saint-Hubert, Quebec

Why You Need To Go: A red-zone safe Halloween activity that allows you to marvel (pun intended!) at incredible local art. We could all use more superheroes in our lives right now.

Ilana Belfer
Contributing Writer
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