October 31 is just around the corner, and despite that Halloween in Quebec is really only for children this year, many Montrealers have still dressed their homes to the nines for the occasion.
In fact, one household in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) used its Halloween decorations to make a surprisingly poignant and clever statement on current affairs — managing to make us laugh and freak us out all at once.
The property owners created a graveyard for all the social phenomenons we've laid to rest in recent years.
As Duval assesses each character on a case-by-case basis since the manufacturing varies, he said he will add them to his Facebook album "Encan 2020 Super Heros" with a starting price.
People can bid in the comments. Bids are accepted in $10 increments. When you have the highest-standing offer for an appropriate amount of time, Duval comments with your name three times and on the third, it's yours.
This year, the event included Halloween candy and a show featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Batman and Harley Quinn.
Visitors to Rue Balmoral could check out Duval's progress in the days and weeks leading up to Halloween. He also allowed people to take photos with their favourite superhero before taking down the display.
Halloween in Montreal was always extravagant and sadly, this year the holiday will look a little different. Although it makes us all sad to think about, there are still safe and COVID-friendly things to do in Montreal if you are dying to celebrate the spooky holiday.
From walking around haunted locations in our city to getting a free pumpkin, there are tons of cool and fun things you can do over the weekend.
Beware that some of these events are likely to sell out!
Santé Montréal retweeted a kid-friendly video that Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale posted to its YouTube channel, which outlines the ground rules for trick-or-treating in Quebec.
For a safe Halloween, the CIUSSS says we should circulate in small groups composed of members of the same household.
It discourages people from going trick-or-treating in other boroughs, and tells families to walk around their respective areas only.
Two-metre social distancing is a must, as is mask-wearing. In other words, parents and children are all expected to follow basic public health practices related to COVID-19.
Entering homes is prohibited, as private gatherings are currently forbidden in red zones — meaning no Halloween parties.
Trick-or-treaters are expected to wash their hands before and after taking candy from a shared bowl, and homeowners are expected to stay at least two metres away from visitors.
If you want more information about Halloween, you'll find the Quebec government's responses to common questions here.
It's looking like October 31 will be sunny in Montreal with a high of 4 and a low of -1. With no snow and clear skies, at least the weather gives us one reason to smile this 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.
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."