Gone are the days of classic, and silly, haunted houses with pop-up skeletons and bedsheet ghosts. Technological advancements in visual effects, sound manipulation, and set designs have led to the next evolution in horror. 'Fear Depot,' an immersive multisensory fear experience, headed by Quebec horror master Patrick Senécal, is the latest creation to incite fear into hearts and minds. A haunted house for a new generation, 'Fear Depot' is open for all thrill seekers from now until November 3rd at Carrefour Angrignon.
'Fear Depot' literally takes you into a scary setting straight from horror movie reels. Ten 40 foot containers (painted blood red, naturally) house different hair-raising environments, like a haunted hotel or insidious forest, which participatns will choose to their own twisted liking. The basis of 'Fear Depot' is to make it almost like a choose-your-own-adventure, done horror-style. Senécal believes that allowing a person a level of choice tailors the experience to their own horrific preferences. Placing a person into a realistic, and wholly creepy, experience will incite a loss of control, and thus fear, just without any danger of actually getting hurt. Placing people into a 25-minute horror movie experience, 'Fear Depot' looks to be the place to be scared this Halloween in Montreal.
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.
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.