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October 18, 2012

Montreal full of frights this season

MONTREAL — It’s time to fall for Montreal. Here are a few Halloween-themed events from which to choose.

FRIGHT FEST

First up, if you think the rides are frightening, wait until you meet the zombies.

La Ronde Amusement Park offers a few fall chills with its annual Fright Fest. This year, the park debuts a new haunted house dubbed the Massacre Museum. And if you can make your way through that alive, then pay a visit to the onsite cemetery, carnival of terror, death row gauntlet or vampire lair.

For the youngest visitors, the park also offers pumpkin-carving demonstrations, face painting and, of course, the rides.

La Ronde is open Oct. 20, 21, 27, and 28. An online-only ticket discount costs $42.99 for those 54 inches and taller and $33.99 for those shorter than that. Call (514) 397-2000 or visit www.laronde.com for details.

JACK O’LANTERN

Next, Jack and friends are back.

Pointe-a-Calliere, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, presents its annual “Jack O’Lantern: Halloween at Pointe-a-Calliere.”

Jack was a young Irishman who was condemned to wander among the dead with only a lantern carved from a turnip to light his way. For the next two weekends, he roams the hallways of Pointe-a-Calliere to share stories of the cultural origins of Halloween.

Joining Jack are a few ghoulish friends, including twins Rucht and Friucht; a cat-like witch; and Gwynedd, the Druid magician who knows the secret of light. Jack and friends pay a Halloween visit between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. the weekends of Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 350 Place Royale in Old Montreal. 

For those in need of some costume inspiration, check out the authentic Samurai warrior suits of armor on display at the temporary exhibition “Samurai: The Prestigious Collection of Richard Beliveau.”

Admission, which includes access to all exhibitions, costs $18 for adults, $35 for families, $9.50 for students, $14 for seniors and $7 for youths 6 to 12. Call (514) 8729150 or visit www.pacmusee.qc.ca to learn more.

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