Montreal’s Space for Life venues brew magic for Halloween

What could be spookier than ghosts, druids and witches wandering about archeological remains? Jack O’Lantern stepping aside from wandering purgatory to give the tour of said remains.

Jack himself will be at Pointe-à-Callière this month to teach children how to talk to ghosts and outsmart the strange characters they’ll meet at the museum.

Making special appearances during the tour are twins Rucht and Friucht; Mrs. Chipie, a clever cat-like witch; and Gwynned, a Druid magician who teaches kids the secret of light and courage.

Saturdays and Sundays, October 20-21 and 27-28, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Every Sunday, grandparents (65-plus) accompanying their grandchildren (under 16 years of age) enjoy free admission.

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The Botanical Garden celebrates Halloween with a Great Pumpkin Ball. Esmeralda and her cat Abracadabra will be on hand to perform magic spells with children, who are also invited to play in the Little Monsters Courtyard, learn about different varieties of squash, discover origami and enjoy a pumpkin-decorating contest.

If they’re not Halloweened out by then, head next door to the Insectarium for what the museum calls “a different spin on things”—acrobatic spiders.

Don’t forget the Biodôme. The animals there will have to figure out how to open pumpkins full of their favourite foods, an activity that helps keep their natural instincts in fine form.

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