Halloween at the BOO-tanical Garden

Kids can participate in games, arts, science and take part in a pumpkin decorating contest

Halloween at the BOO-tanical Garden

Photo Credit: Espace pour la vie (Mélanie Dusseault)

Embark on a Halloween adventure at Espace pour la vie’s Funk and Pumpkins event at the Montreal Botanical Garden. From October 1 to 31, 2021, kids and their friends and families can enjoy a whole slew of pumpkin and Halloween-themed activities and games.

Every day, kids of all ages can practice their agility on the Magic steps circuit where games, arts, and science are combined to create a course full of fun obstacles. With tunnels, skill-testing activities, and balance games, everyone can get active as they wiggle and shimmy their way through the course.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about squash, the It’s all about squash activity will show off the weird and wonderful world of this interesting family. Watch their complicated life cycle, and enjoy the animation of gourds, pumpkins, pattypans, and more as they grow before your eyes.

Tous les montres ont disparu! (in French only) will delight 4 to 8-year-olds as they hear the tale of Madame Topinambour and the monsters she’s babysitting.

And the activity KOWAI! Des histoires à faire peur (in French only) will bring the ogres, witches, spirits, and demons to life through kamishibai — Japanese paper theatre.

Those looking to show off their pumpkin-carving creativity can participate in the 2021 online edition of the Botanical Garden’s decorated pumpkin contest that runs from September 25 to October 15. Use your imagination to transform a traditional orange pumpkin or any of the other interesting members of the squash family.

For a double delight, plan your trip with a visit to the Gardens of Light event, which also runs until October 31. New immersive and sensory journeys will help you enjoy the poetry of the Japanese and First Nations Gardens. Then continue through to the Chinese Gardens where hundreds of lanterns tell of the legend of Pangu, the giant who created the world.

To combine the two activities, reserve your Gardens of Light ticket first (fixed date and time) to automatically gain access to Funk and Pumpkins. For more information about the daily Funk and Pumpkins activities and to book tickets online, visit espacepourlavie.ca.

Before you go

  • Tickets must be reserved online: ca/en/ticketing
  • Gardens of Light and Funk and Pumpkins: To combine the two activities, be sure to reserve your Gardens of Light ticket first (fixed date and time) to automatically gain access to Funk and Pumpkins. Tickets also give you access to the Botanical Gardens as a whole, which can be visited at any time during the day.
  • Find the days and times for the individual Funk and Pumpkins activities at espacepourlavie.ca/funk-and-pumpkins-926085
  • Vaccine passport and photo ID are required for all visitors 13 years and older.

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