Little monsters roamed the streets of greater Montreal on Monday to celebrate Halloween without it being marred, for the first time in four years, by health restrictions or the whims of Mother Nature.
"It's fantastic, it's rare that it doesn't rain! laughs An Hendrickx, accompanied by her two daughters, Luna, 6, and Milo, 3, and her partner.
And with the pandemic, "it wasn't great," she admits.
Indeed, after Halloweens marked by the specter of COVID-19, heavy rain or squalls, a festive evening awaited the little ones in costume this year.
“It will be good for the children. My big one is 10 years old, and it's the first year that there's been mild weather, and he doesn't need to have a big suit, ”argues Nancy Perron while her three children put the finishing touches to their attire.
On Monday, Environment Canada had forecast partly cloudy skies, a temperature of around 15°C and a 30% chance of showers in the city.
Such weather has given life to certain alleys in the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie.
“We are super happy. We think we have quite a few participants, rejoices Julie-Ève O’Meara as a Harry Potter soundtrack mingles with the ambient noise behind her. We find it less dangerous in an alley, it is more accessible. »
Meanwhile, around Molson Park, there were creatures of all kinds: superheroes, witches, vampires and even... a traffic light on two legs.
“I had thought of dressing up as a pint of milk, then I had the idea of a [speed] radar, and that gave me the idea of a traffic light,” explains Léo, 11 years old, who invested a few hours in his project.
On the South Shore of Montreal, in Chambly, David Buisson pulled out all the stops for the third edition of the House of Darkness, setting up five tents in front of his home.
Among other things, there are about twenty animatronics, i.e. various horrifying characters who have the builds of human beings.
"This year, with the temperature, it's just incredible," says the father, who had the help of his wife and neighbors. I expect a little madness. »