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Montréal, September 15, 2021 - 

At Espace pour la vie, we just love Halloween! From October 1 to 31, Funk and Pumpkins offers a host of activities at the Jardin botanique. The Magic Steps Circuit will get the kids moving, the play Tous les monstres ont disparu! is sure to delight the 4 to 8 year-olds, the activity KOWAI! Des histoires à faire peur will bring the jitters to the most daring ones, the It’s all about squash animation will surprise even the oldest and the Virtual Pumpkin-decorating Contest will make the fun last all the way home. All this and more at the Jardin botanique throughout the month of October!

Every day, the Magic Steps Circuit combines agility games, arts and science in a course dotted with fun installations. Tunnels, balance games and games of skill will delight children... and parents who like to take pictures!

Tous les monstres ont disparu! (in French only)

For 4 to 8 year-olds
Henry-Teuscher Auditorium at the Reception Centre
Monday to Friday, 11:30 am. Starting Oct. 18, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 pm. Starting Oct. 9, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Madame Topinambour is the best-known monster-sitter in town. While she was napping, her door blew open and all the monsters ran away. Will she manage to get them back home again before their owners return? Maybe squash sandwiches are the answer. Everybody knows monsters are just crazy about squash!Limited seating.
Reservations mandatory at the Reception Centre. Duration: 30 min.

It’s all about squash!

Outdoor animation booth - every day, from 10 am to 5 pm
Acorn squash, butternut squash, gourds, pumpkins, pattypan squash, winter squash—the gourd or squash family (Cucurbitaceae) includes a huge number of varieties of different colours and shapes, some funny and some just plain weird. These plants have to go through a complicated process before they can produce fruit. Come and see squash pass through these stages and grow in front of your eyes!

KOWAI! Des histoires à faire peur… (in French only)

For 4 to 8 year-oldsJapanese Pavilion
Monday to Friday, 10:30 am and 12:30 am;
Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 am and 1:30 pm
Japanese folklore teems with frightening characters: ogres, witches, spirits and demons. Are you brave enough to listen to tales of their evil deeds? Yield to the charm and evocative power of kamishibai—Japanese paper theatre. Your imagination will do the rest!

Virtual Pumpkin-decorating Contest 

The 2021 edition of the Jardin botanique's decorated pumpkin contest will be held online. Use your imagination to transform your pumpkin, or any other member of the amazing squash family. Take inspiration from its shape, colour or texture. 

Enter the contest - September 25 to October 15 
Vote online - October 16 to 24 


  • Tickets must be reserved online:
  • 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!
  • Vaccine passport and photo ID are required for all visitors 13 years and older.

The events Gardens of Light and Funk and Pumpkins are presented in partnership with La Presse. 


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About Espace pour la vie

Espace pour la vie is made up of five major attractions: the Biodôme, the Biosphère, the Insectarium, the Jardin botanique and the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. These prestigious municipal institutions form Canada’s largest natural science museum complex. These prestigious municipal institutions form Canada’s largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, encouraging all of us to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

Contact our team

Marie-Joëlle Filion
Communications Officer - Espace pour la vie
514 443-6801

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