The National Battlefields Commission inaugurates the new Halloween Garden on the Plains of Abraham, where legends come alive though folk art.

News release

October 1, 2021 – Québec –The National Battlefields Commission

This morning, the National Battlefields Commission (NBC) inaugurated the new Halloween Garden on the Plains of Abraham, where Park legends come alive through folk art. The event took place in the presence of Annie Talbot, the Commission’s Secretary-General Manager, Stéphane Roy, Director of Museum Affairs and the driving force behind this project, and Patrick Lavallée, artist and sculptor. Two special guests, folk-art specialists Adrien Levasseur and Christian Denis, were also present. 

From October 1 to 31, sixteen sculptures crafted by Lavallée showcase the mysteries and legends of the Plains of Abraham in the magnificent decor of the Joan of Arc Garden. The sculptures, created especially for the Halloween Garden, offer visitors a window into the colourful world of the artist’s naïve and vibrant imagination. In addition to the hardwood pieces at the centre of his sculptures, Lavallée, a child at heart, uses metal, rubber and a variety of other odds and ends. Gallery posts, snowshoes, and even a garden hose are featured in this innovative representation of the Park’s legends, open to the public free of charge. 

The Halloween Garden is part of our fall program sure to enchant the entire family. Lively evenings invite the more daring to discover darker aspects of the Park’s history, while a falconry demonstration offers acrobatic wonders as intriguing as they are exciting. The treasure hunts are back for little ones, adding to the wonder of the season. 


“It is with great enthusiasm that I received a proposal to renew the Halloween Garden and combine folk art with legends. This mix adds unique colour to the gardens, offering visitors a remarkable experience to discover!” 

-  Annie Talbot, Secretary-General Manager

“We wanted to update the Halloween Garden displays in an entertaining and innovative way. What could be more natural than folk art to showcase the popular legends of the Plains of Abraham! The sculptures give shape to the past while integrating very modern objects and, in the words of the artist, the result is “larger than life”!”  

-  Stéphane Roy, Director of Museum Affairs

“I wish you as much enjoyment and delight visiting the Halloween Garden as I had creating it. Go back to your childhood and marvel at my naive imagination.” 

-  Patrick Lavallée, artist and sculptor

Quick facts

  • Halloween Garden - NEW

    The Plain’s legends come alive through folk art. Learn more about the Park’s dark and mysterious past through artist Patrick Lavallée’s vibrant vision. 

    From October 1 to 31. At the Joan of Arc Garden. Free.

  • Abracadabra

    Halloween treasure hunt on the Plains of Abraham. As a family, set off on an adventure with a magical bag to discover hidden treasures.

    From October 1 to 31. Departure from the Plains of Abraham Museum. Ideal for children ages 5 to 9. $12 + taxes per activity bag (designed for 2 children). Purchase online or at the Plains of Abraham Museum.

  • Stories to Wake the Dead

    In the company of a historic character and her guests, immerse yourself in the shady past of the Plains through stories that will send shivers down your spine! 

    October 16 at 7:30 p.m. At the Plains of Abraham Museum. Reservation required. $22 + taxes. Not recommended for children 13 or under. Vaccination passport required. In French only.

  • Raptor Talons– NEW

    Falconry demonstration and information on the habits of birds of prey. An exciting and intriguing afternoon of aerial acrobatics!

    October 17, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservation and vaccination passport required for the free flight demonstrations (1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.). At the Plains of Abraham Museum and the major events site. Free. 

  • Tales of the Bad Old Days

    Learn about the darkest days of the 19th century through lively storytelling and historical anecdotes presented inside the mysterious Martello Tower 4.

    October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and November 5, 6, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. At Martello Tower 4. Reservation required. $11.25 $ + taxes. Reserved for ages 13 or older. Vaccination passport required. In French only.

  • Saving Halloween

    Activity to do at home. Follow the instructions for a candy hunt filled with challenges and funny riddles.

    Available for downloading from October 1 to October 31. Ideal for children ages 4 to 10. Free. 

  •  Information and reservations: online or by telephone at 418-649-6157 or 1-855-649-6157.

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Media requests: 
Nathalie Allaire
Communications Director
The National Battlefields Commission

Plains of Abraham Museum

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