Fright night is almost upon us. Yes, Halloween is right around the corner, and whether you’re into masquerade balls or
Thriller-themed flash mobs there’s something to suit every taste this October 31.
From fun to frightening, here’s our rundown of some of the most spooktacular events taking place in Calgary this Halloween.
What: A Halloween-themed sleepover at the Calgary Zoo is sure to delight the kids as they learn about the creepy creatures that keep them up at night. Costumes are welcome and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE
When: Saturday, October 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
What: A swanky Halloween-themed gala, the Virtue & Vice Masquerade soiree will help raise money for the Wings of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
Where: Hotel Arts Spectrum Ballroom – 119 12 Ave SW
When: Friday, October 23 from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Cost: Starting at $175
What: If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a giant flashmob then this is your chance to shine. Thrill Calgary is a non-profit organization which promotes Calgarians to get up and active.
Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Road SE
When: October 24 at 2 p.m.
What: An autumn outing to this pumpkin patch is the perfect way to get into the fall season. Enjoy their haunted houses, corn mazes, petting farm, shootin’ gallery and more.
Where: Prairie Gardens – 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord
When: Every weekend in October; October 3 to November 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Starting from $9.50
What: Hosting a wide variety of activities you won’t want to miss out on this fun pumpkin-themed adventure.
Where: Calgary Corn Maze – 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview
When: Now through to Sunday, October 25, every weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $14 for adults, and free for children aged two and under
What: Halloween is the perfect time to enjoy the creepy tales served up on this Calgary ghost tour.
When: Every Friday and Saturday in October; Saturday, October 31 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children aged six to 12
What: Ever wanted to go to a corn maze when its dark outside? Well, now’s your chance thanks to the Freaky Fridays & Flashlight Nights currently taking place at Cobb’s Corn Maze.
Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze and Family Fun Park – 1500 84 St NE, Calgary
When: Fridays in October from 5 to 9 p.m.
Cost: Adults $13, Children $12, and free for three years and under
What: ScreamFest is one of Canada’s largest and scariest Halloween events. Experience eight haunted houses, carnival games and more.
Where: The Grandstand Building, Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SE
When: Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7 p.m. to midnight
Cost: $25 (general admission)
What: Perfect for the eight and under crowd; kids can enjoy wagon rides, animals, and pumpkin decorating at this Halloween-themed harvest event.
Where: Butterfield Acres Farm – 254077 Rocky Ridge Road
When: Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (various times, check schedule)
Cost: $15 for adults, $13 for children
What: A play based on the Salem witch trials about a lurking evil in the Salem Massachusetts community.
Where: Max Bell Theatre – 205 8 Ave SE
When: Tuesday, October 13 to Sunday, November 8; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $45 to $93
What: Grim Manor, Calgary’s newest Halloween attraction, is a haunted house with a backstory that will leave you with goosebumps.
Where: Sunridge Mall – 2525 36 Ave NE
When: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday, October 15 to Saturday, October 31
What: Join the historic hotel for an exclusive heritage ghost tour of the famous Fairmont Banff Springs.
When: Friday, October 23 to Friday, October 30
Where: Fairmont Banff Springs – 405 Spray Avenue, Banff
Cost: Gala Guestroom package starts from $598/night based on double occupancy and the Heritage Tour packages starts from $399/night based on double occupancy
What: Perfect for families with children aged three to nine, Ghouls’ Night Out at Heritage Park provides all the quintessential Halloween attractions including decorations, storytelling, crafts, and an assortment of Halloween characters.
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
When: Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $6 for children, $10.25 for adults and free for children under two
What: If running from Zombies or sounds like your idea of fun then you’ll want to check out this chip-timed Calgary Zombie Evasion.
Where: North Glenmore Park – 66 ave SW and 37 st SW
When: Saturday, October 24 at 1 p.m.
Cost: $65 until October 21
What: Halloween gets a scientific flare at the the Monster Mash-Up weekend event taking place at the TELUS Spark Science Centre. Activities include science demonstrations, pumpkin decorating, dancing, crafts and more.
Where: TELUS Spark Science Centre – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
When: Saturday, October 24; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 25; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: If you can make a trip to Edmonton they are holding a family-friendly Halloween Party at their botanical gardens where you can create creepy crafts, participate in face painting and join in other activities.
Where: Muttart Conservatory – 9626, 96A St NW
When: Sunday, October 25 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $12.25 for adults, $ 10.50 for youth, and $6.50 for children
What: Nothing is better than a fun walk or run for a good cause. The Halloween Howl is asking everyone to join in and have fun at this family-friendly event.
Where: Eu Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
When: Sunday, October 25; check-in 9am, begins 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Starts at $40 (adult) and $20 (youth)
What: Learn about the ghosts that are said to have haunted the area. The event is great for all ages, but keep in mind that it may scare younger children.
Where: Bow Valley Ranch – 15975 Bow Bottom Trail SE
When: Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
What: Spend an evening with the team at Willow Park Wines and Spirits having some fun pairing traditional Halloween candies with beers, wines and spirits.
Where: Willow Park Wines and Spirits – 10801 Bonaventure Dr SE
When: Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m.
What: Exclusively featuring wines from some of the most haunted places in France, this Halloween-themed night is perfect for wine-lovers.
Where: 104, 422 11 Ave SW
When: Thursday, October 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.
What: An interactive film about the misadventures of Brad Majors and Janet Weiss when they come across a mansion during a rainy night.
Where: Rotary Performing Arts Centre – 3 Elma St E
When: Friday, October 30 at 9 p.m.
Cost: $15. Must be 18 years or older to attend.
What: During the two-day event there will be six different DJs each day putting on a chilling beat dropping show.
Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SE
When: Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31; Doors at 8 p.m.
Cost: Starting at $99
What: Visit this attraction set in Salem Massachusetts in 1692, where you can choose to have live actors (high scare) or no actors (low scare).
Where: 222 Rocky Ridge Bay NW
When: October 30, 31 and November 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: By Donation ($10 Recommended plus 2 cans of food per person)
What: This dinner theatre play is full of Halloween-themed entertainment.
Where: Fort Calgary Barracks – 750 9 Avenue SE
When: Saturday, October 31 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
What: The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, along with conductor Roberto Minczuk will be performing the beloved score from The Nightmare Before Christmas, composed by legendary Hollywood composer Danny Elfman.
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
When: Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m.
Price: $20, $40, $60, $70, $80
What: Student tours hosts the Halloween Howler Club Crawl which allows you to choose between four different routes that include stops at Cowboys, Knoxvilles, Commonwealth, Marquee and more.
Where: Various bars, pubs and clubs
When: Saturday, October 31; starts at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Cost: Starting from $25. Must be 18 years or older to attend
What: Dress up in your favourite costume, win prizes and have fun with the whole family at the Kayben Farms pumpkin patch.
Where: Kayben Farms – 314064 32 St E
When: October 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $13 for adult or $35 per family, and free for children aged two and under
Watch for our list of all the Halloween houses and ghost tours in Calgary coming soon…
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