Love it or hate it, Halloween is for adults too. Whether you’re all about getting scared silly, or just want to get out and have a few drinks in a last-minute costume, here are some Halloween events around Calgary that require a piece of ID.
As advertised on their website, this event is not for the faint of heart. This two and a half hour trip involves gory scenes, squeezing into small spaces, and getting up close and personal with both actors and props. If you manage to survive through the train cars, you can celebrate with some food and libations for purchase at the end.
Where: Aspen Crossing, 1 km west of Mossleigh, AB on Highway 24
When: October 21-22, 28-30 at 3 pm (Saturdays and Sundays only) or 7 pm
If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, this event may just be the one for you. Wine experts Al Drinkle and Karen Ralph will be pairing their favourite scary movies with some great wine selections, as well as desserts.
Where: 722 11 Avenue SW
When: October 27 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
This Halloween favourite is introducing a new adult-only night this year. They will have a site-wide liquor license for one night only, where no minors will be permitted. In addition to six different haunted houses, this year will also offer Escape Rooms, coffin rides, and a Trapeze of Death.
Where: The Grandstand Building at Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SE
When: October 27 from 7 pm to Midnight
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant presents dinner and a show. Tickets include a 3-course meal and one complimentary beverage, as well as a murder mystery show. Get dressed up in either your Halloween costume or business casual wear for this one.
Where: 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE
When: October 27 at 7 pm
The second annual charity event pays homage to Michael Jackson with live performances and a live DJ, with proceeds from the silent auction going to support the Canadian Centre for Adult Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. You may do some bad things over Halloween weekend, but at least here you know you’re doing some good too.
Where: Barcelona Tavern, 501 8 Avenue SW
When: October 29 at 8:30 pm
Patio season may have been cut short, but we’re keeping the party going on the rooftop October 29th with a Retro Ski Lodge Halloween party! Bundle up in your best 80s ski gear, and get ready for a night of après-ski activities in the National 8th Ski Chalet. Stay warm with Shotskis, Mulled Mead, @Parallel49Beer pints (and our heat lamps, of course!) Contact us at [email protected] for guestlist!
Although patio season came to an abrupt end this year, give it one less hurrah at National on 8th’s legendary rooftop patio. Since Halloween is notoriously chilly in Calgary, you’ll be able to stay perfectly warm in your ski gear, not to mention you don’t have to come up with a costume idea.
Where: #360 225 8 Avenue SW
When: October 29 at 9 pm
As a former funeral home, The Rose and Crown pub on 17th Ave is the perfect spot for a chilling evening. Ghost Hunt Alberta members will be on hand to discuss creepy stories and evidence of paranormal activity, or you can get one-on-one psychic readings from Bonnie Milner of Shadowdivination.
Where: 1503 4th Street SW
When: October 30 from 7 to 11 pm
Cost: $50 not including food and drinks