It’s the most spooktacular time of the year as Calgary gets ready to get its Halloween on. From parties to pumpkin patches and costume balls to haunted houses, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this year.
So to help you separate the scary good from the scary bad, here’s our guide to events things to do this Halloween in Calgary.
What: 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
What: ScreamFest is Canada’s biggest Halloween festival, and runs this year from October 14 through October 31 at The Grandstand Building at Stampede Park. Rated PG13, ScreamFest features a huge array of haunted houses, Halloween-themed carnival games, and plenty of creepy and disturbing entertainment. Although it is usually open to all ages, this year there will be aScreamFest adults-only night on October 27, complete with booze and ID checks at the door.
Where: The Grandstand Building at Stampede Park – 3rd Street SE
When: For over 25 years the house on Midglen Way has been haunted at Halloween, featuring spooky decorations, scenes and effects for those willing to get a scare. Last year, they’ve moved to Silverado Drive for the 2015 event and are back there again this year.
What: For over 25 years Haunted Calgary has been the largest yard hunt, and longest running. Step into St. Abbadon’s Reformatory School as their 2016 walk-through haunted yard attraction. If you’re a bit too scared, there is also a low scare option with no actors on October 28, 29 and 31 from 2pm-4pm.
What: This haunted house starts in the graveyard, with ghouls and grim reapers. A home in Shawnessy is haunted for Halloween and open to everyone. Boasting 55-feet of terror, the haunted house is free to enter but donations are accepted for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. Organizers say the house is moderately scary and can be toned down for kids by request. We dare you to not scream.
What: Children can head to Butterfield Acres with their parents for a fun kid-focused pumpkin hunt. Each kid will get their own pumpkin to decorate, get a wagon ride and of course visit all the animals in the farm yard.
When: Open weekends in October – Pumpkin hunts between 10 am and 4 pm
What: Find your way out of corn mazes in the dark! All weekends in October, head to Cobb’s Corn Maze for Freaky Flashlight Nights every Friday and Saturday. You can also take a ride on their creepy tractor (tell us how it goes) or brave their haunted houses.
Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze -1500 84th Street NE
When: Fridays and Saturdays until October 29
Cost: Children under 3 are free, Children $12.50, Adults $13.50
What: Halloween is just around the corner, and Strathcona Square Shopping Centre is throwing a Pumpkin Festival to celebrate. There will be a pumpkin pie contest, a pumpkin carving contest to satiate the cravings of those hungry for Halloween and more!
Where: Strathcona Square Shopping Centre – 555 Strathcona Boulevard SW
When: Saturday, October 22 to Sunday, October 23 from 11:30 am to 3 pm
What: The Calgary Zombie Evasion is a CHIP-TIMED 5km individual and team event! The trail run event takes place at North Glenmore Park and each runner will wear a flag football-style belt. You never know where the Zombies will appear.If you make it through the course with any of your flags left, you’ve finished “alive”! If the zombies take all of your flags….you’ve become infected and will finish as a part of the “undead”.
Where: North Glenmore Park – 7305 Crowchild Trail SW
What: Taking place over four weekends in October, The Autumn Pumpkin Festival does not take place on weekdays except for Thanksgiving Monday. Enjoy the Fun Farm,Petting Zoo, Corn Mazes, Pony rides, Pumpkin Patch games, crafts and more!
Where: 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview, Alberta
What: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.
What: Get into the Halloween spirit with the most beloved vampire tale of all time – Dracula. Let Alberta Ballet sweep you away into dark Transylvania, where mystery, lust, death and immortality rule the night. Featuring a company of some of the top ballet artists in North America, along with stunning sets, costumes and visual effects, Alberta Ballet’s Dracula promises to be love at first bite. Bwahahahaha!
When: October 27 to 29
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
What: 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
What: The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant presents dinner and a show. Tickets include a three-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.
What: 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.
What: Something wicked – and extravagant – this way comes! The Azuridge Estate Hotel is offering you the chance to dance with Dracula at its Haunted Halloween Gala this October. The gala, which will take place on Saturday, October 29, will feature live entertainment from the School of Alberta Ballet, plus welcome fine food and drinks.
Where: Azuridge Estate Hotel – 178057 272 Street West, Priddis
What: The East Village Neighbourhood Association is planning on hosting Hallow’s Eve in East Village by transporting you into the land of Harry Potter. The two day event on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 will feature Calgary’s First Euro Style Outdoor Market. Plenty of tricks and treats from the wizarding world will be available for purchase. Dress up in your robes and keep your wands ready!
What: 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.
What: Kensington businesses have joined together to create neighbourhood fun all-day- long on October 29. A Halloween map can be downloaded from the Kensington website that will take visitors through the ‘hood’ to over 12 participating venues. Enjoy Halloween inspired cocktails, a night-time haunted house, a black light painting class and indoor specials galore.
When: October 29 from 10 am to late (drink specials begin at 2 pm)
What: 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.
What: Party with Gummi, Rocswell, and Dj Don Juan as they play all your favourites, old school and new school combined. You can purchase $150 bottle service for the night, but tickets must be purchased separately. Email [email protected] to book tables.