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31 things to this Halloween in Calgary

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DH Calgary Staff Oct 20, 2016 12:10 am 1,726

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.

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Explore a haunted house

Haunted house / Shutterstock

Haunted house / Shutterstock

Aspen Crossing’s Train of Terror

  • 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
  • Cost: $69.99

ScreamFest

  • 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: Now to October 31

AIRScares Haunted House

  • What: For the 5th year in a row, Airdrie’s premier Haunted House Attraction is here with new tricks & frights ready for you. Enjoy as this year’s theme is “Your WORST Nightmare.”
  • Where: 805 Main Street Airdrie
  • When: October 20-23 and 26-30
  • Cost: $10 – $25

Silverado Drive Haunted House

  • 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.
  • Where: 407 Silverado Drive SW
  • When: Monday, October 31 from dusk to midnight

Haunted Calgary

  • 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.
  • Where: 222 Rocky Ridge Bay NW
  • When: October 28, 29, 31
  • Cost: By donation – recommend $10 per person

Shawnessy Haunted House – 55 Feet of Terror

  • 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.
  • Where: 78 Shawbrooke Rise SW
  • When: October 29 – 31 from 6 to 9 pm
  • Cost: Donation to the Interfaith Food Bank

Check out a pumpkin patch

Butterfield Acres

  • 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
  • Where: Butterfield Acres Petting Farm – 254077 Rocky Ridge Road NW
  • Cost: Free for kids not walking yet, $15.49 general admission

Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm

  • What: Get a free mini pumpkin for each child, ride a pony, take part in the ‘pumkin explosion’ filled with candy for the kids.
  • When: Open weekends between October 1 and 23, including Thanksgiving Monday
  • Where: Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm – 284022 Township Road 224
  • Cost: Free for kids 2 and under, $13.50 general admission

Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park

  • What: Wonder throught the thousands of pumpkins, big and small during pumpkin palooza this month.
  • When: Select days until October 30 – see website
  • Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park – 1500 84th Street NE
  • Cost: Free for kids under 3 years old, $13.50 general admission, $25 all-access day pass

Kayben Farms

  • What: The perfect farm to vist for the whole family. Pick a pumpkin, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride, crafts, activites and more!
  • When: Now until October 29. Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Kayben Farms – 316034 32nd Street E, Okotoks
  • Cost: Free for kids under 2, $13 general admission, $35 for a family

Ghost tours

haunted house

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Kensington Ghost Walk

  • What: Halloween is the perfect time to enjoy the creepy tales served up on this Calgary ghost tour. You’ll meet in front of the Kensington Pub (207 10A Street N.W.) Look for the cape and top hat.
  • Where: Starts at Kensington Pub – 207 10A Street NW
  • When: Sunday, October 30 at 7pm
  • Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children aged six to 12

Inglewood Ghost Tour

  • What: Experience another Calgary ghost tour but this time in one of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods. Meet by the benches in front of Rosso’s on the corner of 13 Street and 9 Avenue SE.
  • Where: Starts at the corner of 13 Street and 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Sunday, October 30 at 7pm
  • Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children aged six to 12

Halloween at The Fairmont Banff Springs

  • What: Join the historic hotel for an exclusive heritage ghost tour of the famous Fairmont Banff Springs.
  • When: Friday, October 21 to Saturday, October 29
  • Where: Fairmont Banff Springs – 405 Spray Avenue, Banff
  • Cost: $479 CAD per night based on double occupancy

The Ghosts of Fish Creek Provincial Park

  • 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 26 and Thursday, October 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Cost: $7

Halloween treats

A Zombie Evasion undead competitor (Zombie Evasion/Facebook)

Freaky Flashlight Nights

  • 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

Pumpkin Festival 2016

  • 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

Calgary Zombie Evasion

  • 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
  • When: Saturday, October 22
  • Cost: Individual race $65

Autumn Pumpkin Festival

  • 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 ZooCorn Mazes, Pony rides, Pumpkin Patch games, crafts and more!
  • Where: 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview, Alberta
  • When: October 22 and 23
  • Cost: 13.80+gst (kids under 2 free)

Halloween Horror at Metrovino

  • 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.
  • Where: 722 11 Avenue SW
  • When: October 27 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $75
Image: Steven Visneau

Image: Steven Visneau

Dracula – Alberta Ballet

  • 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

Screamfest Adult Only Night

  • 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
  • When: October 27 from 7 pm to midnight
  • Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

A Hollywood Murder

  • 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.
  • Where: 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE
  • When: October 27 at 7 pm
  • Cost: $91

#ThrillerYYC Halloween Charity Fundraiser

  • 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.
  • Where: Barcelona Tavern, 501 8 Avenue SW
  • When: October 29 at 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $25

Dance with Dracula at Azuridge Estate Hotel this Halloween

  • 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
  • When: Saturday, October 29, from 7 pm to 2:30 am
  • Cost: On Eventbrite, $150

A Harry Potter Halloween: Godric’s Hollow in East Village

  • 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!
  • Where: East Village
  • When: Saturday, October 29 to Sunday, October 30

Halloween parties

Cemetery of Sound 2016

  • What: Party with Dash Berlin as he’ll be heading this year’s 7th annual Cemetery of Sound halloween party. Dress up, listen to beats and dance!
  • Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW
  • When: Friday, October 28 at 8 pm
  • Cost: Tickets starting at $59.50. Must be 18 or older to attend.

Retro Halloween Ski Lodge Party

  • 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.
  • Where: #360 225 8th Avenue SW
  • When: October 29 at 9 pm
Image: Kensington Village

Image: Kensington Village

Halloween in Kensington – Pub Crawl

  • 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.
  • Where: Kensignton
  • When: October 29 from 10 am to late (drink specials begin at 2 pm)

Halloween Howler

  • What: Bust Loose is hosting a Halloween pub crawl on wheels like no other. Jump on the party busses with your best dressed costume on and visit some of the hottest Halloween venues in the city.
  • Where: Ranchmans – 9615 Macleod Trail SE
  • When: October 29 at 5 pm
  • Cost: $25

Paranormal Halloween Party

  • 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.
  • Where: 1503 4th Street SW
  • When: October 30 from 7 to 11 pm
  • Cost: $50 not including food and drinks

Back to the Future Halloween Bash // Old School vs New School

  • 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.
  • Where: Marquee Beer Market & Stage – 4630 Macleod Trail S
  • When: Saturday, October 29, Doors at 8 pm
  • Cost:
    • Free before 10 pm (must download ticket)
    • $14.95 General admission valid all night
    • $24.95 VIP front of the line valid all night

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