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25 things to do in Calgary this Halloween weekend: October 28 to 30

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DH Calgary Staff Oct 28, 2016 5:40 am 809

Lots of fun things happening around town this halloween weekend including haunted houses, parties, corn mazes and more. If you’d rather not do anything ghostly, there are still plenty of things to do like catching a hockey game, a play, or a concert.

Get out and do something, with our list of things to do this weekend.

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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 a ScreamFest 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: October 14 through October 31

Dracula

  • 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
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • When: October 27 to 29

Cemetery of Sound 2016

  • What: It’s official! Dash Berlin will be heading this year’s 7th annual Cemetery of Sound halloween party on Friday, October 28 at the BMO Centre. In addition to Dash, you’ll be partying alongside DJ’s Showtek, Shiba San, Bad Royale, and Jason X. If you love EDM and haven’t been to a Cemetery of Sound halloween party yet, you definitely don’t want to miss this one
  • 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.

Calgary Flames Game

  • What: We’re not off the best start of the season, but that doesn’t mean anything for the future. Cheer on the boys in red this week and help ignite the flame.
  • Where: The Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: 
    • Friday, October 28 at 7pm vs Ottawa Senators
    • Sunday, October 30 at 7:30pm vs Washington Capitals

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

Flanders Interchange Opening

  • What: Join Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi for a free community celebration and be among the first to walk on the new Flanders Interchange at Currie. The first 100 guests receive a prize. We will have free food from various food trucks and great local entertainment. The Flanders Interchange is a joint project by federal Crown Corporation Canada Lands Company and the City of Calgary.
  • Where: On the Flanders Avenue Interchange Bridge on Crowchild Trail, Southwest Calgary
  • When: Saturday, October 29 from 11am to 4pm (Mayor speaks at 11:30am)
  • Cost: Free

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

Visit a Farmers’ Market

Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Calgary’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of a few.

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 October 1 to 29
  • Cost: Children under 3 are free, Children $12.50, Adults $13.50

Hallow’s Eve in the Village: “Godric’s Hollow”

  • 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

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

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

Train of Terror

  • What: Head to Aspen Crossing Railway for their Train of Terror event. Aboard the Train of Terror, you will experience haunted railway cars, disturbing entertainment and ultimate FEAR! If you make it through the fright cars alive, join us on the other side where you will find a Halloween party, with food and drinks for purchase!
  • Where: Aspen Crossing – Highway #24, Mossleigh, AB
  • When: Runs October 8 to October 30 – Check website for exact dates
  • Cost: $69.99

ThrillerYYC

  • What: The annual ghoul gala returns, and it’s going to keep you on your toes the entire night. Dress to impress as the best costumes will receive prizes.
  • Where: Barcelona Tavern – 501 8th Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, October 29 at 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $25

MASK 2016 – Halloween Fete

  • What: CalgarySoca’s annual Halloween Fete returns, playing the best Soca music, giving you a taste of what to expect at Carnival 2017.
  • Where: Local 522 Public Tavern & Kitchen – 522 6th Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, October 29, 10 pm
  • Cost: $10

Persian Halloween with DeeJay AL

  • What: The annual Persian Halloween party presented by the Iranian Graduate Students Association returns with DeeJay AL, the Radio Javan celebrity DJ from California.
  • Where: The Den – 2500 University Drive NW
  • When: Saturday, October 29, 8 pm
  • Cost: $35

Absolut ’80s/’90s Throwback

  • What: Throw on your favourite track suit, biker shorts, or acid-washed jeans and hit up this throwback party, complete with music videos, retro cocktail specials, and more.
  • Where: Trolley 5 Restaurant & Brewery – 728 17th Avenue SW
  • When: October 29 at 6 pm
  • Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, table reservations are encouraged

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

Fluid Movement Arts Festival 2016

  • What: Fluid Movement Arts Festival will bring grassroots and glitzy artists alike together to shine a light on the bold, beautiful spectrum of dance that permeates modern culture. The city will be alive with performances, workshops, artist talks, and creative happenings to inspire and connect people.
  • Where: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – 111 12 Avenue SE
  • When: Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 29
  • Tickets: Start at $15. Click here to purchase.

WHL Calgary Hitmen hockey game

  • What: Cheer on the Calgary Hitmen as they take one the rest of the Western Hockey League.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Saturday, October 29 at 7 pm vs Prince George Cougars

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: Kensington
  • When: October 29 from 10 am to late (drink specials begin at 2 pm)
  • Cost: $5

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

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

Calgary Civic Symphony Space: The Final Frontier

  • What: A hallows eve event you can’t miss. Dress as Star Trek or Star Wars character and join the costume parade in the pre-concert chat which begins at 1:45pm. Experience Gustav Holst’s great voyage through the astronomy of our solar system and Calgary’s first live performance of the music from the latest Star Wars epic, The Force Awakens.
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Sunday, October 30 at 2:30pm
  • Cost: $15 – $21

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