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.
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
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
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.
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: 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)
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.
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
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: 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: 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
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
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: 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.
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: 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