12 things to do in Calgary this Halloween: October 30 to November 1

Oct 29 2020, 9:54 pm

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s officially time to live your best October life.

Whether its scaring yourself silly at a haunted house, picking out the perfect pumpkin, or simply exploring some of the city’s newest, coolest spots, we’ve got some suggestions to jumpstart your weekend plans.

Go on a starlit night hike in Calgary this Halloween

Anyone hoping for a quieter, more peaceful Halloween this year may be in luck.

The Weaselhead-Glenmore Park Preservation Society is hosting a full moon evening and night hike this October 31, escorting participants along a four to five kilometre walk through Weaselhead Park under the light of the full moon.

When: Saturday, October 31
Where: Meet at Weaselhead’s north entrance — parking lot at 37th Street and 66th venue
Time: 1 to 3 pm, 5 to 7 pm, and 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Tickets: Available online, $5

Telus Spark is hosting a pumpkin catapult event this Halloween

Telus Spark Pumpkin catapult

Courtesy of Telus Spark

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… pumpkin?

Telus Spark is sending October’s favourite gourd sky high this Halloween for their Great Pumpkin Smash Event, which will feature everything from a reptile meet and greet to a pumpkin catapult.

When: Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31
Time: 10 am to 9 pm on Friday, 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday
Where: Telus Spark — 220 Saint George’s Drive NE
Tickets: Available online, $26 for adults, senior, student, and child discounts available

Take part in a costumed 5 km race/walk

If you see a bunch of costumed Calgarians running down the street this Halloween, don’t worry; it’s all part of the fun.

The 2020 Dash of Doom is scheduled to take place Saturday, October 31, offering the chance to dress in your best Halloween costume and take on a 5 km race.

When: Saturday, October 31
Time: Starts at 11:30 am
Where: North Glenmore Park
Registration: Online, starting at $35

Check out this 12-hour-long horror movie marathon 

Even if you find yourself falling asleep… it’ll be nothing but nightmares.

The Calgary Underground Film Festival is hosting a 12-hour-long horror movie marathon this Halloween of seven different titles. The event will come to a close at 7 am on Sunday, November 1.

When: Saturday, October 31 to Sunday, November 1, 2020
Time: Doors at 6 pm, show from 7 pm to 7 am
Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: $20, online or at the door

Road trip to an abandoned ghost town in Alberta

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Abandoned church in Alberta (Shutterstock)

They may not officially be haunted, but the eerie silence of Alberta’s ghost towns is still enough to make the skin crawl.

Alberta has dozens of ghost towns stretching throughout the province, most the result of a booming coal industry abandoned when operations failed, resources were depleted, or the world simply moved on to other forms of energy.

Check out our list of spooky places to visit this October.

Grab a drink at Calgary’s newest bar

Chemical Steve's


Calgary’s 17th Avenue just got a new come-as-you-are beer joint: Chemical Steve’s.

The casual new spot offers Calgarians local beer, spirits, wine, snacks, music, and good times.

Chemical Steve’s quietly opening over the weekend at 718 17th Avenue SW, which is the former location of Market.

The new eatery has $6 snacks like wings, poutine, and tots (aka all our favourite things) alongside some awesome brews up for order.

Address: 718 17th Avenue SW, Calgary

Take stunning photos at this 2D cafe

94 Take the Cake


94 Take the Cake might just be the cutest thing outside of Calgary we’ve ever seen.

The 94 Elma Street W cafe is located in Okotoks, just a short 30-ish-minute drive from YYC, and it’s definitely worth the drive if you ask us.

In addition to sweet treats and caffeinated beverages, 94 offers patrons the ultimate photo-op, as it’s decked out in an awesome 2D colouring-book style design done by local artists.

Address: 94 Elma Street W, Okotoks


Get your flu shot

It’s officially flu season.

Alberta Health Services has announced that the annual flu shot is now available throughout the province, with Albertans being encouraged to get immunized to protect both themselves and their at-risk neighbours.

According to the Alberta Health Services website, influenza immunization will be offered through AHS to children under five and their family or household members, though the vaccine will need to be booked through an online tool that will become available as of October 13.

All other Albertans should contact their pharmacist or physician to arrange for their own free vaccinations.

Field of Screams 2020

Cobb’s Corn Maze is bringing Field of Screams to Calgary starting this Friday.

For October 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31, Cobb’s Corn Maze will feature six different haunted houses and a long list of spooky activities.

When: Weekends from October 5 to 31
Time: 6 to 10 pm, tickets will be fore specific time slots
Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze — 1500 84th Street NE
Tickets: Available online, $26

Check Out High Park

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High Park parkade/Beltline Neighbourhood Association

Talk about a picnic with a view.

Calgary’s newest park may not have the grass, trees, or ponds you’d come to expect from an outdoor public space, but what it lacks in nature it makes up for in colour, views, and originality.

High Park opened to the public this week, offering a space for Calgarians to check out (while safely physically distancing) at the tip top of a six-storey parking garage.

Train of Terror 2020

Alberta’s Aspen Crossing Railway company is taking fear to a new level this Halloween with its annual Train of Terror.

The “scariest train haunt in Canada” is an interactive, hour-and-a-half-long experience, featuring haunted railway cars and disturbing entertainment.

A beautiful fall train tour turns nasty as victims participants will make their way through two haunts: one on the train, and one at the station prior to boarding.

Where: Aspen Crossing — Highway #24, Mossleigh, Alberta
When: Fridays and Saturdays, as well as select Thursdays and Sundays later in the month. The full schedule can be found here
Time: 6:30 and 8 pm each night
Tickets: Available online, $76.60

Hit up a pumpkin patch

Courtesy of Dixie Orchards

There are plenty of great pumpkin patches in or around Calgary where you’ll be able to find that perfect pre-Jack-o’-lantern! The Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm is open this weekend, and admission is just $18.

When: Open Thursdays through Sundays
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm — 284022 Township Road 224
Tickets: Free for kids two and under, $18 for adults, youth and senior discounts available online

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