11 haunted houses and ghost tours in Calgary to get you into the Halloween spirit
DH Calgary StaffOct 25, 2016 9:45 am649
There is no better way to truly celebrate Halloween than getting scared. Whether you prefer the tamer thrills of a spooky ghost tour or the scream-worthy sights inside a haunted house, Calgary’s abundance of terrifying events won’t leave you disappointed.
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: 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: ScreamFest is Canada’s biggest Halloween festival, and runs this year 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: Airdrie’s fifth annual haunted house features realistic special effects, hidden mazes, a mind freak room, animatronic props and actors competing for the most number of “unicorns” – the house’s safe word that guests can yell to be escorted out of the house if they’re too scared.
Where: 805 Main Street Airdrie
When: October 20-23 and 26-30 from 7 to 10 pm, times vary
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: 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: Sunday, October 30 from 7 to 11 pm
Cost: $50 not including food and drinks
If you were excited to check out Grim Manor again this year, you’ll have to wait until 2017 as they’re announced a hiatus for 2016.