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New Horizon Mall’s PR team has proven to have a serious sense of humour.
Long dubbed a “Ghost Mall” due to the its delay in filling the 500 stores with actual vendors — they’ve since seen 109 stores begin operations, including anchor tenant The Best Shop — New Horizon’s quiet halls and empty storefronts become a prime place for the city’s photographers, curious Calgarians, and the occasional rollerblader to check out in its first few months, rather than the bustling marketplace it was expected to be.
Now, with many more stores opened, the mall is apparently willing to make light of its past moniker, stating that they’d be turning into a “Ghost Mall” this October — though in a very different sense.
A release from the mall states that they’ve made plans to open the city’s largest walk-through yard haunt in their underground parking lot, creating a cavernous, subterranean (and, importantly, heated) haunted attraction for shoppers and thrill-seekers to enjoy.
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The spooky scene is thanks in part to a partnership with Haunted Calgary, which helped to put together the attractions that will be open to public this Friday.
The haunted walk-throughs will be open on October 11 and 12, 18 and 19, 25 and 26, and 31, November 1, and November 2.
Attendees will be able to choose between entering the hallowed halls of Sanitorium, Cesspool, or Deep Sleep Hotel (general admission tickets get you into all haunted houses), with tickets starting at $25.
Those willing to spend a little more cash can get their hands on fast passes to skip the lines, or if you’re planning to check out the attraction with a group of 10 or more, you’ll be able to get tickets for just $20.
The houses are recommended for ages 12 and up, though there will also be family-friendly attractions available for the kids including a bouncy castle, displays, games, crafts, and more. Tickets to the Family Frights Thrill Zone are just $10.
The mall will also be hosting a special Glowstick night on November 1 (with glowsticks as the only source of light you can use to see by) and Hell Night on November 2 which will drop you into the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Participants will have to avoid zombies while collecting loot, with prizes available for the last person standing and for the zombie who “collects the most brains.”
Tickets to Hell Night are going for $35, though there are just 100 total tickets available — so we’d act fast!
When: Weekends throughout October
Time: From 6 pm for regular haunted houses, 7 to 10 pm for Glowstick Night, and 7 to 8:30 pm for Hell Night
Where: New Horizon Mall — 260300 Writing Creek Cres, Balzac
Tickets: Starting at $25, available online