20 things to do in Calgary this week: October 25 to 31

Oct 25 2021, 4:44 pm

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Halloween week has arrived, and there are plenty of spooky things to do in Calgary right now.

Get your car cleaned at a scare-wash, visit a haunted underground parkade, check out the Field of Screams, play a round of Squid Game laser tag, and much more.

If you prefer to steer clear of the scary vibes, there are lots of other things to do in Calgary this week too. Check out a digital immersion gallery, enjoy some dinner theatre, visit the National Music Centre for free, or hit up an Instagrammable cocktail lounge.

Here are 20 of the best things to do in and around Calgary this week.

Pumpkin carving and craft beer at Free House

What: Everyone from amateur to expert carvers can head to Free House beer hall this week to put their pumpkin carving skills to the test. The $25 ticket includes one pumpkin, carving tools, and one draft beer or non-alcoholic drink. Carvers will also be able to enjoy Hocus Pocus and other Halloween movies in the bar, as well as try some delicious pumpkin beer on special.

When: October 28 and 30
Time: 7:30 pm on October 28 and 3 pm on October 30
Where: Free House (1153 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary)
Cost: $25 per person

Candlelight Concerts: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions

What:¬†Candlelight Concerts take place in over 85 cities worldwide at more than 1,000 iconic venues, including right here in Calgary. The production company’s Halloween event includes classics like “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “This Is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas composer Danny Elfman, “Hedwig’s Theme” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by John Williams, “Stranger Things (Theme)” by SURVIVE, and much more.

When: October 26
Time: 7 pm and 9 pm
Where: Lantern Community Church (1401 10th Avenue SE, Calgary)
Price: $50

Tunnel of Terror

What: Returning for its third year in a row, the Tunnel of Terror is a drive-through-style haunted house created in a partnership between Great White Car Wash and Bluebird Self Storage. They’ve come up with two tunnels that are sure to raise some hairs over the Halloween weekend, and even though you’ll be safe from COVID-19 in the confines of your vehicle, you may not be quite as protected from the sense of dread you’ll feel inching your way through the chill-inducing tunnels.

When: October 29 to 31
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Great White Car & Truck Wash (5421 Dufferin Boulevard SE, Calgary)
Cost: Starting at $23.34

Oval After Dark

What:¬†Try some spooky skating on Canada’s fastest ice this Hallo-week. Lights will be turned down low at the Olympic Oval for this 16+ skate, and, according to the event’s web listing, “there will be tricks, there will be treats ‚ÄĒ and Zombie brains for you to eat.”

When: October 27
Time: 9:30 to 11 pm
Where: The Olympic Oval (288 Collegiate Boulevard NW, Calgary)
Cost: $7 admission for public ice skating

Horror classics at the High River Sunset Drive-In

What:¬†Now is your chance to experience peak spooky vibes at High River’s Sunset Drive-In, located approximately 40 minutes south of Calgary. The drive-in has a fantastic lineup of horror content during the final days of October to close out its season.

Catch a free four-night binge-watch of the classic science fiction/horror television show The Twilight Zone from October 25 to 28, or view a trio of films on October 30, starting with The Adams Family at 6:30 pm, followed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Manos: The Hands of Fate.

When: October 25 to 30
Time: Varies by show; check event listing for schedule
Where: High River Sunset Drive-In (64137 Highway 543 East, High River)
Cost: Varies by show; free to $40 per vehicle

Orange Crush at TELUS Spark Science Centre

What: Celebrate Halloween at the science centre with a pumpkin smash, a live creepy crawlers inset program, bone-chilling ice cream treats, pumpkin bowling, ooey gooey experiments, and more.

When: October 30 and 31
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where:¬†TELUS Spark Science Centre (220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary)
Cost: Regular admission; $26 for adults and $19 for children (save 20% on admission when you show up in costume!)

Beyond Van Gogh Calgary

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What:¬†Beyond Van Gogh just reopened its immersive exhibit in Calgary after a brief hiatus. Get up close and personal with Van Gogh’s work through larger-than-life projections of his paintings. To round out this experience of the senses, the exhibit is accompanied by Van Gogh’s own words, set to a symphonic score.

When: October 23 to November 28
Time: Timed tickets available from 10 am to 9 pm daily, with yoga classes at 8:30 am every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Where: The BMO Centre on Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way SE)
Tickets: $33.99 for adults, available now

Watch a FREE outdoor play that’s perfect for all ages

What: Re-discover the magic of theatre with Quest Theatre’s outdoor public performances of Hello Friend. The 15-minute play uses theatrical masks, physical storytelling, and music to explore themes of resiliency, imagination, adaptability, and friendship. Perfect for audiences of all ages, Hello Friend will be popping up on October 22 and 29 at cSPACE King Edward’s Art Park.

When: October 29
Time: 3, 3:30, and 4 pm
Where: Art Park at cSPACE King Edward (#125 – 1721 29th Avenue SW, Calgary)
Cost: Free (donations accepted at questtheatre.org)

Snap a photo with an Instagrammable Halloween backdrop

What:¬†Southcentre Mall is celebrating Halloween this month with an opportunity for Calgarians to capture some fun and spooky pictures with five Instagrammable backdrops. Follow the trail of monster paws along the floor throughout the mall or find your way from one to the next — and there’s even a bonus pet-friendly display outside of PetSmart to snap a pic with your four-legged friend!

When: October 8 to 31
Time: Mall hours (10 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays)
Where: Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary)
Cost: Free

Haunted Calgary Presents: Museum of the Macabre

What:¬†Underground parkades are a little eerie at the best of times, but Haunted Calgary is taking the spooky factor up a notch this October. The production company has set up a walk-through Halloween attraction in the underground parkade at New Horizon Mall, featuring “monsters, ghouls, and oddities” and “macabre beasts” to help scare you silly this month.

When: October 29 and 30
Time: Multiple time slots available; varies by date
Where: New Horizon Mall (260300 Writing Creek Crescent, Balzac)
Cost: Tickets available starting at $10

Field of Screams at Cobb’s Adventure Park

Cobb’s Adventure Park¬†is turning into a thrilling terror show this October at its Field of Screams. There will be goosebump-inducing haunted houses, blacklight mini golf, archery tag, a bonfire, giant puzzles, food trucks, a candy store, and more.

In true Cobb’s fashion, there will also be a kangaroo petting zoo from 6 to 7 pm to get some animal love in before you scare yourself silly.

When: October 29 and 30
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where:¬†Cobb’s Adventure Park (1500 84th Street NE, Calgary)
Tickets: $26

Classified’s Squid Game laser tag


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What: Fans of¬†Squid Game can play a (less gruesome) version of the popular Netflix series in Calgary this Halloween. For the month of October, all weekend sessions ‚ÄĒ that’s Friday through Sunday ‚ÄĒ at tactical laser tag venue Classified have transformed into a game mode inspired by the show. Operatives will be participating in a classic game of Red Light, Green Light, as the final mission in their laser tag session.

When: Friday to Sunday sessions until October 31
Time: 5 to 9:30 pm on Fridays, 12:30 to 9:30 pm on Saturdays, and 12:30 to 8 pm on Sundays
Where: Classified (Bay 3, 1305 33rd Street NE, Calgary)
Cost: $33 for a 90-minute public session; call or book online to reserve a spot

Stage West Theatre Restaurant’s Feelin’ Groovy

What:¬†Feelin’ Groovy ‚Äď The Best of Folk Rock features tributes to some of the most influential singer/songwriters, including Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and many more. Plus, enjoy some amazing eats from Stage West’s huge buffet along with your entertainment.

When: August 27 to November 14
Time: Varies by date
Where: Stage West Theatre Restaurant (727 42nd Avenue SE, Calgary)
Cost: $86.10 for regularly priced tickets, with special rates available on select dates

Harvest Lights at the Calgary Farmyard


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What: Celebrate fall at the corn maze! Calgary Farmyard has all of its activities open for Harvest Lights, and the entire farm will be lit up in a fantastic display, with the exception of the corn maze. The maze will be kept dark as an added challenge for guests to find their way through using flashlights. You can also snap photos with pumpkins or purchase some to bring home.

When: Fridays and Saturdays from September 17 to October 31
Time: 5:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Calgary Farmyard (284022 Township Road 224)
Cost: $19.95 if purchased online in advance, $22.95 at the gate

Pumpkins After Dark

What:¬†Pumpkins After Dark features over 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins in a walk-through nighttime experience that’s fun for all ages. Pumpkin sculptures and displays include everything from classic Halloween characters to dragons and dinosaurs to movie and pop culture icons, and there’ll also be food trucks, hot chocolate and coffee, pumpkin carving demonstrations, Monster Mini Golf, and pumpkins and merchandise up for sale to bring a part of the Halloween magic home with you.

When: Thursday through Sunday from September 23 to October 31
Time: 6 to 10:45 pm
Where:¬†Husky Gardens at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park (88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary)
Tickets: Available online now for $19.95 for adults and $17.95 for children, with kids three and under free (must be purchased in advance, no on-site ticket sales)


What: Screamfest is known for its terrifying haunted houses, zombies, creepy clowns, and “murderers,” along with other chills and thrills. As the event’s website promises, “you will scream.” Ticketholders will enjoy six different haunted houses, with everything from the Grim Reaper to zombies and clowns ready to scare guests silly. There are also carnival games and axe throwing on the Midway of Mayhem, a coffin ride, food trucks, a beer lounge, and more.

When: October 28, 29, and 31
Time: 7 pm to midnight
Where: Stampede Park Grandstand, 3rd Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $25; available now

Kensington weekend pop-ups

What: Free pop-up art and music activations will run each weekend in Kensington Village until November, bringing Calgarians a chance to enjoy live music, performers, and much more throughout the neighbourhood.

When: Every Saturday from June through November
Time: 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Where: Kensington Village
Cost: Free

Attend a free yoga class

What:¬†Relax and get some fresh air with a free class through Calgary Outdoor Yoga. There are two sessions offered each Sunday at locations in Mahogany and Stanley Park. It’s important to note that pre-registration is required, and attendee numbers are limited.

When: Every Sunday through until October 31
Time: 10 am and 1 pm
Where: Participants will receive an email the night before with the exact secret location of each class.
Cost: Free

Check out The Dark Arts pop-up at The GRAND Theatre

What: An interim exhibit inside The GRAND Theatre mashes up refined cocktails, a shareable menu, and works by some of YYC’s most accomplished artists. The Dark Arts is an Instagrammable lounge, providing the perfect backdrop for a seated atmosphere that offers much to explore.

When: Wednesday to Saturday until the end of December
Time: 5 pm to late
Where: The GRAND Theatre (601 1st Street SW, Calgary)
Cost: No entry fee; prices vary by food and drink item

Get into Studio Bell for free


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What: Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, celebrates its five-year anniversary with free admission every weekend through the rest of the year. Check out new and updated exhibits, catch instrument show-and-tells, and delve into the history of iconic Canadian musicians. Reserve your tickets online now.

When: Weekends until the end of 2021
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Studio Bell (850 4th Street SE, Calgary)
Cost: Free

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