8 Halloween Events for Adults in Calgary
Too old for trick-or-treating? Don't shrug off this season's holiday. Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore and there are lots of adult-oriented events in the city. Here are eight Halloween events that we think are worth checking out this year.
Get into the Halloween swing of things with the annual Calgary Zombie Walk. Dress up in your most convincing zombie attire and stumble down Stephen Avenue as part of a zombie herd. Not sure how to dress or move like a zombie? Gather inspiration from The Walking Dead — the season premiere shows the day after this gruesome event.
(Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave. S.E., facebook.com)
This is a Halloween event for the classy. Celebrate Halloween at Hotel Arts with music by DJ Thunder, food and, of course, costume at Fright Fest. More than $2000 in prizes will be given away as well as a prize for best costume. This event supports the arts in Calgary; proceeds go to the Calgary Opera, Old Trouts puppet workshop, Green Fools Theatre and Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild. Tickets are $100 from TicketWeb.
(Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave. S.W., frightfestyyc.com)
Fans of Halloween, zombies and Michael Jackson will all come together for this year’s Thrill the World event. This year, Calgarians are attempting to set a world record, so dress as a zombie, learn the Thriller dance and get involved in the flash mob at the Eau Claire Market. The event is free but donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for the Food Bank.
(Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., thrillcalgary.com)
The best kind of witchcraft is witch-craft beer. For just $10, enjoy an evening of craft beer and dinner at Craft Beer Market. Prizes will be awarded to attendees with the best costume. Located in Calgary’s Beltline District, this third annual party is a Halloween event for the casual Halloween enthusiast. Tickets from EventBrite.
(Craft Beer Market, 345 10 Ave. S.W., witchcrafthalloweenparty.ca)
Spooky evenings aren’t for everyone. For those who prefer a Halloween event that isn’t too frightening, spend a night under the stars at the University of Calgary’s Rothney Astrophysical Observatory. This evening is a tribute to science fiction, complete with readings from Calgary's science fiction writers and a presentation by George Melnyk from the university's department of film studies. Munchies, trivia contests, music and, of course, star gazing, will also take place during the evening. It’s still Halloween though, so don’t forget to wear your costume. Email email@example.com for tickets.
(Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, Priddis, ucalgary.ca)
Dance the night away at Belgo. For $65, get entry to the Halloween party and enjoy music, entertainment, drinks and bites from the restaurant. Tickets from EventBrite.
(Belgo Brasserie, 501 8 Ave. S.W., eventbrite.com)
October 29 to October 31
What spookier place to celebrate Halloween than Heritage Park, a site of numerous ghost sightings? For $65, enjoy dinner in the historic Wainwright Hotel followed by a ghost tour through the dark, deserted park. Keep your eyes open for ominous sights and sounds around the Opera House and the Prince House…
(Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., heritagepark.ca)
Inglewood is known by Calgarians as being one of the city’s most haunted areas. So what better time to get to know the local poltergeists than on Halloween? There are two Calgary Ghost Tours options on October 31: take a $15 tour at 7 p.m. and hear real stories, legends and histories or go ghost hunting with Rob Seguin from West Paranormal Research at 8:30 p.m. This really is the spookiest way to spend Halloween this year.
(Corner of 11 St. and 9 Ave. S.E., calgaryghosttours.com)