Best Halloween Events in Calgary For Adults and Kids

Whether you want to be scared out of your skin or are simply looking for a wine to pair with your candy, there are Halloween-themed events to suit everyone.



Go on a guided ghost tour of Heritage Park after dark.

Photograph by Chris Malloy courtesy of Heritage Park

 

[This story has been updated to show Halloween events for 2017.]

 

Halloween events start in September and go right through the beginning of November. We have options for adults and kids, events that are in town and out, experiences that are scary and some that are sweet. 

 

St. Mary's University Ghost Tour

There have always been rumors about the ghostly stories on the St. Mary's University campus. Students and alumni will reenact some of those stories in a scripted walking tour of the campus. Follow the actors around the water tower and into the underground tunnels that once connected the Le Fort centre to the Father Lacombe Home. The evening ends with the annual lighting of the water tower and fireworks. 

Dates: September 28, 2017

Cost: Adults $11; children 12 and younger, free

Times: Registration at 6:30. Tours begin at 7p.m.

St. Mary's University, 14500 Bannister Rd. S.E., stmu.ca/ghost

 

Halloweekends at Calaway Park

This one is more for the kids, particularly the face painting and the scavenger hunt, but adults will enjoy the park's rides, games and strolling down Hallo-Street just as much as the children. Calaway Park goes all out with the decorations. Dress up on any weekend, but especially on September 16 and 17 for the Book Crew Costume Party with scary-o-kee and a family dance.

Dates: Weekends and holiday Monday until October 9, 2017

Cost: Regular admission for ages 7 to 49, $39.95; kids 3 to 6, $33

Times: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Calaway Park, 245033 Range Rd. 33, 403-240-3822, calawaypark.com

 

Pumpkin Festival

Blue Grass Garden Centre near CrossIron Mills is throwing a big pumpkin party. There will be pumpkin bowling, pumpkin carving, pumpkin coach rides (think Cinderella) and pumpkins being dropped from 100 feet (including a 500 pound pumpkin that will smash a car). The family event also has a petting zoo, maze and hayrides. All of the proceeds from the festival go to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.

Dates: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Cost: Suggested $5 donation.

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

260130B Writing Creek Cres., Rocky View County, 403-226-0468, bluegrassnursery.com

 

Calgary Zombie Walk

You know Halloween is coming when you see hundreds of people dressed as zombies parade through the streets of Calgary. The 2017 Calgary Zombie Walk event starts at Olympic Plaza at noon where there will be makeup artists and vendors. The walk starts at 3:30 p.m. and goes down Stephen Avenue to 4th Street S.W. where it connects with 17 Avenue S.W. and ends at Tomkins Park. The after party is at Chronicles Public House.

Dates: October 14

Cost: Free with donation of non-perishable food item

Times: Event starts at noon. Walk commences at 3:30 p.m.

Starts at Olympic Plaza and ends at Tomkins Park

 

Heritage Park Ghost Tours

These ghost tours will take you through the streets and alleys of Heritage Park after the sun has gone down. The tours begin at the admission gate. Grab a hot chocolate or coffee before a guide takes you on a 90 minute tour of the park. You'll be led throughout the park hearing stories of paranormal encounters staff have had as well as some eerie historical tales. There are two tours each night beginning at 7 and 7:30 p.m. Stick around the Selkirk Grille after the tour to ask the tour guide questions or to discuss the scary stories you've heard with others on the tour. 

Dates: September 13, 20 and 27 and October 4, 11 and 18

Cost: $19.95

Times: Start times 7 or 7:30 p.m.

Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8500, heritagepark.ca

 

The Halloween Howl

If indulging in candy isn’t your thing, but wearing a costume is, then sign up for this year’s Halloween Howl. Dress up and participate in a 3-kilometre, 5-kilometre or 10-kilometre run. Prizes are given out for the best costumes — and for the fastest runners, if that’s why you’re running — and the après race activities are a hoot. (Well-behaved, costumed pets are also allowed.) Best of all, this race raises money for the Alberta Diabetes Foundation. 

Dates: October 21, 2017

Cost: Prices vary

Times: 9:30 a.m.

Eau Claire Market, albertadiabetesfoundation.com

 

Hospital of Horror Virtual Reality Experience

SmartyPantz escape room partnered with vrCAVE to create a 10-minute virtual reality experience. Two people put on headsets and backpacks and go into the haunted hospital together. It's not an escape room, but you will explore creepy rooms and be frightened. 

Dates: Until Nov. 6, 2017

Cost: $20 from October 1 to 15 and $25 from October 16 to 31

Times: SmartyPantz is open Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 10 p..m. and Friday and Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

1601 14 St. S.W., 587-318-5640, smartypantz.ca

 

Calgary Ghost Tours

Walking through Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods and hearing real ghost stories from the experts is possibly one of the scariest ways to spend an evening this Halloween season. Calgary Ghost Tours will walk you through Inglewood, Downtown or Kensington on Friday and Saturday evenings. This year, October 31 is set aside for a tour of Kensington starting at Kensington Pub

Check calgaryghosttours.com as more tours might be added. 

Dates: Various dates in October, 2017

Cost: Tickets from $10

Times: Times vary

Various locations, calgaryghosttours.com

 

Aspen Crossing's Train of Terror

This is anything but a relaxing train journey. Step onto the Train of Terror this Halloween and you'll experience everything from haunted railway cars to eerie entertainment to other spine-tingling sensations. You can expect low visibility, strobe and fog effects, tight spaces, graphic scenes and close encounters with props and actors. Other than that, you can expect anything to happen. The trip is about 90 minutes and recommended for adults only. After the ride, there's a Halloween party with food and drinks for purchase. 

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29, Monday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 31

Cost: Adults $66; VIP $80

Times: Train departs at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.

Aspen Crossing, 1 km west of Mossleigh, AB on Hwy. 24, 403-534-2129, trainofterror.com

 

Grim Manor

The retail space that used to house Sears in Marlborough Mall has been transformed into a must-visit Halloween destination. The 6,000-square-foot space is now filled with two spooky attractions: an all-ages animated 3D haunted house called Grim's Haunted Adventures: 3D and a scarier haunted house for older kids and adults called Grim Manor. Comedic Daredevil Ryan Stock and Amberlynn will also be performing.

Dates: Until Oct, 31 2017

Cost: $22

Times: Sunday to Thursday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight

Marlborough Mall, #1600, 3800 Memorial Dr. N.E., grimmanor.ca

 

ScreamFest

This is probably Calgary’s scariest and most diverse Halloween event. Walk through multiple haunted houses — Clown Town, Bates Motel and What Lurks In the Dark are all worth visiting. Go on the Neighbours From Hell simulator ride and try your luck at Halloween themed carnival games like the Wheel of Misfortune and Feed the Demon. The activities don't stop there. Try out the “zombie zorbz” and see the Jurassic Truck monster trucks. 

Thursday, October 26 is Adults Only Night at ScreamFest. No one under 18 years old will be permitted on that one day. 

Dates: Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 31, 2017

Cost: General admission, $30 ($25 in advance); Killer Cash Combo, $40 ($35 in advance); Speedpass, $50 ($45 in advance)

Times: 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The Grandstand Building at Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way S.E., screamfest.ca

 

Shocktober

Add some science to your Halloween at Telus Spark. For the second half of October, the science centre will be mixing potions and pouring it down a giant sculpture, sliming visitors (you'll be standing under an umbrella) and destroying pumpkins. While you are there, have some worms in dirt at the Social Eatery. If you had to choose one weekend to go, make it October 28 adn 29 for Monster Mash-up that also includes a costume repair shop and other Halloween celebrations. 

Dates: October 14 to 31

Cost: Adults, $19.95; youth ages 13 to 17, $15.95; children ages 3 to 12, $12.95

Times: Sunday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Telus Spark, 220 St. George's Dr. N.E., sparkscience.ca

 

The Ghosts of Fish Creek Park

Wayne Meikle worked with Alberta Park for 35 years and leads this ghost tour through Fish Creek Provincial Park. Meikle takes the group through the historic Bow Valley Ranch area of the park and shares stories of the ghosts who haunt the area. It’s going to be dark, so there might even be a few ghost sightings. Bring along a travel mug so you can enjoy the hot chocolate that’s served. Space is limited so advance registration is required. 

Dates: October 24, 2017

Cost: $7

Times: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Bow Valley Ranch, 15975 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E., eventbrite.ca

 

Murder Mystery Dinner at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

Show up in costume for this murder mystery dinner (but leave the full face mask at home). As soon as you arrive, you'll be handed a welcome drink and escorted to your table. Be prepared to meet your neighbours — tables are banquet style with 10 to 12 guests at them. From there, you'll get a three course meal that includes severed head Jack-o-lantern (stuffed peppers), werewolf beef tenderloin (really tasty beef tenderloin) and vampires cheese cake (with strawberries). Throughout the evening a murder will unfold and by the end of the night the crime will be solved.

Dates: October 26, 2017

Cost: $95

Times: Cocktails at 6 p.m.; dinner and show at 7 p.m.

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant , 15979 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E.​, bvrrestaurant.com

 

Hollywood Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner 

Joan Rivers will greet you on the red carpet. Once you are inside The Still, mix and mingle with other "celebrities" and pay attention as various events take place that lead to a murder. You'll get a solution kit to eventually help solve that murder. And, by the end of the evening you will have also enjoyed a four-course meal. This is a fundraiser for carya's youth programs.

Dates: October 26, 2017

Cost: $70

Time: 6:30 p.m.

The Still, 270 14 Ave. S.E., eventbrite.ca

 

Trick or Treat Wines

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer is offering this pairing class at its Shawnessy (Oct. 26) and Beddington (Oct. 27) tasting centers. Wines are paired with Halloween junk food just in time for you to decide which bottle to invest in for October 31. 

Dates: October 26 or 27, 2017

Cost: $25

Times: 7 p.m.

Beddington, 8220 Centre St. N.E., 403-299-7764; Shawnessy, 80, 250 Shawville Blvd. S.E., 403-294-1966, coopwinspiritsbeer.com

 

Ghouls' Night Out

Heritage Park decorates its streets for Halloween and this bash that is especially fun for families with kids aged three to nine. There is storytelling, crafts, "ginger-dead-man" decorating, Witches Flying School and a family dance. The Opera House gets done up like a Mexican Village for day of the Dead. 

Buy your tickets in advance for this party. 

Dates: Thursday, October 26 to Sunday, October 29

Cost: Adults, $10.95; children 3 to 12, $6.95; children 2 and younger, free 

Times: October 26 and 27, 6 to 9 p.m.; October 28, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; October 29, 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8500, heritagepark.ca

 

Terror Challenge Showcase

Local amateur and independent filmmakers had 48 hours to write, film and produce a short horror movie. This event on October 27 is a chance to see all the final films under one roof. After watching them all, vote for your favourite. This is an adults-only event. 

Dates: October 27, 2017

Cost: Tickets from $10

Times: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Globe Cinema, 617 8 Ave. S.W., terrorchallenge.ca 

 

Halloween Candy Pairings

This event has become a Halloween tradition at Willow Park Wines and Spirits. After all, just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean this time of year shouldn’t involve copious amount of candy. Spend the evening pairing wine, beer and cocktails with your favourite Halloween treats. Turns out, the flavour of caramels and candy corn can really be enhanced when you have the right drink. 

Dates: October 27, 2017

Cost: $35

Times: 7 p.m.

Willow Park Wines and Spirits, 10801 Bonaventure Dr. S.E., 403-29601640, willowpark.net

 

G.H.O.S.T. (Great Halloween Organ SpookTacular)

The Calgary Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists is getting into the Halloween spirit with its Great Halloween Organ SpookTacular (G.H.O.S.T.) event, which features a variety show with comedy, pipe organ music and gothic rock and roll for the whole family. Guests are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume to the event. Afterwards, organist Carlos Foggin will be playing Knox United Church's 1912 pipe organ live during a screening of the 1922 silent movie Nosferatu

Dates: Oct. 27, 2017

Cost: Free admission to G.H.O.S.T.; Nosferatu screening $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors

Times: G.H.O.S.T. runs from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Nosferatu screening starts at 9 p.m.

Knox United Church, 506 4 St. S.W., rccocalgary.org

 

Haunted Calgary

This haunted house in Rocky Ridge is the biggest in the city and it has been scaring Calgarians every Halloween since 1987. The 2017 theme is Hollywood Horrors. Walk through the Rocky Ridge home and try not to jump when the actors suddenly appear from around corners. The haunted house is set up entirely by volunteers and proceeds support the Oops-a-Dazy Rescue and Sanctuary Society and Calgary Food Bank

Dates: October 27, 28 and 31, 2017

Cost: By donation. Suggested donation $10 per person and a canned food item.

Times: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (low-scare runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

222 Rocky Ridge Bay N.W., hauntedcalgary.com

 

Halloween Howler

Celebrate Halloween with a night of concerts during the Halloween Howler. Participating bands include The Headstones, Big Wreck, One Bad Son and The Vidos. Be sure to wear your favourite Halloween costume to the event — there will be prizes awarded throughout the night and whoever is wearing the best costume will get a trip to the Coachella Music Festival.

Dates: October 28, 2017

Cost: Starting at $59

Times: 8 p.m.

Grey Eagle Event Centre, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr., 403-385-3777, greyeagleresortandcasino.ca

 

The Dash of Doom

This race presented by the Calgary Marathon Society is the city's only Halloween race that happens at dusk. And it's both family-friendly and pet-friendly. Following the 1 kilometre, 5 kilometre or 10 kilometre run, there's a festival area with Halloween games and a photo booth. There are also prizes for the best costumes — and the best pet costume — so come in costume. This run supports the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, a charity that raises funds to improve the lives of abandoned or abused animals. 

Dates: October 28, 2017

Cost: Entry from $15 to $35

Times: 4:45 p.m.

Eau Claire Plaza, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., runcalgary.com

 

Halloween Horror Movie Marathon

Calgary Underground Film Festival is one of the best at curated horror movies. This Halloween, it is pulling an all-nighter with movies from its favourite franchise. The marathon starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 7 a.m. There's a costume contest at midnight and breakfast in the morning. Movies in the line-up include Fright Night, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Final Destination 5, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI and Culture of Chucky. This is an adults-only event with the bar open until 2 a.m. (that's about four movies in).

Dates: October 28, 2017

Cost: $20 or $18 for CUFF members

Time: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Globe Cinema, 617 8 Ave. S.W., calgaryundergroundfilm.org

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show - A Staged Rock and Roll Reading

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a Halloween classic, but most people probably haven't experienced it quite like this. A fundraiser for the Alberta Playwrights' Network and Evergreen Theatre, this event features a staged reading of the 1975 film by local actors and personalities, which will be accompanied by live music. The audience is encouraged to dress up and participate. There will also be a raffle, a photobooth, refreshments and more. 

Dates: Oct. 28, 2017

Cost: General admission $40

Time: 7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show starts

Evergreen Community Spaces, #2, 1709 8 Ave. N.E., eventbrite.ca

 

Sub Rosa's Secret Garden Halloween Event

Sub Rosa, the underground bar located below downtown's Hudson's Bay building, will once again be transformed into a secret garden for Halloween. Take in the eye-catching decor while drinking Halloween-themed cocktails and champagne from Perrier-Jouët. Contact info@subrosayyc.com or 403-770-2315 to be put on the guest list for this event. 

Dates: Oct. 28, 2017

Cost: Free admission

Time: 9 p.m.

Sub Rosa, 200 8 Ave. S.W., subrosayyc.com

 

Halloween Party at Westbrook Mall

Families visiting Westbrook Mall on October 28 or 29 should stop by Centre Court for some Halloween fun. For a $2 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, children can get their face painted or get creative by decorating a pumpkin at this Halloween party.

Dates: Oct. 28 and 29, 2017

Cost: $2 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Time: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Westbrook Mall, 1200 37 St. S.W., westbrookmall.com

 

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Show off your pumpkin carving skills at National Westhills' third annual pumpkin carving contest. If you visit between October 29 to 31, you can pay $15 for a pumpkin and carving tools and do your carving right there in the restaurant. Guests can stop by to do this anytime over the three days. To be considered for the contest, simply post a photo of your pumpkin carving on Instagram that features the #ntnlpumpkins hashtag.

Dates: October 29 to October 31, 2017

Cost: $15 for a pumpkin and tools

Times: Anytime

National Westhills, 180 Stewart Green S.W., 403-685-6801, ntnl.ca

 

Town Hall Howler

Each Halloween, Fort Calgary hosts a murder mystery dinner theatre event. This year, it is holding a Town Hall meeting to talk about ghost sitings and unexplained phenomenon. The evening also includes a seance to asks some of the otherworldy a few questions. You can dress in costume for this event or show up in business casual and you'll fit right in. You'll enjoy the buffet spread and try to solve the murder before it all wraps up at 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from eventbrite.ca.

Dates: October 31, 2017

Cost: $85

Times: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave. S.E., fortcalgary.com  

 

Ghosts and Gourmet

This annual Halloween event at Heritage Park mixes good food with a few ghost stories and a ghost tour. There's a three course meal and on the menu this year is wild mushroom velouté, a choice of three entrees (beef short rib, chicken or risotto) and a dessert duo of chocolate bombe and pumpkin pie. Between each course you'll be entertained with ghost stories.

After dinner, there's a ghost tour around Heritage Park. You'll definitely feel spooked — you'll step inside a few of the heritage homes, including the known-to-be haunted Prince House, when it's dark and hear spooky stories. Not a lot of Calgarians have toured the Heritage Park grounds after the sun has gone down. The tour is led by a guide and stories are based on personal experiences and true encounters staff have had. 

Dates: October 31, November 1 and November 2, 2017

Cost: $67.95

Times: 6 p.m.

Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8500, heritagepark.ca

 

Out of Town

 

Haunted House Hamlet

Experience William Shakespeare's famous play Hamlet in a whole new way this month. For one weekend only, Theatre Canmore and the Artists' Collective Theatre will be staging Haunted House Hamlet, an adaptation that follows the story of a young boy named Jimmy after he meets Hamlet in a haunted house. Don't expect the usual theatre experience though — not only can you choose to follow the story of a specific character, but different parts of the play will be performed in different areas of the theatre as well.

Dates: Oct. 20 to 22, 2017

Cost: $15

Times: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Canmore Collegiate High School, 1800 8 Ave., Canmore, theatrecanmore.com

 

Canmore Cave Tours - The Descent

Take your scary movie experience to the next level with Canmore Cave Tours' special Halloween experience. The night starts off at the Canmore Cave Tours office with a partial screening of the 2005 horror film The Descent. Participants will then drive to the parking lot of Canmore's Rat's Nest Cave, hike to the cave entrance and go underground to watch the rest of the film. This event is for adults only.

Dates: Oct. 27 to 28, 2017

Cost: $129

Times: Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m.

Canmore Cave Tours, Canmore, canmorecavetours.com

 

The Great Dash: Halloween Edition

If you see groups of costumed people running around Okotoks and High River taking part in a series of challenges, don't panic. They are part of The Great Dash. Think of it as kind of like The Amazing Race, but with a focus on the art and cuisine of the Foothills.

Sign up in teams of 2 or 4 and make sure you have a car and cellphone. The race starts at The River Ran Through it Cafe in High River and ends at Riley's Cattle Barn in Okotoks.

Dates: October 28

Cost: $35 to $45

Times: 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Various locations in High River and Okotoks, eventbrite.ca

 

Halloween Howler

Drive up to Airdrie for a costume party and dance this Halloween. There's music, there's dancing and there are prizes for the best costumes. This Halloween event is hosted by Steady the Wheel, a classic and contemporary rock cover band, Creative Airdrie Society, which is a hub for the arts community and Sharp Hill, which specialises in real estate in Rural Rocky View County.

Dates: October 28, 2017

Cost: $25

Times: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Town and Country Centre, 275 Jensen Dr. N.E., Airdrie, steadythewheel.com

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania, the Time Warp and the ghoulish butler Riff Raff. You'll catch it all in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a real Halloween classic. This event is adults-only and admission includes a props package for the classic Rocky Horror interactivity. 

Dates: October 28, 2017

Cost: $20

Times: 8:30 p.m.

Rotary Performing Arts Centre, 3 Elma St. E., Okotoks, 403-938-3204, eventbrite.ca

 

The Wizarding World of Okotoks

This month, experience the magical world of Harry Potter in Okotoks, just 30 minutes from Calgary. On October 28, the downtown area of Okotoks will be transformed into the Wizarding World of Okotoks. During the one-day event, a local street will be turned into Diagon Alley, there will be a craft fair called Hogsmeade and even a quidditch tournament at Ethel Tucker Park.

Dates: October 28, 2017

Cost: Prices vary

Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Okotoks Art Gallery, North Railway Street, Okotoks, okotoks.ca

 

Canmore Ghost Walks: The Untold Stories

Get your fill of spooky stories on one of these Canmore Ghost Walks. Interpretive guides will walk you through the town while telling stories about paranormal activity, haunted buildings and ghosts. Before you go on the walk, be sure to stop in at Good Earth Coffeehouse — Ghost Walk ticketholders get 15 percent off food and drinks.

Dates: Oct. 28 to 31, 2017

Cost: $13

Times: October 28 to 30 at 7 p.m.; October 31 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Good Earth Coffeehouse, 718 8 St., Canmore, theatrecanmore.com

 

 


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