7 Things to Do on Halloween Night in Calgary
It's not too late to make plans for Halloween night this Wednesday. There are still a few spaces available at ghost walks, haunted houses and escape rooms in Calgary.
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. This was designed to be a two-person experience so make sure to bring a partner. It's $50 for two people and there are bookings available on Halloween night through November 6.
1601 14 St. S.W., 587-318-5640, smartypantz.ca
It's the 13th and last year for what is probably Calgary’s scariest Halloween event. Walk through multiple haunted houses — Clown Town, Bates Motel and What Lurks In the Dark are all worth visiting. There are also additional cost activities (where you spend "Killer Cash" tokens) like the Neighbours From Hell simulator ride and carnival games like the Wheel of Misfortune and Feed the Demon. New for this year, The Extreme Zombie House - A World's End Experience will be available for $12 in Killer Cash tokens. This one is extra, extra scary with actors brushing up against you and literally breathing down your neck — this one is so frightening you'll need to sign a waiver before participating. Tickets are $30 to $50.
The Grandstand Building at Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way S.E., screamfest.ca
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 tours of Inglewood starting at Rosso on the corner of 13th Street and 9th Ave. S.E. The 7 p.m. tour sold out, but there are still spots in the 8 and 9 p.m. tours. The Halloween night tour is $20.
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 Halloween night train rides are adults-only. Tickets are $66.
Aspen Crossing, 1 km west of Mossleigh, AB on Hwy. 24, 403-534-2129, trainofterror.com
Grim Manor gets even bigger with a move from Marlborough Mall to WinSport. The over 7,000-square-foot space includes three spooky attractions: the titular house of horrors Grim Manor, a new Salem-themed funhouse and an all-ages animated 3D haunted house called Grim's Haunted Adventures: 3D. Live entertainment will be provided by comedic daredevil Ryan Stock and his partner Amberlynn, as well as live music by 5¢ Freakshow. Tickets are $20.
88 Olympic Rd. S.W., grimmanor.ca
This haunted house in Rocky Ridge is the biggest in the city and it has been scaring Calgarians every Halloween since 1987. The 2018 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. Admission is $12 for adults. If you are going with kids, head to Haunted Calgary between 2 and 4 p.m. for the low scare house when admission is $5 for adults and children.
222 Rocky Ridge Bay N.W., hauntedcalgary.com
Check out this theatrical pop-up escape room experience put on by Escape Capers at The Rose and Crown. Interact with actors and solve puzzles in teams of four to six players in order to solve the mystery and escape with bragging rights. There is a show at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Early shows appropriate for ages 14+ and late shows for 18+ only. Register as a team of four to six or call in directly to Escape Capers if you only have a partial team. It is $48.95 per person, which includes one beverage.
The Rose and Crown, 1503 4 St. S.W., 403-903-9162, escapecapers.ca