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.

Photograph by Chris Malloy courtesy of Heritage Park.

Not sure what to do to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve? We have options for adults and kids, events that are in town and out, experiences that are scary and some that are sweet. Find your Halloween match below.

Halloweekends at Calaway Park

This one is more for the kids, particularly the face painting and interactive activities, but adults will enjoy the park rides, games and strolling through Hallotown just as much as the children. Calaway Park goes all out with the decorations and visitors are encouraged to wear family-friendly costumes. You can even meet your favourite characters including Harry Potter and Luna Lovegood, Snow White and the Evil Queen, Batgirl and Harley Quinn and so much more. Make sure to check their website to see who will be available on certain dates.

Dates: Weekends and holiday Monday until October 14, 2019

Cost: Regular admission for ages 3 to 49, $41.95; kids 2 and under, Free

Times: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

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 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.

Dates: Throughout the year.

Cost: $30 per person.

Times: SmartyPantz is open Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

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

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, Kensington or even Banff on Friday, Saturday and some Sunday evenings. They also have a pub tour, where your guide will lead you to two of the most haunted bars in Calgary. This year, October 31 is set aside for a tour of Inglewood starting at Rosso.

Dates: Various dates from September through the beginning of November 2019

Cost: Tickets from $20

Times: Times vary

Various locations,

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 are adults only. After the ride, there’s a Halloween party with food and drinks for purchase.

Dates: Various dates throughout October and into the beginning of November 2019.

Cost: $66.60

Times: Train departs at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. except event opening and closing dates.

Aspen Crossing, Approx. 2 km west of Mossleigh, AB on Hwy. 24, 403-534-2129,

The Great Dash/Monster Dash

If you see groups of costumed people running around Calgary 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 art and cuisine. Sign up in teams of 2 to 4 and make sure you have a car and cellphone.

Dates: October 5, 2019

Cost: $35

Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cast Iron Cookhouse, 13200 Macleod Trail S.E.,

ScreamFest Resurrected

Calgary’s scariest event is back for one long weekend only. This time, you’ll be able to walk through each of the six haunted houses plus check out all the booths and activities at the Halloween Entertainment Expo (HEX). While the haunted houses are 12-years and up, HEX is family friendly. There will even be a beer garden – perhaps to give you liquid courage to enter one of their terrifying haunted houses. This year, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and get an autograph from Freddy Krueger, Mike Myers (Halloween) and E.T. – or the actors who play them – plus meet many more celebrities from your favourite Halloween movies. Don’t forget to check out The Extreme Zombie House – A World’s End Experience. 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.

Dates: October 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2019

Cost: Buy your tickets online and save. General admission, $30; RIP admission (online only) $299; and everything in between.

Times: October 11, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; October 12 and 13, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; October 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The BMO Centre at Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way S.E.,

Haunted Calgary

Haunted Calgary has been scaring Calgarians since 1987 and this year will be no different! This year, the haunted exhibit will be held at the New Horizon Mall in Balzac and they will be featuring three brand new terrifying attractions. Check into your worst nightmare at the Deep Sleep Hotel, or run through a Cesspool of the darkest and dirtiest creepers of the sewers. Also new this year is the Sanitorium where the patients are mad but the doctors are madder. All exhibits are recommended 12-years and up.

If you’re looking for a child-friendly affair, Haunted Calgary also offers a Family-Friendly Zone full of family fun activities including crafts, a bouncy castle and more.

Dates: October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 31 and November 1 and 2.

Cost: From $25; costs vary

Times: October 11, 12, 18, 19 and November 1 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. October 25, 26 and 31 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

New Horizon Mall Underground Parkade, 260300 Writing Creek Cres., 587-333-4427,

Calgary Zombie Walk

You know Halloween is coming when you see hundreds of people dressed as zombies parade through the streets of Calgary. The 2019 Calgary Zombie Walk event starts at Tomkins Park at 8 a.m. where there will be makeup artists and vendors. The walk starts at 11:45 a.m. and will end at the BMO centre in Stampede Park.

Dates: October 12, 2019

Cost: $5

Times: 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Starts at Olympic Plaza and ends at Tomkins Park,

Pumpkin Festival

Blue Grass Garden Centre near CrossIron Mills is throwing a big pumpkin party. There will be pumpkin bowling, pumpkin carving, wagon rides and pumpkins being dropped from 100 feet. All of the proceeds from the festival go to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Dates: October 12, 2019

Cost: By donation.

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Grim Manor

Grim Manor gets even bigger with more than 10,000-square-feet of space for four spooky attractions including the titular house of horrors Grim Manor, a Salem-themed funhouse, an all-ages animated 3D haunted house and the newly added Grim Castle. Live entertainment will be provided by comedic daredevil Ryan Stock and Amberlynn, as well as live music by 5¢ Freakshow and others. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

Dates: October 18, 19, 25, 26 27, 30, 31 and November 1 and 2, 2019

Cost:  $20 general admission; $35 VIP admission available on select nights.

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

88 Olympic Rd. S.W.,

17th Avenue’s Spook-tacular Event

This family-friendly event will be featuring live music, games, face painting, a petting zoo and more. Be sure to go all out on your costume because they will be giving away a big box of Halloween treats and a $500 17th Avenue gift card to participating retailers for the best costume.

Dates: October 19, 2019

Cost: Free

Times: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tomkins Park, 17 Ave. and 8 St. S.W.,

Professor Grim & The Spectres Upstairs

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 will be two shows per night and the age requirement is 16-plus.

Dates: October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28, 2019

Cost: $48.95 per person, includes one beverage

Times: Various times

The Rose and Crown, 1503 4 St. S.W., 403-903-9162,

Sin & Gin Soiree Cabaret Masquerade

Celebrate the mystery and magic of the season with Sin & Gin Soiree Cabaret. This month’s theme is “masquerade” and you can expect music, burlesque, comedy, drag and more at this adults only event. Be sure to get your tickets in advance.

Dates: October 20, 2019

Cost: $12 advance tickets; $18 at the door

Times: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Mikey’s, 918 12 Ave. S.W.,

Ghouls’ Night Out

Heritage Park decorates its streets for Halloween and this bash is especially fun for families with kids aged three to nine. Returning activities include storytelling, crafts, “ginger-dead-man” decorating, Witches Flying School, a family dance plus so much more. New this year, you can take in an interactive live stage play, enjoy a Carnivale and meet the Addams Family.

Buy your tickets in advance for this party.

Dates: October 24 to 27, 2019

Cost: Adults, $12.95; children 3 to 12, $7.95; children 2 and younger, free

Times: October 24 and 25, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; October 26, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; October 27, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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

A Barracks Boo-tacular and Black & White Movie (Double Feature) Halloween Edition at Fort Calgary

Join Fort Calgary for some family-fun at Barracks Boo-tacular. Come out in full costume and take part in crafts and trick-or-treating throughout the museum. Ideal for ages 4 to 11 and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Black & White Movie night is featuring Creature from the Black Lagoon and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The first movie starts at 7 p.m., but doors open at 6 p.m. Get their early and stock up on snacks and cocktails and nab a good seat.

Dates: October 25, 2019

Cost: $0 to $13 (Boo-tacular); $20 (Double Feature)

Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Boo-tacular); 6 p.m. until late (Double Feature)

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

Halloween Party at Westbrook Mall

Families visiting Westbrook Mall on October 26 should stop by Centre Court for some Halloween fun. For a $2 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, children can get their face painted, make some crafts and receive a free Halloween photo at this daytime Halloween celebration.

Dates: October 26, 2019

Cost: $2 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Day of the Dead and Trick-or-Treating at Marlborough Mall

Head to Marlborough Mall on October 26 and 31 for some Halloween fun. On Saturday, they will be honouring the Mexican holiday with activities for the whole family including face-painting, crafts, entertainment and more. On Halloween, select stores will be giving out candy to children 12-years and under accompanied by an adult. Head over to the Play Park at 6 p.m. to watch a magic show by Christopher Cool.

Dates: October 26 and 31, 2019

Cost: Free

Time: October 26 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; October 31 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a special performance at 6 p.m.

Marlborough Mall, 3800 Memorial Dr. N.E.,,

Monster Metal Fest – Monster Mini Golf

Major Minor Music Project and Arkham Agency present a family friendly event at Monster Mini Golf. Dress to impress at this event because there will be prizes for best costumes and rounds of mini-golf are included in admission. The live music component will feature the spooky sounds of Put to Rest, Plead, Diamonds on Neptune and more. Buy tickets early for this one!

Dates: October 26, 2019

Cost: Advance tickets $15

Times: 7 p.m.

Monster Mini Golf, 2020 32 Ave. N.W.,

The Dash of Doom

This Halloween race happens at dusk, and it’s both family-friendly and pet-friendly. Following the 1-, 5- or 10 kilometre run, there’s a festival area with Halloween games, a photo booth, a DJ and more. There are also prizes for the best costumes — and the best pet costume — so come dressed up. If your pooch wins Best Dog Costume, they’ll be featured on next year’s medal and swag so you’ll want to go all out for this event.

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 26, 2019

Cost: Entry from $35 (until Sept. 13) or $40 regular

Times: 4 p.m.

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

Eyes Wide Shut Halloween Party at Sub Rosa

If you’re looking for a “heart-thumping deep house” event rather than ghouls or chocolate bars, the Eyes Wide Shut Halloween party at Sub Rosa might be the choice for you. This 25+ night on the town will have burlesque dancers, masquerade-themed party favours and Veuve Clicquot table packages. Let your costume express whether you’re the nice or naughty type.

Dates: October 26, 2019

Cost: $30 and up

Times: 9 p.m. to late

Sub Rosa, 200 8 Ave. S.W., 403-770-2315,

Spooktacular Family Fun

Bring the whole family to Calgary Farmers’ Market in full costume to take part in the costume parade and you may win a prize! They have all sorts of events taking place including a professional pumpkin carver demonstration, a magic show, a Monster Mash dance party and more. Keep an eye out for witches and wizards who will be giving out treats.

Dates: October 26, 2019

Cost: Free

Times: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Calgary Farmers’ Market, 510 77 Ave. S.E.,

Singles Live-Matched Halloween Games Night

Halloween is a night of mystery and shenanigans and attending the Singles Live-Matched Halloween Games Night will deliver just that. Rather than the typical bar scene or going to a single’s mixer, this event offers a new way to meet people. How it works: use your smartphone to secretly choose people you are interested in at the event; based on your connections, you’ll be placed into small groups of people with similar interests; take the awkwardness out of first meetings and get to know others naturally through games and activities. Costumes are strongly encouraged and drinks are available for purchase. This is a 28-years to 45-years only event.

Dates: October 26, 2019

Cost: $35 Early-bird; $45 Regular

Times: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Downtown Calgary (venue revealed only to registered guests),

Halloween Horror Movie Marathon

Calgary Underground Film Festival is one of the best at curating horror classics. This Halloween, it’s pulling another all-nighter with 12 hours of back-to-back scary movies. The marathon starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 7 a.m. The movies for 2019 have yet to be announced. This is an adults-only event with the bar open until 2 a.m. (that’s about four movies in). There’s also a costume contest at midnight so come prepared for this event.

Dates: October 26 and 27, 2019

Cost: $20 or $18 for CUFF members

Times: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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

Lil’ Pumpkin Party at Telus Spark

Kids 8-years and under (accompanied by an adult) will enjoy this event at Telus Spark. Bring your costumed kiddies for a weekend of Halloween fun where you can take a tour of the Creative Kids Museum turned spooky forest. There will also be mini-pumpkin decorating and daring storytelling. Admission also gets you into the rest of the science centre where you can explore the new Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out exhibit.

Dates: October 26 and 27, 2019

Cost: $19 child; $26 adult; $24 senior; $22 youth

Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Telus Spark, 220 St. George’s Drive NE,

Ghost Hunt Down Town Calgary

Ghost Hunt Alberta (GHA) presents a night of spooktacular investigation into the great beyond. Taking place in the haunted Wine Cellar of the Alberta Hotel, this is a real paranormal hunt. Staff have reported unexplained electrical failures, ghostly whisperings and feelings of being watched. GHA will provide all equipment and guidance for this event. This is an 18-plus tour and waivers will need to be signed.

Dates: October 26 and 27, 2019

Cost: $100

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

100, 137 8 Ave. S.W.,


Kids especially will enjoy this event. Dress up early and trick-or-treat at the zoo (only children 12 and under will receive treats) and take a photo of your best costumed poses. Upload your best photos at ZooBoo with the hashtag #ZooBoo2019 and you might win 4 tickets to ZOOLIGHTS.

Dates: October 27, 2019

Cost: Children 3 years to 15 years – $19.95; General 16 years to 59 years – $29.95; seniors 60 plus – $27.95

Times: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Calgary Zoo Main Entrance, 210 St. George’s Dr. N.E.,

The Ghosts of Fish Creek Park

Tour guides Wayne Meikle and Val Shartau take (super)natural enthusiasts through the historic Bow Valley Ranch area of Fish Creek to share stories of the ghosts who haunt the area. It’s going to be dark, so there might even be a few spectral sightings. Bring along a travel mug so you can enjoy the hot chocolate that’s served. Pre-registration is required due to the limited space for this highly popular tour.

Dates: October 28, 2019

Cost: $8.01; additional donations are appreciated.

Times: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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

Ghosts and Gourmet (Sold Out for 2019)

This annual Halloween event at Heritage Park mixes good food with a few ghost stories and a ghost tour. You’ll start the evening with a seasonally focused three-course dinner at the Wainwright Hotel interspersed 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. The tour is led by a guide and stories are based on personal experiences and true encounters staff have had.

Dates: October 29, 30, 31 and November 1, 2019

Cost: $75

Times: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

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. This year’s menu is still under wraps but previous years’ offerings included severed head Jack-o-lantern (stuffed peppers), werewolf beef tenderloin (really tasty beef tenderloin) and vampires cheesecake (with strawberries). Throughout the evening a murder will unfold and by the end of the night the crime will be solved. Clue for this year’s murder: “Murder is not a game.”

Dates: October 30, 2019

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. ,

Fake Mustache Presents: Creature Feature

When you’re an entertainer who dresses up for a living, Halloween is the ultimate test of whether you can outshine the riff raff with an amazing look and committed performance. The Fake Mustache Drag King Troupe have spent a decade lighting up stages with their gender-bending shenanigans and should have no trouble rising to the occasion. Join them at Dickens Pub in your most unruly attire. Admission fees support queer artist initiatives and grass roots non-profits in YYC.

Dates: October 31, 2019

Cost: $10

Times: Doors at 7:20 p.m.; show at 9 p.m.

Dickens Pub, 1000 9 Ave. S.W.,

Halloween Horror: A Night at the Grimmies

Each Halloween, Fort Calgary hosts a murder mystery dinner theatre event. This year, the cast and crew of the worst horror flick ever made are excited to be invited to the Grimmy Awards, but just what will they do to win an award? Do you dare to find out?

You can dress in costume or show up in business casual and you’ll fit right in. You’ll enjoy food and drinks as you try to solve the murder before it all wraps up at 10 p.m.

Dates: October 31, 2019

Cost: $85

Times: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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

Victorian All Hallows Eve

Celebrate Halloween at an old Victorian mansion and go on a guided tour where you will learn about superstitions, funeral rites and causes of death that were common among urban Victorians. There will also be a tarot card reader, a chance to get your photo taken in Victorian spirit fashion and cocktails and treats available for purchase. Eleven years and up is the recommended age limit and be sure to dress up for this event.

Dates: October 31, 2019

Cost: $8 to $12.50

Times: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Lougheed House, 707 13 Ave. S.W.,

The Dudes Annual Halloween Party

October 30 and 31 will be two great nights of punk rock singalongs at The Gateway. The Dudes, one of Calgary’s most enduring and popular rock bands, ring in the haunted holiday every year with ticket sellouts being a perennial tradition. This X92.9-presented event will also include a photo booth and a costume contest with prizes TBA. Open to guests 18+ (with valid government ID) only.

Dates: October 30 and October 31, 2019

Cost: $20 online and $25 at the door.

Times: Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Gateway, 1301 16 Ave. N.W., Night 1, Night 2

Halloween Masquerade at the New Central Library

Halloween may have come and gone but that doesn’t mean you should stop celebrating. Prolong the enchantment of Hallow’s Eve by attending Synergy’s Halloween Masquerade. They will have aerial performers, burlesque dancers, circus acts by Cirque de la Nuit and more. Proceeds will go to Synergy’s youth programming.

Dates: November 2, 2019

Cost: $75

Times: 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Calgary Central Library, 800 3 St. S.E.,

Out of Town

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. This is an 8-years-plus event and be sure to arrive early to check in and guarantee your spot.

Dates: Every Friday and Saturday until and including Halloween

Cost: $30

Times: 8 p.m.

Good Earth Coffeehouse, 718 8 St., Canmore,

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: October 25 to 27, 2019

Cost: $145

Times: 5 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Canmore Cave Tours, Canmore,

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 26, 2019

Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

Times: 8:30 p.m.

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

Enchanted Okotoks

Last year, the Wizarding World of Okotoks was a huge success. The organizers are re-imagining it in 2019 as Enchanted Okotoks, a festival of witches, role-playing, cosplay, dragons and medieval culture. There will be a costume contest, artisans selling their wares and games. All ages welcome!

Dates: October 26, 2019

Cost: Free; donations appreciated

Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Okotoks, location TBD,

Okotoks: Ghost Tours

Tour downtown Okotoks after hours to discover the haunted history of this small town. This event is presented by Okotoks Museum and Archives and Okotoks and District Historical Society. Tours last anywhere between 60 – 75 minutes and 13-years is the recommended age limit.

Dates: October 26 and 27, 2019

Cost: $5

Times: 8 p.m.

For tickets, call 403-938-3204,

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