Halloween Events in Calgary For Adults and Kids

Whether you want to be scared out of your skin or check out a family-friendly experience, 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 digital and in-person, experiences that are scary and some that are not. Most options require advanced ticket purchases online. Find your Halloween match below.

 

Halloweekends at Calaway Park

This event is more for the kids, particularly the scavenger haunt and photo opportunities, 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 during Halloweekends and visitors are encouraged to wear family-friendly costumes.

Dates: Weekends and holiday Monday until October 12, 2020

Cost: Buy your tickets in advance online. Admission for ages three to 49 is $28; kids two and under, free

Times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

 

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 tours of Inglewood starting at The Blue Store.

Dates: Various dates from September through the beginning of November 2020

Cost: Buy your tickets online and save. Tickets from $20

Times: Times vary

Various locations, calgaryghostwalks.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. You’ll also get to preview the new family-friendly Ghostly Garden, Krampus Encounter and Photo Opp Alley additions, set to open in 2021. The entire experience is approximately two hours and is adults only. After the ride, there’s a Halloween party with food and drinks for purchase.

Dates: Various dates throughout October 2020

Cost: Buy your tickets in advance online. $76.66​, extra charge for October 30 and 31

Times: Times vary by date

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

 

Field of Screams

Dare to roam 20 acres of Cobb’s Adventure Park at night during this Halloween inspired outdoor event from Screamworks Inc., the makers of Screamfest. Visit six terrifying haunted houses or join in on activities like a bonfire or blacklight mini-golf. This spooky event will have rides, games and much more for the whole family. New this year is the Death Trap, a nightmarish 6,000-square-foot fenced maze.

Dates: October 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, 2020

Cost: $26

Times: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cobb’s Adventure Park, 1500 84 St. N.E., 403-210-2676, cobbsadventurepark.com

 

Spooktacular Grim Mini Golf

Enjoy a round of family-friendly minigolf at WinSport’s 18-hole outdoor course starting October 16. The course will be transformed into a Halloween-inspired set-up, and guests of all ages are encouraged to sign up for a tee-time and dress in their favourite costume. The course takes around 60 minutes depending on skill level, and advanced booking is highly encouraged.

Dates: October 16 to 18, 23 to 25 and 30 to 31, 2020

Cost: $12 per person, minimum two people per booking

Times: 4 p.m. to 10:20 p.m.

WinSport, 88 Canada Olympic Rd. S.W., 403-247-5452, winsport.ca

 

Calgary Horror Con’s Halloween Bash

A dark and edgy burlesque show just in time for Halloween. This 18+ event will be held at Dickens Pub and features horror trivia, a costume contest, eight performers, prizes and more. Tickets are for tables of four and six.

Dates: October 17, 2020

Cost: $128.32 to $191.97, tickets sold according to table size

Times: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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

 

Ghosts and Gourmet

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 three-course dinner at the Wainwright Hotel interspersed with ghost stories. After dinner, there’s a 90-minute outdoor ghost tour around Heritage Park. You’ll definitely feel spooked stepping inside a few of the heritage homes, including the known-to-be haunted Prince House, and hearing spooky stories. The tour is led by a guide and stories are based on personal experiences and true encounters staff have had.

Dates: October 21 to 25 and November 1, 2020

Cost: $79.95

Times: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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

 

Adult Pumpkin Carving Night

This 18+ pumpkin carving night at Railyard Brewing includes music, craft beer and an array of prizes. Pumpkins and carving equipment will be provided. There are only tables for groups of four and six left.

Dates: October 22, 2020

Cost: $27.54 to $43.45, tickets sold according to table sizes

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

Railyard Brewing, 10301 19 St. N.E. Unit 121, eventbrite.com

 

ScreamFest

Calgary’s scariest event is back for two long weekends this year. Walk through each of the six haunted houses, try your hand at carnival games or axe throwing, plus check out all the oddities at the Night’mare Market. While the haunted houses are 12-years and up, the Night’mare Market is fun for the whole family and entry is included in every ticket.

Dates: October 22 to 25 and 29 to 31, 2020

Cost: Buy your tickets online and save. General admission, $30, Killer Cash Combo $40, and Speedpass $50

Times: 7 p.m. to midnight

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

 

Night of the Living Drag Show

Drag collective Electric Stage Series is hosting a special Halloween-themed drag show for one night only. The Halloween-inspired event is 18+ and includes performances by a variety of Electric Stage Series performers. All tickets must be pre-purchased online to book your table, and a separate food and drink menu is available.

Dates: October 23, 2020

Cost: $40 to $60 per table

Times: Doors at 8 p.m.

Blind Beggar Smokehouse, 4608 Macleod Trail S.W., showpass.com

 

Ghost Stories YYC Volume 2

It’s the second year of Ghost Stories YYC, the visual storytelling art show that showcases artists’ original works inspired by folk tales, urban legends and/or ghost stories, accompanied by short stories they have written for their pieces. The second volume will also be published into a storybook and available for purchase at the show. The macabre art show will hold audiences captive with fantastic tales of ghouls and ghosts.

Dates: October 23 to November 14, 2020

Cost: Free

Times: Wednesday to Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 2108 18 St. N.W., ruberto-ostberg.com

 

The Dash of Doom

This year’s family-friendly and pet-friendly Halloween race has gone virtual with a one- or 10-kilometre run you can do any time while listening to a curated spooky Spotify playlist. There are still prizes for the best human and pet costumes, so don’t forget to get dressed up. Choose local curbside pickup for your registration and you’ll receive some extra spooky goodies in your package. 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 25 to 31, 2020

Cost: Buy your tickets online; from free to $50

Times: Any time during the race dates.

runcalgary.com

 

Ghouls’ Night Out

Heritage Park decorates its streets for Halloween and this bash is especially fun for families with kids aged three to nine. Enjoy eight outdoor shows, grab a take-home craft kit, play a monster-sized game of Operation and creep through Tinkerman’s funhouse. New this year, you can take your kids trick-or-treating through some of the historical buildings on October 31.

Dates: October 28 to 31, 2020

Cost: Buy your tickets in advance for this party. Adults, $12.95; children three to 12, $7.95; children two and younger, free

Times: October 28 and 29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; October 30 and 31, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

 

Motor Nights Immersive Drive-In Experience

Get ready for a heightened horror movie experience from Motor Nights and YYC Food Trucks. This event includes a drive-thru with local food trucks for your favourite treats and horror movie screenings on a 42′ LED screen. Creatures will roam through the shadows during your movie, so be prepared for scares.

Dates: October 28 to 31, 2020

Cost: $75 per vehicle

Times: October 28 to 30 at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; October 31 at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Cochrane & District Agricultural Society, 43080 Bow Valley Trail, eventbrite.ca

 

Scarewash

Swap dinner and a movie for a car wash and a show at the Scarewash. B!g Art, in partnership with 10th & 10th Car Wash and support from Le Cirque De La Nuit, is doing a live-action, in-vehicle horror experience that ends with a car wash. The approximately 10-minute long shows will include live actors, special effects, an FM transmitted soundtrack and more. The shows are recommended for ages 14 and above. $1 from every ticket sale will go towards the Calgary Food Bank, and non-perishable items are accepted as well.

Dates: October 29 to 31, 2020

Cost: $49

Times: 6 p.m. to midnight

10th & 10th Car Wash, 1104 10 Ave. S.W., scarewash.com

 

Night of the Living Dead

Dress up in your Halloween costume and head out to watch Workshop Theatre Society‘s stage adaptation of Night of the Living Dead. The story follows a ragtag group of Pennsylvanians who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters. The show has a parental advisory and is recommended for audiences 14 years of age and up. Audience members are encouraged to join the audience costume contest on October 30 and 31 for a chance to win prizes, and there will be a special Halloween midnight show on the night of the 31st.

Dates: October 30 to 31 and November 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2020

Cost: General admission $27.54

Times: Showtimes vary by date.

West Village Theatre, 2007 10 Ave S.W., 403-253-2002, eventbrite.ca

 

ZooBoo

Kids will especially 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.

Dates: October 30 to November 1, 2020

Cost: Children three years to 15 years, $19.95; general 16 years to 59 years, $29.95; seniors, $27.95

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

Calgary Zoo main entrance, 210 St. George’s Dr. N.E., calgaryzoo.com

 

Haunted Calgary’s Devil’s Drive-in

Haunted Calgary has been scaring Calgarians since 1987 and this year the event is taking passengers to the next level of fear with an immersive Halloween experience. This year, park yourself and your closest friends at the Devil’s Drive-in at New Horizon Mall in Balzac for a terror-filled evening. Choose your worst nightmare from any one of the three shows: Dead End, Carnival of Carnage or Pandora’s Box Mystery Show. After you enter the scare bay, turn off your ignition, hand over your keys and buckle up for a fully-immersive, live-action fright fest. Shows are recommended for those aged 12 years and up. If you’re looking for a child-friendly affair, Haunted Calgary also offers a Friendly Frights show.

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays until October 31, 2020.

Cost: Buy your tickets in advance online. $50 per vehicle

Times: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. based on scheduled booking.

New Horizon Mall underground parkade, 260300 Writing Creek Cres., 587-333-4427, hauntedcalgary.org

 

Calgary Zombie Walk

While the Calgary Zombie Walk normally happens in-person, this year’s event is an online costume contest from now until October 31. Upload photos and videos of yourself in zombie attire to the Facebook event page and vote for your favourite entry across a variety of categories. Prizes will be awarded to those with the most “likes.”

Dates: Until October 31, 2020

Cost: Free

Times: Entries and voting accepted until 10 p.m.

facebook.com

 

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. Stay tuned for more details, including the film lineup for 2020.

Dates: October 31, 2020

Cost: TBD

Times: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

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

 

Halloween Brunch at the Calgary Zoo

There are no tricks, just treats, at this Halloween brunch at the Calgary Zoo. The spooky menu features Halloween-themed breakfast and desserts at the Safari Lodge in Destination Africa. Try specialty items like the “Zombie Brains” house-smoked brisket mac ‘n cheese or the “Cemetery S’mores” bread pudding. There will also be Halloween cookies and candies as an added treat for the kids.

Dates: October 31 to November 1, 2020

Cost: Children three years to 15 years, $27.95; general 16 years to 59 years, $44.95; seniors, $41.95

Times: First seating: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Second seating: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Calgary Zoo main entrance, 210 St. George’s Dr. N.E., calgaryzoo.com

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