Things that go bump in the night are causing monstrous mayhem in Calgary this October. Get scared silly at these events in the spirit of Halloween.
Halloweekends at Calaway Park
Weekends through October 10
Don your costume and explore Hallo-Street, complete a scavenger hunt, and be thrilled on the rides. Line up to ride the roller coaster if you dare! This is a family-friendly event full of tricks and treats.
Calgary Corn Maze Flashlight Nights
September 30 & October 7, 14, 21
Navigate the Calgary Corn Maze after dark with just a flashlight and watch out for things that go bump in the night. Get there before dark to see pigs race and choose your own pumpkin from the farm’s patch.
October 17, 24, 31
Every Monday night Buttermilk Waffles screens a movie (free of charge) and for the month of October they’re all Halloween-themed! Check out Death Becomes Her, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Shaun of the Dead, and order a delicious sweet or savoury waffle — it pairs with movies just as well as popcorn!
2016 Halloween Howl
Get the whole family in costume and take part in the 3K or 5K fun run/walks to raise awareness and support for life-changing diabetes research. There’s also a 10K chip-timed competitive run. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!
Ghoul’s Night Out
October 27 – 30
This kid-friendly night at Heritage Park is perfect for families looking for a Halloween activity that is safe and fun. Dress in your costume and for the weather—the event is held outdoors—and get ready for carriage rides, witches’ flying school, a mad tea party, a monster mash dance, and more.
Thrill Calgary Zombie Flash Mob
Fans of Halloween, zombies, and Michael Jackson join forces for Thrill the World, an attempt to set a world record for the largest simultaneous dance to the horror anthem “Thriller.” Dress like a zombie, learn the Thriller dance, and join the flash mob—all participants welcome.
October 29 – 30
Kick-start your Halloween celebrations at this family-friendly event at TELUS Spark, Calgary’s Science Centre. Enjoy activities like pumpkin decorating and mad science. Or, perhaps the toy mash-up is calling your name—channel your inner Frankenstein and cut, sew, and glue together toys. (Grown-ups should check out the science centre’s blood-themed Adults Only night on October 13—prepare to get messy.)
Calgary Civic Symphony’s Space: The Final Frontier and Star Wars
Come dressed as your favourite Star Wars character to hear Gustav Holst’s great voyage through the astrology of our solar system and Calgary’s first live performance of the music from the latest Star Wars epic, The Force Awakens.
October 14 -15, 21 -22, & 27 – 31
Not recommend for children or the faint of heart, Screamfest is truly the event to be at for scare enthusiasts. Haunted houses (themes include The Bates Motel and Clown Town), chilling entertainment, and scary carnival games all make for a creepy and fun evening.
October 18 – November 5
Catalyst Theatre, who created the off-Broadway success Nevermore, is debuting a creepy new play about a haunted chocolate factory. It’s definitely not for kids, but those who are faint of heart need not worry: there’s lots of fun visuals, elctro-pop music, and humour among the spooky parts, too. Attend the October 29 show and stick around after the performance for a Halloween party.
A 5k race like no other, Zombie Evasion will have participants on the run through North Glenmore Park trying to outlast and outwit a pack of vengeful zombies. Fortunately, the runners will have a slight head start over their pursuers. (There’s also a 1K Zombie Dash suitable for kids ages three and up.)
The Sinister SideShow
October 22 & 29
What happens when a ringmaster who doesn’t always play by the rules brings back something extra from one of his trips? Find out in this hair-raising interactive adventure from Calgary Ghost Tours that’s sure to amaze, mystify, and terrify.
Prohibition Era Cocktail: The Corpse Reviver #2
Be whisked away in a limo to Eau Claire Distillery’s barrel room where you’ll sample prohibition era cocktails, most notably the Corpse Reviver #2, but be warned — four Corpse Revivers in swift succession will result in the corpse being unrevived again. Transportation, four cocktails, snacks, and a distillery tour are included.
Dracula (Classical Ballet)
October 27 – 29
Get swept away to a Transylvanian village where something sinister lurks in the castle above. This legendary and opulent masterpiece is brought to life by the Alberta Ballet with mesmerizing choreography and extraordinary special effects. From the first kiss to the last bite, you’ll be entranced by this lavish production.
Green Fools Halloween Howl: Zombie Dance Party
This rollicking party features live bands Eve Hell and the Razors and Bigfoot Rocketship, along with DJ Tradgik Majik. And of course the legendary Green Fools will perform a smash up of circus, music, and immersive theatre. Get your tickets early, they tend to go fast!
Silent Movie: Metropolis (1927)
Secret catacombs, mistaken identity, a robot run amok — experience this spooky silent film with live accompaniment on the massive 1912 Casavant pipe organ of Knox United Church, improvised by Canadian concert organist J. Thomas Gonder. Suitable for ages 13 and up.
Dance With Dracula
Something wicked this way comes at the Azuridge Estate Hotel’s Halloween Haunted Gala. Grab a bone-chilling martini and make your way through the enchanted estate where you can be entranced by live DJ entertainment, dine on exquisitely frightening fare, and compete for the title of Best Dressed.
Ghosts and Gourmet
October 31 – November 2
Enjoy a frightfully delicious dinner, including ghastly ghost stories between each course, followed by a ghost tour through the dark and deserted streets of Heritage Park Historical Village. Get an exclusive after-dark look inside the park’s heritage homes to experience firsthand hauntings and spine-tingling stories.