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Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls . . . oh golly! Halloween season will soon be upon us in Calgary, but you already know that . . . the kids are planning their costumes and the stores are filled with decorations! Calgary offers loads of Halloween festivities for kids of all ages and we’re doing our very best to get them all onto this page.
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These are our top choices for all-ages Halloween events (no nightmares here!), together with some suggestions for sprucing up Dad’s fall wardrobe and keeping him warm when he takes the kids trick-or-treating. After all, Halloween night in Calgary ranges from chilly to downright freezing cold!
Scroll down to see photos of all the great fall options for Dad from Mark’s.
Dad needs something warm for those chilly nights, but there’s no need to sacrifice personal style. The Denver Hayes Derrick Bomber Jacket is a stylish way to stay warm while the kids are out trick-or-treating.
Spend the weekend before Halloween with the haunted spirits of the past! Heritage Park’s Ghouls’ Night Out is one of the city’s most beloved Halloween traditions and this year it’s happening over four days, including one with an earlier start and end time, perfect for families with early bedtimes. During Ghouls’ Night Out (October 26 – 29), Heritage Park will be transformed into a ghost town, full of activities to get ghouls big and small into the Halloween spirit.
For those chilly nights around Halloween, Dad might have to wear layers under his coat (or costume!) when he visits Heritage Park’s Ghouls’ Night out, and the Denver Hayes Long Sleeve Raglan T-Shirt is a comfy option.
On Saturday, October 28th, folks from all walks of life will zombie-fie and head to Southcentre Mall (and other locations the world over), in an attempt to break the world record for largest simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.’
And don’t worry if you don’t know all the moves – there are Thriller dance tutorials on the website.
Guess Relaxed Fit Low Rise Tapered Leg Jeans will give Dad comfort and durability when the family heads to Southcentre to watch the flash dance. Dance your heart out, Dad!
Village Square Leisure Centre is hosting a Halloween event on October 28th. Dress in your costume and head over for creepy crafts, ghostly games, and fun ghoulish activities!
Inside or out, these DH Michigan Boots will look great with whatever Dad is wearing to take the kids to Haunting Halloween, and will offer comfort and support outside, making them the perfect fall footwear.
Brew a special potion, smash a pumpkin, or get slimed. You can even visit the costume repair station, or have a helping of worms and dirt for a snack! Plus, the Monster Mash-Up is back on October 28th and 29th. Learning can be shockingly fun!
All these special activities are included with regular admission or your annual membership.
Dad can rent a locker at TELUS Spark but his DH3 Media Wool Bomber jacket has such a sleek, slim profile that Dad may just choose to keep it on. Heading outdoors later, the naturally insulating and breathable fabric is made for the changing Calgary fall weather.
Corus Live is presenting The Great Big Boo! – the ultimate family-friendly Halloween experience! The Halloween celebration is coming to Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum Cinemas and is offering a musical theatre meets trick-or-treating treat. This show is sure to captivate and delight the whole family. Following the show, the audience is invited to meet the stars of the show, and join them for a fun, trick-or-treat event!
While celebrating Halloween inside this fall, the Denver Hayes Untucked Shirt is made from breathable cotton, and offers a slightly shorter than usual cut, so it looks relaxed and delightfully stylish.
Are you ready to experience your very own Night at the Museum?? While we can’t promise that anything supernatural will happen, we do foresee that you will have a fantastic time at a Glenbow Museum Slumber Party! Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour, special activities, and catered meals!
Is Dad taking someone to the Night at the Museum sleepover? The Ripzone ¾ Contrast Sleeve Henley T-Shirt is the perfect option for lounging and relaxing, or even layering under a dressier shirt for the day.
Frightfully fun annual family halloween bash. Join in for art activities & prizes! Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Dress spook-tacularly: costumes encouraged! Pre-registration is required.
If your family is headed out for some arts and crafts this Halloween, the Farwest Davison Vest is the perfect lightweight option to keep Dad comfortable in the variable Calgary weather.
Take the kids to Horsin’ Around for a walk through the spooky barn, play with the animals, prance on the booouncy castles and go for a haunted horsedrawn hay ride. The Day Show “lights on” runs from 10 am to 4 pm and is more suitable for everyone. The “Night Show,” from 7 pm to 10 pm is recommended for teenagers and adults.
Heading outside for a hay ride this Halloween? The DH Wisconsin Boots offer comfort, practicality, and style for any day spent outside. The modern look will elevate Dad’s outfit.
1. Guess Relaxed Fit Low Rise Tapered Leg Jeans 2. Denver Hayes Untucked Shirt 3. Farwest Davison Vest 4. Ripzone ¾ contrast Sleeve Henley T-Shirt 5. Denver Hayes Derrick Bomber Jacket 6. DH Michigan Boots 7. DH3 Media Wool Bomber 8. Denver Hayes Long Sleeve Raglan T-Shirt 9. DH Wisconsin Boots
More Eerie Events
Here are lots more ghoulishly great Calgary Halloween events, so that your Halloween season includes heaps of fangtastic fun!
Disclaimer: Please bear in mind although these events are deemed family friendly (unless otherwise stated), there may still be a scary element to some of the festivities. Feel free to contact the event venue if you’re not sure whether an event will suit your family!
These tours take place year-round, but are particularly fitting at Halloween!
This one is not for the faint-hearted!! Screamfest takes over the Stampede Grandstand on select evenings this October. 6 haunted houses , carnival games, Zombie Zorbz, Trapeze of Death and more. This is NOT for young children. From the website: “Although we admit anyone, this event is rated PG13 – we are out to really, really scare adults. This event is NOT recommended for young children or the faint of heart.”.
Haunted Calgary is a terrifying yard haunt set up every year by the Campbell Family to benefit the Oops-a-Dazy Rescue and the food bank. This year, the theme is Hollywood Horror.
Please note, this event is meant to be very scary in the evenings and parental discretion is advised for all kids under 14 years. A low scare version operates each afternoon, but still may not be suitable for young children.
Pieceful Acres Cemetery is an annual family-hosted haunted attraction that raises funds. This spooky spot gets bigger and better every year! Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank.
When: Saturdays in October
Time: sessions start every half hour between 10 and 11:30 am
Where: Michaels stores
This is a seriously scary haunted house featuring live actors! It’s mainly intended for adults and kids 10+ are only admitted under adult supervision. They even have a safe word and try really hard to get people to need it!
On Friday, October 27, head over to the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre for a Halloween-themed craft with your kids. For just $10 per child + adult combo, you get to make a halloween bag under the tutelage of a fabulous instructor, all supplies included!
The West Hillhurst Community Association is throwing a Halloween Party! Festivities at this fun family-oriented Halloween event include carnival games, creepy crafts, and more scary stuff…maybe even a haunted house!
On October 21 & 28, come help celebrate the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, at Marlborough Mall. Enjoy 4 hours, from 12 – 4 pm, of FREE family fun, including Latin dance performances by Havana Cuban Dance Studio, sugar pumpkin decorating, face painting, colour your own sugar skull mask, and more!
Babies Go Boo! At Calgary Public Library
This free Halloween-themed storytime for babies aged 6 – 23 months and their caregivers will take place at a number of Calgary Public Library branches between October 25nd and 31st. Dress up your baby and celebrate Halloween with stories, rhymes, and songs! Some branches require pre-registration, which can be completed on the website.
Corn Mazes by Flashlight
Looking for something just a little spooky? Both Calgary Corn Maze and Cobb’s Adventure Park and Corn Maze offer Friday nights in the maze, with you and your flashlight. Come early and enjoy the maze by day, as well, before the sun sets.
Cobb’s Adventure Park and Corn Maze would like to present Calgary’s newest haunted attraction – suitable for all ages! (Parents, you know your kids best, though! For those who don’t like being scared, there is a corn maze and several other non-scary attractions.) BUT, if you or your kids love to be terrified by zombies, ghouls and clowns, Cobb’s has FOUR haunted houses for you to explore, plus other fun!
On October 28th & 29th, come spend a unique Halloween weekend at Cobb’s! There will be FREE treat bags for all in costume, prizes for the best costume, a pumpkin-carving contest, and your last chance to see the kangaroos until next year!
PLUS there will be super heroes, princesses and more!
Looking for some family, Halloween-themed fun? Glendale is happy to be hosting their annual family Halloween dance party! Come out on October 27th, 2017 and dress in your costumes to dance the night away (well, from 6 – 9 pm, anyway)! The concession will have family-friendly refreshments, snacks and glowsticks.
You never know what you’re going to see when you go looking for the ghosts of Fish Creek! Tour the Bow Valley Ranch area of Fish Creek Provincial Park on October 26th to learn about the ghosts that are rumored to haunt there. Bring a travel mug, as hot chocolate will be served, and wear your Halloween costume. (Don’t forget to dress for the weather!) Tickets are extremely limited so don’t delay!
The Okotoks Art Gallery knows that having young kids doesn’t always leave time to enjoy more sophisticated adult stuff, like art galleries. So they want you to bring the family, check out the fall exhibitions at the gallery, and let young kids get busy at interactive hands-on art stations.
This event will be Halloween-themed and costumes are welcome!
Come out to Westbrook Mall on October 28 and 29, 2017 from noon to 4 to kick off your Halloween celebrations! Families and children can enjoy free pumpkin decorating and face painting in the centre court of the mall, with a $2 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada! This event is designed for children 12 years and younger, and should please by accompanied by a parent/guardian. One per child while quantities last.
On October 28th, 2017, the Okotoks Arts Council is bringing the Wizarding World to Okotoks. Come out for a day of Harry Potter quality magic from 9 am – 5 pm! You can tour Diagon Alley when downtown businesses transform their shops into the world of Harry Potter. Maybe you’ll want to venture into Hogsmeade, a magical craft fair, or take up the challenge in the Quidditch tournament. Make sure you avoid getting taken to Azkaban…or maybe you want to send your friends there!! There will even be a Quidditch tournament.
On October 29, Canyon Meadows Community Association is partnering with Amazearts to sponsor a Fall Festival for your family! Bring your own pumpkin to decorate, free crafts, a haunted house, and more! Come enjoy the best that fall has to offer for a fun, family afternoon.
Halloween Comic Fest is the celebration of Halloween and comics! The event takes place October 28th at participating comic shops. FREE Halloween-themed comics will be available, along with the chance for fans to participate in “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever!” It is a great event for comic and Halloween fans of all ages! Come and celebrate Halloween this year with FREE comics!
You’re invited to a Spooktacular Kindermusik Halloween Party on October 29th! There will be tons of festive activities including a costume contest, pumpkin carving, cupcake decorating, glitter tattoos, games, crafts, photobooth and more! Every age and stage up to age 10 will enjoy this event.
Fall is a great time to do crafts, and Halloween gives you even more crafting fun! At GlobalArt Village, make an evening of it, and create something spooky with your family. Visit the Arts and Crafts event on one of 4 evenings, October 20th, 24th, 27th & 31st. There will be 2 sessions each night. See here for cost.
On October 28th, from 11 am – 12 pm, bring the kids to participating Indigo and Chapters locations for a Spooktacular Halloween event! Dress in your costume and join the Halloween parade. Enjoy giveaways, prizes, games, and more!
Have you ever wondered what you would do if you were face to face with a zombie? Find out, when you come experience 35,000 sq. ft. of terror at Northland Village Mall! This Halloween, the Zombie House World’s End Experience starts October 12th at 7 pm, with a family-friendly haunted house happening each day between 3 and 6:30 pm.
Southcentre Mall is proud to be partnering with Autism Calgary for the third year in row to provide children with sensory processing difficulties a Halloween experience they can enjoy. Tailored to families and children with sensory needs in mind, including Autism, Asperger’s, Cerebral Palsy, and ADHD, this event is free of charge with registration and runs on October 29th from 8:30 am to 10:30 am, prior to the mall opening, for children aged 2-12.
Most kids love the thrill of dressing up and going door to door to trick or treat, but what about the mountains of candy? Evans Dental Health & Wellness, offers the perfect solution for getting rid of all of those extra sugary treats with their 10th annual Candy BuyBack. On Wed., Nov. 1st, from 3:30 to 7:00 pm, you’re invited to head to Evans Dental in NW Calgary to drop off your unwanted, excess candy and participate in a post-Halloween celebration – it’s the healthy Halloween after-party!
Take your kids to Bass Pro Shops in CrossIron Mills for a ton of free family friendly Halloween fun including: FREE photos, FREE crafts, and FREE giveaways for a costume parade!
It’s a haunted Museum at the Police Museum this Halloween – it’s been overtaken by goblins and ghosts! Come find haunted rooms, icky experiments, scary surprises, a SLIME workshop and TONS of candy. Can you work your way through the haunted rooms of the museum on an investigative journey? Don’t forget to look out for spooky surprises! Complete the challenges and fun activities and you’ll be going home with a bag full of loot (candy!)… That is, if you make it out alive.
Halloween means trick-or-treating and CANDY for all those excited kids! Local malls in the Calgary area often offer indoor trick-or-treating, and it’s a great alternative for younger children. And, of course, Calgary weather being what it is, it’s especially pleasant if you don’t want to brave an exceptionally cold evening outside! Check out the article for specific malls.
Small ghosts and goblins will enjoy games, crafts and activities in the gym at the Trico Centre this Halloween from 2:30 – 4 pm, at the facility’s Li’l Spooks Halloween Party. Come in costume or come as you are, and maybe plan some wave pool fun!
Family admission is $15 for members, $20 for non-members.
Cardel Rec South is offering an easy, fun and warm alternative to outdoor trick-or-treating at their Boo-riffic Halloween Bash. On Halloween night, head to the complex for creepy crafts, haunted games, trick-or-treating, public skating and more!
The Calgary Organ Festival is featuring a FREE family fun event for Halloween: G.H.O.S.T. (Great Halloween Organ SpookTacular). Put on a costume and prepare yourself for some creepy bumps and bangs, and a few uninvited guests! G.H.O.S.T. is a family-friendly musical variety show featuring the pipe organ – and some decomposing musicians, bwah-ha-ha.
The Calgary Farmers Market is getting into the Halloween spirit with two days of festivities. On Friday, check out the entries in the vendor pumpkin contest and ham it up in the haunted photo booth. On Saturday, there’s even more happening: Christopher Cool magic show, a spooky sing-along, a Mad Scientist Fire & Ice show and more fun in the photo booth!
Grim Manor is Calgary’s newest haunted attraction! This year it is in the former Sears of Marlborough Mall, with 6,000 square feet of terror. There will be performances by Comedy Daredevil Ryan Stock & Amberlynn who performed on America’s Got Talent, Ellen, & Jay Leno! Their clip from America’s Got Talent is one of the most watched clips in AGT history. There is also an option for ages 2 – 12.
Come out on October 28th for the 17th Ave Spook-tacular in Tomkins Park! This year, the Spook-tacular will feature Market Collective’s “Phantom Park” for all those who dare to venture to 17th Ave SW. This event will highlight a mini-haunted house, free face painting, a mini pumpkin hunt, games, a bouncy house, art installations, music throughout the afternoon and much, much more. Plus, there will be free sweet kettle corn popcorn & hot chocolate or coffee for the first one hundred boys and ghouls who love Halloween!
Disclaimer: Please bear in mind although the above events are deemed family friendly (unless otherwise stated), there may still be a scary element to some of the festivities. Feel free to contact the event venue if you’re not sure whether an event will suit your family!
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.