In only a few short days we will be surrounded by goblins, ghouls, witches, cats, and pumpkins! The holiday of spooks and scares has finally arrived and the anticipation can be felt throughout Calgary! If Halloween is your favourite time of year and a good ghost story or jump scare puts a smile on your face, then you will not want to miss out on any of the following events this October. Take a look at the spookiest Halloween events going on in Calgary, and scare in the season of fright with events that will make your heart race faster!
Hex Halloween and Entertainment Expo — October 11-14th
As the first expo for the season, the Hex Halloween and Entertainment Expo is one of the biggest Halloween events not to be missed! This season-specific expo will take place at the BMO Centre on Stampede Grounds and will feature haunted houses, costume exhibits, how-to sessions, vendor exhibits, and more! Mark the dates in your calendar and purchase your tickets online today.
2019 Spook-tacular — October 19th
Hosted by 17th Ave, the 2019 Spook-tacular event is one that is fun for the whole family! The event will have live music, games, prizes, face painting, ceramic painting, and of course, a costume contest! The event is free to the public and guests can enjoy a free hot chocolate, tea, or coffee while engaging with friends and family at this kid-friendly Halloween celebration!
Inglewood Full Moon Walk — October 13th
You better not be scared of the dark, because on October 13th, you will have the opportunity to walk around the community of Inglewood for the Full Moon Walk. At this event you will hear some spooky stories that will make you wonder if we are alone! Once you have met with the group in front of Rosso Coffee Roasters in Inglewood, you will be led around and told stories of the inhabitants that still roam the city long after death! Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids — purchase yours online.
Grim Manor — October 18-19th, 25-27th, 30-2nd
Held at the WinSport Canada Olympic Park is the opportunity to engage with all things haunted! Grim Manor takes place on dates throughout October and will feature four different haunted houses, three live music performers, a daredevil show, and other festival attractions. It is here that you can "...immerse yourself in the legend of Professor Grim, his ill-fated quest for immortality and its disastrous consequences." Tickets are available on Showpass.com.
Beers and Fears — October 25th
Of the many Halloween events that scare you, there are also those offering at least a cold brew prior to jumping out of your skin! The Beers and Fears event will start you off at the Mill Street Brewpub where you can enjoy a beverage, then you will be ushered onto the bus that will take you to Aspen Crossing. Here you will take yet another bus to a destination about an hour away where you will be boarded onto the Train of Terror! On this paranormal train, you will be haunted, surrounded by disturbing entertainment, and must try to handle the fear! Tickets are available online.
Calgary Halloween Festival — October 26th & 30th
Calling 18+, put your best costume forward and get ready to party with the Calgary Halloween Festival! This year's celebration will take place on two separate dates at Knoxville Tavern. Expect Halloween themed drink specials and a nightclub extravaganza! Guests can attend either date, or purchase the two-night special ticket to guarantee that you will make it to both! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.ca.
A Date with Death (YYC True Crime Event) — October 29th & 30th
The season may be one filled with spooks and scares, but have you ever wanted to know what is behind these deathly experiences? The YYC True Crime Event is proud to have Dave Sweet, a homicide detective, share some of his knowledge and involvements! The event will include a VIP look into the Calgary Police Museum's true crime exhibits along with some great conversations about what it's like to have a "date with death!" Tickets are available online — must be 18 years of age or older.
Murder Mystery Dinner — October 30th
"Clue: Murder is not a game." Visit the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant this Halloween for their epic Murder Mystery Dinner! The interactive show is inspired by the game, CLUE, where you will have to determine "whodunnit." The tickets are $95 and include a three-course dinner, live performance, and a welcome cocktail. Wear your costume, and come ready to solve the mystery!
Paranormal Halloween Party — October 31st
Join Ghost Hunt Alberta for one of the scariest and most paranormal Halloween events of the month! Meet at the Rose & Crown pub and head upstairs to the third floor where you will be told some paranormal stories and see the evidence behind the words. Of course, you will also have the chance to enjoy drinks and a costume contest, complete with prizes!
Let the thrill and terror wash over you this October with the many spooks and horrors that these Calgary Halloween events have to offer! Will you be scared? Only time will tell!
Justin Havre is the top producing REALTOR® with RE/MAX First, Canada's very first RE/MAX brokerage. Calgary real estate is his passion; Justin specializes in Southwest & Northwest Calgary homes for sale. He can be reached at 403.217.0003 or contacted through this site.