One of the more fright-inducing events around the city, Screamfest lets visitors experience haunted houses, Halloween-themed games, creepy and disturbing entertainment and flat-out fear. The event is rated PG-13 and takes place at the Grandstand Building at Stampede Park. Visit www.screamfest.ca for more information.
Calgary Ghost Tours
With tours showcasing local ghost stories and tales from some of the city’s most historic neighbourhoods, locals and visitors alike will get a glimpse into the mischief, mayhem and even murders of Calgary’s storied past. Inglewood Ghost Walk (Oct. 24; Oct. 30) takes visitors through “Calgary’s most haunted neighbourhood,” while the Oct. 23 tour will showcase the city’s downtown ghouls. Visit www.calgaryghosttours.com for more information.
Cobb’s Corn Maze Freaky Fridays & Flashlight Nights
Bring a flashlight and find your way through a two-hectare corn maze in the dark or take a ride on a creepy tractor ride. For those brave enough, Cobb’s also has two haunted houses, plus a big bonfire to keep everyone warm. And for those still in the market for a jack-o-lantern, Pumpkin-Palooza provides guests with the opportunity to wander through the pumpkin patch to pick their very own. Visit www.cobbscornmaze.com for more information.
Atlas Coal Mine Little Boo (Oct. 25)
As one of Canada’s most unique experiences, Little Boo transforms Drumheller’s historic coal mine into a Halloween haunt for the whole family. Ride the Train of Terror, put on your best poker face for Detective Fibs and give the pumpkin toss your best shot. Costumes are encouraged, but dress for chills. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit www.atlascoalmine.ab.ca for more information.
Great Halloween Organ SpookTacular (Oct. 30)
Put on a costume and prepare yourself for some creepy bumps and bangs, not to mention a few uninvited guests at one of Calgary’s most historic churches. A family-friendly show featuring live accompaniment from Knox’s massive Casavant Frères pipe organ – which dates back to the church’s construction in 1912 – this year’s event will feature the original 1923 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Visit www.knoxunited.ab.ca/events for more information.