It’s the time of year when there’s a chill in the air and a chill in your bones. With just weeks until Halloween, it’s time to put finishing touches on your costume or start digging through your closet (for those last minute planners). Costume parties and haunted houses are in full force and we have your guide to the best Halloween themed events around Edmonton.
Looking for a real fright? Oh boy do we have one scary haunted house for you. Take a walk through the spooky old Paramount Theatre. At night. In the dark. With zombies and goblins waiting to eat you alive. Okay, they won’t eat you. But this is not for the faint of heart – leave the kids at home!
DEDfest International Genre Film Festival
It's Edmonton's most thrilling film festival. The horror, sci-fi and cult film fest takes place at Metro Cinema. It's the ninth year this festival has been shocking and scaring local cinephiles.
Fort Edmonton Park Events
Fort Edmonton Park is inviting souls from times past to entertain the living.
Spooktacular: Two events lead up to Halloween night at the park. The family-friendly event includes scary movies and haunted tours (October 21-22). The adult only version doesn’t hold back any fright (October 28)!
Dead Centre of Town Horror Show: Hotel Selkirk is taken over by Edmonton's only live action horror show (October 21-23, 26-31)
Scary Nasty: SCTV's Joe Flaherty and the improv troupe Die Nasty scare the laughs out of you at the Capitol Theatre (October 27)
Boo at the Zoo
Be not afraid to get closer to the animals! Family-friendly hands-on experiments, crafts, extinct animal graveyards and a witch's den await. Wear your coolest costume and bring your trick or treat bags.
It's your favourite Rapid Fire Theatre improvisors... but funnier. Or more horrifying. Or more gory. We're not exactly sure, since it's all improvised. But it's always a good time and there's probably going to be costumes involved.
Refinery: Danse Macabre
The city's most elegant Halloween party is hosted at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Celebrate the darker side of AGA's Refinery party this Halloween with Danse Macabre – the Dance of the Dead. Taking inspiration from current exhibitions, this late-night art party conjures ideas of morality and mortality.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Winspear
Hark ye, who goes there? I see a shadowy figure moving in the highest bell tower! Celebrate this Halloween with a chilling screening of the 1923 classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Winspear Centre!
Dracula by Alberta Ballet
Not everything has to be scary and gruesome at Halloween! Let the Alberta Ballet sweep you away to Transylvania with lavish costumes and mesmerizing choreography. Something dark awaits you at Jubilee Auditorium.
Haunted Pumpkin Festival
You’ve found pumpkin heaven. Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm has over 100,000 pumpkins and makes for the perfect autumn outing with the family. Shoot pumpkins out of a cannon, scream through the haunted house, and creep through the corn maze!
Weekends until Halloween
Hospital of Horror
It might scare you from experiencing virtual reality again! Take a VR tour through an abandoned hospital where you don't know what lurks around the corner!
Now until Halloween
Edmonton Ghost Tours
Explore the spooky side of Old Strathcona and Garneau with a haunting ghost tour! Tour the historic buildings while a guide narrates curious facts, unique histories and intriguing stories behind two of Edmonton's oldest communities. Be sure to keep your eye out for otherwordly sightings – there are more than a few stories about spirits that have been spotted in the area.
Monday-Thursday evenings in October