One of the things that makes Calgary such a great place to live is the cultural and entertainment diversity available here. With end of October is fast approaching the Calgary scene is offering some incredible options for your Halloween fun this year ranging from Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s take on Psycho to child friendly nights at the Zoo. Events around the city range from the truly terrifying to general family fun ensuring there is something for everyone and for every scare threshold.
The Screamfest Haunted House and Freak Show: 5 unique Haunted Houses and shows at Canada Olympic Park that will scare and entertain you. Admission starts at $20 with packages available for VIP passes and other onsite attractions. According to their website this attraction is intended for a mature audience – no one under 13 will be admitted and over 18 is recommended. http://www.screamfest.ca
Boo at the Zoo: The Boo at the Zoo that you love to fear is back! Voted BEST Halloween event by Calgary’s Child Magazine. This event runs from October 28th to October 30th and is a great option for a younger audience. Children can Trick or Treat through the Zoo and there is a Scare rating system so you can customize your trip for your family. http://www.calgaryzoo.com/content/view/29/287/#boo
Ghouls' Night Out at Heritage Park: Evening activities include a Halloween dance, a Toy Shop of Horrors, a gruesome Ghouls’ Feast and more. Perfect for families with little ones aged 3 to 9, the event runs from October 26th to October 30th from 6pm to 9pm each evening. http://www.heritagepark.ca/specialevents.htm
Psycho, The Movie and the Music: This Halloween, experience Hitchcock as never before. See Norman Bates return to the big screen as the Orchestra provides the chilling soundtrack at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Viewer discretion is advised. http://www.cpo-live.com/main/event_detail.php?event_id=538
Cemetery of Sound: This event is at the Big Four building and open to ages 18 and up. The premiere Halloween electronic dance music event, bringing together the city's best promoters and some of today's most exciting DJ talent for an epic, thrilling night! http://unionevents.com/shows/view/2824/cemetery-of-sound
If you feel like getting dressed up and going out on the town for Halloween, many of the local bars and nightclubs have special events planned for the Halloween weekend. To see a complete list of the different themed events check out http://calgary.beforelastcall.com/happenin/8/calgary_halloween_events.html
Have a great and safe Halloween 2011 Calgary!
Larry Arnason, Calgary’s Mortgage Broker