Whether your favourite part about Halloween is the mass amounts of candy, playing dress-up, freaky horror films, or spooky haunted houses, there’s something for everyone in Edmonton. Get ready to boo-gie!
Haunted Pumpkin Festival
When: Weekends through Oct 31
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
About: This seasonal favourite has spooked over 1 million guests in its 60-year history. Take your kids out to Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm for endless Halloween fun! Cool activities include the infamous pumpkin cannon, pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, and a haunted house.
Edmonton Ghost Tours
When: Through Nov 3
Where: Walterdale Playhouse, Strathcona Streetcar
About: Get an educational and spooky tour of Edmonton to learn about some of its dark and supernatural history. Discover true stories of ghosts, hauntings, and murders on the Old Strathcona Ghost Tour (Oct 1–Nov 3), or ride the rails on the Haunted Trolley Tour (Oct 18–Oct 31) while hearing the most gruesome stories of Old Strathcona.
Classic Halloween films in Garneau
When: Select dates through October 31
Where: Metro Cinema
About: Catch a classic Halloween film on the big screen at Metro Cinema in the Garneau Theatre! Upcoming films include Halloween (1978), The Evil Dead (1981), Beetlejuice (1988), and Ghostbusters (1984).
When: Oct 26
Where: Strathcona County Museum Sherwood Park
About: You’ll need your flashlight to navigate the museum halls and walls—they’ll be spooked out to delight all ages! Follow ghostly clues through the exhibits to discover where the ghosts are hiding. Explore Spooktacular indoor and outdoor activities, create a ghoulish craft, and enjoy fantastic Halloween treats.
When: October 26
Where: Manning Town Centre (15530-37 St.)
About: Bring your goofiest, cutest, and SPOOKiest littles to the Manning Spooktacular for a FREE family event! Enjoy crafts, pumpkin decorating (while supplies last), trick-or-treating, and more—plus, fill out the trick-or-treat passports for a chance to WIN a $200 gift card to Manning Town Centre. Costumes encouraged!
Boo! At the Zoo
When: Oct 27
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo
About: Come dressed in your best costume, and participate in spooky Halloween-themed activities. There will be creepy demonstrations, a Witches’ Den, hands-on science experiments, crafts, an extinct animal graveyard, and loads of fun for trick-or-treaters of all ages.
TEST YOUR BRAVERY
When: Oct 10–Nov 1
Where: Fort Edmonton Park
About: The entire village of Fort Edmonton Park is haunted and the DARK streets provide no solace. Your DARK ticket includes three immersive haunts, scare zones, roving entertainment, and access to the DARK Circle for food, beverages, entertainment, and a little less scare. This event is recommended for those 14 and older.
When: Through Nov 3
Where: 7031 Gateway Blvd.
About: Face your darkest fears at one of the creepiest experiences in Edmonton. You can never be too sure whether you imagined that hand on your shoulder or if it was really there as a team of scare specialists do their best to chill you. Read the warning on the house’s website before visiting, as this event is not for the faint of heart.
Edmonton Festival of Fear International Film Festival
When: Oct 11-13
Where: Princess Theatre
About: Enjoy three whole days of guts, gore, and hair-raising fear at this annual festival featuring films from China, Belgium, Australia, Iran, Chile, and more. Celebrate making it through the whole festival at the official After Party at the Old Town Pub.
When: Oct 24-27
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre
About: ScreamFest is Canada’s largest and scariest Halloween event. At ScreamFest, you will experience haunted houses, Halloween-themed carnival games, creepy and disturbing entertainment, and—of course—fear. Although they admit anyone, this event is rated PG13–they are out to really, really scare adults. This event is not recommended for young children or the faint of heart.
The Hands of Orlac
When: Oct 31
Where: Winspear Centre
About: From all-out camp to don’t-look-behind-you fear enjoy our late-night Halloween tradition! Bring your ghoulfriend to this silent horror film screened to live organ accompaniment from Dennis James. Themed cocktail, best costume prizes, and a DJ spinning everything from Thriller to Monster Mash as you dance the night away.
Halloween Masquerade Ball
When: Oct 31
Where: Halley’s Club, Starlight Casino—West Edmonton Mall
About: Get your reservations for this masquerade ball, featuring a live big band!
When: Oct 31
Where: Rec Room (both South Edmonton and West Edmonton Mall locations)
About: Step right up to the spookiest spectacle of them all! Enjoy unlimited game play, a costume contest, DJ and more. Redemption points not awarded. Attractions sold separately. No masks or replica weapons. This is an 18+ event.
All Souls’ Eve Party
When: Nov 2
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
About: Don’t miss this late-night, art-inspired Halloween party featuring performances (including aerialists, acrobats, and fortune writer), interactive experiences, exhibition access, cash bar, dancing, and costumes. This is an 18+ event.