Its the YYC Weekend Scoop, Halloween Edition! Its only once every seven years that we’re lucky enough to have All Hallow’s Eve fall onto a Saturday so if you haven’t done the spooky thing in a few years, then maybe this is the time! There are plenty of things going on all over Calgary this weekend so here’s the scoop!
- Calgary Underground Film Festival Monster Marathon – This Saturday, the Calgary Underground Film Festival will present a marathon all-nighter of horror to celebrate Halloween. But don’t expect tried-and-true classics such as The Shining or Night of the Living Dead. The programmers at the Calgary Underground Film Festival — all of whom have experience offering customers cinematic advice at various video stores over the years — are zeroing in on more obscure fare including; The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Funhouse (1981), Gremlins 2 (1990), Trick R Treat (2007), and others.
- ScreamFest (Friday and Saturday, 7pm-Midnight) – This isn’t just one haunted house, its a whole experience. Walk through multiple haunted houses — the Madhouse, Bates Motel, and new this year, Clown Town. Afterwards go on the Neighbours From Hell simulator ride and try your luck at Halloween themed carnival games like the Wheel of Misfortune. This year they’ve also introduced “zombie zorbz” and archery tag, which promises to be a fun new addition. Cost: $25 General Admission.
- Grim Manor – Calgary’s newest haunted house! Organizers of this space took the old Target space in Sunridge mall and gave it a bit of a makeover. The 6,000-square-foot space is turning into Grim Manor, a home occupied by a professor who foolishly took home a spooky book he found in the Louisiana woods. Recommended for guests 13 and up. Cost: $13 General Admission.
- Intro to Ghost Hunting – If you’re going to do paranormal, do it right: the Calgary Association of Paranormal Investigations offers an Introduction to Ghost Hunting workshop during which you’ll learn the basics of seeing dead people. Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. At Colonel James Walker House, 2425 9th Ave. S.E., Cost: $30. Tickets at capi7.ca.
- Ghoul’s Night Out – If you’re looking for something more family oriented, and don’t mind getting out of the downtown area, Heritage Park’s Ghouls’ Night Out is great for kids aged three to nine and their parents, who can take a load off while the park’s wizards and witches host craft and storytelling events. Friday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $6.15 (ages 3-12); $10.25 (ages 13+); children under two, free.
So there you have it, all the spookiest and coolest things to do this weekend in and around downtown.