Edmonton has long been considered one of the country’s best destinations for festivals and events as is demonstrated every year around Halloween with a huge number of activities that take place throughout the city. This year is no exception as there are dozens of haunted happenings to choose from that offer tricks and treats for the entire family.
While it’s difficult to choose between all the fabulous frightening festivities that are happening this year in our incredible city, we’ve chosen a few of our favorites that we think will be fang-tastic for the whole family.
Boo at the Zoo is the premiere family-friendly Halloween event that attracts Edmonton families year after year to the Edmonton Valley Zoo to participate, in costume, in some exciting Halloween inspired events. Meet some of the animals that live at the zoo, gross out at the Terrifying Touch Table, take a walk around the grounds to pick up treats and participate in a variety of festive fall fun activities; all while learning and getting close to the zoo’s inhabitants. Visit the city’s webpage for more information including a schedule of activities. www.edmonton.ca.
The Spooktacular Penny Dreadful at Fort Edmonton Park offers two different events, the family friendly and the adult only. Be mesmerized, mystified and mortified by these family friendly tales straight out of Mid-Victorian era Britain. Tales of terror are tamed down for the younger family members yet still promise to provide an evening of thrills as you wander through the park and visit trick or treat stops, crafts, food and even a spooky maze to get lost in. For the adults, the horror is heightened to terrifying levels that will leave your heart racing and your imagination racing. More information is available at www.fortedmontonpark.ca/events where you can order tickets and check out the scheduled hours. There’s even a bonus showing of the Goonies at the Capital Theatre that can be purchased.
West Edmonton Mall in Summerlea offers three Halloween inspired activities for the entire family to enjoy. Events let kids enjoy four attractions while wearing their costumes including mini-golf and ice skating, ride the Halloween train, get their ghoulish faces painted and even follow a candy map on Halloween night to trick or treat for goodies given out by participating retailers. To find out the schedule of Halloween events, and how you’re family can participate, visit WEM’s events page www.wem.ca/events.
School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: the Science of Halloween invites would be sorcerers the opportunity to learn about the science behind “magic” through demonstrations that involve magical plants, enchanting explosions and of course, science! Hands-on activities are held at the Katz Pharmacy Building at the University of Alberta and include classes on Charms, Potions, Care of Magical Creatures and Muggle Studies. To find out the entire schedule of events and to sign up for this free event, visit the U of A’s official event site www.outreach.letstalkscience.ca.
We at Ryan Dutka Real Estate Solutions always get excited around Halloween and always enjoy the festivities, costumes and candy. We want to remind you to be extra careful driving around Halloween and keep an eye out for all the little ghouls, ghosts and goblins as they make their way around the communities, especially as it gets dark earlier this time of year. Let’s make this and every Halloween a treat and leave the tricks for the kids.