Ghosts, goblins, and pumpkins, oh my!
Throw in a sprinkle of dinosaurs, Vincent Van Gogh, hockey players, and some cute babies for good measure, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of just some of the fun fall activities in Calgary for families in October.
Whether you’re looking for ways to get spooked or just want to enjoy the last days of fall before winter sneaks up on us, we’ve rounded up 13 of our favourite fall activities to check out in YYC in October.
The. Monster March | weewildones-yyc.com
October 1 – 31
The Monster March is an annual event, hosted by Wee Wild Ones, to help raise money for the Children’s Cottage Society. This year, the goal is to raise $50,000 for the new Crisis Nursery and Family Support Centre which supports children and families in need. To help support this amazing cause, register for the 3k Monster March which takes place virtually throughout the month of October and in person on October 30th, purchase Monstrous Merchandised, designed in collaboration with artist Katie Green, or check out the Monster Market on October 30th at the Bowness Community Association.
Harvest Pumpkin Fest | butterfieldacres.com
Weekends in October
Pumpkin Fest at Butterfield Acres is here once again, bringing the fun of all things fall to your family every weekend in October. Pick out the perfect pumpkin, visit your favourite farmyard friends, go for a pony or tractor-pulled wagon ride, grab some apple cider and warm up by the fire, and more. If you’re looking for an excuse to break out your Halloween costumes before the big day, good news! Costumes are highly encouraged, and there’s even two contests every week for 2022 Seasons Passes – all you have to do is post your photos to Instagram and tag Butterfield Acres!
Fall Days and Harvest Nights | calgaryfarmyard.com
Weekends and Holidays in October
There’s so much to do at Calgary Farmyard, and thanks to their Harvest Nights event, a lot of that fun extends from day to night! Visit the pumpkin patch to find the best prospect for this year’s jack-o-lantern. Next, visit the corn maze (try it out in the dark for an extra challenge!), visit some farmyard friends, and check out the 35+ attractions including outdoor arcade games, zip lines, mini golf, playground structures, jumping pillows, the potato sack slide, and more!
Calgary Baby and Tot Show | calgarybabyshow.com
Parents of little ones won’t want to miss this premier parenting event featuring local and national exhibitors showcasing everything you need from clothing and toys to products and services. Industry experts will also be sharing educational presentations on topics from pregnancy to preschool and everything in between. A daily costume parade and magic show will be the cherry on top for kiddos in your family who have decided to tag along!
Beyond Van Gogh | calgaryvangogh.com
Until October 8, 2021
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Beyond Van Gogh immersive exhibit, you still have time! This cutting edge experience runs until October 8th. Tickets must be purchased in advance to experience the world of Van Gogh like you’ve never seen, heard, or felt it before!
Calgary Flames Games | nhl.com
Hockey fans, rejoice! If you’ve been missing the excitement of live hockey, the Calgary Flames will be hosting four games on home ice this October. The Flames will be taking on the Vancouver Canucks on October 1, the Winnipeg Jets on October 8, the Anaheim Ducks on October 18, and the Philadelphia Flyers on October 30. Did you know that Co-Op members save $20 off of regular ticket prices to Flames Games? Check out this link to learn more.
Calgary Hitmen Games | hitmenhockey.com
NHL games are a ton of fun, but the Western Hockey League can be just as exciting to watch, at a fraction of the price. The Calgary Hitmen will be hosting six games on home ice in October, taking on the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Swift Current Broncos, Red Deer Rebels, Brandon Wheat Kings, and the Winnipeg Ice.
Dinosaur Era | dinosaureracalgary.com
October 8, 9, 10
What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? Okay, we’ll admit it – as adults, we’re pretty keen too. See the magic of over 19 animatronic dinosaurs coming to life as they move, breathe, blink and roar right in front of your eyes! Visit some of your favourite dinos, including Tyrannosaurus rex, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops and more at this indoor and outdoor exhibit. There will also be various amusement rides and dinosaur-themed activities; tickets sell out quickly, so grab yours before they’re gone!
Pumpkin Chunkin | facebook.com
October 19 from 11:00 – 2:00
The town of Okotoks will be chunkin pumpkins as part of this annual tradition started by the Okotoks Optimist Club! Participants are invited to create their own pumpkin-launching machines to see who can fling their jack-o-lantern the farthest and with the messiest results. There will also be shopping, food trucks, pumpkin decorating and more. Contact OkotoksOptimist@gmail.com to participate or find out more!
Ghouls Night Out | heritagepark.ca
October 28 – 31
For 4 nights only, ghosts, ghouls, and everyone of every age is invited to dress up and celebrate the spirit of Halloween at Heritage Park! Spooky crafts, a monster-sized game of Operation, trick or treating, outdoor shows and a trip through a funhouse are just some of the activities you’ll get to experience at this fun-filled event!
Field of Screams | fieldofscreams.ca
October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30
If you have a family filled with Halloween fans, Field of Screams is back for another year of bone-chilling outdoor entertainment. For 6 nights, Cobb’s Adventure Park becomes the stuff of nightmares, with 6 terrifying haunted houses to explore if you dare. For something slightly less spooky, there will also be pedal carts, blacklight mini golf, archery tag, tractor rides, bonfires, and even a kangaroo petting zoo. Although it sounds pretty scary, Cobb’s has designated this event to be suitable for all ages.
Haunted Calgary: Museum of the Macabre | hauntedcalgary.org
October 9, 16, 23, 29, and 30
There certainly is no shortage of places to get your scream fix in Calgary this October! Haunted Calgary is a walk-through Halloween attraction in the underground parkade of New Horizon Mall, which includes about 6000 square feet of scary fun to be had. If you like to be scared, but maybe just a little less so, there are :family-friendly” times set aside that feature reduced scares, brighter lighting, and a “softer” approach – but it’s still not for the faint of heart!
Scream Fest | screamfest.ca
October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 31
First things first – this is an event that is more suited to the older kids and adults in your family. ScreamFest is designed to be scary – like, really scary – so they recommend attendees to be 13 and over (although they will permit anyone to join in on the screams). If you think you’re brave enough, there are six outdoor haunted houses, carnival games, axe throwing, creepy rides, and food trucks to fill your belly after you’ve worked up an appetite running from zombies.
What events are your favourite fall activities in Calgary? We’d love to hear them in the comments!