Nothing brings to life a city like a month celebrating the dead. The atmosphere is perfect for goblins, ghouls, and ghosts, be they malevolent or mischievous. And whether you believe in them or not, the eerie and playful spirit of Halloween keeps them in the forefront of everyone’s mind. Pair that with grey skies, crisp winds, and a plethora of leaves the colour of a dwindling bonfire, and Edmonton’s ready for one last hurrah before winter settles in. Take part in the autumnal festivities … before it’s too late!
Edmonton Corn Maze
When: September 2nd – October 20th
Location: West of Edmonton in Parkland County
Come down for a traditional event that’s fun for the whole family! Fifteen acres of field have become a maze, full of towering corn plants, 85 decision points, and Santa Claus. That’s right! This year the Edmonton Corn Maze has partnered up with Santas Anonymous, a charity that has been around for 60 years making sure that every child has the option to wake up to a present Christmas morning. Wander and weave through the merry design, have a family picnic, launch your kids into orbit on giant jumping pillows, and climb (not Christian) Bale Mountain. Then, when the days get closer to Halloween, the Farm of Fear will open its gates! Visit www.edmontoncornmaze.ca for more information!
Deadmonton Haunted House
When: Every weekend starting October 3rd
Location: 10505 106 St NW
The Williams family farmland was notorious for their pumpkin patch. Then the flood came, obliterating their livelihood. When winter hit, things became worse. They secluded themselves, outcasts with their bad luck and newfound state of poverty. No one noticed when they disappeared. At least not right away. People eventually became curious, creeping up to the farm, but then never returning themselves. Some have allegedly seen flashing lights, mist, and creatures from afar. Maybe it wasn’t their imagination running away with them. Perhaps they were wise not to venture closer like the others had. Do you dare visit the Williams farmstead and see for yourself? See www.deadmontonhouse.com for details …
Edmonton’s Woman Show
When: October 18th – 19th
Location: Northlands, Edmonton EXPO Centre, Hall A
Take a breather from the chilling activities with this event! Occurring bi-annually since 1996, the Woman’s Show is renowned for bring women together and fostering a supportive community. Come down and see presenters, booths, and seminars from best-selling author Fawn Weaver, acupuncturist Sabrina Silins (R.Ac., TCMD), Londonderry Mall, Edmonton Henna Tattoos, and many more! Take part in Latin dancing lessons, get your handwriting analysed, and enjoy a delectable Afternoon Tea Time. Consider this a perfect couple of days to get your coven on, ladies! Check out http://www.womanshow.com/whats-on for more!
Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival
When: October 24th – 25th
Location: Shaw Conference Centre, Halls A – C
Returning for its 13th year is this tantalizing festival! There won’t be caramel apples or a bounty of individually wrapped candies found here. In their place will be a remarkable selection of premium wines, beers, and fine local cuisine. And, of course, there will be spirits, however distilled. Walk the Grand Tasting Hall to take a trip around the world when it comes to the massive international selection. Return for a taste of home with a Cheese Tasting Seminar hosted by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Then, test your luck to win the festival’s Grand Prize – an all-inclusive getaway for two at Banff’s Sunshine Mountain Lodge! For further details, go to www.rockymountainwine.com/edmonton.html!
Rocky Horror Double Feature & Halloween Spooktacular
When: October 23rd - 25th, and 31st
Location: Fort Edmonton Park
Get ready for the fort’s non-stop supernatural delights! Taking place October 23rd only at the theatre will be two classic horror flicks - House of Wax (1953) and Horror of Dracula (1958). The following days - or nights, rather - will see the fort turned into a Halloween wonderland full of fright and fun for the entire family! Trick-or-treaters welcome! But, late at night on All Hallow’s Eve, there will be a special adults-only event featuring gypsies, conjurers, and necromancers. Many packages are available for groups or individuals, so please look at www.fortedmontonpark.ca/events/signature-events for details!
Have a chilling October, Edmonton! May you survive to see All Saint’s Day!