It’s hard deciding whether or not to celebrate halloween with young children; if it’s their first halloween, they won’t remember a thing and will be too busy sleeping or eating to participate in all of the halloween activities like the older kids.
At the same time, you can’t wait to dress them up and snap some cute pictures!
The cold- and usually snow- that Calgary brings during Halloween can also be a deterrent for many families with children.
Thankfully there are some great options this Halloween that are fun for the whole family, and will be a great place to take some cute photos, have tons of fun, and stay warm.
We’ve also thrown in some options for older children and even a date-night event.
Note: a lot of these halloween events operate on the weekend as well, so no worries about having to take time off work, or miss the event! Best of both worlds.
Bass Pro Shop in CrossIron Mills
112-261055 CrossIron Blvd
Bass Pro always has something happening for the holidays and this Halloween is no exception.
This Halloween they will be having the Peanuts Gang set up for a Great Pumpkin celebration.
The hours of the event are as follows:
Monday – Friday, October 24-28th (6-8pm)
Saturday & Sunday, October 29-30th (NOON-5pm)
Halloween Night Only, October 31st (4-8pm)
The free crafts will keep the older children busy while parents with babes-in-arms stand in line to get a free printed photo with the entire Peanut Gang. Win-Win.
*The first 100 to get their picture taken will receive a light up jack-o-lantern pendant
Want more than one photo? Click here to receive your coupon for a photo package that includes a digital download, (1) 5X7 photo, and (4) wallet-sized photos.
A costume parade will also be happening on Sunday, October 30th at 3pm; show off the families costumes without having to bare the cold.
*the first 100 at the costume parade will receive a bat plushy
Monster Mash Halloween Bash at Village Square
2623 56 Street NE
If you’re looking for something that is catered to those wanting more interactive activities (excellent for high-energy children), then look no further.
Village Square is hosting a free Monster Mash Halloween party on Friday, October 28th from 4:30-6:30pm.
Put on your favourite costume and join the fun and games; there will be activities, games, and crafts!
Monster Mash-up at Telus Spark
220 St. George’s Drive NE
This suggestion is great for older children that love all things science.
Join in on more than five Halloween activities October 29th 10-5pm and October 30th 10-4pm.
Telus Spark has thought of everything this year; activities ranging from pumpkin decorating to creating new toys from old ones, and even learning some Halloween makeup tips. We are positive the whole family can find something to enjoy.
*children under 3 are free.
Dash of Doom
Eau Claire Market at 200 Barclay Parade
Skip the candy and register for a family-and-pet-friendly run on October 29th at 4:45pm (check in at 4pm)
With five race categories, ranging from 1km up to 10km stroller division, this is an event available to all, regardless of fitness level.
In addition to the race, there will be a designated area for Halloween games and a backdrop to snap the perfect family photo.
All race participants will receive a medal, and there will be several opportunities to win a costume contest, including Best Pet Costume.
An old favourite is Butterfield Acres; come for the pumpkin patch and stay for the animals.
Be sure to dress warm; an average of 1.5 – 2 hours is spent here.
Ride the tractor into the pumpkin patch where each child gets to pick out their own pumpkin and take it back with them to decorate. Leave the pumpkin to dry while you explore the rest of the farm; pony rides, bunnies, and a wandering pygmy goat are at the top of the list.
Remember to pick up your pumpkin before heading home!
Lil Spooks Halloween Party at Trico Centre for Family Wellness
11150 Bonaventure Drive SE
Do you and your children love swimming? Combine your love of water and Halloween this year at Trico Centre for Family Wellness.
Starting from 4:30pm there will be Halloween themed activities before the wave pool fun begins at 6:15pm that goes until 7:30pm
- Costumes optional
- $20 per family for non-members and $15 per family for members
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 1415 14 Ave NW
Of course we had to include an adults-only option.
With times on Thursday and Friday night (October 27th and 28th), as well as Saturday (October 30th) afternoon and evening, you won’t have to miss out on the family friendly events to enjoy this event with your significant other.
Enjoy an exquisitely choreographed ballet from the same choreographer who brought us The Nutcracker.
Prepare to be swept away to a small village in Transylvania where you will be mesmerized by the costumes and skilled dancers as the tale of Dracula is unfolded.
We wish you all a ghoulishly good Halloween!