Things to do this Halloween weekend
The greatest weekend of the year is upon us. Halloween weekend!
The Ghosties and Ghoulies are ready to walk the streets, and though Halloween isn’t until Monday, we have all weekend to celebrate this spooky holiday. You’ll have plenty of time for Halloween parties or horror movie marathons to get you in the mood for the big day. Personally, I’m going to be binging on movies and shoveling candy into my mouth day and night, with the occasional Halloween party to spice things up a bit. I haven’t picked my costume yet, but I have faith that sometime between now and Saturday night, I’ll be hit with a stroke of inspiration. If not, I’ll probably just really on my classic, go as a budget version of some professional wrestler from my child hood. Or maybe I’ll really go all out and dress up as 2017 Dodge Journey, though that sounds a bit more expensive than my typical $50 price limit. Now, I’m normally more of a stickler when it comes to Halloween costumes, I personally think that Halloween should be about the scares and people should dress accordingly, but I also understand that you gotta do what you gotta do.
If lazing about on the couch making yourself fat and scared with horror movies isn’t your thing, or maybe it is, and you’re looking for something more, here are 5 things to do this Halloween weekend:
Watch a Scary Movie
I mentioned this above, but it makes this list simply by sheer importance. For so many people, watching a good (or bad) scary movie is an integral part of their Halloween experience. Whether it be a Halloween Franchise marathon or a trip to the movie theater, regardless of your location, there should be popcorn and candy galore. My suggestion is take a trip to the cinema to check out Ouija: Origin of Evil, a tense and terrifying movie that is perfect for both the big screen and the Halloween season. For Halloween night, the Garneau Theater is offering a great double bill of The Haunting and The Tingler for a bargain of $12. So whether it’s a bit of the familiar, a bit of the new, or a bit of the classics, there’s nothing quite like a good scary movie on Halloween.
A Night on the Town
Edmonton is home to a very active and exciting night life, a night life that is quite good at celebrating Halloween. We’re home to the Bear’s Halloween Howler, which is a staple for the Halloween weekend for those looking to get a little crazier, looking to cut loose. This year, there’s a variety of different pub crawls and bars celebrating All Hallow’s Eve. No matter where you choose, make sure you’re costume is on point, it’s a sure fire way to score some free drinks!
Haunted Pumpkin Festival
This one is fun for the whole family! Open from 9am until 5pm, the Haunted Pumpkin Festival offers a variety of spooky activities, such as: corn mazes, train and hay rides, Make a Scarecrow, Petting Farm, and even its very own haunted house. If you’ve got kids and want to experience something that you’ll both enjoy, this is perfect for all ages.
Go Ghost Hunting!
What better way to celebrate Halloween than visiting actual haunted places. Edmonton has a long and creepy history, because of which, there are a variety of great haunted locations in the city. You can take a Ghostly Walk through Old Strathcona, which is a trip into one of Edmonton’s oldest and most haunted neighborhoods, or you can book a Ghost Tour that will take you into the infamous Hotel Macdonald, or the La Boheme Bed and Breakfast, which is one of the most haunted places in Alberta. That was just a few reasons why ghost hunting tours are an amazing way to get your spooky on this Halloween!
There seems to be a huge boom locally with these pop up haunts, and I couldn’t be happier. There’s a variety of cool Halloween haunts that all provide a high level of scares with a Hollywood level of special effects and design. There’s Deadmonton, located downtown that boasts to be the scariest, the Carnage Caverns in Fort Saskatchewan, the Gallery 501’s haunt, which boasts a vampire theme, and of course, there’s the Hospital of Horror, another downtown haunt that is an unreal and completely terrifying Virtual Reality experience.
Remember, on Halloween, everyone is entitled to one good scare.