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Spook-tacular Halloween events around the region

Haunted attractions, ghoulish outdoor events, kid-friendly dances and a drag show made the list
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What will it be trick or treat, candy or a tooth brush? Whatever your choices, Halloween booms with events and activities for all ages. FILE PHOTO/St. Albert Gazette

Halloween is an all-ages party and it's big around these parts. Activities range from child-friendly Disneyesque themes to downright bone-chilling, sweat-running-down-your spine events. This is our list of activities taking place around St. Albert and the region. So, pick your poison and have fun.  

Halloween Haunt 

Servus Place is back to its old tricks with the return of Halloween Haunt. Geared to trick-or-treaters under the age of 12, it’s a great opportunity to show off costumes while burning energy at various stations. 

Bouncy castles and inflatables, ooey gooey sensory bins, archery tag and scary craft-making are just some of the activities. Children can snap photos at selfie stations, hug roaming characters and dip into the candy and treat stations. 

Halloween Haunt takes place Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children are required to wear wristbands. They can be purchased in advance. For admission details call 780-418-6088 or visit stalbert.ca/haunt. 

Costume dance 

Time to round up the ghosts, goblins and wee monsters for the spooky Family Fright Halloween Dance at Morinville Community Cultural Centre’s on Friday, Oct. 28. 

Anyone who would like to brush up on their floor moves can attend a special drop-in Thriller dance workshop at 6 p.m. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded in various categories. 

Admission is free, however tickets must be picked up in advance either at the centre’s box office during regular hours or online at ticketpro.ca. There is a maximum of six tickets per person. 

Donations for the Morinville Food Bank will be collected at the door at time of ticket pickup. 

The dance takes place between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. MCCC is located at 9502 – 100 Avenue. 

Drag Show 

The Sovereign Court for the Wild Rose is back with Hallowqueen Drag Show, a collaboration of art, performance, costumes and straight-out spooky fun. Celebrated at the Arden Theatre on Friday, Oct. 28 , it is an evening of Halloween-themed song and dance with numbers such as Monster Rap and Spooky, Scary Skeleton

The Master of Ceremonies during this go-around is Tugs Cucina, a two-spirit drag artist from the Edmonton 2-Spirit Society. Among the 16 performers are returning favourites Vanity Fair, Gabe itch and Sarah Trixx. 

St. Albert based Outloud Foundation in support of LGBTQ youth will host a silent auction during the two-hour show.  

The Hallowqueen Drag Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50. Visit tickets.stalbert.ca or call 780-459-1542. 

Pumpkin Fall-o-ween 

Bon Accord’s Prairie Gardens is back in business with its humongous 15-acre pumpkin patch and Halloween farm fun. The family activities include a haunted house, scarecrow band, petting zoo, moss art animals, several mazes, train rides, bale jumping and tire tosses. 

Activities run until Monday, Oct. 31. Gate admission is $26 for ages13 plus, $24 for three to 12 years, and free for toddlers two and under. Tickets are online at www.prairiegardens.org. Parking is limited. There is an additional $10 vehicle fee imposed by Sturgeon County. 

Jack-o-lantern parade 

Pumpkins After Dark is an nightly outdoor experience of sculptured jack-o-lanterns and classic archways. Visitors can expect to see more than 6,000 lit pumpkins – both craft and real hand-carved ones to resemble Halloween characters, dinosaurs, and dragons as well as movie and pop culture icons. 

Located at Edmonton’s Borden Park until Oct. 31, it celebrates the diversity of jack-o-lanterns with live pumpkin carving demonstrations, fall treats, interactive Halloween characters, photo opportunities and food trucks. 

Tickets are sold by timed entry and must be purchased in advance. Visit pumpkinsafterdark.com. 

DARK 

During the summer, Fort Edmonton Park is a popular low-key friendly attraction. But at Halloween, it morphs into DARK, a place where terror awaits. Back for its fifth installation, DARK offers three wickedly menacing experiences. 

Do you have the stomach to meet a sicko joker with a penchant for murder? Or is your taste along the lines of visiting a farm where an evil arrangement harvests a gruesome chain reaction? Better still discover what nightmares are really like when demons come knocking at the door. 

Come for the scares and stay for the food trucks and beverage options. The event runs until Sunday, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Recommended for ages 14 plus. Tickets are $45. Visit www.showclix.com/event/dark-2022.  


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