Family-friendly Halloween events in Calgary

It’s that time of year again when all the ghosts, goblins, witches and black cats come out of storage and take over the streets. These traditional Halloween costumes often come along with mature content, like blood, guts, the spirit world – all those fun things – and therefore, are not welcomed by everyone. If you’re a family with young children, you’re definitely not seeking out the biggest scare, but you instead may be looking for fun, safe Halloween events. If this is you, listen up! We’ve got you covered, Calgary.


Cobb’s Adventure Park


Head down to Cobb’s this Saturday or Sunday to pick your own pumpkin, small and round or large and oblong, from their very large pumpkin patch. These pumpkins are grown and cared for all summer long for this very holiday. There are carving kits available for purchase so you better start thinking of the creative design your pumpkin deserves this year. Choose to take your pumpkin home or choose to carve it on-site, whichever you and your family prefer (but your kitchen might thank you if you choose elsewhere!). If you do decide to carve at home, try separating the insides and roasting your very own pumpkin seeds this year – we like a combination of cinnamon, brown sugar and cayenne pepper!


Visit the Cobb’s website above for a full list of their fun activities this Halloween season.


Shocktober @ TELUS Spark


Check out the newest spooky attraction at the TELUS Spark centre, full of fun experiments, colourful potions and the scary science behind Halloween. This event is always electric, entertaining the kiddos for hours with risky science and interactive exhibits. Shocktober runs from October 6-31 so if you already have plans for Halloween night, no worries! Go any day leading up to the festive day to avoid the spooky Halloween night crowds. Why not make a day of it and hit the Calgary Zoo first?! Education meets Halloween!


Sensory-Friendly Mall Activities


Halloween is full of loud noises, scary costumes, flashing lights and darkness, which may sound great to some but not to others. Southcentre Mall has partnered with Autism Calgary for another year of safe trick-or-treating. Children ages 2-12 are welcomed to the mall before it opens, with the lights and music both turned off, creating a calm, quiet atmosphere with sensory needs in mind. This is a limited event, held from 8:30-10:30 am, so make sure to RSVP and snag your families spot now. More information can be found at the link above!


Who needs a traditionally scary Halloween when you’ve got fun, unique festive celebrations like these?! There are loads of activities for kids of all ages happening in and around the city, so don’t be afraid to switch it up this year. There’s still plenty of time to brainstorm costumes and assemble the best get-up before the big day! For more family-friendly events, visit the Family Fun Canada website.


Have a spooktacular Halloween this year Calgary!