With only one weekend to go until Halloween, the city is awash for spooktacular activities for you or the whole family. But if that isn't your thing, don’t despair. There are also plenty of other (non-pumpkin based) events on the go.

A Polar bear luncheon

Andrew Derocher

Andrew Derocher will speak at the Enterprise Square Galleries on Friday about his experiences studying polar bears in the Canadian north. (Courtesy of Andrew Derocher)

What: Head over to the Enterprise Square Galleries (10230 Jasper Avenue) on Friday for a special lecture by polar bear expert Andrew Derocher.

Derocher will speak from his experience as a researcher to describe the unique role the bears have played in the Arctic, as well as habitat loss and climate change threatening the bears’ survival.

And once you’ve whetted your appetite for the north, you can head across the river and take in the University of Alberta's new exhibit Sanaunguabik: Traditions and Transformations in Inuit Art.

When? October 25 at noon

A very Rapid Fire Halloween

What: The hilarious folk at Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre will be divvying up into two teams and facing off against each other in a series of “disgustingly awesome” improvised comedy battles guaranteed to make you laugh and maybe gross you out a bit (losing teams will be forced to do things like drink a liquified Happy Meal).

But buy your tickets soon  this event is sure to sell out.

When? October 25, with shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Going up?

Elevator Play

Take in an elevator play with Theatre Yes and the National Elevator Project. (CBC)

What:  Theatre Yes has commissioned a series of five-minute plays that explore the ritual of the elevator ride. The catch? Each play is to be performed inside working elevators across Edmonton’s downtown, requiring audiences to enter into the “stage” and go along for the ride. Maps and directions to each of the participating elevators are available at Tix on the Square (9930 - 102nd Avenue). Tickets are available here.

When? Running daily from October 16 to 27

Food & Drink

WhatThe Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is returning for its 12th year, bringing with it the best of the best in local foods and flavours. Billing itself as “the largest and most exciting wine and food event in Alberta,” the festival, held at the Shaw Conference Centre, is an excellent opportunity to sample an extensive array of premium liquors, malts and gourmet snacks. Tickets cost $25.

When? October 25 and 26

A masked affair

What: The Art Gallery of Alberta will pair goth and glamour this weekend at Nocturne: A Masked Affair.

Based partly out of the gallery’s current exhibit “The Intellection of Lady Spider House” — a labyrinthine haunted house walk-through — the event will feature fortune telling, mask-making, music, a Victorian film fest and a costume contest. Tickets are available here.

When? October 26 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.