All dressed for Halloween and nowhere to go? Check out these local events
Watch a spooky theatre production, take a ghost tour or scare your pants off with a horror movie marathon
It's all Halloween all the time with events in the next few days in and around Calgary.
Ellis Choe from The Homestretch on CBC Radio has gathered up some of what's on offer, so if you want to spook up your weekend plans, check out the events below.
Theatres and film events
The Lougheed House is partnering with Sage Theatre to bring ghost stories to life with the help of actor Zach Running Coyote.
"We are featuring the Haunted Dolls' House by M.R James, which is about a family that gets this doll house and they witness the dolls inside enacting a rather creepy murder and there's consequences from that," said Holleay Rohm, programs manager at Lougheed House Conservation Society.
"We also have an original tale by Theresa May Lee called Rougarou, and it's been passed down to her through her Métis heritage. It's basically their version a werewolf story.
"We also have a Mi'gmaq story from Zach, who is our performer, and it's the story where a wish goes wrong."
The All Hallows Eve ghost stories performance events will take place Friday and Saturday.
Also on Friday, Workshop Theatre Society launches its production of Night of the Living Dead.
"The story is about a group of people that have found themselves caught up in events happening in the town that no one can explain," said Jacquie Brennan, director of the show and president of Workshop Theatre.
"They have all wound up in an abandoned farmhouse and are trying to band together to survive but also have conflicts with each other and their fight to survive against the zombie apocalypse that is taking over."
Show up in your best costume as there is a costume contest this evening and Halloween night.
The show runs until Nov. 7 at West Village Theatre.
If you love scary movies, head to the Globe Cinema for CUFF's annual 12-hour Halloween Movie Marathon.
It's seven scary movies from 7 p.m. on Halloween night until 7 a.m. the next morning. This event also hosts a costume contest and will have giveaways and prizes throughout the night.
The film lineup includes A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Blood and Black Lace and Bride of Chucky.
You can attend for one film or stay for them all.
Drumheller is famous not just for its dinosaurs but also for its ghosts.
Lothar Malmberg, tour director for Drumheller Guided Ghost Walk Tours, has been doing spooky tours through the community's haunted downtown and cemetery for nine years.
"Drumheller is said to be the most actively haunted town in Alberta, if you believe that sort of thing," says Malmberg.
"Paranormal researchers come from all over the world to Drumheller just to do research because our activity is so high."
Due to the pandemic, he's doing only small private group tours with a maximum of nine people. Tours can be booked via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're looking for somewhere a little closer to Calgary, drive the 45-or-so minutes east to Strathmore, for what is being called a "Hallowe'en Heckya Spooktacular." It includes Global Fest fireworks and YYC Food Trucks. Ticket proceeds go to the Calgary Fireworks Society.
Or head to the Century Downs Racetrack and Casino for a drive-in movie. They are playing a double feature of the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show and Poltergeist.
The gates open at 7 p.m. and movie starts at 8 p.m. Parking is first come, first serve.
Groove to the music
Tonight, Alberta folk-roots singer-songwriter John Wort Hannam is performing at the King Eddy
The show is free but you have to reserve your seat, or you can catch the live stream via the National Music Centre's Facebook page.
With files from The Homestretch and Ellis Choe