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All dressed for Halloween and nowhere to go? Check out these local events

Get spooked, or don't, with these options of what to do in and around Calgary starting today.

Watch a spooky theatre production, take a ghost tour or scare your pants off with a horror movie marathon

There are zombies, an abandoned farmhouse and inexplicable events all wrapped into Workshop Theatre's Night of the Living Dead production. (Workshop Theatre Society)

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.

The All Hallows Eve event at the Lougheed House, right, will feature performer and playwright Zach Running Coyote, left. (Zach Running Coyote, Lougheed House )

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."

Workshop Theatre will perform Night of the Living Dead, its creepy Halloween show, into early November, so it's not too late if you miss it this weekend. (Workshop Theatre Society)

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. 

1998's Bride of Chucky is one of seven horror films playing this weekend for CUFF's 12-hour Halloween Movie Marathon. (Universal Pictures)

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. 

Further afield

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."

Lothar Malmberg is a bit of legend in Drumheller, known for hosting ghost tours in a location known by paranormal researchers as a place of high activity. (Matt Paproski/Starland Studios)

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: ucmagic.ca@gmail.com.

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.

Folks-roots musician John Wort Hannam will perform Friday night at the King Eddy. (The King Eddy/Facebook)

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

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