It’s the return of the Deadmonton Haunted House and Halloween store, and this year there are two houses in which to get your haunt on. All month long (Thursday to Sunday, and the entire Halloween week), you can see the “truth” of Area 51 and, if you arrive at sunset, you can tour the tombs, crypts and mausoleums of Dusk – Rise of the Dead.
The Mosquers Film Festival is sadly not happening this fall, but it is presenting a drive-in movie at Kingsway Mall on October 3. Pack the family in the car and watch 1997’s Men in Black to start the month off in a monster-y Halloween mood.
Come October, Fort Edmonton Park goes from fun to frightening (but like, the fun kind of frightening) with DARK. Help hunt the Hotel Selkirk spirit, test your knowledge of terror or learn dark mixology arts as your haunting host guides you.
With unique style and vibrant colours, Dana Irving’s exhibition From Here to Therebrings Alberta’s lush forests and epic mountains to you. View the series (with five new additions) online or in person at the West End Gallery.
The University of Alberta Museum tells the story of the school’s origin along the North Saskatchewan River in On the Banks of the River, a virtual tour of art from the museum’s historic collection that commemorates new President and Vice-Chancellor, Bill Flanagan. Take the tour today!
If you take light rail transit between October 5 and 11, spend literally a minute checking out “western Canada’s first film fest for commuters” — the Gotta Minute Film Festival. On-board screens will show 60-second, silent short films from around the world, all of which are up for cash prizes and awards. Not transiting during that time? You can also view the fest at TIX on the Square, Metro Cinema or online.
La Cité Francophone’s Fall Patio Series is still on! Every Friday until October 9, local musicians provide a variety of musical stylings for your outdoor enjoyment, all next door to Café Bicyclette. Grab a tasty treat then tap your toes in the crisp autumn air.
Maybe the only thing Theatre Garage loves more than Halloween itself is helping the rest of us celebrate, and it’s found a new way to do it with Reverse Trick-or-Treating. On October 10, 17 and 24 (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.), Theatre Garage ghouls will come to your neighbourhood and leave treats, all in support of the Edmonton Food Bank. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in on the spooky (and tasty) action.
It’s never too early to get kids connected (or reconnected) to nature, and the University of Alberta Botanic Garden is making it easier by waiving admission fees for kids 17 and under until the last day of open season, October 12. “Getting kids connected to nature is something so necessary for well-being, and it’s a remedy the Garden provides,” says Carl Charest, interim executive director at the Garden, and you can help keep it free for kids indefinitely.
Canada’s first and only non-fiction story fest — LitFest — returns October 15 to 25. It’s about stories and conversations, and you may have noticed there’s a lot to talk about these days. From climate, race and gender, to some lighter topics, too, you’ll hear thought-provoking authors discuss their works and ideas and come away inspired and informed.
Telus World of Science Edmonton’s annual fundraiser is back, and it’s coming to your kitchen! The Lumen Kitchen Party will broadcast live October 16 and feature performances from Brett Kissel, JJ Wilde and Mike Plume, stand-up comedy from Andrew Grose, dinner and wine pairings from RGE RD and Guru, and some delicious science experiments you can concoct and try at home.
If you feel the need for speed, you won’t run out of space at West Edmonton Mall’s newest go-kart race track. Cover three levels of track on state-of-the-art Sodi electric race karts at Drive, West Ed’s newest adrenaline-pumping attraction.
Packing up your yard’s fallen leaves and sending them to the dump is not only wasteful, it’s a missed opportunity to enrich your yard for next season. So the City of Edmonton started Compost ‘S cool to help you reduce your waste and condition your soil to help your garden grow.
Head to Prairie Gardens anytime in October to take one of its pumpkin-picking tours. Bring your family for a hay ride around the farm then pick out the most shapely squash to carve for Halloween and turn into yummy pie.
Lock your family in to one of Time Escape’s themed escape rooms (including The Imperial Palace, The Prophecy and Spaceship Mysteries), then work together before it’s too late. Running all month long, and designed for all ages — and languages (the clues are symbol-based) — all you need is teamwork and puzzle-solving skills.
The ladies of the Maple Oaks Seniors home are back, in Pitched Perfect GoldenGirls at Jubilations Dinner Theatre, and they’re getting back to their college years thanks to a loophole in the Collegiate Singing Group Competition’s eligibility guidelines. Laugh and sing along all month long!
All month long, Prairie Gardens’ Family Farm Picnic provides all the fresh air and wide open space for your family (up to 15 people). You’ll get the countryside view, freshly baked bread with seasonal fruits and jam, cheese and crackers, house-made beverages and more!
Check out the Parkland County Art Tour until the end of the month. From Spruce Grove to Entwistle, the tour takes you to all the best art and culture businesses west of Edmonton. You can stop by and support pottery, ceramic and gift stores, check out the galleries and pick up some unique gifts along the way.
Our city is full of forward-thinking people and organizations that exemplify the energy, focus, innovation and creative thinking that builds this city. Help us highlight the great work being done by nominating someone to showcase in our Winter issue for the first ever Edifier Awards. Nominations open October 3.