Nothing brings to life a city like a month celebrating the dead. The atmosphere is perfect for goblins, ghouls, and ghosts, be they malevolent or mischievous. And whether you believe in them or not, the eerie and playful spirit of Halloween keeps them in the forefront of everyone’s mind. Pair that with grey skies, crisp winds, and a plethora of leaves the colour of a dwindling bonfire, and Edmonton’s ready for one last hurrah before winter settles in. Take part in the autumnal festivities … before it’s too late!
Edmonton Corn Maze
When: September 8th – October 18th
Location: 26171 Garden Valley Rd, Spruce Grove
Visit Edmonton’s corn maze and get lost! Wander the maze and take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to make it through over 5 kilometres of twists and turns. But there’s more! Ride the grain train, race pedal carts, fire spud guns, and have a treat at the snack shack. Click here for details!
Edmonton International Film Festival
When: October 1st – 10th
Location: Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre
Come to this massive international film festival to see the new voices in filmmaking! The festival’s schedule has 55 feature-length slots and over 100 short films programmed into feature-length packages. The selection features Yakuza Apocalypse by the renowned Japanese director Takashi Miike, The Embargo Project by 5 indigenous female filmmakers across Canada, the intriguing Labyrinth of Lies by Guilio Ricciarelli, and dozens more! See this page for the entire schedule!
When: Opening night is October 2nd
Location: Old Paramount Theatre (10233 Jasper Avenue)
The notorious legend of the haunted Williams’ family farm has attracted a local film crew to shoot the ultimate horror movie. What set is better than one enshrouded with the mystery of decades of disappearances? But when the Curse of the Williams’ farm awakens, so does everything else. Check out their site for details.
When: October 2nd – 3rd
Location: Edmonton Expo Centre at Northlands
Since Germany’s a bit too far, Edmonton has found a local alternative! Showcasing beers from Germany and Edmonton’s craft brewers, this event is packed with delicious options you can find just around the corner. Enjoy an authentic Oompah band, amazing food (traditional and non-traditional fare), and fantastic company all weekend. Non-perishable donations to the Edmonton Food Bank are appreciated. Go here for additional info!
Edmonton’s Cupcake Classic
When: October 3rd
Location: Whitemud Park (13204 Fox Drive NW)
The 1st Annual Cupcake Classic treats Edmonton to a tasty fundraiser to open a Girls on the Run Council in Edmonton, a council dedicated to making a difference in the lives of girls by encouraging positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development. The run is 5K around Fort Edmonton Park and through the River Valley. Participants can go at whatever pace they prefer. And, of course, once you cross the finish line, you get a cupcake! Visit this page for more, including registration details.
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure
When: October 4th
Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square
Join hundreds of thousands of Canadians as they raise funds for breast cancer research, education, and advocacy initiatives. Run or walk 1K or 5K for the cause! Go to this page for additional information.
The Study and Go Abroad Fair
When: October 8th
Location: Shaw Conference Centre
For those of you with children or personal aspirations to pursue post-secondary options, take part in this massive fair! This is Canada’s largest international university and student travel expo, packed with universities and colleges from around the world. If travelling across the ocean isn’t on the docket, don’t worry – there will be Canadian institutions present, as well! Visit here for more.
When: October 15th – 25th
Location: Multiple venues
Born out of the Alberta Book Fair in 2002, LitFest remains the only nonfiction festival in Canada. Days loaded with speakers, presentations, and theatre will be informative and entertaining. Check out authors such as poet Jenna Butler, University of Alberta professor Ted Bishop, and more! Go to this site for details.
Fall Edmonton Woman’s Show
When: October 17th – 18th
Location: Edmonton Expo Centre at Northlands
Occurring bi-annually since 1996, the Woman’s Show is renowned for bringing women together and fostering a supportive community. Panels such as The AltaSteel Women in Non-Traditional Careers and The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry Health will offer a wealth of information. Joshua Morrow from The Young and the Restless and Derrick Levasseur from Big Brother 16 will be present as guest speakers. Cuddle Corner will have fluffy quadrupeds on the floor courtesy of the Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS). Even more booths and presentations are to be announced, so come on down! Go here for more!
When: October 23rd – 25th
Location: Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre
Run by the Pure Speculation Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society of Alberta, this annual festival returns bigger than ever! Bringing together fans, artists, and creators of all kinds, the aim is to celebrate geeky passions and hobbies. Guests of honor feature novelist Minister Faust, University of Alberta archeologist Dr. Kisha Supernant, artist James F. Beveridge, and artist Mike Sass. Check out panels, demos, and vendors, as well! See this page for further info!
Merit Travel Expo
When: October 25th
Location: La Cite Francophone
For those bit with the travel bug is this amazing expo! See the best of what the travel industry has to offer. Meet tour operators, listen to travel talks, win prizes, and save with awesome deals! This event features companies such as WestJet Vacations, KLM Airways, Iceland Air, Kenyan Airways, and more. The event is free, but please RSVP ahead of time. Click here for details.
Let’s Talk Science! School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
When: October 24th
Location: Katz Pharmacy Building at the University of Alberta
Children 7 – 12 can take part in this fantastical event! Featuring classes in Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Muggle Studies, Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and more, your little one can get as close to attending Hogwarts as possible! The event is free, however please register and reserve your tickets online. Visit this page for further information.
When: October 29th
Location: Commerce Place
Have you ever wanted to lock your co-workers up and throw away the key? Well, now you can (without the Weird & Illegal Factor)! If you deem any colleague has behavior obnoxious enough to see them face justice, check this event out! Be a snitch and nominate someone to go behind bars and they won’t be released until they make bail. This is a cancer fundraiser, so all donations will go to the cause. Check out this site for more.
When: Family Friendly October 23rd - 24th / Adults Only October 30th
Location: Fort Edmonton Park
Delve into another century at Fort Edmonton Park this Halloween! Make creepy crafts, get your fortune read, watch films, and take a frightful walk down 1885 Street! There are multiple packages for each evening and age group, featuring escalating scares and delights. Click here for details.
Have a safe and haunting Halloween, Edmonton!