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Oct122011

Halloween Events for Young Families | Edmonton 2011

Family Friendly Halloween Events in Edmonton 2011

On the Street
Halloween Alley
What:
The residents of this street take Halloween to the next level by decorating their houses and yards.
Why:
A great way to get into the Halloween spirit and get ideas to decorate your own abode. Make sure to bring a food bank donation.
Where:
147 Street between 103 & 104 avenue
When:
Houses are usually decorated two weeks before Halloween.
*Update Oct 25: Kori commented below that this year there wasn't much participation. Too bad. It's a cool idea.


S’caring’ for Kids

Scarecrow Festival

What:
A Halloween festival for families featuring pay-per games, crafts and activities. Proceeds from the event benefit ABC Headstart.
Why:
Experience the creepy crawly cove, make wax hands from your child’s hands, decorate a cookie, paint a pumpkin and wander through the happy haunted house.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre, Northlands Hall B. $3 admission. Under 2 years is free.
When: Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16


Get ready to scream

Galaxyland Trick or Treat Festival

What:
 Trick or treat for ghoulish goodies, ride the Halloween train and participate in fun Halloween activities.
Why: A good excuse to wear your costume early and go on some rides. Just make sure to secure loose items and tuck in strings.
Where: West Edmonton Mall, Galaxyland
When: Saturday, October 15, 22, 29 and Sunday, October 16, 23, 30.  10am – 4pm


Masked Animals

Boo! at the Zoo

What:
A myriad of Halloween activities in and amongst the animals.
Why:
Dress up to get some treats then go on a Spooky Scavenger Hunt, make a Halloween craft and watch the Elephant Jack-O-Lantern Stomp.
Where
: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road
When:
Sunday, October 16 11am – 4pm


Halloween in the Country

Haunted Pumpkin Fest

What:
A day in the country wandering in kids corn mazes, exploring a haunted farm house, making a scarecrow, taking a wagon ride, watching a puppet show and of course petting sheep, goats and bunnies.
Why: Take your camera and snap beautiful fall photos while having fun.
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
When:
Every weekend in October. 11am – 5 pm


snap-DRAGONS, potted MUM-MIES, and IMMORTAL flowers

Halloween at the Muttart Conservatory

What:
A creepy crawly Halloween event amongst the flowers and plants.
Why:
Go to decorate a spider plant, which you’ll get to take home. Then get up close with Bugly Bright’s live bugs, vote on the best jack-o-lantern and try to win a prize in the tarantula toss.
Where:
Muttart Conservatory, 9626 - 96A Street
When:
Sunday, October 23. 12 - 4pm


Toddler Treats

Halloween Haunts
What:
WEM’s Tuesday Playtime has a Halloween theme with a craft and a magic show.
Why:
Short and sweet Halloween outing for tots.
Where:
West Edmonton Mall, Phase I, Level One, Centre Stage
When:
Tuesday, October 25. 10am - 12pm


Ghostly Family Fun

Spooktacular

What:
Fort Edmonton Park get’s their Halloween party on with their popular Spooktacular event. Tickets always sell out before the event, so purchase early.
Why: Spooktacular is a safe place for families to celebrate Halloween festivities with both indoor and outdoor activities targeted for various age groups. Don't forget to bring a bag to collect your treats.
Where: Fort Edmonton Park
When: Friday, October 28 (6-10pm) and Saturday, October 29 (6-10pm)


Family Fun

BOO! Family Halloween

What: Bring your ghosts and goblins for pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, and other activities. 
Why: You can carve your own pumpkin in preparation for Oct 31. They do the prep work and you get to have the fun. Proceeds go to the Youth Emergency Shelter.
Where: Salisbury Greenhouse, 52337 Range Road 232, Sherwood Park.Call 780-467-5743 to book.
When: Saturday, Oct 29 from 1 - 4 pm and Sunday Oct 30 from 10-4pm

If it is freezing
World’s Largest Indoor Trick or Treat Festival
What:
Pick up a candy bag then follow a map to find treats around the mall. Some retailers will be handing out candy to little ones dresses in costumes.
Why:
A warm way to do Halloween.
Where:
West Edmonton Mall, Centre Stage
When:
Monday, October 31. 5 – 8pm


Good ol' halloweening.

What: Going door to door screaming trick-or-treat or halloween apples in exchange for treats.
Why: Fresh air counteracts the inevietable sugar rush. Plus it's a great way to meet neighbours!
Where: Your street.
When: Monday, October 31. 5:30pm - 8:30pm

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Reader Comments (4)

I went to Halloween today, it was a waste of time driving all the way there :( there was only a couple houses decorated and not even that well... Everything else you have recommended has been great so far!
October 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKori
Thanks for the feedback Kori! It is too bad that Halloween Alley isn't as decorated this year.
October 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Why are your days wrong? Ex. Oct 30 is on a tuesday, not sunday.
October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDamon
Sorry Damon. This post was from 2011. ~Jen
November 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterCityandBaby

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