What’s Happening Halloween Weekend Oct 30 to Nov 1, 2020

Child dressed as Iron man playing a game

Halloween weekend is upon us with trick or treating house to house, movie nights with some spooky themes, pumpkin carvings, and yes, even a Halloween Howl Poker Run for adults. Check out some of these great activities happening and make this weekend a Covid-19 safe and ghostly Halloween.

To start the weekend off this Friday, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is inviting all ghosts, witches or goblins (costumes are optional) for some Halloween Family Tricks or Treats from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There will be crafts, goodie bags, games, and interactives. The cost is $10, it is drop-in, and participants will receive individual treat bags with candy and crafts. If you want to extend your stay into the evening, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is also hosting a Halloween Family Movie Night Hotel Transylvania. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided, and costumes are optional; we want you to be as comfortable as possible. The doors open at 6:00 pm, the movie starts at 6:30 pm, and we ask that you bring your own chairs. You must pre-register for this event as the tickets are $20 per family, and there is a limited number of spaces available.

Toddler dressed as a candy corn

Cute Candy Corn

The Boys & Girls Club of Red Deer and District are hosting a Zed  Drive-In Fright Night Film Series Friday and Saturday Night at the Westerner Park North West parking lot. They celebrate with five spooky feature films and a host of characters roaming between cars during the drive-in opening and pre-show. On Friday, October 30, the film selections are The Adams family & Hocus Pocus and on Saturday Ghostbusters & Casper. They even have a late-night Midnight Madness showing of Halloween (18+) starting at 11:00 pm Saturday. Tickets and details can be found online by going to Zed Fright Night Film Series

If you haven’t had the chance, this weekend will be a great time to head down to Sylvan Lake for their Halloween Spooktacular Season. They will have everything from a Pumpkin House at Lions Park, Downtown trick and Treating, Curiosities Shoppes of Centennial Street, Pumpkin Carving Contest, and starting November 01 Pumpkin trail. So many things to do in Sylvan lake, and don’t forget their Falls Food Tour, a delicious end to a great Halloween weekend.

Dress up in your finest Halloween costume Saturday, October 31, for the Halloween Half (5km/10km/21km) to support the Big Brothers and Sisters of Red Deer and Area. An inexpensive chip-timed event is allowing runners to participate without breaking the bank. To register and for further details, go to Halloween Half and have a fantastic run.

For the adults, welcome to the Halloween Howl Poker Run starting at the North West Parking Lot at the Westerner Saturday, October 31. Participants travel to a series of checkpoints located at various businesses throughout Red Deer. Collect a card from 7 checkpoints to make the best 5-card poker hand. Can you win the Hand of the Howl? Prizes will be awarded for the top 5 poker hands, in addition to our Grand Prize Draw of a WestJet flight voucher! We will also have a series of “Trick or Treat” stops at each checkpoint, making this a family-friendly event! (Poker hands only available to participants 18+ per AGLC guidelines.) To register and for more details, go to Zed Halloween Howl Poker Run.

You are looking for a cool place to bring your kiddos on Halloween eve, check out the House of Halloween Red Deer. This haunt is designed for kindergarten/grade 1 or younger; however, all ages are welcome. The address is 33 Reeves Crescent, and the display is open from 4:30 – 10:30 pm on Halloween eve (Friday) only.Kids dressed as a lion and a skunk walking away from the camera

In the Music Scene, Joey Pringle will be performing live at The One Eleven Grill both Friday and Saturday night from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Space is limited, and as it is Halloween weekend, reservations are recommended.

You can also enjoy some great live music at the Velvet Olive lounge Friday, October 30 with Simon Donavon, and on Saturday, October 31, an evening of Halloween Howls with Shiv Shanks. Tables are seated as a first-come, first-served and parties of four are encouraged, so make sure you come early as seating is limited.

These are just a few things happening, so take the time and check out our events calendar as you spend this Halloween weekend Exploring Red Deer’s Backyard. Just don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday, November 1. Daylight savings and an extra hour of sleep after your Halloween fun.

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