25 Things To Do in Edmonton this October

This month has lots of scares — and a surprising number of laughs

Courtesy Deadmonton Haunted House

Enter the new dark ages

Deadmonton Haunted House is back! Throughout October (ends November 3), its New Dark Ages theme will take you through a quarantined military science facility that has long been quiet … until now. Runs Thursday to Sunday throughout October and then each night the week of Halloween.

Deadmonton Haunted House & Halloween Store, 7031 Gateway Boulevard, deadmontonhouse.com

Peter (haunted) Pumpkinhead

Bring your family to Bon Accord for the Haunted Pumpkin Festival at Prairie Gardens Adventure Farm, until October 28, and enjoy a family-friendly haunted house, hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, pumpkin foods and more!

Haunted Pumpkin Festival, Prairie Gardens, 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord, prairiegardens.org

Take a spooky tour

Tour and learn about all the spooky spots in Old Strathcona, where people have reported ghosts, hauntings, murders and mysteries, led by a veteran storyteller with 12 years of experience. It’s spooky fun for the whole family!

Edmonton Ghost Tours, various dates, tours and locations, edmontonghosttours.com

Werq it

The queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race must save the galaxy in their brand new WERQ THE WORLD show. On October 1, watch mission leader Michelle Visage guide the audience through the universe for a dynamic display of the wonders held by each planet and its regal sovereign.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Avenue, 780-427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

Bollywood comes to Alberta

The Alberta Ballet kicks off its 2019/2020 season on October 4 and 5 with Taj Express, an explosion of the vibrant sights, sounds and spirit of India and Bollywood through a fusion of film, dance and music on the Jubilee stage.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Avenue, 780-427-2760, albertaballet.com

Coffee, tea and chocolate — together at last

Learn how to taste and pair chocolate with different coffee and tea at JACEK Chocolate Couture’s coffee, tea and chocolate pairing, October 4 at Credo Coffee.

Credo Coffee, 10350 124 Street, credocoffee.ca

See your favourite scary films

Starting October 6 and running all month long, Metro Cinema will show different classic Halloween films (of varying scares) to keep your spooky cinematic spirit alive. (Not all films are suitable for children.)

Metro Cinema, 8712 109 Street NW, 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Don’t miss Morrissey

Rock legend Morrissey will perform his rescheduled show at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on October 10 (tickets purchased at the original April show will be honoured).

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Avenue, 780-427-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

Venture into the dark

Discover what’s lurking in Fort Edmonton Park during DARK, an evening of haunts, scare zones and spooky entertainment, October 10 to November 1.

Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 Street, 780-496-7381, fortedmontonpark.ca

No heartbreak here

Award-winning and chart-topping country star Luke Combs brings his “Beer Never Broke My Heart” tour to Rogers Place on October 11.

Rogers Place, 300, 10214 104 Avenue, 780-414-5483, rogersplace.com

Have the first dance of the season

The Brian Webb Dance Company opens its 41st season with Ralph Escamillan’s HINKYPUNK, a solo dance work based on identity and how it’s conflated with iconography and pop culture, on October 11 and 12.

Allard Hall (Theatre Lab), MacEwan University, 11110 104 Avenue NW, 780-497-5040, bwdc.ca

Yuk it up

The Edmonton Comedy Festival is four days of laughs around the city from local and international comedians, October 16 to 19.

Edmonton Comedy Festival, various locations, atbcomedy.com

Vote in a theatrical battle

Fight Night is an interactive performance that looks at our current political system and how and why we judge others. Five contenders enter — your vote helps decide their fate. Runs October 17 to 27.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101 A Avenue, 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com

Get lit up

LitFest brings all things non-fiction all around our city. Over 11 days starting October 17, readers will experience a series of events, gatherings and gourmet experiences with authors and writers guiding conversations on climate change, politics, social issues, cuisine trends and more.

LitFest, various locations, litfestalberta.org

Enjoy dinner, music and burlesque

Enjoy an evening  of live jazz and roving burlesque performances while feasting on a three-course dinner at the Crash Hotel’s Canary Room on October 18.

Crash Hotel Lobby, 10266 103 Street, 780-719-3807, crashhotel.com

Rev your winter engine

The Alberta Snowmobile and Powersports Show comes to the Edmonton Expo Centre, October 18 to 20, with the brand new line up of sleds and off-roads, along with presentations on avalanche education, pro-rider tips and more (including an all-day beer garden).

Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Avenue NW, 780-471-7377, edmontonexpo.com

The final eve

Eve 2050 is the concluding part of the Eve 2050 Project put on by the Brian Webb Dance Company, running October 18 and 19. Eight diverse performers make their way through an immersive, interactive environment where multiple possibilities coexist, from genetic mutations, cohabitation of human and artificial intelligences, to dreams of immortality and digital survival.

Allard Hall (Triffo Theatre), MacEwan University, 11110 104 Avenue NW, 780-497-5040, bwdc.ca

Have a classy (and charitable) laugh

The 16th Annual Laugh for Life Gala, featuring Ken Davis with special guests The PreTenors, will take you on a (clean) comedic journey — and raise funds for The Mustard Seed — October 19.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com

A tale of greed and destruction

Find out what happens when the enemies of the infamous court jester, Rigoletto — who earns a living by making fun of people’s misery — seek revenge by taking the one thing he values most: his daughter Gilda. October 19, 22 and 25 at the Jubilee.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium,  11455 87 Avenue NW, 780-227-2760, jubileeauditorium.com

See a shorter film festival

The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) showcases unique Alberta filmmakers of all kinds, including trailers, music videos, web series, commercials, and short films, October 19 and 20 at Metro Cinema.

Metro Cinema, 8712 109 Street NW, 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Super heroes come to life

See all your favourite Marvel super heroes up close at Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, starting October 19 at TELUS World of Science. Collectors and casual fans can explore over 300 artifacts, costumes, props and interactive elements from the Marvel Universe.

TELUS World of Science, 11211 142 Street NW, 780-451-3344, telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca

If it feels good, do it

Come see Sloan, one of Canada’s greatest bands, as they bring their pop-rock stylings to the Festival Place stage October 22.

Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-449-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

Get ready to scream

Canada’s largest and scariest Halloween event, ScreamFest, comes to Edmonton October 24 to 27. It’s full of haunted houses, Halloween-themed carnival games, and creepy and disturbing entertainment (intended for teenagers and adults).

Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Avenue NW, 780-471-7377, edmontonexpo.com

See the first ballet of the season

Chapter 1 of Ballet Edmonton’s 2019/2020 season features performances choreographed by Shay Kuebler and Vancouver-based Serge Bennathan, October 25 to 27.

Ballet Edmonton, Ruth Carse Centre for Dance, 11205-107 Avenue, 780-970-4979, balletedmonton.ca

It was the Metro mash

Come to Metro Cinema October 31 for the Sixth Annual Metro Halloween Mash, a double header featuring William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill (starring Vincent Price) and The Beast Must Die (part mystery thriller, part Blaxploitation and all werewolf).

Metro Cinema, 8712 109 Street NW, 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

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