Ghoul’s Night Out

Flew back from Vancouver this afternoon, stopped for coffee and sandwiches at Rosso en route home from the airport, and took W and his friends to Ghoul’s Night Out at Heritage Park. It was fantastic. The best part was when the two six year old girls tried to explain to him what a bride was in the back seat on the way home. That might have been the scariest part, too.

Upon entering the park (and exiting, too) there was dueling, with swords and real armour and knights – likely those same dudes who used to spend their lunch hours playing D&D, having probably more fun than the kids did watching them. Swordfights are cool.

They did a fabulous job of transforming the park into a spooky spectacle, complete with witches and cauldrons, haunted houses, fortune tellers, a full-scale Mad Hatter’s tea party (with the king and queen of hearts, Cheshire cat, White Rabbit and others in attendance) all nestled among awesomely creepy houses, barns and back alleys. There was even an eerie horse-drawn carriage.

And a zombie flashmob. A zombie flashmob! We need to do that in downtown Calgary sometime. Zombie flashmob.

An astounding number of talented and enthusiastic volunteers helped put this together and perform various zombie/ghoul/witch/undertaker roles, manage games, tell stories, sit in pumpkin patches and psych kids up to go inside haunted houses. And put on a monster mash with lights and disco music.

And of course the usual gas station, candy store and bakery (transformed into a boolangerie) and a restaurant in the old barn, if you want to get something to eat and make an evening of it. Although we had no trouble occupying over 2 hours, without even stopping to do any crafts.

I was in no way coerced into writing this – I love to be able to spread the word about events are so well done, appropriate for a wide range of age levels (including grown-up) with great attention to detail and without gratuitous gore. It’s a great way to spend an evening with the kids and celebrate Halloween. Big ghouls (13+) are $10, little ghouls (3-12) are $6 and kids 2 and under are free. The bakery is cheap, too.

If you’d like to bring your little ghouls, you can buy tickets online here.


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8 comments on “Ghoul’s Night Out

  1. Nurse Jenn
    October 27, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I just love Heritage Park. I go with my Nieces and Nephew every year for a regular day out. I will have to try this next year. Looks like a lot of fun! I am amazed by the volunteer spirit in Calgary. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everything ran like Heritage Park?

  2. Fiona
    October 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I have heard the Halloween thing at HP is amazing – my friend’s four year old loved it last year. “Boolangerie” is all the proof I need.

  3. Sandy B
    October 27, 2011 at 10:36 am

    That sounds like such fun. I wish we had one here.

  4. Sandy
    October 27, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Glad to hear the Heritage Park event is so well done! I know they put a lot of effort into it. Great photos BTW, Julie!

  5. Jocelyn
    October 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I think they just did a Zombie flash mob on 8 Street two weeks ago. But yes! I agree (isn’t the zombie apocalypse, by definition, a flash mob?) Welcome home!

  6. Donna J
    October 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Sounds like a blast. We have something similar here at Fort Edmonton Park called “Spooktacular”. They have zombies that come to life and do Micheal Jackson’s thriller, with the same choreography.
    Love, love, love, fun Halloween events – will have to come down to Calgary one year to check out Heritage Park’s halloween festivites.

  7. Erica B.
    October 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Wow looks like a lot of fun!

  8. Jenna
    November 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

    There is an annual zombie walk each year…

    And cool as ever, there is this:
    Which took place at Eau Claire this year.

    Looks like HP was awesome though. :)

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