Monthly Archives: October 2015

Halloween’s A Hauntingly Good Time in Calgary

Calgary Top Halloween EventsIt’s scary how much fun you can have on Halloween in Calgary. Depending on what your little ghouls or goblins are up for you can do anything from scare up a few ghosts to plan for the big night. Here’s a list of some of the celebrations going on:

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Presents, Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Experience the thrill of the classic animated film, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, on the big screen as Roberto Minczuk conducts Danny Elfman’s original score. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

When:  Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location:              Jack Singer Concert Hall

Little Spooks Halloween Party at Trico Centre for Family Wellness.

For kids up to six years old and parents. Join for fun, face painting, games, crafts and more! Wear your costume!

When:  Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location:              11150 Bonaventure Drive SE

Monster Mash Halloween Bash at Village Square Leisure Centre.

Come dressed in your favorite costume and join for creepy crafts, ghostly games and ghouly activities. This is a free event!

When:  Friday, October 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location:              2623, 56 Street NE

Ghouls’ Night Out at Heritage Park.

Dress up and explore the Park after dark! Have tea with the Mad Hatter, wander through the pumpkin patch, play Carnival games, dance with zombies and more! To purchase tickets, visit the website.

When:  Friday, October 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:              1900 Heritage Drive SW

Haunted Calgary’s Low Scare Hours

Do you have young children and worry that Haunted Calgary‘s The Coven may be too scary?

We offer a LOW SCARE attraction from 2-4pm on October 30, 31, and November 1.

During low scare, we have few to no actors throughout the haunt and there is more natural light available. However, our sets and props remain unchanged.

If in doubt, we recommend parents go through first before bringing their kids through. Many people also find their children are comforted by attending our low scare event during the daytime before attending full scare in the evening. The choice is up to you!

When: October 30, 31, and November 1 from 2-4 p.m.
Location: 222 Rocky Ridge Bay NW
Cost: By donation to animal rescue and the food bank – recommendation is $10 + 2 cans of food per person

Harvest Pumpkin Hunts at Butterfield Acres Farm.

Weekends in October. Check website for times available. Search for pumpkins in an old Hay Wagon. There will also be kid-sized pumpkins to decorate and spend time with the cute farm animals! Tickets go on sale September 1. This event sells out, so get your tickets early. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more details and order forms, contact 403-239-0638 or visit the website.

When:  Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Location:              254077 Rocky Ridge Road

TELUS Spark Presents, Monster Mash-Up!

TELUS Spark Presents, Monster Mash-Up! Proudly Brought to You in Part by Calgary’s Child Magazine. Monster Mash-Up is the perfect family-friendly event to kick-start your Halloween celebrations. Enjoy activities like pumpkin decorating, mad science and ‘A Peek at Parasites.’ Or perhaps the toy mash-up is calling your name – channel your inner Frankenstein and cut, sew and glue together toys. It’s sure to be a frightfully fun time! Included with Admission or Membership. For more information, visit the website.

When:  Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  TELUS Spark – 220 St. Georges Drive

 Little Boo – Haunted Atlas Coal Mine.

Families can explore the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, but must beware of ghouls! Ride the Train of Terror, put on your best poker face for Detective Fibs and the Truth Fairy, and give the pumpkin toss your best shot! Costumes are encouraged, but dress for chills! Children must be accompanied by an adult. To purchase tickets, visit The Haunted Atlas Coal Mine is an annual fun(d)raising event for the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site. Revenue generated supports building restoration at the Nationally designated, locally operated site. Between May and Thanksgiving, Atlas provides thrilling underground Tunnel Tours, narrow gauge Mantrip Tours, Tipple Tours and Unmentionables Tours.

Cost:      $5.00
When:  Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location:              15 Minutes East of Drumheller on Highway 10

Halloween Boo Bags at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre.

There are two times available: 4:30 to 5:30pm and 6 to 7pm. An instructor will be on-site and all art supplies you need to decorate a frightening loot bag! Bags are $10 each. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Space is limited. To register, call 403-221-3682.

When:  Friday, October 23, 2015 at 4:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location:              523, 27 Avenue NW

Halloweekends at Calaway Park.

Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays from September 5 to October 12. Join the Boo Crew for a spooktacular good time. Take a stroll down Hall-Street if you dare! Join the Boo Crew for a spooktacular good time. Take a stroll down Hall-Street if you dare!

When:  Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location:              245033 Range Road 33

Election Season is a Chance to Learn

by Kathy Lynn  Photo:  

We are currently involved in a very long election campaign.There will be ads, billboards, news stories and debates. No matter where you go the conversation is likely to turn to politics.

And what, you wonder, has that to do with parenting? It matters because how we vote and who we elect can have a profound impact on our society and meeting the needs of children and families. Pay attention. What are your concerns? Who will best address them? Much as it sounds hokey, the truth is that every vote counts and every election helps determine the world we will live in and leave to our children and grandchildren.

You may choose to become informed so that you can vote intelligently. You may choose to get involved with the campaign of your preferred candidate. You may choose to work on election day.

Whatever your choice, let the kids know what is happening. Our children learn by watching us. When we get involved in the electoral process and let them see our involvement they grow up knowing that they have a civic duty to pay attention, to vote, to work on a campaign and possibly to eventually run for office.

Let’s say you decide to put some time in on a campaign. You’re going to deliver lawn signs to supporters. Your 12-year-old would be a perfect partner for the task. He can help you find addresses and will love placing the signs on the lawn.

On election day, make sure your children know that you are going to vote. If possible, bring them along to the polling place.

This is also a great time to open the conversation about your political beliefs. Kids today are aware of the some of the issues, even young children know about environmental concerns. They are certainly aware of possible education issues. And teens, who are worried about jobs and eventually buying a house, are concerned about the economy.

So, you have an entry to talk to your kids about election issues.

Show them the campaign brochures that come into the house. Talk about them. Help them learn how to distinguish fact from political spin. I’m not talking about turning every evening into a civics lecture, but a casual awareness and mention can lead to some meaningful conversation.

If your children are teens, be prepared for a political argument so be clear on your stand before you start this process. The average teen will love to take you on. After all, they take you on about everything else, why not politics? And if you are a strong supporter of one party, odds are your teen will argue vociferously for the opposition. Just listen, be respectful, state your point of view and don’t panic. A lot of this argument is simply for the sake of debate.

There is also a role for schools to play in teaching kids about elections, democracy, the workings of government, campaigning and voting. A non-partisan organization at will offer teachers materials to use during the campaign. The program is in full swing and there are already more than 3,000 schools registered from across the country.

I recall during one election a mother at one of my presentations was beside herself. She and her husband had been longtime supporters of the NDP. Their children knew that and had watched them work for the party. And now, here was their outspoken 15-year-old sounding off about the Conservatives. Oh, he had facts and figures and the passion that only a committed teen can exhibit.

When I saw this mother the following week she was grinning. She told me that she had learned that her son had quietly been working for the NDP candidate. So all the talk was just that, talk.

Mind you, our kids will not always choose our political path. I bet not all of you vote as your parents did. Our job is to introduce our children to the path of democracy. Teach them to pay attention and vote, but vote intelligently.

Then when they are adults and making the decisions that will impact us when we’re seniors, we are certain they are making them responsibly.

Kathy Lynn is a professional speaker, broadcaster, columnist and author. For more information, visit her website: