Monthly Archives: October 2017

Top 5 at Disneyland Resort – October 2017

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is on almost everyone’s dream vacation list. There is something completely magical about the attention to detail, characters, and the seasons there that you just don’t get at any other theme park – every time we visit, we are totally blown away!

There’s a lot of debate online about the best time to visit the resort, and we’d like to throw our two cents in. If you’re going to visit Disneyland Resort, we absolutely love going in the autumn! The temperature is perfect, both Disneyland Park and California Adventure are themed for Halloween, and if you time your visit right, the crowds are very manageable.

We had the pleasure of visiting both parks this week and want to let you know our “must-dos” if you’re planning on visiting this Fall (or anytime in the next year!)

1. The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is a classic ride at Disneyland Park, and for Halloween and Christmas it gets a total Nightmare Before Christmas makeover! We really love how well-done this is, and there are different little details every year. It’s still a bit scary for the very little ones, but if you have any older kids who are huge Nightmare Before Christmas fans, we definitely recommend it!

2. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

This new ride replaces the Tower of Terror in California Adventure Park, and we absolutely loved it. It follows more or less the same format as the original ride (you’re led through a variety of themed rooms to get the backstory of why you’re there, and then the ride begins!) but it is really well done and feels totally new. Keep your eyes peeled for Rocket as you make your way through the ride! Mission: BREAKOUT! itself is very thrilling and a little scary, but if your kids love Marvel or Guardians, they’ll love this, too.

3. World of Color at California Adventure Park

The Disneyland Resort has absolutely incredible parades and entertainment all day and night, but our absolute favorite evening entertainment is the World of Color at California Adventure Park. It is totally unique – images and music from Disney classics are projected on to brightly colored water jets in the lagoon in front of California Screamin’ (the big roller coaster.) While we love the evening parade and Fantasmic! at Disneyland Park (and you should see both if you’re going for more than one day!) we love that this show offers lots of great viewing spots and it’s not like anything we’ve seen anywhere else. You’ll want to get a Fastpass early on in the day so you have an extra good view of the show.

4. Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

While we didn’t get a chance to experience this ourselves, there are brand-new scenes coming to Star Tours this Fall from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Part of the fun of Star Tours is that every ride is different – there’s a wide variety of paths the ride can take, so it’s best to try it more than once if you have time!

5. The Food!

Literally, all the food. Disneyland Resort does a great job of seasonal theme, and the food is no exception. Both parks are full of delicious sweets and savories with a Halloween theme this Fall, and you should try as much of it as you can! Our favorites were the spooky candy apples we found at California Adventure.

No matter when you visit, the Disneyland Resort is a magical experience for all ages. If you’re not sure what is going to be right for your little ones, the website is a great resource, listing potential ride pitfalls (loud, scary, dark) and detailed descriptions of each attraction. If you’re still not sure, visitors to the park have posted full “ridethroughs” of almost everything at both parks so you can check for any elements which might be a problem for your family.

*Edit: Exciting news from Disneyland Resort! Paradise Pier is being totally refurbished into Pixar Pier, which means a few temporary closures as they roll out this major change. Check the website before you go to see what’s open and what’s closed! We can’t wait to see what the Disney Imagineers have in store for us in Spring-Summer 2018! 

Family Halloween 2017!

P98_smallEnjoy some spooky – but not too scary! – events as a family this Halloween! Calgary has tons of events and attractions sure to fright and delight!

Throughout October; Enjoy the Harvest Pumpkin Hunts, Butterfield Acres Children’s Farm! Weekends for families and other groups; weekdays for schools. This event sells out; get your tickets early. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Details and order forms: 403-239-0638;

Friday Flashlight Nights, Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm. Fridays and Saturdays through October. Check out all the amazing activities in the light and once the sun sets, challenge yourself to navigate through the huge corn maze in the dark.

Pumpkin Palooza at Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park. Weekends in October. Pick from thousands of pumpkins for sale, pumpkin-themed specialty food items like pumpkin bread and pumpkin fudge. Carving kits available and carving stations on-site. Lots of fun for the whole family!,

Autumn Pumpkin Festival, Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm. Weekends in October. Take part in a ton of great activities: pumpkin decorating, pumpkin destruction, pumpkin picking and more!

October 14 to 31; Enjoy frightfully fun Halloween activities for the entire family during SHOCKTOBER at TELUS Spark! From October 14 to 31, take risks and be curious as you brew a colorful potion, stand under a mysterious mess, or witness a pumpkin destruction. Plus, Monster Mash-Up (sponsored in party by Calgary’s Child Magazine) is back on October 28 and 29!

Treat the Kids to a Swim on Halloween!
You can purchase a Booklet with 10 Swim Coupons for only $5! The booklets are on sale at any Calgary Recreation Aquatic & Fitness Centre or Leisure Centre.

Bert Church Live Theatre Presents, Musical Masquerade Halloween Howl
October 17; Join Juno award-winner Norman Foote and the fully costumed R.J. Hawkey elementary school choir! Where music, laughter, and the creative spirit of Halloween come together. Community connections make this concert a true family event where everyone is encouraged to sing along in their costume! This is an evening where the ghosts, goblins, and gremlins can all celebrate this ghoulish time of year! Foote’s musicality is like no other, mixing clever hooks, witty wordplay, and comedy all to great effect.

Day of the Dead Celebrations
October 21 & 28; Join in celebrating the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead at Marlborough Mall. Enjoy four hours of free family fun including Latin dance performances by Havana Cuban Dance Studio, sugar pumpkin decorating, face painting, colour your own sugar skull mask, and more! You also have the opportunity to win one of two Marlborough Mall gift cards! Take a selfie at the Halloween display across from the Family Park, post it to social media, tag Marlborough Mall and use the hashtag #MBMWins to enter!

Halloweekends at Calaway Park. Weekends until October 9. Dress up and join the Boo Crew. Take a stroll down Hallo-Street – if your dare! Is it scary? No, it’s friendly! Have a spooktacular good time! For more information, visit the website.

The Great Big Boo! at Cineplex Cinemas
October 26; Musical theatre meets trick-or-treating in this spectacular, non-scary show for kids! Join Zoe and Justin as they sing and dance their way through Boo Alley! Along the way, they’ll meet wacky, larger-than-life characters and embark on a quest to save Halloween. Through a maze of wild adventures, the new friends will overcome their fears, realise their dreams, and discover the true spirit of Halloween: You can be anything you want to be! Featuring a dynamic original score, spectacular dance numbers, and stunning theatrical effects, the show is sure to captivate and delight the whole family. Following the show, the audience is invited to meet the stars of the show, and join them for a fun trick-or-treat event! Check the website for more information.

Boo! Spooktacular Family Fun at the Calgary Farmers’ Market
October 27 & 28; There’s Double, Double, Toil and Trouble at the Calgary Farmers’ Market this Halloween when families come out for our Spooktacular Events! Check out the pumpkins in our vendor pumpkin carving contest and vote for a chance to win $50 in Market Bucks on Friday, October 27th! And on Saturday, October 28th, we invite you to come in your Halloween costume for spooktacular fun with a Christopher Cool Magic Show, a ‘spooky’ sing-a-long, healthy Halloween snacks, and a Mad Scientist Fire and Ice Show!

Halloween Party at Westbrook Mall
October 28 & 29; Families and children can enjoy free pumpkin decorating and face painting in the centre court with at $2 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada! *For children 12 years and younger. Must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. One per child while quantities last.

Ghouls’ Night Out at Heritage Park
October 26 – 29; Ghouls’ Night Out is perfect for families with little ghouls ages 3 to 9 who are looking for a fun, safe night out. Don’t miss the ghostly encounters and freaky family fun! This is a ticketed event, so buy online to avoid disappointment!

Babies Go Boo at the Calgary Public Library!
October 26 – 31; Dress up your baby and come celebrate Halloween with stories, rhymes, and songs. This event is for ages 6 to 23 months.

Halloween Boo Bags at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre
October 27; A creative Halloween event for families! North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre will supply a fabulous instructor and all the art supplies you need! Bags are only $10 each. Spaces are limited, so register your family (children must be accompanied with a parent or a caregiver). Call 403-221-3682 to register!

Kanga-Boo Halloween at Cobb’s Adventure Park & Corn Maze
October 28 & 29; There will be free treat bags for all in costume, prizes for best costume, a pumpkin carving contest, and this is your last chance to see the kangaroos until next year.

Haunting Halloween at Village Square Leisure Centre
October 31; Come dressed in your favorite costume and join for creepy crafts, ghostly games, and fun ghoulish activities. Check the website for more information!