Ghost Mall Now Filled With Actual Ghosts!
For over 25 years now, Haunted Calgary has been delighting and scarring the crap out of Calgarians with their elaborate and detailed home-based-haunted-house setups for Halloween. You may have seen it at some point over the years, in the community of Rocky Ridge Bay? Put together by Calgarian Christine Campbell, her family, plus a huge number of volunteers whom all put in many thousands of work hours to help make the magic happen, for a good cause too. Haunted Calgary has always been big about collecting donations for the food bank and other local charities, including donating portions of any profits made.
For 2019 things are slightly different! Haunted Calgary has moved to an enormous space in New Horizon Mall, and they’ve created several haunted houses (plus a family-friendly space for the younger ‘chillins). Deep Sleep Hotel, Cesspool, Sanitorium, Family Frights Thrill Zone. They also have Glowstick night, Heck Night, and Hell Night. Ooo sounds fun!
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- Twitter: @hauntedcalgary
- Instagram: @hauntedcalgary
- Facebook: @hauntedcalgaryhauntedhouse
- Price: $10 – $40
- Tickets: Buy tickets here
Haunted Calgary is located at New Horizon Mall, 260300 Writing Creek Cres, Balzac, AB.
From their website:
As the days grow shorter, and the weather grows colder, our dearly (and not-so-dearly) departed rise once again for their unwelcome annual visit to the land of the living. If you’re brave (or foolish) enough to greet them in person, head out to Haunted Calgary at New Horizon Mall. Enter an immersive theatrical experience with over 20,000 square feet of terrifying characters, sets, and props. With three horrifying attractions waiting for the bravest of your group and one family-friendly attraction ready to spook all ages, Haunted Calgary has something for everyone. Haunted Calgary is a social enterprise powered mainly by the passion of dedicated volunteers who volunteer their time so a portion of profits can be donated to local charities.
Full disclosure as always: this is a sponsored post, in that we were asked to help let people know that Haunted Calgary is no longer in their neighborhood but at New Horizons Mall instead.
New 2019 Haunted Calgary Attractions
Each of these three haunted houses are recommended for kids aged 12 and up. Everything is fully wheelchair accessible.
As one of Calgary’s largest haunted attractions, most guests take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to explore- depending on how brave they are! This is a popular attraction, so be prepared to wait in lines during peak hours, or you can purchase a Fast Pass for accelerated entry. Wear sturdy footwear for safety. Costumes are welcome, but please leave weapons and large or bulky costumes at home, in your vehicle, or check them with our box office volunteers to avoid injury or getting stuck in tight spaces.
Deep Sleep Hotel
Check in to your worst nightmare. We guarantee you’ll never check out. At this hotel, guests enjoy all the amenities- churn down service, skinning pool, barf and lounge, doom service, an exorcise room, and fresh-killed breakfast.
What lurks in the dark, slithering through the sewers and crouching in the shadows? There’s a very good reason for you to be afraid of the dark. Within the darkness is a cesspool of filth and wickedness.
The doctor is in.
Bear witness to the deepest, most depraved recesses of the human mind. The patients are mad, sure, but the doctors make them seem nearly pleasant.
Family Fright Thrill Zone
Our Family Frights Thrill Zone is perfect for all ages and fear tolerances.
- Interactive games
- Interactive Halloween sets
- Bouncy castles
The Family Frights Thrill Zone is appropriate for all ages, from infant to toddlers. There is still some spooky stuff which some children might find a little scary. Parental discretion is advised.
One night only, November 1, we’ll turn out the lights and let you explore three terrifying attractions by light of glowstick. What will you discover? What’s going to discover you?
Glowstick Night general admission tickets get you access to three terrifying attractions: Cesspool, Sanitorium, and Deep Sleep Hotel, plus our Family Frights Thrill Zone.
- One glowstick per group. Groups of 4-6 people are ideal. Haunted Calgary reserves the right to combine groups or split groups up to meet optimal group size.
Ooooooo Nelly! The response to Hell Night at Haunted Calgary has been so great, that we decided the kids (and adults who want less of a scare) needed something too! We’re now introducing Heck Night, in partnership with YYC Foam wars (originally YYC Nerf Wars).
Kids ages 7+, teens, and adults will participate in an all-out Zombie Nerf battle for your choice of a one-hour or two-hour experience, then you’ll get unlimited access to our Family Fright Thrill Zone to cap off the night.
This means that parents can experience the extreme horror of Hell Night while their kids experience the fun scares of Heck Night.
- You will need to bring non-slip shoes and your own blaster, but all ammo is provided (normal darts, mega darts, and rival balls).
- You will need to wear eye protection (available for sale for $5 on site).
- Tickets must be purchased in advance.Visit www.hauntedcalgary.org/tickets for more details and tickets
Hell Night is the most EPIC Halloween event you’ll ever attend.
Haunted Calgary’s three terrifying attractions open up to a limited number of guests. All routes are open and you’re dropped into the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
Avoid the zombies, collect the loot, and win the prize! Prizes will be awarded to the last person standing and the zombie who collects the most brains.
Here’s a preview from a local YouTuber.
Old Haunted Calgary Photos
As you can see, they’ve were very busy over the years setting up all sorts of cool Halloween-y displays. Someone was finally thinking of the children.
Haunted Calgary has photos dating back to 2007 on their website, check it out. Lots of really well done costumes too.
They were featured in an article by the Calgary Herald (2018), and here’s an interview with the CBC. Haunted Calgary is a local legend and tons of people have visited their spooky creations over the years.
I bet they had so much fun making all this crazy stuff over the years. Love the dedication to creating good times and memories for other people. Happy Halloween!
About Haunted Calgary
From their website:
Haunted Calgary began over 25 years ago as a simple get-together between neighborhood children to decorate their community for Halloween, held by the Campbell family. Over the years, the display has grown. With tremendous support from over 100 volunteers, Haunted Calgary evolved into Calgary’s largest walk-through Halloween yard attraction and now we are making the leap to bring the attraction to New Horizon Mall in Balzac, near Crossiron Mills. Over 7,000 people have made a visit to Haunted Calgary an annual Halloween tradition. This year, with greater capacity for guests and an extended show, we anticipate that the attraction will host over 10,000 guests. The attraction caters to guests of all ages, offering a Family Frights Thrill Zone, perfect for young children and those who like a bit of spooky fun without being too scared. However, three brand new attractions will chill the souls of teens and adults: Cesspool, Sanitorium, and Deep Sleep Hotel. The attraction is a social enterprise, building job skills in youth and undeserved populations and raising funds for charity thanks to our dedicated volunteers. In the past decade, Haunted Calgary has raised well over $50,000 and 40,000 lbs of food to help our community.
Haunted Calgary offers hands-on experience for youth and adults looking to build skills in areas such as: construction, architectural design, theatre, set design, costuming, and much more. We’ve partnered with agencies such as Calgary Alpha House Society, Girl Guides of Canada, and the University of Calgary to provide job-training experience and resume-building opportunities as well as service projects.
Over the years, as the attraction grew, we started to raise funds for animal rescue and food for the food bank.
Now, Haunted Calgary is a social enterprise. We work with local organizations to develop opportunities for job skills training for youth and undeserved populations through volunteer and staff positions. We also collaborate with charitable and non-profit organizations to provide educational opportunities at our events.
We also donate a portion of profits to local charitable organizations, chosen by our Scream Team and Fear Engineers each year. Each volunteer hour is honoured by an honorarium to the charity of each volunteer’s choice.
If you’re looking for something to do this Halloween, check it out. It’s really awesome they have a charity aspect to everything they do. Each volunteer hour is honoured by an honorarium to the charity of each volunteer’s choice.
For 2019 their charitable partners are:
- Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force
- ARTS Senior Animal Rescue
- Calgary Animal Rescue Society
- Calgary Food Bank
- Hunters Against Hate
- Parachutes For Pets
- Workshop Theatre