Get your Halloween party on
Arguably one of the most popular holidays amongst children, Halloween brings back fond memories of parading door-to-door along dark streets in hopes of acquiring enough sugary-filled treats to fill a pillow case.
While those days are now a thing of the past, those of us who are of legal age can still partake in the festivities this Halloween. For those who are young at heart and still want to celebrate on Oct. 31, The Weal sussed out the do-not-miss events happening around the city.
PALLOWEEN IV at The Palomino (109 – 7 Ave S.W.) at 8 p.m.
This is an annual hipster Halloween party hosted at the Palomino.
“The name Palloween is a play on words between Palomino and Halloween– two of our favourite things combined together,” said Palomino events coordinator Spencer Brown.
This year the Palomino hosts a tribute night with local bands Darkness Falls and the Jammy Pacs.
Palloween is a great party with great music and bands. It’s unpretentious, and Brown promises that it will be a lot of fun.
For more information visit www.thepalomino.ca.
Halloween Reggae Jam at Republik Nightclub (219 – 17 Ave S.W.) at 9 p.m.
This jam features a less conventional take on typical Halloween bashes, spinning reggae and dance music all night with featured Jamaican neo-soul singer Micah Shemaiah who is “amazing” as both a singer and song writer, according to events coordinator Coralie Walters.
Other featured performers include Jamaican drummer Andre Barnes and Calgary-based DJ Newboy. A local favourite, Newboy spins the turntables throughout the evening, playing the latest music from Jamaica, as well as popular dance beats.
Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, but it is not mandatory.
For more information visit www.therepublik.ca.
ScreamFest at Stampede Grounds (20 Roundup Way S.E.) at 7 p.m.
With eight haunted houses, creepy carnival games and rides, grotesque eating contests, and alcohol, ScreamFest is returns as Calgary’s recurring adult Halloween bash.
“There are 120 staff members trying to scare the crap out of you,” said ScreamFest founder Mike Sheppard.
ScreamFest is Calgary’s only Halloween carnival, and features a recommended age minimum of 13. “The only event not targeting little kids,” says Sheppard.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.screamfest.ca.
Bassnectar Halloween Night at The Big Four Building (1410 Olympic Way S.E.) at 8 p.m.
California-based electronic superstar Bassnectar performs his popular fusion of dance, hip hop, and dubstep music.
“This is going to be Calgary’s sickest Halloween,” said PK Sound promoter Arlen Cornack.
Bassnectar is known for putting on energetic live performances with a huge variety of material, and this event has already sold 4,000 tickets—potentially making it the largest bash in the city.
To order tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.ca.
Rockstar Halloween Bash at the Back Alley Night Club (4630 Macleod Trail) at 9 p.m.
One of Calgary’s favourite party hubs, the Back Alley hosts a themed Halloween bash for rockers and rollers.
Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favourite rockstar, with covetable cash prizes for the three hottest costumes.
Since Halloween also falls on a Wednesday this year, the Back Alley features its weekly $4 drink specials.
For more information visit www.mybackalley.com.