It's not news that we're still enduring the pandemic and have been for much longer than anyone anticipated. If the thought of dressing up and attending a social event, party or a bar this Halloween causes you more anxiety than spooky spirit, you're not alone. So we've put together 3 ways to stay safe and have fun this Halloween in Calgary that doesn't involve being shoulder to shoulder with others indoors or spending way too much money on a costume that will never see the light of day...(or dark of night?).
Artists and the theatre community have been some of the hardest hit during the pandemic. So we have to tell you about an incredibly hilarious play being put on by Simply Theatre for their season debut. Featuring talented local actors, enjoy an entertaining night out that is socially distanced. And don't just take our word for it, check out Louis B. Hobson's glowing review in the Calgary Herald here. Beau Jest is running in the Pumphouse’s Victor Mitchell Theatre from Oct. 22-30. Don't delay, tickets are selling fast! Grab yours here.
Synopsis: Sarah is a nice Jewish girl with a problem: her parents want her married to a nice Jewish boy. They have never met her boyfriend, a WASP executive named Chris. She tells them she is dating a Jewish doctor and they insist on meeting him. She plans a dinner party and, over the heated protests of Chris, employs an escort service to send her a Jewish date to be Dr. Steinberg. Instead, they send Bob Schroeder, an aspiring actor who agrees to perform the impersonation. Happily, he is extremely convincing in the role and Sarah's parents are enraptured. Will Sarah fall for Bob too, and what about Chris?
Tickets: $25, $20 for students and seniors
Witness over 6,000 hand carved pumpkins from incredible artists as you stroll through this family-friendly event at Winsport. The lit pumpkin sculptures and elaborate displays feature everything from animals, to superheroes to iconic YYC imagery - there's something magical for everyone! Grab your tickets here.
Tickets: $20.95, Children (4+) $18.95, Kids (3 and under) $0
3. Binge Watch Halloween Classics with Snacks
Whether you're a chicken like me and enjoy the G-rated Halloween classics like Hocus Pocus, The Adams Family or It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, or you like scaring your own pants off with horror, there's no better way to enjoy this time of year by keeping it simple and staying in. Gather your favourite spooky snacks like our limited edition Halloween Cups or Minis and add a few movies to your playlist. You could also have fun by watching the Halloween episodes from your favourite TV shows like The Office, The Simpson's or Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
The pandemic may have changed our daily habits and lives, but it doesn't have to stop us from celebrating and having fun during the holidays, or creating new traditions. Let us know in the comments how you're planning to spend Halloween this year.