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Heritage Park: A Ghoul’s Night Out At Heritage Park

By Julie Van Rosendaal
October 26, 2011

 

Flew back from Vancouver this afternoon, stopped for coffee and sandwiches at Rosso en route home from the airport, and took W and his friends to Ghoul’s Night Out at Heritage Park. It was fantastic. The best part was when the two six year old girls tried to explain to him what a bride was in the back seat on the way home. That might have been the scariest part, too.

Jousting and Swordfighting at Heritage Park Ghouls Night Out

 

Upon entering the park (and exiting, too) there was dueling, with swords and real armour and knights – likely those same dudes who used to spend their lunch hours playing D&D, having probably more fun than the kids did watching them. Swordfights are cool.

Heritage Park Ghouls Night Out

 

They did a fabulous job of transforming the park into a spooky spectacle, complete with witches and cauldrons, haunted houses, fortune tellers, a full-scale Mad Hatter’s tea party (with the king and queen of hearts, Cheshire cat, White Rabbit and others in attendance) all nestled among awesomely creepy houses, barns and back alleys. There was even an eerie horse-drawn carriage.

Spooky horse and carriage at Ghoul's Night Out at Heritage Park

 

And a zombie flashmob. A zombie flashmob! We need to do that in downtown Calgary sometime. Zombie flashmob.

Zombie Flash Mob at Ghouls Night Out Heritage Park

 

An astounding number of talented and enthusiastic volunteers helped put this together and perform various zombie/ghoul/witch/undertaker roles, manage games, tell stories, sit in pumpkin patches and psych kids up to go inside haunted houses. And put on a monster mash with lights and disco music.

Heritage Park Ghouls Night Out

And of course the usual gas station, candy store and bakery (transformed into a boolangerie) and a restaurant in the old barn, if you want to get something to eat and make an evening of it. Although we had no trouble occupying over 2 hours, without even stopping to do any crafts.
Dairy Barn at Heritage Park Ghouls Night Out

I was in no way coerced into writing this – I love to be able to spread the word about events are so well done, appropriate for a wide range of age levels (including grown-up) with great attention to detail and without gratuitous gore. It’s a great way to spend an evening with the kids and celebrate Halloween. Big ghouls (13+) are $10, little ghouls (3-12) are $6 and kids 2 and under are free. The bakery is cheap, too.

Kids in Costume at Heritage Park Ghouls Night Out

If you’d like to bring your little ghouls, you can buy tickets online here.

About Julie Van Rosendaal

Julie is the writer and photographer for her popular food blog, DinnerwithJulie.com. She is also the best-selling author of One Smart Cookie, Starting Out and Grazing. She is the food editor of Parents Canada magazine, the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One and co-host of It’s Just Food on the Viva television network.

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