Fort Edmonton Park Spooktacular ‘The Witching Hour’
One of my ultimate favourite Halloween events is the annual Spooktacular at Fort Edmonton Park. Fort Edmonton is one of Edmonton’s treasures – nothing compares to creepy atmosphere the park creates at Halloween.
The staff and team behind Spooktacular are to be applauded. Every year they put on an amazing Halloween show. From the actors creeping around on the boardwalk stroll, to the speaking and nonspeaking zombie-ish creatures – everything is amazing. Such a unique use of the grounds, every space is utilized.
The Fort is terrifying at night! The old buildings become menacing and haunting. The daytime peace of the Park disappears, like the cool Autumn air has swept away any warmth.
Heritage homes are transformed into haunted houses, still tying into themes of the past – terrifying dolls, butchers and actors clad in period-pieces help to up the ante on the terror.
My favourite addition to Spooktacular was the collection of Halloween history showcased inside the Hotel Selkirk Lobby.
I am a sucker for reading about the history of Halloween and seeing vintage newspaper clippings and Halloween invitations was absolutely incredible. I felt rich with nostalgia. I loved the inclusion of my favourite Halloween fact: the first documented trick or treating took place in Blackie, Alberta!
A fantastic experience, already can’t wait for next year!