I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for ScreamFest

With Halloween just around the corner, October is always the spookiest month of the year.

Every city has its own traditions and for over a decade, ScreamFest, formerly Project X, has been the go-to festival for Halloween-loving Calgarians.

ScreamFest takes place at Stampede Park this year. It now includes eight haunted houses, free entertainment, carnival games and rides, as well as drinks for those 18 and older.

“ScreamFest was entertaining, but it was overpriced for what it was,” ScreamFest attendee Tyler James after touring the event.

Admission has increased to $25 for the minimum-value package which includes admission to only six of the eight haunted houses.

Higher-priced packages are also offered at the gates, the most expensive of which costs $45 and includes “Killer Cash” that can be redeemed for rides, games or additional haunted house visits.

This means that attendees bringing significant others can wind up spending almost $100 on a date night.

“It costs more than the Stampede and that’s the greatest outdoor show on Earth,” said attendee Andrew Cameron.

“It shouldn’t cost nearly $50 for a night of entertainment.”

In spite of the criticisms, the line-ups were extremely long on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, and the actual time spent in the haunted houses is very short.

But it was still worth a good laugh and can be worth it with the right group of people and a couple of beverages.

For more information visit their official website.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Sara Mohan worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2012-2013 academic year.