Calgarians got to scream throughout the month of October at Calgary’s Screamfest, at Stampede Park.
The event included six different haunted houses, a freak show, a Jurassic monster truck ride, zombie paintball and even spooky ‘Carnival from Hell’ games.
Mike Sheppard and his wife Maureen having been running Screamfest for nine years and have been in the Halloween business since 2001.
Screamfest used to be held at Canada Olympic Park but the Sheppards moved the event as it had become too big for the park.
“The facilities they could offer us were outdoors and did not have any heated areas, nor did it have bathrooms,” said Mike Sheppard in an interview.
“With Calgary weather in October, this was not feasible.”
Despite various challenges, the event has only grown more popular over the years.
“We never know how many people to expect. We are hoping for 25,000 to 30,000 this season,” said Mike Sheppard.
The most popular haunted house of the event varies from year to year, and even night to night.
“My favourite haunted house has to be, ‘What Lurks in the Dark’,” he said.
“It’s completely black and really freaks people out.”
Employees, dressed as all things scary and creepy, occasionally moved around the event to scare patrons as they went around the grounds.
Stephan Pridge, a Halloween enthusiast working his fourth year at the event, said the most popular house of the night was ‘Scary Tales.’
“I like watching people scream and seeing them run from all that’s going on.”
Beth Mayhew, dressed as a spooky devil, was also working at the event and enjoys Halloween.
“I do all my own makeup and bring my own costumes to wear to work.”
Jade Eimer and Tyler Pankhurst both attended Screamfest on Oct. 11.
On a scale of one to 10, they rated each house an ‘eight or higher.’
“That one was definitely an eight for me,” Eimer said in an interview, pointing to the alien haunted house.
“It’s my first time seeing anything like this.” she said.
I like watching people scream and seeing them run from all that’s going on. – Stephan Pridge
“I think I enjoyed the Bates Motel house the most. I’d give it an eight too,” Pankhurst said during an interview.
The event ran the entire month of October and ends Nov. 1.
Tickets and information can be found at http://www.screamfest.ca/.