Six devilish days of scary fun
Halloween | by Gregory Beatty
With all the political, social and environmental drama that’s playing out these days the world’s arguably a scary enough place as it is without resorting to Halloween thrills and chills. But if you simply can’t abide the idea of not getting your costume on to celebrate the season, here’s a mix of family-friendly and adult events to do in the run-up to Oct. 31.
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Remount of the classic horror/camp musical complete with prop bags. Presented by Ppl R Ppl Productions. BackStage Stage, Oct. 26–28, 8 p.m., and Oct. 27 at 11:59 p.m. See persephonetheatre.org.
CORN MAZE FUN Family-friendly maze hosted by Italian Cultural & Recreational Centre. Hwy #7 and Cedar Villa Road. Oct. 26–28, 7–10 p.m., Oct. 31 4–10 p.m. See saskatoonicc.com.
VAMPIRE GALA Hosted by Saskatoon Tribal Council, features cocktails, dinner and live entertainment. Proceeds to White Buffalo Youth Lodge. 5 p.m. See sktc.sk.ca.
DUTCH GROWERS PUMPKIN MAZE Suitable for young children (with parental accompaniment). 685 Reid Road. Oct. 26–31. Free. See dutchgrowers.com.
HAUNTED HOUSE Family-friendly scarefest. Berry Barn, Oct. 26–31, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Family admission $10, $5 otherwise. Proceeds to Saskatoon SPCA. See berrybarn.ca.
WILDSIDE WRESTLING: HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR Fans are encouraged to come in costume. Sutherland Hall, bell at 8 p.m. See hiwcanada.com.
RIVERSDALE SILENT CLASSICS SERIES Screening is F.W. Murnau’s Faust (1926) which is based on Goethe’s tale of a demon who tries to corrupt the soul of a German man desperate to save his village from the plague. Score by Winnipeg electronic rock band Mahogany Frog. Roxy Theatre, 8 p.m. See rainbowcinemas.ca.
HAUNTED HERITAGE Presentation by the Saskatoon Heritage Society on spooky Saskatchewan stories. Frances Morrison Library, 2–3:30 p.m. See saskatoonlibrary.ca.
SPOOKTACULAR DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT Registration closed on Oct. 13, but you can still watch this tournament hosted by Saskatoon Recreational League. Shaw Centre, Oct. 27–28. See saskatoonrecleague.com.
GANBATTE HALLOWEEN STEAK NIGHT Includes meal and costume contest, with proceeds to the Ganbatte 2018 guest fund and Friends and Family for Refugees. Bridges Ale House, 5–10 p.m. See ganbatte.ca.
SCARED SHIRTLESS Halloween-themed burlesque show presented by Rosebud Burlesque Company with headliner Miss Mandy. 224 25th St. W., show at 9 p.m. 19+. See rosebudburlesque.com.
SCARIEST HOUSE IN SASKATOON Haunted house with ghouls, goblins and a graveyard. 1402 5th Ave. N. Oct. 27–31, 6–9 p.m. Free, but donations welcome. 306-666-6666.
S*IT: A STEPHEN KING INSPIRED IMPROV SHOW Presented by Saskatoon Soaps. Broadway Theatre, 9:30 p.m. See broadwaytheatre.ca.
HAMPTON VILLAGE HOUSE OF HORRORS This family-friendly haunted house is at 3259 McClocklin Rd. Oct. 27–31, 6–10 p.m.
TERROR IN THE TREES A family-friendly haunted forest attraction. Vanscoy (near Pike Lake Park). Oct. 27–28 and 31, 7–10:30 p.m. Admission by donation. See terrorinthetrees.blogspot.ca.
SCREAMFEST III (NIGHT #1) Metal showcase featuring Lava Goat, Scythra, Chronobot, Wrathed and Thalass at Vangelis Tavern.
HALLOWEEN FRIDAY with DJ Strango and Dorian Thorson at O’Brians Event Centre. All ages. See obrianseventcentre.ca.
ONE NIGHT TO PURGE Dance party hosted by Vibe Music Festival with DJs and laser light show. Saskatoon Event Centre, 9 p.m. See myshowpass.com/purge.
A NIGHTMARE ON 8TH STREET: SKIITOUR EDITION with support acts BodyBreakerz, Toast and more at the Twisted Tartan, doors at 9 p.m.
FRANCOTRONIK 4 HALLOWEEN EDITION DJ costume/dance party. LeRelais (308 4th Ave. N.), 9 p.m. $10.
HALLOWEEN PET PHOTO DONATION DRIVE Dress your pet in a costume and get a photo taken with proceeds to Saskatoon SPCA. Early’s Farm and Garden Centre, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. See saskatoonspca.com.
VAMPIRE BEAT This Blackflash magazine fundraiser includes music by The Catamounts, Spacemints, Form and DJ Brendamachine at Village Guitar & Amp, and DJ sets at PAVED Arts AKA Event Space from Dan Watson and Economics along with visuals by Ghost House and VJ PG-13. See pavedarts.ca.
U OF S BALLROOM DANCING CLUB: HALLOWEEN DANCE Trinity Orthodox Hall (919 20th St. W.), 7–10 p.m. $5 members, $10 for guests accompanied by a member.
HAUNTED MANSION Organizers promise plenty of Halloweeny thrills at this dance party. Pink Lounge & Nightclub, doors at 7 p.m. $10.
THE EVIL DEAD TRILOGY Screenings at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Broadway Theatre. 19+. $10 per film, or $25 for pass. See broadwaytheatre.ca.
HALLOWEEN PARTY This shindig (which doesn’t literally involve digging up shin bones, although how cool would that be?) is hosted by South Nutana Park Community Association. ACT Arena, 7 p.m.–1 a.m. $15. See snpca.ca.
HAUNTED HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY This event includes a haunted castle, food stations and a dance. Delta Bessborough, 7 p.m. See saskjazz.com.
BRASA’S HALLOWEEN PARTY Family friendly party hosted by the Brazil Saskatoon Association. Christ Church Anglican Hall, 9 p.m.–2 a.m. 306-881-2022.
HALLOWEEN PARTY featuring Snake Oil (‘80s rock tribute) at Dakota Dunes Casino, show at 8 p.m. See dakotadunescasino.com.
SCREAMFEST III (NIGHT #2) Metal showcase with Untimely Demise, Agony Spawn, Between Now and Then, Hell Hounds, In Ruin and Northern Fallout at Louis’ Pub.
EVIL CARNIVAL with Mikey Dubbz vs Rumpus, Bobby Tables, Moodi, Orkestrate, Razrwires, Pat Dubois and Notes at O’Brians Event Centre, doors at 8 p.m. 19+. See obrianseventcentre.ca.
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR with Fear of Knowing at Buds on Broadway. See buds.dudeaone.com.
SPECIAL OPS: TAKE IT ALL TOUR! with Killjoy, Despite the Reverence and Veil The Darkness at Amigos Cantina. See amigoscantina.com.
HALLOWEEN FOR HUMANITY 6(66) Saskatchewan musicians play cover songs by bands such as Black Sabbath and Bad Brains with proceeds to youth charities in Saskatoon. Vangelis Tavern, $10 to $15 suggested donation.
HALLOWEEN PARTY presented by Trifecta Productions with VBRTR and Xana at Melody Bar. $5.
SPOOKTACLE HALLOWEEN PARTY with Spectacle at Nutana Legion, 8 p.m.
BONEYARD BASH Includes a silent auction, food and music by Bad Habit. Army & Navy Hall (359 1st Ave.), doors at 9 p.m. 19+. $20, with proceeds to support the Rushnychok Ukrainian dancers upcoming trip to Ukraine. See picatic.com/boneyardbash.
HALLOWEEN: END OF THE WORLD EDITION Bass heavy dance party with Trooper Gang, Jamgo, Casscity and Just Wong. The Matriarch (1201 Alberta Ave.), doors at 9 p.m. 19+ $10.
BOO AT THE ZOO Family friendly Halloween party with activity stations, stories about animals, and meet and greets with zoo residents. Saskatoon Forestry Farm & Zoo, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission by donation. See potashcorpchildrensfestival.com.
HALLOWEEN HOWL Child-friendly Halloween celebration with games, crafts and refreshments. German Cultural Centre, 1–4 p.m. $5 per child, adults free. 306-244-6869.
HALLOWEEN SCARY MOVIE NIGHT People who attend will choose which two of eight classic and contemporary horror movies will be screened. Capitol Music Club, movies at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. See capitolclubyxe.ca.
ABANDONED HOSPITAL HAUNTED HOUSE Hosted by students at Marion Graham Collegiate (602 Lenore Dr.), 4:30–6:30 p.m. 306-683-7750.
BOO TOWN Halloween-themed event which promises scary fun for the whole family, with games, stories, a wagon ride and performance by Off the Cuff Improv. Western Development Museum, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Regular admission charge. See wdm.ca/stoon.html.
HALLOWEEN HOWL Concert by children’s entertainer Sylvia Chave. The Refinery, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Oct. 31 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. $8 advance, $10 door, 2 and under free. See ontheboards.ca.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Broadway Theatre, 8 p.m. See broadwaytheatre.ca.
UNDEAD LOCK & KEY HALLOWEEN PARTY Depending on whether ghouls are single or “off the market”, they can mix and mingle and later engage in ghoulish shenanigans at a DJ dance party. Hose & Hydrant Pub, doors at 6 p.m.
PARAB POET & THE HIP HOP HIPPIES with Aha Shake (Kings of Leon tribute) and Sammy Folkersen (Rage Against The Machine tribute) at Capitol Music Club. See capitolclubyxe.ca.
GOTHIC HALLOWEEN STEAMPUNK SIDESHOW Features New Jacobin Club, SteampunkFunk Bizarre and performances by Menagerie Burlesque Co. and DJs from the Underground Gothic Industrial Dance Party. Amigos Cantina. See amigoscantina.com.
BLUEGRASS HALLOWEEN There is a BBQ by donation from 5:30–6:30 p.m., with an open jam from 6–7 p.m., and performances by Aryn El Hefe and Paul Gitlitz (7:30 p.m.), Redberry Grass (8:15 p.m.) and Rocky Lakner and Don Millikin (9 p.m.). Nutana Legion. Details at email@example.com.