Terrifying events and awful activities for Halloween fiends and funsters

by Graveyard Gretchen and Gregory Beatty

Greetings, my morsels, and welcome to Prairie Dog’s annual Halloween Fright Guide! Below you’ll find a calendar with the most horrific Halloween “ack-tivities” the Queen City has to offer. Looking for haunted adventures, spooky tours, costumed creepiness or eerie enlightenment? Calendar editor “Ghastly” Greg Beatty’s chilling compendium of scary stuff to do has something for you. And if it doesn’t? Why, I’ll be happy to visit you personally and eat your eyeballs while you sleep! Oh, my dear, no — it’s no trouble at all! I simply can’t bear the thought of  anyone missing out on this year’s “fear-stivities”! And there’s no need to tell me your address; I know where you live. In fact, I’m watching you right NOW. Yeee-hee-hee haw-haw hee-HEE!

Thursday 25


FRANKENSTEIN, MARY SHELLEY & THE NEW SCIENCE Presentation by Alexis McQuigge on scientific developments such as electricity that influenced Shelley’s famous novel. Hosted by the Lifelong Learning Centre. 2155 College Avenue, noon–1 p.m., $5. 306-585-5748.

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK This Halloween-themed interactive tour offers a chance to step back in time and learn about people who worked at Government House throughout the years. Government House, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

GHOST TOUR This bus tour will visit spooky sites in Regina. Departure is from College Ave. and Cornwall St. at 6 p.m., tour is two and a half hours. See ecoparty.ca.

AL BENESOCKY’S “SHOCK HOUSE” This is billed as Saskatchewan’s premiere haunted house attraction. 1230 Broad St. See theshockhouse.com.

HAUNTED HUNT ESCAPE ROOM To celebrate Halloween, this escape room is offering two 15–20 minute extra-scary adventures: Bethany’s Doll Hunt and Escape from Hell House. 2120 College Ave., until Nov. 3. See mysterymansionregina.ca.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Remount of the classic horror/camp musical. Presented by Sterling Productions, with audience participation encouraged. Conexus Arts Centre Convention Hall, Oct. 25–26, 8 p.m. See conexusartscentre.ca.

Friday 26


GHOST TOUR This four-hour bus tour is open to people 19+ and will visit spooky sites in small-town Saskatchewan. Departure is from Broad St. and 8th Ave. at 6 p.m. See ecoparty.ca.

B*RUDE COMEDY SPOOKY-WEEN Live improv performance hosted by Hitchhikers Improv. Brewed Awakenings (2300 Dewdney Ave.), 9 p.m. $10.

AL BENESOCKY’S “SHOCK HOUSE” 7–11 p.m., see Thursday 25.


MONSTER MASH WEEKEND with FOGDOG and El Guitaro. Revival Music Room, show at 9 p.m. See revivalmusicroom.com.

HALLOWEEN PARTY with music by members of the Snake Oil Salesmen. Shannon’s Pub, 10 p.m.

MASSACRE AT THE MERCURY with local musicians covering songs by Lightning Bolt, Turbonegro and The Descendents at Mercury Cafe, show at 10 p.m. $10.

Saturday 27


WASCANA SPOOKTACULAR Features a haunted village like other Halloween events, but also has a nature program suitable for all ages with dissections, meet and greets with live animals and creepy crafts. Wascana Place (2900 Wascana Dr.), noon–3 p.m. Free admission. See wascana.ca.

FARTS AND CRAPS FAIR Halloween-themed arts and crafts sale hosted by The Night Witches. Art Gallery of Regina, noon–4 p.m.

VILLAIN’S BALL This event is geared to children three and older, and features live entertainment on the theme of villainous female characters. Presented By Storybook Princess Parties. Artesian, 6– 8 p.m. See artesianon13th.ca.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW This is a special non-costume, non-interactive screening of the 1975 musical comedy. Just kidding! You’re free to channel your favourite character. Just don’t throw toast all over the place. Saskatchewan Science Centre, 7 p.m. 18+ See sasksciencecentre.com.

MONSTER BASH “SUC-U-LENT” PLANT NITE Halloween-themed fundraiser for Regina Floral Conservatory, 7–9 p.m. See reginafloralconservatory.ca.

HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR LATENIGHTER Ghouls and goblins are invited to come out to play at this late-night gaming session. Laser Quest (10A Hesse Ave.), 10 p.m.–2 a.m.

AL BENESOCKY’S “SHOCK HOUSE” 7–11 p.m., see Thursday 25.

GHOST TOUR See Friday 26.


A CELTIC HALLOWEEN The local band West of Mabou will supply the music while Bushwakker supplies the Great Pumpkin Spiced Brown Ale and prizes for a costume contest. $5 cover. Music at 8 p.m. See bushwakker.com.

MONSTER MASH WEEKEND with FOGDOG and El Guitaro. Revival Music Room, show at 9 p.m. See revivalmusicroom.com.

HALLOWEEN BASH with The Otherz Band and Odd Man Out at the Italian Club, doors at 9 p.m.

HALLOW’S EVE BASH with Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities, League of One and Dream Creeps at the Exchange. See culturalexchange.ca.

THE HIP HELLOWEEN HOP with Backofhouse, Unltd, Soup, Low-Key and Bennett Q. Mercury Café, 10 p.m. $10.

Sunday 28


MONSTERS & MOUNTIES HALLOWEEN BASH This family/costume-friendly event includes crafts, movies, stories, dancing and more. RCMP Heritage Centre, 1– 4 p.m. See rcmpheritagecentre.com.

AL BENESOCKY’S “SHOCK HOUSE” 7–10:30 p.m., see Thursday 25.

Tuesday 30


BUMP IN THE NIGHT Family-friendly Halloween celebration featuring Victorian-era games, crafts, stories and a magic show. Costumed revellers welcome. Government House, 5–8 p.m. Free admission. See governmenthousesk.ca.

DEVIL’S NIGHT Horror-themed escape room sessions with special guest illusionist Jeff Richards. Escape Manor (1975 Broad St.), 6– 11 p.m. See escapemanor.com/regina.

DON BLACK & JAMES YOUCK: COLLEGE AVENUE CAMPUS GHOST TOUR This tour is hosted by the Lifelong Learning Centre (2155 College Ave.), 7–9 p.m. $10 per person, $20 family. 306-585-5748.

HALLOWEVE DANCE PARTY Swing into Halloween day with this dance hosted by Operation Swing. Halloween colours are encouraged. N.E. Community Centre (200 Broad St.), 7–10 p.m. $10. See operationswing.ca.

TRIVIA NIGHT Theme: Horror Movies. Board Game Bistro (101-1055 Park St.), 7:30 p.m.

AL BENESOCKY’S “SHOCK HOUSE” 7–10:30 p.m., see Thursday 25.

Wednesday 31


FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTY Includes crafts, games and hot apple cider. Hosted by the Cathedral Area Community Association. Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Originally, a program celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley publishing Frankenstein had been planned. Unfortunately, it fell through. In its place, the RPL is screening Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 parody Young Frankenstein starring Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman and Terri Garr. RPL Theatre, 6:30 p.m. Free admission. See reginalibrary.ca.

AL BENESOCKY’S “SHOCK HOUSE” 7–10:30 p.m., see Thursday 25.


WOLF HALLOWEEN HOWL with Stone Temple Pilots, Seether, Default and Age of Days at Brandt Centre, 7 p.m. See evrazplace.com.

Thursday 1


FILM SCHOOL THURSDAYS The Saskatchewan Filmpool’s Gordon Pepper screens and discusses Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror classic Psycho. RPL Theatre, 6:30 p.m. Free admission. See reginalibrary.ca.

Friday 2


MONSTER MASH FOR MS Halloween-themed party to support research into multiple sclerosis. Hosted by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Regina branch). German Club (1727 St John St.), $15 advance, $20 door. Tickets at 306-522-5600.