Halloween Events in Red Deer

 

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Celebrating Halloween in Red Deer? Here are some of the fabulous events going on in the city this year!

Medieval Fair

Visit the Collicutt Centre, on October 31st from 5pm – 9pm for a family fun event. Celebrate Halloween with an assortment of activites including swimming, wall climbing, skating, lazer tag and so much more! Tickets are $5 per person or $20/ per family of 5. Check out the Collicutt Centre for all the info!

Halloween Family Night

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is hosting a fun night of family fun Wednesday, October 29th. Take the whole family for a spooky visit to the museum from 6pm – 8pm. Don’t forget to dress in your best costume! Admission is $10 per group {maximum of 6 people}.

Zombie Run

Sylvan Lake hosts the 3rd Annual Zombie Run Saturday, October 18th. This event is perfect for those wanting to exercise before they indulge in all that Halloween candy! This 3 km course features various obstacles and Zombies that are sure to chase you to the finish line! Visit the Zombie Run website for all the info!

A Night of Murder and Mystery

Each Thursday in October, Heritage Ranch plays host to an exciting event of murder and mystery. Enjoy delicious appetizers, dinner and dessert while playing a character in a western themed investigation. Spaces are limited, so booking in advance is highly recommended. The cost for this fabulous event is $95 per person.

Flashlight Pumpkin Patch Hunt

Visit Heritage Ranch, for their Pumpkin Patch Hunt event which runs through the month of October. Enjoy a Hay -Wagon ride down to the patch and find the best pumpkin you can! Don’t forget to warm up with the hot chocolate and popcorn provided! Rides start at dusk, so remember your flashlight! This event costs $25 per person.

Zed Haunted House

Looking for an little scare this Halloween? Visit Parkland Mall for the 24th Annual Zed Haunted House. This event runs from October 17th – 31st. Tickets start at $10 each with the proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer.

Spooktacular Extravaganza

Visit Fox Run School in Sylvan Lake for the Spooktacular Extravaganza! Take the family out Sunday, October 26th from 1pm – 4pm to this event full of Halloween fun featuring crafts, games, haunted bouncy castles and candy!

Classical Haunts

RDC Arts Centre hosts a spooktacular evening of music Thursday, October 30th from 7:30pm – 9pm. Let the RDC Symphonic Winds entertain you the evening before Halloween. Don’t forget to wear your best costume! Check out RDC for tickets and all the info!

Celebrating Halloween in Banff

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Get into the Halloween spirit with these local events in Banff!

1. Pasta Night & Pumpkin Carving

Enjoy a great home cooked meal while you listen to live music, and get ready to meet new people while carving your pumpkin at the Pioneer Room on October 22nd from 6pm – 9pm! For more information on this event click here.

2. Spooky Haunted Walk

Join BanffLIFE for a spooky hike around a local trail and visit the haunted trees, creepy death creek, and more local haunts in the dark of Banff National Park. This walk takes place on Wednesday October 29th. Click here to learn how you can reserve your spot on this spooky hike!

3. Halloween Bonfire and Fireworks

The annual Halloween Bonfire and Fireworks is back this year! Bring your family down to the Banff Recreation Grounds on Friday October 31st to enjoy free hot dogs and hot chocolate before the fireworks show at 8pm. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

4. Halloween Hall & Heritage Ghost Tour

Stay at The Fairmont Banff Springs during October 24th and November 1st to take part in a special heritage ghost tour of the castle. You will also get to walk to the Halloween Hall where you will enjoy candy grabs while being spooked by creep crawlers and finish off the night with a double feature movie marathon in the onsite movie theatre. For more information click here.

Edmonton Bridal Expo Recap

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Edmonton Bridal Expo on October 5th. If you visited our booth at the show you would have seen four beautifully styled tablescapes.  Each table was designed with a particular bride in mind; modern, vintage, eclectic and glamorous.  We hope that one of our designs helped inspire you or provided clarity on how you want to style your upcoming wedding. If you were unable to attend this year’s Bridal Expo or want another peek at our designs we have some beautiful photos from Shandro Photo to share with you today! Special thanks to FaBLOOMosity for designing all of our florals.

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Halloween Events In YEG

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World’s Largest Indoor Trick or Treat Festival 

Take your little ones to West Edmonton Mall for a family friendly Halloween atmosphere! Safe, warm and oh so fun, West Edmonton Mall will be handing out candy bags to young ones (13 years and younger) at Center Stage starting at 5pm on Friday, October 31st. Participants can follow the candy map to find all the sweetest treats within the mall. Visit WEM for all the details!

Nocturne: Mascarade à la Moulin Rouge

Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta for their Annual Halloween Party, Saturday October 25th. This 18 plus event runs form 8pm to 1am. Paris’ most infamous cabaret, Moulin Rouge is this years theme so grab your Burlesque bustiers and hit the AGA for a fabulous Halloween night!  Visit the Art Gallery of Alberta for tickets and all the details! !

Edmonton Ghost Tours

The Ghostly Walk Through Old Strathcona runs from October 6th to 30th on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 7pm.  To participate in this spooky event, meet infront of the rescuer statue next to the Walterdale Playhouse in Old Strathcona.  Visit Edmonton Ghost Tours for more details!

Spooktacular

Fort Edmonton Park’s Halloween event is back! This year’s Spooktacular theme is Magick and Mischief. October 24th and 25th are family friendly nights so pack up the kids and head on down for an evening of good ol’ fashioned Halloween fun. October 31st is the adult’s only event where those 18 and over can dress up and enjoy the freak show that takes over Fort Edmonton Park.

Boo! at the Zoo

Edmonton Valley Zoo’s annual Halloween Extravaganza is happening once again! This event is perfect for the whole family so get down to the zoo on Sunday, October 26th starting at 11am. With a large range of events, there is something for everyone! Dress up in your best costume and don’t forget a treat bag!

Edmonton Corn Maze

Visit the Edmonton Corn Maze for a day of family fun! The 15 acre maze is a great way to enjoy some quality time with your little ones and get some fresh air. The maze is a 5km journey but if you’re not up for that not to worry, there are many more activities you can participate in such as spud guns, grain train, pedal carts and much more!  As this is an outdoor event and the weather here in Alberta can be extremely unpredictable, check the forecast and dress accordingly before heading on down to the Edmonton Corn Maze!

 Farm of Fear

Visit the Edmonton Corn Maze for a fun evening of terror, screaming and spooky surprises. The Maze’s Halloween Event, Farm of Fear is open from 7pm – 10pm beginning October 22nd for those 13 years and up! This fabulous event runs from October 22 – 25, 29 – 31, and November 1.

YYC Halloween Activities

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Whether you are looking for a fun Halloween activity fit for the whole family or one that will have you and your friends screaming in fear, we have found the best local Halloween attractions to get your spook on.

Activities for the faint of heart

Pumpkin Carving. This is a great activity for families and friends alike. Take a trip out to the Calgary Corn Maze to hand pick your pumpkin from their pumpkin patch and before you head home to start carving, take part in fun pumpkin activities such as pumpkin bowling, pumpkin checkers, watch the pumpkin launch and the great pumpkin explosion.

Ghouls’ Night Out!  Take the little ones down to Heritage Park for a spooktacular night of fun and get ready for a zombie dance, live magic show, creepy carnival games, test your broomstick flying skills and much more!

Frightful activities

ScreamFest. Face your fears by taking a walk or run through 5 themed haunted houses, watch a cringe worthy freak show or try your hand zombie paintball. This frightening event takes place at the Stampede Park and is open Fridays and Saturdays Starting October 3rd until November 1st.

Ghost Tour. Take a historic ghost tour of Downtown Calgary or Inglewood with the Calgary Ghost Tours where you will learn stories about the mischief, mayhem, murders and haunting of Calgary.

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Caterer of the Month – Stir

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Meet Stir Catering

Stir Catering & Event Management Inc is a boutique caterer, providing memorable food and service for large and small businesses, weddings and family affairs.  The common thread that binds all of Stir’s events is a desire to provide delicious, beautiful food, presented creatively and thoughtfully.

The service staff are amiable and accommodating, the presentation of food attentive and detailed. People use Stir when then want their event to stand out – from conception to completion, Stir works closely with their clients to ensure every detail has been carefully considered.

Stir’s knowledge of food preparation has been 15 years in the making.  Zana Murray, owner, began her life in hospitality serving tables, then managing the front of house.  Enrollment in NAIT’s culinary art program launched her into the kitchen.  She has been cooking for over 15 years, while also obtaining her certificate in Special Event Management.  Drawing on inspiration from vintage serving ware and global cuisines, Stir’s food evokes timeless memories while creating new ones.

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Fall Inspired Wedding Favours

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Fall is a magical time of year when the air turns crisp in the morning and evening but breaks during the day, giving into warmth and comfort. This is also the time of year where you can spoil your guests with comfort foods and lots of spices! Below are our top fall inspired wedding favours.

  1. Mini maple syrup bottle. Stop by our Edmonton retail boutique, Edmonton Wedding & Party Centre to get your hands on these adorable and tasty favours.
  2. Homemade spices. You can’t go wrong with a great all purpose spice rub and this recipe from Martha Stewart is phenomenal!
  3. Spiced apple cider mix. Try this combination of ingredients from Pure Grace Farms, your guests will thank you for the incredibly delicious hot beverage.
  4. Soy candles. Martha Stewart is the queen of DIY’s so we had to share her spectacular scented soy candle DIY.
  5. Pumpkin Spiced Soaps. Anything pumpkin spiced is sure to be a hit with your guests and we are sure you will love this 10 minute pumpkin spice soap DIY.
  6. A box of tea and cookies. Gather your favourite fall tea and cookies and arrange them in an adorable favour box.

Tis the Season of Bridal Shows

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Bridal show season is just around the corner and they provide the perfect opportunity to connect with local wedding vendors, see the latest wedding decor trends!

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The Calgary Fall Bridal Expo takes place this Sunday September 14, 2014 at the BMO Centre between 10am and 5pm with a must see fashion show at 12pm and 3pm. Advance tickets are still available online.

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If you are planning on saying your I Do’s in Red Deer visit With This Ring Fall Bridal Gala on September 28, 2014 at the Harvest Centre. Spend the day visiting over 40 booths, fashion show and become inspired for your nuptials. Tickets are still available online.

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The Edmonton Bridal Expo takes place Sunday October 5, 2014 at the Shaw Conference Centre between 10am and 4pm. There are over $20,000 in prizes and a fashion at 12pm and 2:30pm that will be sure have you swooning over bridal gowns. Avoid the lines and purchase your tickets online today!

 

September 2014 Feature Showcase – Lighthouse Wedding Coordinator

Lighthouse wedidng coordinatorWe are happy to have Natalie Dyson of  Lighthouse Wedding Coordinator as our September feature showcase. She has created an amazing fall inspired tablescape in our Edmonton showroom, complete with turning leaves and beautiful pumpkin books that hold clues to a contest Natalie is running until the end of September; be sure to stop by our showroom to find the clues and enter to win a month of planning with Lighthouse. Read below to find out more about Natalie and what inspired her.

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I often get asked why Lighthouse? It doesn’t really make one think wedding. I beg to differ….

A Lighthouse represents a tall structure that stands at the highest point of land that is closest to the sea. It notifies sailors that land is near and warns them of any possible dangers. The Lighthouse is also a comforting sign that the calm waters of a welcoming harbor are close at hand.

How does that relate to wedding planning? Any bride who has planned her own wedding will tell you there is a lot to do. Many notes and to do lists will be revised and re-written. Stress, frustration, tears and many laughs can happen in the process. Lighthouse is here to guide you through the process. From the time you say “Yes” to the time you say “I Do!” We will help you with the planning, design, décor and keep you on budget. Lighthouse Weddings will always be the comforting hand you need to get you to and through your special day.

What sets us apart from everyone else? The eagerness to learn and openness to try new things. We don’t believe in setting the next best trend but believe that every wedding should follow its own trend. We specialize in creative do it yourself projects, cost saving ideas, theme and design. Each couple is unique and special, we listen to their needs and wants and incorporate and execute everything on the day. Paying close attention to every detail and being organized is something that all our couples can find comfort with. No wedding is too small or too big, but every wedding is different. My favorite part is the end of the night, not because it’s over, but when I put my Bride and Groom into the car and they say thank you….. It was all worth it.

After being part of 25+ weddings, I still cry. I remember my own day and the amazing memories I have. So why Lighthouse? 3 Years ago I sat at my kitchen table trying to figure out a catchy name. My husband came around the corner and kissed my forehead and said “You’ll figure it out, think of something that means something to YOU.” So I looked around… I saw my son, a wonderful man I call my husband and on every wall of our home are pictures of lighthouses. We had an amazing wedding, but we have an even more beautiful marriage. Through stormy waters and some nights we stand tall, on a strong foundation, guided by our light and withstanding the test of time.

We wish all past and future couples a beautiful wedding that Lighthouse Weddings would be honored to be a part of. But more of all we wish you all an even better marriage.

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5 Ways to De-stress From Wedding Planning

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Wedding planning can be extremely enjoyable, but with having to make so many decisions it can also become slightly overwhelming at times. Below are our top 5 ways to unwind from all the wedding related stress.

  1. Get away for the weekend. Grab your significant other and take a weekend trip to the lake or mountains. The fresh air will help rejuvenate you and being surrounded by nature’s calming atmosphere will help wash away your stress.
  2. Spa Day. Is there any better way to de-stress then by getting a massage or a mani-pedi? We don’t think so!
  3. Girls Night. Your best friends help keep you sane so what better way to de-stress than a night with your best girlfriends, a bottle of wine and a strict no wedding talk policy! Just get together and have a fun girl’s night like you did before wedding talk became the main subject matter.
  4. Unplug for 24 hours. This one might be hard for some but just take a step back from your electronics and just unwind with a good book, a walk in the park, a calming bath with essential oils, and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
  5. Work out. Physical activity creates endorphins which will give you a burst of energy and clarity to help you get back into the decision making mood.

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