Happy October, Edmonton! We are nearing the end of 2023 (woah!!), and perhaps it’s also time we start saving for the holidays. And that is not a problem around here, because we have rounded up the best free and cheap things to do in Edmonton this month! From family events, to Halloween festivities, you have some options this October!

Haunted Pumpkin Festival

The Haunted Pumpkin Festival at Prairie Gardens Adventure Farm kicks off on the first weekend of October and is on until the end of the month! You can check out this spooky outing to the pumpkin patch where you will find a Pumpkin Cannon (really!), a ghost town with Ghost Walks to the Elm Street Cemetery, and if you are brave – don a mask to creep through the Haunted Farm House. Save $5 when you get your tickets online!

When: Every weekend until October 31st, 2023
Where: 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord
Cost:  $21+

Outdoor Autumn Night Market

Get ready to cozy up by the fire under the stars at a night market! The Outdoor Autumn Night Market is taking place this October and you can explore over 10 vendors, and sip on warm and comforting apple cider.

When: Friday, October 6th, 2023
Where: Rising Moon Studio, 52219 RR231 Sherwood Park
Cost: Free

The Original Edmonton Witches Market ~Halloween Edition

Love markets? Check out the Original Edmonton Witches Market’s Halloween editition with over 40 vendors, workshops, and a cafe. There will be trick or treating for kids too!

When: Saturday, October 7th, and Sunday, October 8th, 2023
Where: Bellevue Community League, 7308 112 Avenue
Cost:  Free

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Old Strathcona Ghost Tours

There’s a ghostly walk through Old Strathcona this month that is sure to give you a chill! The tour stops in front of the Strathcona Hotel, the Princess Theatre, the Strathcona High School and many other buildings, houses, and shops that have reported ghosts, hauntings, murders, and mysteries.

When: Throughout October
Where: Meet in front of Rescue Statue directly next to the Walterdale Theater
Cost: $18.18+


LitFest is back in Edmonton with 11-days celebrating all things nonfiction! There are author readings, workshops, and live performances. There are ticketed and  free events throughout different venues.

When: Thursday, October 12th to Sunday, October 22nd, 2023
Where: 287 Spruce Ridge Road
Cost: Free, and varies per event

The Wildlife Festival

Really want to see a sloth or hug a boa constrictor? Perhaps you want to pet a Wallaroo or check out the world’s largest porcupine!  The Wildlife Festival debuts in Edmonton in October!

When: Friday, October 13th until Sunday, October 15th, 2023
Where:  Edmonton Convention Centre
Cost: $16+

Spruce Ridge Scare

Get ready to be spooked, every weekend this October! Spruce Ridge Scare is a family owned and built Haunted House located at #287 Spruce Ridge rd. in Spruce Grove! The family charges either $5 a person (a donation for men’s health), or one non-perishable food donation per person (for the parkland food bank).

When: Every Friday to Sunday starting Friday, October 13th to 31st, 2023
Where: 287 Spruce Ridge Road
Cost: $5 or a non-perishable food item

Boo at the Zoo!

This one is for the whole fam! Explore the zoo’s not-so-scary festivities with magical guest characters, all while trick-or-treating at stops throughout the zoo.

When: Over two weekends: October 21st, 22nd,and 28th, 29th, 2023
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road

Halloween Night Market

Looking to shop this season? Check out over 85 spooky vendors, local brewers & food trucks at the Halloween Night Market. It’s free to enter!

When: Friday, October 27th, 2023
Where: Alberta Aviation Museum
Cost: Free

Fruit Loop Halloween Fun House

Fruit Loop is hosting the Halloween Fun House this month at a brand new venue with five floors of fabulous to explore! Make sure to head to this unforgettable Halloween experience, in support of Team Edmonton.

When: Saturday, October 28th, 2023
Where:9660 Jasper Ave
Cost: $19.99

Edmonton Corn Maze

The Edmonton Corn Maze is back for the season as well! Head down and quite literally lose yourself in acres upon acres of corn. What could get you into the fall season more than a corn maze?

When: Open until October 22nd, 2023
Where: 26171 Secondary Hwy 627, Spruce Grove
Cost: $12+ for GA

Pumpkins after Dark

Are you ready for Halloween? If not, we’ve got Pumpkins After Dark to get you ready for spooky season! For over an entire month, you can enjoy thousands of hand-carved pumpkins in a beautiful setting.

When: Open until October 31st, 2023
Where: Borden Park
Cost: $22.95+ for GA

Enjoy your month!