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Historic Fire Hall to host Calgary kids Halloween festival

Historic Fire Hall No. 1 will be hosting a kid friendly way to take in some weekend Halloween activities, just before the Trick or Treat Monday.

Families can take in candy giveaways, a glow in the dark balloon room, arts and crafts, and of course costume wearing at the Downtown Calgary event hub on Oct. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m.

For the more active kids wanting to do something a little bit different from the scary and spooky, Alberta Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined will be on hand as well. Kids will get to try out ski jumping, laser gun shooting, and a variety of Nordic sport activities.

“I think with every project that I do, it’s kind of like what I didn’t get to do as a kid,” said Alice Lam, organizer for the Halloween event.

“I never really got to go trick or treating, and I know that downtown everybody lives in apartments, and it’s not that easy to go door to door for families—we do have the large number of families living in the downtown core.”

Costumes are definitely encouraged for both kids and parents, said Lam.

“Everybody should dress up if they can,” she said

Saturday afternoon Halloween fun leaves room for Monday Trick or Treating

The Saturday date is also something she said that would make it more accessible to parents with young children, or just children who want to take part in multiple Halloween activities.

“It’s kind of like early Halloween too, because I know a lot of parents have little ones and sometimes they don’t want to go trick or treating at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. because that’s already quite late for them,” Lam said.

“And you know, it’s a chance for parents who buy multiple costumes to get their kids to dress up in different ones each day.”

No registration to attend is required, and attendance is free.

Lam is suggesting that parents set aside at least 45 minutes for all of the activities.

“Typically, it’ll take probably like five minutes or so to walk through the balloon room, and then probably about 10 to 15 minutes to do the crafts, and then they can explore go to the different Trick or Treat tables and then play the games,” she said.

Lam said that they hope to get between 100 to 200 families out during the day.

For more information on the Big Halloween Festival, see historicfirehall.com.