Haunted Calgary brings terrifying “immersive drive-in Halloween” event to New Horizon Mall

Story by Stacie Gaetz


Photos by Courtesy of Haunted Calgary

Haunted Calgary is gearing up to bring an innovative type of Halloween experience to New Horizon Mall in Balzac.

After being unable to host their traditional walk-through haunted attraction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Haunted Calgary staff decided to give people a choice of theatrical productions, which will be performed around the guest’s vehicle, plunging them in something that is half live haunt and half immersive horror movie.

“The spirit of Halloween can’t be killed,” says Christine Campbell, creative director of Haunted Calgary.

“It’s just going to look a little different this year and I’m so excited to try a drive-in format for Haunted Calgary this year. Our actors have always been the stars of Haunted Calgary and these shows are going to put them in the spotlight.”

According to a press release by Haunted Calgary, The Devil’s Drive-In will be the first drive-in attraction in Calgary.

Guests will buy their tickets online without contact, wait in a virtual queue for their assigned ticket time to limit numbers, enjoy the experience from the safety of their own vehicles with windows rolled up, and be treated to an exclusive private show.

Actors will work more than six feet apart, with masks, sanitizer, daily health screens, and cohort groups.

“The only thing scary about this experience is the show!” says Campbell.

This unique Halloween experience allows guests to choose from one of four storylines, including one family-friendly show and three mature themes. The theatrical productions will run for seven minutes each.

A $50 ticket will get one vehicle in for the show, and that vehicle can hold as many people from the same cohort as it has seat belts.

Guests can customize their experience with a full immersion add-on for another $50, which includes a commemorative photo after a more extreme scare and their vehicle being given an “extra blood” treatment.

The event opens Oct. 10 at New Horizon Mall in Balzac and will take place in the underground parkade.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here (if you dare!).