What is DARK?
DARK is Fort Edmonton Park’s Halloween scare event for older teens and adults. It consists of several haunts, roving entertainment and food and beverage service.
What is a haunt?
A haunt is an immersive scare experience. It is different from a haunted house in that it can take place indoors or outdoors and often a combination of the two.
Where is the event held?
The event takes place at Fort Edmonton Park (7000 143 St.) in Edmonton’s River Valley.
How much are the tickets?
Tickets are $45 (plus fees & tax) for access to the three haunts.
Is Dead Centre of Town running this year?
Dead Centre of Town XIII by Catch the Keys Productions was planned to run this year, however, they have recently made the difficult decision to postpone the event until 2022. We can’t wait to welcome back Edmonton’s only live-action thriller inspired by true history to possess the Capitol Theatre next year.
Is this event suitable for children?
While the event is for people 14 years and older, entrance is at the parent or guardian’s discretion. There is no discounted rate for children.
I came to DARK before. Are the haunts the same?
There is one brand new haunt and a continuation of the story on two previous haunts.
How long is each haunt?
Haunt times vary depending on the haunt and how quickly people move through. Each haunt averages around 8 minutes.
Will there be long line-ups?
We do our best to minimize line-ups; however, please expect some line-ups and be prepared for the weather.
Is there a family-friendly version?
This event is not suitable for young children. There are many child-friendly events in and around Edmonton, including Boo! At the Zoo.
Is the event wheelchair accessible?
Due to the historic nature of the facility, several buildings would be challenging for persons with limited mobility and impassable for wheelchairs.
What COVID-19 protocols will be in place?
We are participating in the Government of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program.
Starting on Monday, September 20, 2021, all guests will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result in order to enter our facility. Specifically, this means guests must have:
- Have proof of a double vaccination
- For the transitional period between September 20 and October 25, a single dose is considered acceptable if given more than two weeks prior to the visit date or
- Have proof of a negative COVID-19 Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours.
- Have documentation of a medical exemption.
Physical distancing and masking indoors will also be required.
How can I purchase a DARK ticket?
The easiest way to purchase your ticket is online.
What’s your refund policy?
This event is non-refundable.
Can I purchase my ticket at the door?
Depending on availability, there may be tickets at the door, but it's easiest to purchase your tickets online. Check thedark.ca to ensure the event isn’t sold out before coming down.
Is the hotel open?
Yes! The Hotel Selkirk is available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during DARK. Rooms start at $159 based on double occupancy. Included in your room are a pre-event DARK cocktail and a surprise escort to the event. DARK event tickets must be purchased separately online. To book or for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What time do I have to be there?
The event starts at 7 pm with gates opening at 6 pm. Entrance to each of the haunts will be first come, first served. It can take up to 3 hours to get the full experience. Gates close at 11 pm.
What if it rains, snows or is cold?
The event continues rain, shine or cold. Parts of the event will be indoors, and there will be spaces available to warm up; however, please dress for the weather. Remember, it can be a few degrees cooler in the river valley.
Is parking available?
Parking in the main lot is limited. Please carpool, use a taxi, Uber or get dropped off.
Can I wear a costume?
Costumes, costumed masks and face paint are not permitted.
Will there be food and beverages available?
Yes, there will be food and beverage items available in multiple locations. DARK is a licensed event, so please bring your ID if you wish to purchase alcoholic beverages. More information on menus from local food truck favourites coming soon. Food & beverage tickets are available for pre-purchase on the website.
DARK looks like fun, how can I get involved?
We use some volunteer positions to help with this event. Please visit our volunteer sign-up page.