Happy October Calgary Journal Subscribers!

Pumpkins are appearing on porches across the city as Calgarians get into the Halloween spirit and participate in their spooky traditions. However, Halloween is not the only excitement coming up!

Three of our Calgary Journal editors are heading to Atlanta this weekend for the Fall National College Media Convention as sponsored by MRU’s student newspaper, The Reflector. At the convention, the students will participate in all kinds of informational sessions to improve their reporting, writing, leadership, and more.

Additionally, our sports editor is following the Calgary Cavalry as they continue fighting their way through the playoffs.

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Over the weekend, the soccer club won against the Vancouver Pacific 2-1 and are now gearing up to take on the Hamilton Forge on Oct. 28 for the championship. The game will take place in Hamilton, but be sure to tune in online to cheer on the team!

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Get busy!

Check out a few events recommended by our arts editor to get into the Halloween spirit this week and weekend!

ScreamFest: Check out Canada’s largest Halloween event with its haunted houses, Halloween-themed carnival games, rides and much more spooky entertainment. This year, Screamfest has promised new and scarier haunted houses and runs from Oct. 6 to 31.

Pumpkin Palooza: In the spirit of all things fall, Cobb’s Adventure Park will be inviting guests to walk through their pumpkin patch, take photos and have a fun fall day. The pumpkin patch is open every Saturday and Sunday throughout October from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open Access Escape Room: Do you have the skills to solve puzzles, find hidden clues and learn about open-access publishing? If yes, then this workshop hosted by MRU Library is for you. The workshop will explore open-access publishing in undergraduate research on Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. All MRU students can register online.

Haunted House Party: Looking for a fun Halloween event? SAMRU is hosting a ‘spook-tacular’ party in West Gate Social on Oct. 26. There will be a costume contest, live music, a photo booth, signature drinks and more all for free! Attendees must be 18+ and have a valid government photo I.D.

The Shining – Films at the Fort: During their Thrills and Chills series, Fort Calgary has been hosting Halloween movies every Saturday since the beginning of October. Join the Fort for the last screening of this series to watch the spooky film classic, the Shining on Oct. 28. All tickets include popcorn and admission to the interpretive centre.

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Julie Patton is a fourth year journalism student at MRU and newsletter editor at the Calgary Journal. She is also the news editor at The Reflector.