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Howling Halloween Thriller Event!
Yamnuska Wolfdog walking in the sanctuary enclosure in alberta canada.
October 18, 2021

Howling Halloween Thriller Event!

Looking for a spooktacular event this Halloween? Treat yourself to our very first Howling Halloween Thriller with the wolfdogs!

On Saturday, October 30th, join us as we celebrating both the wolfdogs and Halloween with our very first Howling Halloween 18+ After-Hours event!

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You are invited to celebrate Halloween wolfdog-style at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary!

In celebration of Halloween, the Sanctuary is inviting you to a special evening with the wolfdogs after hours (and after dark! Ooohhh, spooky scary!). This event will happen for one night only on October 30th from 5 - 7:30 pm.

Your Spooktacular Sanctuary Adventure will start with a Halloween greeting in our spooky visitor centre where you will receive a bag of treats to feed the Sanctuary's resident goats (and a few for yourself as well!). From here, enjoy a rare treat of exploring the Sanctuary at sundown with all the beautiful sunset colours illuminating the wolfdogs.

Even though we will be a day early, the wolfdogs will be Trick & Treating throughout the evening so you will be guaranteed to see them out and about during your Halloween adventures! You will even be able to Meet Mawko who is the Sanctuary's very best witch, watch Enzo and Ruby enjoy a special witches brew, and Howl at the Moon with our 35 resident wolfdogs.

At the end of the evening, we will also be hosting our very first Costume Contest with our beautiful wolfdog-themed outdoor fire pit showcasing all of your fabulous costumes (and, yes, scary storytelling is also encouraged)! There will be 3 different categories of costumes with 2 Intro Tour Passes available to be won in each category.

This special Halloween event will truly be an evening to remember! With all proceeds raised supporting Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary's conservation and rescue efforts, there has never been a better time to get into the Halloween spirit - wolfdog style!

Please note: The minimum age to attend this event is 18 years and older

If you are looking for even more exciting Halloween adventures during your visit, we will also be hosting a very special and limited-capacity Halloween Howler Tour and Behind-the-Scenes Tour. More details on the Halloween Howler Tour and Behind-the-Scenes Tour are provided below.

Pumpkin carving with the wolfdogs! This tour definitely has it all.

We are mixing things up and need your help. In this tour, you will be taken into our Intro Tour structure to prepare and give pumpkins to Quinn, Grizz, and Aspen from our Engadine Pack! These pumpkins will be filled with only the very best and most delicious tricks and treats that have been hand-selected by you!

One of our seasoned wolfdog experts (who also happens to be Grizz, Quinn, and Aspen's most favourite human) will then take your pumpkin inside the enclosure to present it to the Engadine Pack. You will then see firsthand how the wolfdogs will respond to your treats! Will they eat them? Will they scent-roll on them? Will they steal the treats from one another? What will they think about the pumpkins themselves? Will they carve their own design into the pumpkins to get to your treats?

While you watch and enjoy the Engadine Pack's response to your pumpkins, our wolfdog expert will give you all the insider information on the wolfdogs from what we feed them to how we pair them together to all the quirks and challenges of wolfdog ownership. Don't forget to ask about Quinn's infamous piggyback rides!

With this tour taking place right at sunset, you will have the best opportunity to see the wolfdogs without any barriers or fences in front of you. This is sure to make for spectacular photos!

If you have any burning wolfdog-related questions, are looking for a unique Halloween experience, and want to become the Engadine Pack's new favourite human, then this tour is for you!

Although this tour takes place from 5:30-6:00 pm, your ticket also includes access to the Spooktacular Sanctuary Adventure so you can enjoy the grounds at your leisure and enrichment activities before and after your Halloween Howler Tour.

Tickets are $40/person and includes: access to the Halloween Howler Tour, Spooktacular Sanctuary Adventure, enrichment activities, entry into the costume contest as well as access to the bonfire, visitor centre, and gift shop.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour *SOLD OUT*

Have you ever wondered what and how we feed the wolfdogs? Curious to learn about what goes on behind the scenes at the Sanctuary? For this event only, we are inviting a few guests to join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the Sanctuary!

In this exclusive tour, one of our seasoned wolfdog experts will guide you through a typical 'day in the life' at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary featuring tasks such as preparing meals and providing enrichment activities for the wolfdogs. You will also be taken to a staff-only area to give a treat to Quinn, Grizz, and Aspen from the Engadine Pack and then into the Yamnuska pack for an introduction to Kuna, Zeus, Nova, and Nikki. Your tour guide will then take you to see a few of our private wolfdog areas and will conclude in time for the Meet Mawko activity.

Although this tour takes place from 5:15-6:00 pm, your ticket also includes access to the Spooktacular Sanctuary Adventure so you can enjoy the grounds at your leisure and enrichment activities before and after your behind-the-scenes experience.

Tickets are $55/person and includes: access to the Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Spooktacular Sanctuary Adventure, enrichment activities (as shown below), entry into the costume contest as well as access to the bonfire, visitor centre, and gift shop.

Come dressed to impress in our very first Howling Halloween Costume Contest! Starting at 7 pm, we will be giving away prizes for the top 3 costumes worn during the evening.

Costume Categories:

  1. Most Creative Costume
  2. The Scariest Costume
  3. Best Couple Costume
The prize for each category is 2 Intro Tour Gift Passes valid until October 31st, 2022.

It is important that the wolfdogs feel as comfortable as possible during this event. As a result, we ask that you follow the costume contest guidelines provided below during your time at the Sanctuary.

Please note that costumes and costume props are prohibited in the Behind-the-Scenes Tour as you will be going into or near the wolfdogs safe spaces. To keep the wolfdogs best interests in mind, we kindly ask that you adhere to this restriction. You are more than welcome to wear your costume after your tour and for the costume contest judging.

Your safety remains a top priority. As a result, we will be following COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of this event. This includes but is not limited to mandatory face masks worn while inside the Sanctuary's visitor centre, several hand sanitization stations available and social distancing encouraged. Please call (403) 542- 4594 if you have any questions or concerns.
The cancellation period for this event is 48 hours prior to the event start date. Please contact fundraising@yamnuskawolfdogsanctuary.com for refund requests by Thursday, October 28th at 5 pm.