There’s more to a good Halloween than pulling out some plastic spiders. From The Exorcist-themed escape rooms to horror movie marathons, these events will spook you into another dimension.

Drop Dead at Johnny’s
Carlton rooftop bar Johnny’s Green Room is getting a Halloween makeover. There’ll be themed cocktails such as The Devil’s Margarita (chilli-infused tequila, Cointreau and lime), and if you’ve forgotten (or avoided) getting a costume, Melbourne artist Alice Oehr will have you covered – literally – with stick-on face tattoos.

Thursday, October 31
5pm onwards
More information here

A Midnight Visit: Halloween Party Weekend
This choose-your-own-adventure theatre experience has added three Halloween performances – with new characters, special bar entertainment (including fortune-telling), guest DJs, and weird and wonderful drink specials. There’ll also be fancy-dress competitions for guests, with prizes for the most creative and committed costumes. You must be at least 15 to attend the performance.

Thursday, October 31 to Saturday, November 2
Price: $83.57
More information here

Peaches Halloween
Lush CBD rooftop bar Peaches will be decked out with fake spider webs and glowing pumpkins for three days from October 31. Each night’s dress code and soundtrack is themed around a particular decade: Thursday is ’70s-themed, Friday is ’80s night and Saturday is all things ’90s. Entry is free, plus there’ll be games to play and prizes to be won. For $7 you can get a “trick or treat” shot and a burger.

Thursday, October 31 to Saturday, November 2
More information here

Exorcist: The Arrival Escape Room
Rush Escape Game in South Yarra has created a pop-up haunted house for Halloween. The point of this room isn’t to escape though – it’s to survive. The event runs for 30 minutes and involves live actors, jump scares, smoke and buckets of red corn syrup. The rooms are loosely based on The Exorcist, and participants will have to solve puzzles to escape being caught.

The event is not recommended for visitors aged under 13.

Monday, October 28 to Sunday, November 3
Price: $35
More information here

Fireball Whisky x Brown Cardigan Hell-o-Ween
Popular Aussie meme page Brown Cardigan has teamed up with liqueur brand Fireball Whisky for a Halloween throwdown.

Punters can expect to be strapped to a spinning “fire wheel of death”, fess-up in confession booths and see twisted performances in cages. Metal band Barbariön will host death-metal karaoke, and DJs Dunni, Yo Mafia, Ben Hunter (aka Constable Smallsman) and Shelley will be on the decks.

Make sure you RSVP and get there early. The event is free but will fill up quickly.

Thursday, October 31
From 9pm to 3am
More information and RSVPs here

Openair Cinema Presents: IT 2
If sitting back and enjoying a (horror) film is more up your alley than partying this Halloween, get along to the Openair Cinema for a screening of IT 2, the sequel to 2017’s terrifying IT.

Thursday October 31
Gates open at 6pm
Price: $17
More information here

Flight: A Journey In Complete Darkness
For those more terrified by real-life situations than made-up monsters, Flight is the newest immersive theatre experience from the team behind Séance. It takes place in an “aircraft” in a shipping container, and taps into a universal fear: that of being 30,000 feet in the air and powerless.

That fear is amplified by sensory deprivation (the cabin is plunged into total darkness) and binaural sound recordings (3D audio transmitted directly to each audience member).

The experience is not recommended for those who are pregnant, claustrophobic, under the age of 15 or suffer from back or heart conditions.

Wednesday October 30 to Sunday December 8
Price: $26.91
More information here

Haunt Zone at Dromana 3 Drive-In
Visit the Dromana 3 Drive-In for your fix of scary movies such as Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Zombieland: Double Tap and Ready Or Not.

Adding to the Halloween spirit are two themed haunted mazes: Infected puts visitors inside a zombie research facility, and Darkness Manor plunges participants into complete darkness, playing on fears and phobias. Entry to both mazes (open from 6pm) is $18.

And on Wednesday, October 30, there’ll be a screening of the original Amityville Horror to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary. Carload tickets are only $10 for the night. Costumes are strongly encouraged for the whole week.

Wednesday, October 30 to Monday, November 4
Movie tickets are priced from $12 to $52, entry to the maze is an additional $18
More information here

Night of 1000 Axes at Maniax
If releasing your frustration by throwing sharp objects at brain-dead zombies is more your style, then Maniax might be where you’ll end up Thursday night. The axe-throwing venue’s Night of 1000 Axes promises to let every doomsday prepper and Walking Dead fanatic fulfil their apocalyptic dreams by hurling axes at evil zombie hordes. There are prizes for best-dressed.

Thursday, October 31
From 7pm
Price: $55 for 2–2.5 hours of axe throwing
More information here

Evil Dead In Concert with the MSO
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will bring ’80s cult classic The Evil Dead to life this Halloween, accompanying a screening of the film with a live rendition of the score. The concert will be held at the Palais Theatre, and Joe LoDuca, the original composer, will be making a special appearance.

8pm on Thursday, October 31
Tickets from $78.10
More information here

Bimbo’s Halloweek
Recently resurrected Brunswick Street bar Bimbo is celebrating Halloween for an entire week, running spooky specials until Saturday, November 2. Say “trick or treat” at the bar to get a free pot of CBCO draught, and remember to dress up – each night $100 will be given away to the best-dressed punter.

Monday, October 28 to Saturday, November 2
More information here

Ofrendas Weekend at Bodriggy Brewing Co.
Head to Bodriggy Brewing Co to pay your respects to loved ones past and present by giving an ofrenda (an offering made to deceased ancestors) as part of the brewery’s Day of the Dead celebrations.

For a gold-coin donation, the bar will give you a candle to light at a shrine set up in the venue. All the donations will go towards Refuge Of Hope, an organisation that support Latin American migrants and refugees who have recently arrived in Melbourne.

The bar will also be serving food and drink specials over the weekend.

Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 3
More information here

Halloween and the Day of The Dead at El Camino Cantina
Fitzroy Tex-Mex restaurant El Camino Cantina is getting into the spirit of both Halloween and the Day of the Dead by offering dining and beverage packages (priced at $79 per person) for its lunch and dinner services on Thursday, October 31 and Saturday, November 2.

All Halloween bookings come with a goodie bag, and the venue will have a beverage-themed trick-or-treat (you could get tricked with a non-alcoholic beverage, or treated with tequila). Come dressed up for the chance to win a $50 bar tab.

At the Day of the Dead festivities there’ll be face-painting from 6pm to 9pm, so don’t stress if skull makeup isn’t your forte. And if you’re super-hungry, you could win a $50 voucher in the chilli-eating competition.

Thursday, October 31 and Saturday, November 2
Reserve a table here
More information here

Trick or Treat at Henry’s
Fitzroy burger joint Henry’s has teamed up with Deliveroo and Moving Mountains (a UK-based company that makes vegan meat alternatives) to create some spooky plant-based snacks this Halloween.

From 11am to 2pm on Thursday, you can order a Hell Hound Hotdog or Monster Burger for $1, delivered right to your home or office.

The vegetarian snacks are available while stocks last, and the delivery radius covers Abbotsford, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Carlton, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Northcote and North Melbourne.

Thursday, October 31
11am to 2pm
More information here

Ghoulhouse
Not-for-profit creative hub Schoolhouse Studios is turning its sunny, artistic Collingwood space into something gory and ghoulish this Friday for its Halloween fundraising bash.

Expect appearances by drag trio The Beastie Girls (who’ll also judge the costume competition), spooky activities (such as an art-filled haunted house), Halloween-themed cocktails and even a troupe of dancing skeletons.

All money raised at the event helps create affordable workspaces for artists and young creatives in Melbourne.

Friday, November 1
8pm to 1am
Price: $20

Additional reporting by Caitlyn Batterham.