Massive in the US, and increasingly popular in the UK, Halloween has never reached quite the same heights of popularity by Australians. But if we’re good at one thing, it’s finding a reason to celebrate, dress-up and party.
Beyond trick or treating, here are some frightening events to get you in the mood.
Luna Park’s Halloscream 4: October 28-31
Start devising your costume and get the kids screaming in horror as Luna Park transforms into an abandoned amusement park. Over four nights, the park will be decked out with mirror mazes, “private screaming” films, a haunted mansion, ghost hunts and Madam Fortuna’s forgotten funfair. All food and drink stands will be transformed too.
For more details go to the Luna Park website. Tickets start at $49.95 and are free for small children under 85cm tall, when accompanied by an adult.
Halloween Museum: October 29
The strictly adults-only Jurassic Lounge returns to the Australian Museum. Artists, scientists and DJs will curate an after-hours playground for adults (and dinosaurs). There’s an augmented reality cave, live spiders, silent discos and horror mash-ups among the promised activities. The event runs from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.
Tickets are $22 and can be purchased here.
Sefa’s Halloween Party: October 29
Sefa is throwing a party to celebrate both Halloween and four years of delivering Middle-Eastern fare to local Bondi. Get in costume and feast for $50 per head, which includes an open bar and food.
For more information go to the Sefa website
Just for the kids: Saturday October 29
The Merivale group will host two mega kids parties for Halloween, which are sure to entertain the whole family. From 11am until 1pm.
Halloween at the Newport
The Newport will be taken over by children with a range of activities to keep them entertained including pin-the-bone-on-the-skeleton, dance games and a witch’s hat ring-tossing competition. They’ll also receive Halloween-themed party bags.
Halloween for the kids at Coogee Pavilion: October 29
The ground floor of The Coogee Pavillion will transform into a family-friendly party decorated with Halloween pumpkins and hay bales. A Mummy-wrapping competition and witch-broom limbo will keep the whole family busy.
Halloween at the Golden Age Cinema: October 21–30
The Golden Age cinema will screen a carefully curated Halloween special over four nights. Dress in nineties goth attire and allow Terza Madre to set the scene with seventies Italian Pop.
For more information and tickets visit the Golden Age website.
Halloween (Eve) Party at Frankie’s Pizza: October 30
To celebrate Halloween and Sydney Craft Beer Week 2016, Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice has teamed up with Tasmania’s Moo Brew Brewery and metal band Psycroptic, which play a free show at 10pm. Moo Brew Brewery will take over the beer taps and feature only one barrel of the Big Sassy, a smoky Scotch ale that’s been barrel-ageing for a year. Pizza will be available from open to close. Frankie’s favourite DJs will play from 8pm.