For a country that doesn’t recognise Halloween as a holiday, we do our very best to make sure it’s celebrated in good form. We share our picks of the best parties happening across the Halloween weekend to spook skeptics and believers alike.

The Argyle

Be a part of a total transformation as The Argyle morphs into a haunted house of horrors for not one, but two parties over the Halloween weekend. Featuring fire breathers, stilt walkers and face painters, you should mask up to be adequately spooky. Complete the inaugural “trick or treat bar hop”, where you’ll discover some delicious drinks at various tasting stations throughout the bar.

Friday October 31, 4pm–3am – Corporate Halloween Night
Specifically for city-based office workers so they can party in their ties.

Saturday November 1, 4pm–3am – Annual Halloween Bash
Arrive before 8pm for free entry, or dress up in your best fright wear and pay half price entry before 10pm.

Visit theargylerocks.com for booking information.

Cost: $20

The Argyle
18 Argyle Street, The Rocks
(02) 9247 5500

Ouija Beats

FBi Radio presents the first ever Ouija Beats Festival at Luna Park, featuring live sets from electronic-beat extraordinaires Panama, Northeast Party House, Astral DJs, Moonbase Commander, Willow Beats, Twin Caverns and more. If beats aren’t your thing, you can go for the free rides, freaky sideshow performers and drool-worthy best-dressed prizes.

For tickets and more information, head to moshtix.com.au

Cost: $50.10

Big Top, Luna Park
1 Olympic Drive, Milsions Point
(02) 9033 7676

Newtown Hotel

Help the Newtown Hotel celebrate Halloween and its second birthday simultaneously on October 30. With free entry, free drinks from 6pm and a special live performance from Kingswood (which is rounding out its national tour) and inner-west local songwriter Andy Golledge, expect a frightfully entertaining evening that shouldn’t be missed.

Cost: free

newtownhotel.com.au

HIJINKS – Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

The Festivalists, the curators behind Jurassic Lounge, return as HIJINKS to make your Halloween weekend a decidedly wet affair. As Sydney’s only underwater-party destination, HIJINKS partygoers will be treated to an interactive experience at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, featuring marine-life bingo, treasure hunts and pop-up bars – all against a backdrop of great white sharks, penguins and tropical fish.

If you’ve ever wanted to party with a dugong, October 30 is your opportunity.

Cost: $25. Price includes entry and one complementary Little Creatures beer or a SKYY Vodka cocktail.

sydneyaquarium.com.au

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
1–5 Wheat Road, Sydney
1800 199 657

SoCal

For those who want a taste of Sydney’s northern suburbs this Halloween, SoCal in Neutral Bay is putting on a Southern California-style party, complete with live DJs, a delicious menu, drink specials and great prizes for best-dressed provided by Red Bull.

See socalsydney.com.au for more information and for bookings.

Icon Park & Stanley Street Halloween Party

Icon Park, the world’s first crowdfunding platform dedicated to bars and restaurants, is working with multiple vendors on Stanley Street in Darlinghurst to put on a street-wide, Addams Family-themed Halloween party on October 30. It’s also known as Devils Night. Spooky.

Kick things off at 7.30pm with a drink at Kubrick’s, which will aptly be transformed into a haunted mental institution. The main event will be held at Rupert & Ruby, and will feature Halloween-themed dishes and drinks. Live music and after-dinner drinks set against a Titanic-themed backdrop at Hazy Roze will round out the event.

Cost: $60. Price includes entry to all venues plus a special Halloween dish or drink at each.

The Slenderman Experience

Controversial artist Jesse Willesee returns to the Kings Cross Hotel with his creepy annual Halloween art experience. This year, Willesee has recreated the forest inhabited by Slenderman, the paranormal internet phenomenon haunting screens all around the world. The purpose-built forest will take over three of five levels of the hotel for one night only, and is designed to confuse and disorientate (and scare!) all those on the hunt for awesome prizes. Watch out for the ghouls.

While the maze is swallowing punters whole, a rooftop party featuring DJ Delova will be raging above. With Halloween themed drink specials, Kings Cross Hotel is the place to get your scares this year.

Cost: $10 on the door.

kingscrosshotel.com.au for more information.

Kings Cross Hotel
244–248 William Street, Kings Cross
(02) 9331 9900

Frankenstein’s Pizza by the Slice

The key to celebrating Halloween at Frankie’s on October 30 is, obviously, pizza. Throw in some bands, (three, to be exact, plus one DJ), a horror-themed menu and prizes for worst dressed, and you’ve got yourself a Halloween party that just wouldn’t be the same anywhere else. The clincher is the promise of Frankie’s World Famous House Band, rumoured to be playing at midnight in some hilarious/scary outfits.

Cost: free entry, pizza $5 per slice.

frankiespizzabytheslice.com

Frankies Pizza
50 Hunter Street, Sydney

Frights & Delights at Golden Age

Golden Age Cinema & Bar will provide all the inspiration you need this Halloween, screening on-theme classics such as E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scream and Mean Girls, with a follow up Beetlejuice-themed party on October 31. Catch a screening of Tim Burton’s spooky comedy classic at 6.30pm or 9pm, then shake it in the bar with Pelvis DJs until late. There’ll be cocktails and prizes for the spookiest, Beetlejuice-inspired outfits.

Cost: The party is free, films cost $15/$20

For screen times and more information, visit ourgoldenage.com.au

Golden Age Cinema & Bar
80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Q Station’s Halloween Party

Many places claim to be haunted, but Q Station in Manly is one of the genuinely spookiest places in Sydney. It was once Australia’s first Quarantine Station, operating from 1833 to 1984. It’s now a hotel, but for Halloween, it will be staging a 90-minute tour around the site telling some of the most frightening stories in its arsenal. With an after party and the option to stay the night, it should be certifiably spooky.

Q Station
1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
(02) 9466 1551