Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time for some spooky fun, frightening surprises and weird and wacky costumes and decorations! On October 31 there’ll be all kinds of skeletons, ghosts, vampires, zombies and creepy characters emerging from the cobwebs and clambering through the streets to trick or treat. Don’t have anything planned? From the entertaining to the historical and the downright creepy, here are some great ideas for Halloween in Australia!
Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour – Melbourne
Melbourne may be Australia’s cultural capital but it has a spooky past worth exploring. Running from The Haunted Bookshop in the CBD, you’ll find yourself wandering through the city under the cover of darkness, exploring shadowy lanes and spooky sites as you hear stories of the city’s macabre history, paranormal encounters and those who remain here long after they’ve gone. With the tours lead by Drew Sinton – who presents Haunted Australia on Foxtel and has been researching ghosts for over 20 years – you can expect it to be dead on.
Boo at the Zoo – Adelaide
Need a fun and spooky night out that’s also kid-friendly? Adelaide Zoo has the perfect event – a Halloween party with the animals! A one-night-only event, Boo at the Zoo is full of family fun and family-friendly frights. Dress up in your most ghoulish and ghastly costumes and enjoy wandering the zoo at night (4pm to 8pm). There’s entertainment, a special trick or treat or treat trail and prizes. Even the animals join in on the fun, with the zoo-keepers creating spooky tricks and treats for them too!
Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant Dinner and Show – Gold Coast
For the scariest and most entertaining show you’ll ever see, head to Dracula’s on the Gold Coast (there’s one in Melbourne too). Step into the gothic castle for a horror-themed drink and some bizarre character encounters before riding the horrifying Ghost Train down to the 430-seat Theatre of the Vampyre. Settle in for a night of incredible adult-appropriate cabaret, burlesque, comedy, music and madness! The show also comes with a three-course dinner, including their ‘Death by Chocolate’ signature dessert (a Belgian chocolate coffin). From the spooky decorations to the sickeningly hilarious puns, a night at Dracula’s is impossible to forget.
Kings Cross Crime and Passion Tour – Sydney
Notorious Kings Cross in central Sydney is full of historical tales in the wake of its sketchy history. From drugs and gangs to romances and murders, you never know what you’ll discover on this walking tour of Sydney’s red light district. Wander the streets of Sydney’s underbelly as you hear the charades of prominent characters, delve into local mysteries and explore the controversies of the razor gang and sly grog days. The tour also takes you to the site of one of the city’s greatest unsolved mysteries. Kings Cross is fascinating both day and night, but not half as much if you miss this tour.
Fright Nights at Adventure World – Perth
If you’re a lover of thrills that come in the form of rides and theme park action, get thrills of every kind at one of the ‘Fright Nights’ at Adventure World in Perth. Held from 3pm to 10pm on Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November, it’s sure to be frighteningly fun for the whole family. Across the three main areas – Thrill Zone, Tiki Terror and Kreepy Kingdom – there’ll be face painting, performances, aerial acts, fireworks, competitions, rides, street food and a Graveyard Bar. There’ll also be freaky sideshows, Halloween treats, roaming ghouls and a DJ to set the atmosphere for a night of daring and devilish excitement.
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