Love it or loath it – Halloween in Melbourne is not going to go away (at least not while kids love dressing up and eating lollies!).
In the past, in a relatively small way, among our immigrated US and UK friends Halloween has been celebrated; until about five years ago it really wasn’t something us Aussies had embraced. But I am guessing that some marketing genius at one of the big supermarkets saw an opportunity a few years back and ever since those huge displays arrived the only way to be immune to Halloween is to live in a remote village (I suspect). While I loath the sugar, I do love meeting all the neighbours and that general festive spirit as we walk around our street with a gang of local friends (it’s also a bit of fun doing the scary makeup).
If you don’t live in a street that gets into Halloween (or knocking on doors isn’t your thing) and you want to get your spook on then here are some other activities happening around Melbourne this Halloween.
When: Saturday 31 October 2015
Check the sneak preview of Hotel Transylvania 2 at one of the participating Hoyts venues at 11am on Saturday 31 October.
Spooky Skate is happening at O’Brien Group Arena (formerly Medibank Icehouse) will be pumping the spooky tracks and freaking out the skaters with scary movies playing over the ice. Cost – all patrons in costume will receive 20% off standard admission prices. All day.
Trick-or-Treat at Harbour Town Melbourne where the scariest and cheekiest children in costume are invited to trick-or-treat throughout the centre grounds. Collect your Trick-or-Treat bag and map of the centre highlighting the 40+ retailers offering yummy treats in exchange for spooks! Also a free Halloween craft workshop will offer an opportunity for kids to create their own witches hats to spook up their outfits! FREE, 11am – 2pm.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and Wonderland Fun Park present the SPOOKtrain. Make your way through this spooky two storey house of horrors. Hold on tight and be careful because you never know what kind of creepy characters you might see on this exhilarating ride. $8.00 per person, 11am – 8pm Friday – Sunday.
St Kilda Primary School is hosting a Halloween Outdoor Cinema, including Halloween based activities to get the kids involved along with mobile food trucks, vendors and entertainment. Entry is gold coin donation. Located at 2B Brighton Road St Kilda. From 4pm-midnight.
Spooktober Haunted Manor (recommended for children aged 6+) is happening at the St Kilda Town Hall on both Friday and Saturday. Get in quick as tickets always sell out.
The American Women’s Association is holding it’s annual Halloween Extravaganza. Entry is a $10 donation (going to the Children’s Hospital) and includes a goodie bag, costume competitions, music, games, activities, trick or treating and more. From noon – 5pm in Hampton Street, Hampton.
Luna Park is offering a 20% discount on it’s unlimited ride ticket for anyone who comes dressed in costume – as well as loads of creepy entertainment and activities! For all the details click here, and after dark (7-11pm) there is extra scary activities and 2 for 1 discounts for those in costume.
The Mudcakes present Melbourne’s grooviest Halloween event for young families (recommended for ages 0 to 8 yrs). Dress up for a spooktacular night of family fun. Featuring live music, dancing, prizes, face painting and a bar with refreshments for kids and adults. From 5.30-7.30pm (performance starts at 6pm). Footscray Arts Centre.
Dress up in your costume and enjoy the Watergardens House of Horrors. Entry to the Candy Jumping Castle is $2, everything else is FREE (trick or treating, broomstick making, hair colouring and more). From 10am – 2pm.
Coal Creek in Korumburra (Gippsland, about 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne) has an evening of fun for all the family. Entry is $1 and activities include trick or treating, face painting, apple bobbing, bonfire, disco, reptile show and more. From 5.30 – 10.30pm.
For the 18+ crowd The Astor is running a serious movie marathon from Friday 8pm through till just after midday Saturday (breakfast included). $30 a head is pretty good value for 8 movies, click here for more info.
Spooktober Asylum is only for those with nerves of steel and aged 18+. Thursday – Saturday, held in an abandoned asylum at 557 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004
The Day of the Dead Warehouse Project 3.1 is an experiential event like no other, recreating the abstract and eclectic underground cultural scene of Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. Guests will be transported to an intoxicating world of contagious music, live art, extravagant costumes – happening in a secret location, somewhere in Melbourne.
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