Free and spooky Halloween fun and adventures for families
To celebrate the spookiness and everything there is to love about Halloween, the City of Perth is bringing back Carnival Macabre this year from Wednesday 28th October to Sunday 1st November 2015 at the Northbridge Piazza in the heart of Northbridge.
This popular free annual festival invites people of all ages to dress up for the occasion and enjoy some fun after dark. There are many different activities and events planned over the 5 days and nights with something to suit everyone's interests. Evening feature film screenings will be playing well into the night from Wednesday to Friday and provide all with free entertainment, adults can celebrate the occasion at the Zombie Masquerade Ball and families wont miss out either, with the monthly Piazzarama activity day taking on a Halloween twist.
Zombie Masquerade Ball
Get your freak on to celebrate life after death and don your best (or worst) costume for a frightful night of scares at this event on Saturday 31st October from 4:30pm to 10pm. Musical entertainment will be provided by Nuevo Salsa Orchestra, Junkadelic Brass Band will be bringing their funk and New Orleans will delight with their recycled percussive instruments.
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Attendees with dancing DNA will be excited with the dance options available, as they shake up the dancefloor with the Day of the Dead dancers, put their best foot forward with a free swing dance class and zombified performance provded by The Hullabaloo Hoppers and Australian Jitterbug Champions, before joining a free salsa class with some mysterious masked salsa dancers.
Chess lovers can watch the Chess Association of WA's speed chess demonstration competition and a life-sized version of human chess played by two WA state champions until 6pm on the night. Active zombies can participate in Zombie Tag from 7pm, which features a live interactive coordination game using a Playstation Move controller pitching zombies against humans. Throughout the night, Boneyard BMX tricksters will entertain audience with their show and the Hip Hop Skellingtons will provide a live performance on stage.
Free face painting is available all evening for little ones to grown ups to complete your ghoulish looks and a range of cuisines will be on site for purchase from food and dessert vendors such as Eat No Evil and Chicho Gelato.
Day of the Dead Embrace Mexican culture with Day of the Dead celebrations on Saturday 31st October from 2pm to 4:30pm. The event starts with a family animated feature film as part of the Viva Mexico Film Festival Australia, followed by regional Mexican dances on the stage by local folkloric dance troupe Ixtzul. Mariachi band Muchos Mariachi will also be performing traditional and popular Mexican tunes to get the party going.
Day of the Dead face painting will also be available for children and adults alike, kids can enjoy colouring in activities and also make a felt decorated sugar skull to transform into a garland or brooch.
As a popular Mexican tradition, a dedicated shrine will be on display from 3pm to 10pm comprising of traditional colourful altars for those that have passed away. Believed to be a portal between life and death, these welcome back loved ones for one night each year to share in the food, drink and merriness with family and friends.
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Piazzarama Running concurrently to the Carnival Macabre, the City's monthly Piazzarama event will be on Sunday 1st November from 12pm to 4pm. Showing feature films at 12pm and 2:30pm, this family fun day will feature balloon artists, face painters, the Boneyard BMX show, sugar skull and scary cupcake decorating workshops and a Day of the Dead dance show for the entire family.
For further information about Carnival Macabre 2015, specific details about mentioned events as well as a comprehensive list of Perth City's Halloween activities and treats, visit the City of Perth's official website and either be there or be scared!