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Halloween is about to hit once again but popping up in Sydney are a number of ghoulish, Mexican flavoured parties celebrating Dia De Los Muertos. Translated as Day of the Dead, this fairly new theme here is steeped in cultural tradition thousands of years old in Mexico with the painting of skulls on faces, just to start with. It is a huge colourful festival held over a 2 day holiday period in Mexico that remembers and honours those gone from the world.
If you want to dress up and party Mexican style, then check out this list of events on at various locations around Sydney:-
El Loco Mexican Cantina
Situated at the Excelsior Hotel and the Slip Inn, expect live music and dancing along with Mexican food and Margarita specials over the Halloween weekend.
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With quirky decor and Mexican atmosphere in and close to the CBD at these hotels, you can go loco on Tequila with $10 margaritas all night, have your face painted, enjoy tacos and caramel churros, and dance the night away. So don your most colourful costume and get your amigos together for this fun fiesta.
When Fri 30th and Sat 31st October Where Excelsior Hotel at 64 Foveaux St Surry Hills and Slip Inn at 111 Sussex St Sydney
No bookings required and no lockout.
This prehistoric party at the Australian Museum takes place after closing hours with unique access to dinosaurs, spectacular gemstones and the new Wild Planet gallery exhibition, featuring over 400 animals.
Artists and performers, scientists and comedians mix up the Museum into a playground for grown-ups (18 + years) that includes a Silent Disco and Giant Dance Lesson, Live Taxidermy, and a Trick or Treat Room. Marvel at contortionist Jade Twist as she combines body manipulation with acrobatics.
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Learn the monster mash, make gashes and wounds at the Makeup Wardrobe, listen to Creepy Crawlies talks, get acquainted with vampire flying frogs, curse your enemies at the Misfortune Cookie crafts table and cheer on comedians recreating cult horror movie scenes.
A haunted photo booth will capture your ghostly image and there are prizes for the scariest and funniest dressed, so get creative.
A licensed bar and hot food available with tickets $19 pre-sale or $22 at the door (subject to availability).
This event company is hosting a Day of the Dead dinner, consisting of a tasty Mexican meal with wine, at a cost of $55 per person. Senoras are urged to dress up a little gothic with floral head pieces whilst hombres might want to dust off that sombrero in the closet.
A hair and make-up artist can assist you in getting in theme, for a nominal cost.
When Sun 1st November, 6pm Where secret venue to be announced closer to the date.
You can register your interest with email@example.com.
Hullabaloo at Balmain
Cantina Bar is the location for frozen margaritas and the $10 death punch, as well as prawn tacos, unique alpaca skewers, and other Latin American street food. Exotic Mexican beers also feature prominently.
This small bar and restaurant features Day of the Dead artworks on the brick interior walls, plants hanging from the ceiling and glowing lights, making it an intimate Mexican affair.
Get your fangs out and your fake blood ready because there's a dinner for two for the best dressed.
When Sat 31st October Where 350 Darling St Balmain Telephone 9810 0086
Double Dose at The Sheaf
Multiple bars, lounges, a vast beer garden courtyard and a bistro will serve up special Day of the Dead cocktails and tasty bites with two parties, one mid week and one on Halloween, set to entertain your socks off.
There's in-house face painting and a photo booth to remember the night at this refurbished Double Bay institution. This reincarnation is a timely way to celebrate death and rebirth.
When Weds 28th and Sat 31st October, from 8pm Where 429 New South Head Rd Double Bay Website www.thesheaf.com.au
Green Square Library
Yes, this party takes place in a library of all places. It's for all ages and you can follow in the footsteps of the Aztecs to modern Mexico with sugar skull making and face painting, as well as altar making.
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Dress up and enjoy live music, food and more. The event is free but bookings are recommended.
When Thurs 29th October, 6pm-8pm Where 100 Joynton Ave Zetland
ZanziBar @ Newtown
This fun sprawling bar over 3 floors with a rooftop terrace is celebrating Dia De Los Muertos with everything extravagant from costumes and complimentary face painting to Tequila infused tacos (yes, tacos) and cocktails.
Live art installations will feature and a pop-up Polaroid photo booth will capture the spirit with an Espolon Tequila party pack up for grabs for best pic of the night.
Free entry with DJ's from 10pm cranking up the fun.
When Sat 31st October, 6pm till late Where 323 King St Newtown Bookings 9519 1511
Over on the north side with great views, this Halloween Dia De Los Muertos party has free entry, $10 Sangria jugs and $10 margaritas, best dressed prizes, artists to fancy you up with sugar skull face paint, and DJ Jonny RAD and Ketami sound tracking the event.