Do you know the origins of Halloween? I have to admit I didn't, so I had to resort to some sleuthing. Halloween originated in the bygone, pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, which was commemorated every year on the night of 31 October. The Celts, who lived two thousand years ago in the region that we now know as Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, believed that the dead returned to earth on Samhain. Bonfires would be lit and costumes worn by the Celts in order to ward off the ghosts.
Today, Halloween has evolved and is less about the fear of ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes, jack-o-lanterns and candy treats for children and adults.
I haven't been able to find too many family-friendly events happening for Halloween on the Sunshine Coast, but have managed to find five, that I think should definitely be on your Halloween 'to do' list.
Ok, I haven't given you too much advance warning on this one, seeing as The Big Boing's Halloween Dance Party is on Friday the 27th - my excuse: I was off having a coffin break!
The Big Boing are hosting their Halloween Dance specifically for seven to fifteen year olds and with a DJ on board, lights, dance competitions and even prizes for the best Halloween costume, it sure sounds like a bouncy, monsterish time for all.
Tickets are still available - $24 online - book them online here - or $27 at the door - price excludes grip socks.
Organise your costume and get ready to boogey at Rebound after Dark!
🎃 2. Halloween at Noosa Marina
Tuesday 31 October 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Noosa Marina and Markets, 2 Parkyn Court, Noosa, 4565
A FREE Halloween night at the Noosa Marina - Image: Noosa Marina and Markets to Halloween at Noosa Marina FB page
Noosa Marina and Markets are hosting a FREE Halloween night at the Noosa Marina. A family-friendly event with activities and fun for everyone including trick or treat giveaways for the children, a magician, spooky boat rides, music, balloons, face painting, scary food stalls and not to forgetů.heaps of lollies.
Halloween at Noosa Marina sounds like the place for local ghosts to gather for a spooktacular night.
🎃 3. Halloween FestEvil - Family Night
Saturday 28 October 6.00pm to 10.00pm
Aussie World, 73 Frizzo Road, Palmview, Sunshine Coast, 4553
The biggest Halloween ever at Aussie World - Image: Aussie World to Halloween FestEvil FB page
Aussie World is being turned into a fantasy wonderland for Halloween FestEvil - Family Night on Saturday 28 October. Four hours of enchanting entertainment, fun rides for the whole family and horrifying mazes, including a special children's inflatable maze.
It's a haunting scare-a-bration for the whole family with fantastical and spooky characters, ghoulish treats, surprises and gifts.
Your night of family entertainment includes:
Free trick or treating in a safe environment;
Live Halloween family shows with the Hocus Pocus and other enchanted characters;
Stilt walkers, face painters and fire-twirlers;
Halloween fancy dress competitions;
and lots of delicious gory food and 'bloody' drinks!
Doors at Aussie World open at 5.30pm - enter at your own risk - ticket prices are from $25 with children under three FREE - book online here, don't be a scaredy cat, there's heaps of fun to be had!
🎃 4. A Haunted House For Elki
Tuesday 31 October 4.00pm to 8.00pm
16 Wentworth Ct, Nambour, 4560
Join Elki at her Haunted House - Image: Elki's Journal to A Haunted house for Elki FB page
Now, this to me sounds like a worthwhile Halloween event to attend - all for an extremely good cause. Elki Guymer is only four years old and has been battling leukaemia for the past eighteen months, putting a lot of financial strain on her family. So, with Halloween just around the corner, the Guymer's garage is undergoing a scary transformation, in the hopes to raise funds for this family.
On Halloween night anything can happen at the Haunted House for Elki - park your broom and be very, very wary! There are monsters that move and frights galore - children under ten to be accompanied by a large ghoul (parent).
A donation bucket will be at the entrance should you like to make a small donation upon entering the Haunted House for Elki.
C'mon Sunny Coasters, this is an event for you to shine and show your amazing generosity for little Elki and her family!
5. 🎃 Chancellor Park Marketplace's Halloween Family Fun Night
Tuesday, 31 October 4.00pm to 7.30pm
Chancellor Park Marketplace, University Way, Sippy Downs, 4556
A safe family-friendly environment - Image: Chancellor Park Marketplace Halloween Family Fun Night FB page
The Guided Trick or Treat at Chancellor Park Marketplace's Halloween will start with the spooky puppet show, hosted at The Coffee Club. Each child will be provided with a lollie bag for collecting treats. Children will then be safely led around the centre where they can trick or treat at each participating store. This fun session will run for approximately thirty minutes.
On a dark and stormy night... Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain
Bookings for this FREE event are essential and places are running out fast - please click here for online bookings.
Please note parents, guardians and children under three are not required to book tickets. Bookings only need to be made for children four years and older that are participating in the Trick or Treat. Children must be supervised at all times.
Happy Halloween, Sunny Coasters - this witch is now parking, all others will be toad!