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Published October 23rd 2014
Get your scare on at one of these fun events across Brissy
Every year the little Irish-then-American tradition of Halloween grows in Australia amid much division through the community as to whether we should embrace or abhor it. I personally love the non-holiday here as it's a great excuse to have a dress-up party which is one of my most favourite past-times.
If you are on the fence about Halloween, perhaps you should head along to some of the best events across the city to get you in the mood. Perhaps you'll be a convert by the end of it!
For the Kids - you know that Halloween is a really great excuse for kids to wheedle as many lollies and chocolate bars out of their parents but maybe taking them along to one of these great events will give them something else to think about for a while.
Image Courtesy of Monsters Ball
Photo Courtesy of Logan Central
1. Free Halloween Fun - Logan Central, Oct 30th, 4-8pm FREE If you need to get your late night shopping done and you're looking for something fun for the kidlets to do, Logan Central Plaza has face-painting, a magic show and photo booth to keep them occupied.
2. Halloween Craft - Annerley Library, Oct 31st 2014, 3:30-4pm FREE For kids aged 5-8, head to library to make a scary bat to hang in the bedroom or on the front door. Call ahead to book and have a search for your own local library as often these are repeated across the city.
3. Trick or Treat - Fairfield Gardens, Oct 30th, 5.00pm, 5.30pm, 6.00pm & 6.30pm, Meet at Fairfield Library FREE If you aren't so sure about sending the kids off into the neighbourhood to ask for candy, this is a great alternative and you can ensure they're safe and sound inside a shopping centre. There's also some spooky story sessions after the trick or treating has finished and they are high on sugar.
4. Monsters Ball - State Library Queensland, Southbank, Oct 31st, 7pm $15 This all ages ball is great for the older kids but you can bring along the siblings as they dance the night away. The haunted house will be the main star along with some spooky science challenges and a photo booth to capture the awesome outfits. Under 15's just need to be accompanied by an adult.
For the Big Kids - So Halloween can also be fun for adults and you all know you want to get into that vampire costume or become a member of the Adam's Family for the night. Don't be shy, head to one of these great parties and events and have a scary, fun time!
5. Ben and Jerry's Open Air Cinema - What We Do In The Shadows, South Bank, Oct 31st, 5:00pm $13
Pop down to South Bank for a showing of Jermaine Clement's (of Flight of the Conchords fame) newest movie, a comedy about life and learning to be a vampire. Book into this one soon as tickets sell fast for the Halloween showing.
6. Halloween Express - Roma Street, Oct 31st, 6:40pm, Child $16, Adult $25, Family $75
Don your Halloween costume and alight an old-timey steam train journey around Brisbane. This is a great one for a couple or the whole family to enjoy travelling in style. Bookings are absolutely essential for this one and you'll be allocated a seat when you confirm.
7. Manly Harbour Halloween Street Party Festival - Oct 31st - Nov 2nd FREE
This is a great lineup of fun activities for everyone to get behind including movies in the park, a spooky street parade, markets, pumpkin carving and fireworks. I know where I'd like to be this Halloween - Manly seems to have embraced the spirit!
8. South Side Diner - 168 Grey Street, South Bank, Oct 31st, The cost of dinner
Want to just indulge in some of the treats you would usually find this time of the year in the US? American themed South Side Diner is serving up pumpkin pie, Witches Brew cocktails and if you turn up in costume you have a chance to win a $50 voucher.
9. Kookaburra Queen Dinner Cruise - Oct 31st, 7:30pm Adult $89, Kids $44.50.
There'll be a spooky disco but less ghoulish food served up on this year's special riverbound Halloween event on the Kooka. Enjoy the beautiful river lights as you disco dance the night away.
10. Rockabilly Halloween Party - Greaser, 259A Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Nov 1st, The cost of your meal
In what they term a 'graveyard beneath the streets' this little bar is turning into the ultimate Halloween destination albeit one day too late. There'll be prizes for Best Dressed, free face painting and a special Halloween menu to choose from.