Halloween is back for another year on Tuesday, 31st October. As it is a school day, little cherubs around the city will go to school and look angelic - but by night they will dress up as ghosts and ghouls, wandering the streets hunting down lollies and treats. This year, Canberra will be hosting a range of Halloween events for kids and adults to get involved in this spooky time of year. Whether you love it or loathe it, Halloween is coming up fast - you could say, it's creeping up behind you...
1/ BOOGONG - A CREEPY CARNIVAL is a highly popular annual event at Googong, 25 minutes from Canberra's city centre. This year it will have a spooky circus theme and be held in the paddock next to the abandoned Googong Woolshed - just follow the signs from Googong Road. There will be a circus big top, live music, food vendors, roaming performers and a firework show at 9pm. Sit back and enjoy watching the array of ghoulish costumes of adults and children alike. Entry is free. See here for details.
2/ BOO AT THE ZOO at the National Zoo and Aquarium is an opportunity for families and children to enjoy Halloween games and "trick or treating" in a safe environment. There will also be craft activities, games, scavenger hunts, prizes and much more! Tickets cost $30 or $100 for a family pass of 2 adults and 2 children. See here for details. NOTE - THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!
Halloween fireworks at Googong, 2016. Image: Googong Facebook
3/ FREAKISHLY FUN FETE will be held at Macgregor Primary School between 11am - 3pm. There will be "safe trick or treating" for children, a best dressed competition, rides, Nerf Maze, stalls, Haunted Hall, food, White Elephant and much more. Enjoy all the fun of Halloween with the Macgregor community. Entry is free. See here for details.
4/ HALLOWEEN AT CRACE is an event for the locals of Crace in Gungahlin to get together at the local shops for Halloween face painting, entertainment, activities and spooky fun between 10am - 2pm. Entry is free. See here for details.
5/ MONSTER FACE BREAD MAKING FOR KIDS is a Halloween event at Contentious Character Winery in Wamboin, 30 minutes from Canberra in NSW. Adults can sit back and relax while kids learn how to make bread with scary Halloween monster faces! The bread will then be baked and kids can enjoy their own bread with pumpkin soup, followed a scoop of pumpkin ice cream. The workshop costs $30. See here for details.
A (not so spooky!) Halloween at Contentious Character. Image: Contentious Character Facebook Event
6/ STAR BUFFET in Kambah will be having a "Kids Eat Free" deal this Halloween for kids aged 12 and under. This huge buffet has child-friendly options such as chicken nuggets, pasta, noodles, chips, sushi and a wide range of desserts to choose from afterwards. See here for details and adult prices. For a full article on Star Buffet, see here.
7/ HALLOWEEN DISCO AT MONKEY MANIA is a much-anticipated annual event in Fyshwick, 10 minutes south of the city. Young kids are encouraged to dress up, dance and spend the evening playing with friends and new friends made along the way. The pre-purchase price is $12, which you buy at the centre. See here for details. For a full article on Monkey Mania, see here.
Image: Original images supplied by Star Buffet and Monkey Mania websites
8/ HALLOWEEN SCREENING - THE EXORCIST will be shown at Dendy Cinema in Canberra's city centre at 6:30pm. This Halloween version is "uncut", providing viewers with even more horror and built-up suspense! Tickets cost $18 each, or $15 for Club Dendy members. See here for details.
9/ JIGSAW - FIRST SCREENING will have an advance showing at Tuggeranong Limelight Cinema on Halloween night. This movie is not for the faint-hearted - the trailer is enough to give you nightmares. Watch the movie - if you dare! Tickets are $11.50. See here for details and trailer.
10/ CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will be showing the paranormal thriller Night of the Demon in the ARC Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive. Special festival guest and film critic, Chris Fujiwara, will introduce the screening. Tickets cost $16. See here for details.
Where will you go to get spooked this Halloween?
Too late - I'm already spooked! Authentic costuming at Googong Halloween event, 2016. Image: Googong Facebook