Halloween is making its spooky presence felt around the city. Dangly skeletons are literally popping up in the shops, large eyeballs are sitting on office desks and scary-faced pumpkins are spooking kids in shopfront windows. This American tradition seems to be gaining in popularity each year (or is it my imagination?) and kids around the city are planning their outfits, ready for some ghoulish Halloween fun. Kids of all ages seem to love it - the bloodier the better. There are a number of events that are being held around the region, for both adults and kids, so all ages can dress up and walk like the living dead around Canberra's city streets. Halloween falls on Monday 31st of October, however the celebrations last all weekend long beforehand. Following are 10 ghoulish events to attend, for a ghostly good time in the Capital.
SPOOKY FUN FOR KIDS
1/ LOLLYPOPS PLAYLAND at Majura will be hosting a "Halloween Funhouse Disco Bash" for kids on Friday 28th October, between 6pm - 8pm. The kids will enjoy dressing up in their Halloween costumes, dancing and playing on their play centre equipment. See details here.
2/ CANBERRA SOUTHERN CROSS CLUB will be having Halloween-themed food in their Henry's restaurants at Woden, Tuggeranong and Jamison between 25th - 31st October. Families can enjoy a spooky family feast of Goblin Bread with Gory Dips, Cauldron Curry, Ghastly Goulash, Black Bat Wings and Sausage Mummy Dippers. Dressing up is encouraged to get into the spooky spirit. See details here.
3/ BOOGong is a family friendly Halloween night at Googong, over the border in the NSW. This fun event on Saturday October 29th will kick off with a Kids Disco at 5pm and have roaming entertainers, a Haunted Graveyard, The Witches Den, a Spider Web and a Horrifying Blood Pond. There will also be live music at 8:30pm and fireworks at 9pm. See details here.
4/ MONKEY MANIA in Fyshwick will be hosting a Halloween Disco on Monday 31st October between 4pm - 6:30pm. There will be face painting, prizes, music, dancing and play time. See details here.
SPOOKY FUN FOR ADULTS
5/ TIM THE YOWIE MAN is well known around the region for his local knowledge in the weird and spooky. He takes tours to the most spookiest places around the region and recreates the stories of what happened there, many years ago. This Halloween he has a "Pre - Halloween" tour of the city on Friday 28th October, then the following night he has an overnight Halloween experience at a historic and haunted hotel in Cooma. See details here - if you dare!
6/ CANBERRA SOUTHERN CROSS YACHT CLUB in Yarralumla will be hosting a Halloween Dinner with a ghoulish 3 course meal on Monday 31st October. Try some "BBQ peri peri devil wings" for entrée, "Bubbling blood orange punch bowl with floating black worms" as a palate cleanser and for dessert try "Death by chocolate in three ways by Vampire's wish". See details here.
7/ MOOSEHEADS in the CBD will be transforming their nightclub into a "Halloween Moose Manor" on Saturday 29th October. Mooseheads and Smirnoff will be presenting their annual Halloween Black Party - Canberra's Biggest Halloween Night, for the 8th year in a row. This popular night will see undead bartenders, prizes for best dressed, special effect lighting, $8 spooky cocktails and plenty of horror. This event comes with a warning that you will definitely be scared, see details here.
SPOOKY MOVIE NIGHTS
8/ LIMELIGHT CINEMAS at Tuggeranong will be showing the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Saturday 29th October at 7pm. Dressing up is encouraged and Rocky Horror virgins are welcome! Tickets are $10 each and include a SPOOK-tacular pre-show Candy Buffet. See details here.
9/ CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will be showing a Halloween special on Monday 31st October at the National Film and Sound Archives. There will be two movies showing this night - the special effects documentary "The Frankenstein Complex" followed by horror "Rob Zombie's 31". See details here.
10/ DENDY CINEMA in the CBD are having a Gene Wilder Halloween movie night, showing "Young Frankenstein" on Monday October 31st. Dendy invite you to come dressed in your most creative Gene Wilder outfits - whether that is a cowboy tailored by Gucci, a mad scientist with a perm or a Willy Wonker gent in a purple coat and top hat. This night is for Halloween, but it is also a Gene Wilder tribute. See details here.
With so much choice of things to do around the region, you are sure to have a hair raising time this Halloween!