Halloween has become so spooktacularly BIG, we need another article for it! I wrote previously about ways to celebrate the spooky season here. Below are seven more ways you can celebrate the season of pumpkins, witches, skeletons and ghosts in Canberra with your family and friends. And make sure you have your fang-tastic costumes ready for all of these events!
1. HORROR FEST at the National Film & Sound Archive. The National Film & Sound Archive is Canberra's most haunted building, so there's no better way to celebrate Halloween than by enjoying a party inside it! HorrorFest promises to be Canberra's biggest and spookiest Halloween party. Get ready for a night of music, dance, ghost tours, and horror films. This is strictly an 18 event. Held on Friday, November 2 from 8.30pm-11pm. Tickets are $25 (which includes first drink free). To book, go here.
This popular, family-friendly event returns to Googong on Saturday October 27 from 5pm-9pm. Taking place at Rockley Oval, Boogong's twisted circus theme this year promises to be the biggest and scariest yet! There'll be acrobats, roving performers, stage performers, food vendors, live music, fireworks and lots more. For more information and updates, go here.
3. DAY OF THE DEAD FIESTA. The Day of the Dead Fiesta Canberra is a yearly community celebration of Latin American & Multicultural music, dance, food and art. It celebrates the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead in one huge day, with live music, cultural performances, markets and food stalls, face painting, and an amazing kids' pinata. Taking place on Saturday 10th November at Ainslie Arts Centre from 2:00pm - 10:30pm, with a relaxed after party from 11pm. For updates, visit here.
4. HALLOWEEN MARKETS at the Old Bus Depot. Come and have a frightfully good time at the Old Bus Depot Markets this Halloween. Taking place on Sunday October 28, participating stallholders will be giving out FREE CANDY! Yes, that's right, everyone: FREE CANDY. So get the kids to dress in their Halloween best and come on down for some trick or treating fun at the Markets. The Old Bus Depot Markets are open from 10am-4pm. Located at the Old Bus Depot, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.
5. HALLOWEEN KIDS HIGH TEA at First Edition. Specially designed for young children under 5 years of age and their parents/carers, First Edition's Halloween High Tea promises to be a spooktacular time for the whole family. There'll be fun children's activities such as Halloween face painting, colouring in, music and dancing, games, ghost making, mask decorating and so much more. And parents/carers, you can look forward to welcome drinks on arrival, some delicious food and a chance to put your feet up and relax.
The Halloween Kids High Tea takes place on Monday October 29 from 11am-1pm at First Edition Bar & Dining, located on the first floor of the Novotel Canberra on Northbourne Ave. Costs are: children 0-1 years FREE, children 2-5 $35, adults $25. To book your tickets, go here.
6. AFTER DARK GHOST TOUR OF MOAD. Spend Halloween night at the Museum of Australian Democracy/Old Parliament House where ghosts have been known to roam after the sun goes down! Join a 75 minute torchlight tour illuminated with genuine stories of death, mysterious occurrences and dastardly deeds at Old Parliament House. Taking place on Wednesday October 31 from 8pm, this very special Halloween 'After Dark: Ghost Hunters Tour' costs $29 per person. Please go here to book your tickets.
7. TIM THE YOWIE MAN'S GHOST TOUR at the National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA).
Join Dr Spook, Tim the Yowie Man, on a tour of the NFSA. Discover the strange, the ghostly and the disturbing stories lurking in the NFSA basement and under the stairs… if you dare!
Ghost tours for October 26 are now sold out, but you can extend the Halloween season by going on a ghost tour at the NFSA on Friday November 30. The ghost tour begins at 8pm. Tickets cost $70 per person. To book, go here.
And don't forget that Halloween isn't really Halloween without a few spooky decorations around the house! For some gorgeous, whimsical Halloween-themed candles and homewares, visit dusk for their latest Halloween collection. You can read about these in my article here. Or for a more Harry Potter kind of Halloween, a brand new store selling all things Harry Potter, Quizzic Alley, has just opened up in Fyshwick.