Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. This custom is observed and celebrated in several countries around the world every year on the 31 October. Today, however, Halloween has evolved and is less about the fear of ghouls and ghosts and more about dressing up in scary costumes, cutting pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating for candy treats.
Forever on the prowl to find fang-tastic events for my readers, here are some harrowing Halloween happenings to sink your teeth into between the 26 October and the 2 November. For ease of reference, they are done in date order.
FREE Family Event - Image: Kenilworth Hotel > Halloween Night FB
🎃 Halloween Night Saturday 26 October | 5.30pm to 10.00pm Kenilworth Hotel, 18 Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth
FREE Family Event
Stop in for a spell at the Kenilworth Hotel to enjoy their free family Halloween Night with a free munchies table for the kids and a Halloween Menu for all guests. Dress up in your Halloween finery to take the Trick-or-Treat Spooky Walk … if you dare! Prizes will be given out for the best dressed adult and best dressed child. Kids ... free Trick-or-Treat loot bags will be given out too! Kenilworth Hotel invites all ghouls and ghosts to eat, drink and be scary!
Run for your life! Image: Mudjimba Beach Park Run > Halloween Park Run FB
🎃 Halloween Park Run Saturday 26 October | 6.45am to 8.00am
Mudjimba Beach Park Run, Cnr Mudjimba Beach Esplanade and Mudjimba Beach Road, Mudjimba
FREE Family Event
Mudjimba Beach Park Run are calling all ghosts, ghouls, zombies, clowns, witches and skeletons to their Halloween Park Run. Dress up in your scariest running gear for some screechingly good fun - I'll probably giggle all the way!
Go on a mini date in costume! Image: We Click Events > Halloween Dress Up Speed Dating Sunshine Coast FB
🎃 Halloween Dress-up Speed Dating, Sunshine Coast
Thursday 31 October 7.00pm to 9.00pm
The Post Office, 10 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Ages 23 to 35 | Tickets $29 Buy your tickets online here
This is a Halloween date with a twist! Trick-or-treat with the Halloween Dress-up Speed Dating session, where guests get to go on mini dates with other guests in costume. This extremely popular speed dating event is totally unique and only happens once a year- a one of a kind event - where guests can come 'as you are' or dress up as your mischievous naughty alter-ego. There is no pressure for speed daters to come in costume attire, but a little bit of creativity is encouraged ... or go wild!
The good news is that speed daters' evening doesn't stop with the speed dating session because the $29 ticket includes entry to the ghostly Halloween After Party at The Post Office. The Post Office is an iconic bar on Ocean Street in Maroochydore and has been privately booked specifically for this fang-tastic night. A free selection of delicious finger (not literal) food will be available for Halloween Dress-Up Speed Daters, ensuring hunger monster pangs will be put to rest!
Ideas for dress-up: crazy hat; face makeup; Super-hero; onesies; nurse; police; school uniform; sports gear; zombi; spooky characters.
Heaps of games and prizes at KB's Noosa! Image: KB's Noosa > Noosa Biggest Halloween Party
🎃 Noosa Biggest Halloween Party
Thursday 31 October | 8.00pm to midnight
KB's Noosa, 44 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
FREE Entry Event
KB's, Noosa's #1 Party Bar & Restaurant are celebrating the Noosa Biggest Halloween Party, offering $100 cash for the Best Dressed Halloween costume. Games and prizes and heaps more will be available to those Thursday night owls who love a week night off!
Dress up the kids! Image: Harmony Nights Halloween Event FB
🎃 Harmony Nights : Halloween Event
Thursday 31 October | 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Harmony by AVID Property Group, Harmony Boulevard, Palmview
FREE Family Event
Dress up the kids! It's the not-to-be-missed Harmony Nights : Halloween Event! Invite your family and invite your friends to this hauntingly spooky event with its ghoulish range of gourmet food trucks and hair-raising delights for the whole family.
Spook-tacular treats for the family include:
Trick-or-treat through Harmony Display World
Best dressed competition
Food trucks and Harmony Cafe
Three nights of spooky fun! Image: Noosa Reef Hotel > Halloween Spooky Long Weekend Fun FB
👻 Thursday 31 October
Kids eat FREE! Dress up in your favourite outfit for an opportunity to win prizes and giveaways. Enjoy spooky movies in the mini cinema and get to eat a spooky dessert.
👻 Friday 1 November
Kids eat FREE! Creepily creative face painting will be happening plus more spooky movies in the mini cinema and another spook-tacular dessert.
👻 Saturday 2 November
A D.I.Y. Slime night with FREE gooey fun and more freaky face painting. For a third night kids can dress up in their Halloween finery to enjoy more scary movies in the mini cinema. Creepy desserts are also on the menu!
Bookings are recommended. Please call (07) 5430-7500 to book directly.
A treasure trove of a mystical kind! Image: Sunreef Diving > Halloween UV Night ex HMAS Brisbane FB
🎃 Halloween UV Night Ex-HMAS Brisbane
Friday 1 November | 5.00pm to 9.30pm
Sunreef Diving, The Wharf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Tickets $99 per diver including UV torch Book your tickets online here
Join Sunreef Diving for some very special spook-tacular Halloween fun on Friday 1 November. Divers get the opportunity to dress up in their scariest best for an exclusive fluoro dive on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane at the Halloween UV Night. A fabulous five hour dive where divers get to enter the ocean's world of 'darkness' - when eels leave the shelter of their homes to search for food and the octopus are far more active. The bright fluorescent lights make the corals glow, lighting up marine life in the most unexpected places - a treasure trove of a mystical kind.
Please note that gear hire is an additional cost. For more information on diving requirements and the dive site, please follow the link here.
Six hours of ghoulish, jam-packed fun at Aussie World! Image: Aussie World FB
🎃 Halloween FestEvil
Saturday 2 November | 4.00pm to 10.00pm
Aussie World, 73 Frizzo Road, Palmview
Tickets from $38 which includes unlimited rides Book your tickets online here
Aussie World are promising incoming ghosts and ghouls, the best year yet! Returning to its creepy, crawly roots, Halloween FestEvil will be six hours of ghoulish, jam-packed fun, with shows, mazes and more rides than ever before. Kids can grab a FREE trick-or-treat bucket and join in on the humungous trick-or-treat around the park, taking home their share of half a tonne of lollies!
Get to meet Aussie World's very own witches, ghouls and spooks; explore the enchanted castle and test your courage on one of the very unique Halloween treats. Don't be a scaredy cat - cross your threshold of fear and venture up the hill to experience a whole zone of frights and epic mazes.
Magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight! Image: AnnaliseArt > Pixabay License