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Be prepared to be absolutely petrified

For the first time, Hauntville, a truly-scary, heart-pounding Halloween festival, will take over Burnley Circus Park in Melbourne.

Held over two fright-tastic weekends in October, Hauntville will feature two terrifying haunted house attractions, a witches cauldron themed Fright Night Bar, a food festival, chilling performers, and plenty of spooky games and entertainment for all ages. It's Melbourne's must-visit event this Halloween!

The first festival of its kind in Melbourne, Hauntville makes for the perfect date night activity, friends' night out, or office outing. Entry into the festival grounds is FREE with pre-sale tickets to the haunted house attractions now available at

Hauntville will run over two weekends in October (Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October and Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October 2018). Each weekend, Halloween lovers can look forward to:




    The Cirque du Slay Haunted House features a twisted carnival of clowns and creatures summoned by a dark force. Step right up for the thrill of a lifetime... but beware, for some, it's the show that never ends.


    The Yarra River Coffinworks Haunted House provides the story of an abandoned coffin factory, which was discovered within the Burnley Circus site. A damp and musty place infested with spiders, rats, snakes and the endless screams of the undead.[/I]


    For younger Halloween fans, the Twisted Circus House provides a family-friendly and extremely visual Hauntville experience.

    This haunted house option allows guests to walk through the Cirque du Slay Haunted House without the scare factor of terrifying monsters – only friendly (but quirky) characters will be found here.

    The Twisted Circus will operate between 4pm and 6pm each day.




    The Halloween Carnival will host a range of creepy carnival games and activities for all ages, such as Angry Crows (run by children's charity Camp Quality), Zombie Head Ring Toss, a kissing booth with a killer twist, and more.


    Stop by the scary gravesite to hear the narrator telling freaky stories.


    Watch your back! Frightening performers will be roving the festival grounds, including circus performers, scary creatures, zombies and circus freaks, providing extra entertainment and fear to everyone they see.


    Festival attendees can capture their time at Hauntville in a ghoulish photobooth, with photos and animated gifs. Don't forget to dress up in your best Halloween costume – all those who take a photo in the photobooth will enter a competition, with the best dressed each day winning.



    Families and children 12 years and under are encouraged to visit Hauntville during the two-hour early bird timeslot, from 4pm-6pm, for a less-frightening but extremely entertaining Halloween experience.

  • Visit the Twisted Circus for a fun visual experience.

  • Dress up in your best Halloween costume and enter our costume competition.

  • Join in the Trick or Treat Walk. Don't forget to pass by the booth to grab some candy.

  • Enjoy the fun Halloween carnival games and activities.

    Hauntville's after dark timeslot (6pm onwards) is not recommended for children 12 years and under.



    All of that creeping and spooking can be hungry business. Be sure to stop by the Fright Night Bar for delicious drinks from the bubbling cauldrons. Drinks will be flowing all night long, including Spooky Sangria and Pumpkin Ale.

    The Haunted Food Festival will keep rumbly stomachs at bay with the likes of Poke Time, Loaded Gourmet Hot Dogs, Bavarian Bangers, and various sweets vendors, such as 196 Below – Australia's first nitro ice cream food truck.


    Hauntville takes place Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October and Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October 2018. The festival grounds are open from 4pm-11pm Friday and Saturday, and 4pm-10pm on Sunday. Family-friendly early-bird timeslots run from 4pm-6pm each day.

    Burnley Circus Park is located at Swan Street, Burnley.

    Entry to the festival grounds is FREE, however, visitors are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets to the Haunted Houses in advance via (tickets are also available at the ticket booth on site). Discounted tickets are available for groups for 7 or more (buy 7 and get one free).

    Don't miss all the Halloween-themed fun at Hauntville this October! Start planning your visit today at

    For all the latest, please follow: @hauntvillemelbourne and

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    When: Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October and Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October 2018
    Where: Burnley Circus Park, Riversdale Road, Hawthorn, Victoria.
    Cost: Free Entry to Festival Grounds
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