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The Lithgow Halloween Festival hosts Australia's largest trick-or-treat event along with spooky market stalls, creepy amusement rides and there's even a ghost train from Bathurst to Lithgow.
Now in its 5th year, the Lithgow Halloween Festival takes over Main Street in Lithgow and all attendees are encouraged to dress-up in their scariest costumes for the Grand Parade at 6:10pm. Make sure you check out all the windows of local businesses who have decorated their shop windows with ghosts, spider webs, and witches.
The event is designed around families with the festivities beginning at 2pm, the Trick-or-Treat happens at 5pm and the Best Costume Competition is at 6:30pm. There are rides to cater to all ages and even a youth stage with local kids showcasing their musical talents.
There's plenty of entertainment throughout the night with live music by Aussie Band Australian Played performing covers of all your favourite Aussie classics including AC/DC and INXS. Other events happening around Lithgow for Halloween include an Illusionist Show and a concert at the Worker's Club featuring the Radiators. Check the website for more information.
Some restaurants and cafes of Lithgow will offer special Halloween menus for the event and many will have street food options set up. Nearby, Lithgow Worker's Club has a bistro offering steaks, schnitzels and seafood. They also have an excellent kids club ($4 per child) with qualified child-care workers.
The Ghost Train will be departing Bathurst at 2:30pm (A $25, C $15) and leaving from Lithgow at 9pm to return to Bathurst. Whilst the train is in Lithgow, it will make a special trip departing at 4:30pm (A $20, C $10) and travelling through ten tunnels. This will need to be booked in advance through LVR by clicking here.
It's possible as a day trip from Sydney (it's only two hours), even better as an overnight trip; the Lithgow Halloween Festival is Australia's largest dedicated Halloween Event and is not to be missed, if you love all things spooky and scary.
Important Information Parking is available in surrounding streets and public car parks. Lithgow Train Station (Blue Mountains Line) will put you right in the middle of the action. Check the getting here section for more information.
National Australia Bank and Commonwealth both have ATMs on Main Street but it might be easier to stock up on cash before you arrive.
If you plan on staying overnight, there are numerous accommodation options in Lithgow. Check the Lithgow Tourism website for more information.
If you need a costume, but don't have time to make your own, there are numerous websites that will deliver including Costumebox and Costume Collection.