I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
The end of October is fast approaching and that means only one thing for hundreds of retailers and stores- it's time to start putting up the Christmas stock and start capitalising on the consumer Christmas rush. But some shops have a smaller, more selective event approaching that they need to prepare themselves for. Yes, that's right, Halloween- a 'holiday' from overseas that has started to gain quite a bit of popularity in Australia in recent years. The allure of cheaper lollies (for trick or treating) and the chance to dress up in absurd costumes has enticed many stores into catering for this fun-filled October event.
Furthermore, the many costume and fancy-dress parties that occur during this time of year attest to the popularity of Halloween. But despite its apparent (and increasing) commercialism, there are some strong points in favour of the day. Some organisations take advantage of this spooky festive spirit to hold charity events and functions.
The festival will be held at the appropriately spooky Barwon Park Mansion
One such event is the Trick Or Treat Kidz Festival, which will be held in the small rural town of Winchelsea on Sunday 3 November. Held at the historic and National Trust-listed Barwon Park Mansion, this event was made to 'celebrate all things spooky' and, more importantly, help raise money for Winchelsea Primary School and local community groups. From 10am until 4pm, visitors will have the chance to turn up in their best costume, and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, an animal farm, and children's performers (including the popular Mik Maks). There will also be plenty of games and activities, including spooky mini golf, pumpkin bowling, a Witches Show, kid's karaoke and a freaky fashion parade.
Winchelsea Primary School (as well as local community groups) will benefit from the money raised at the festival
Tickets for the event cost $60 (for a family of two adults and three children), or $15 per single entry, and can be purchased at the gate or via the website. This may sound costly but when you consider that this includes entry to the Festival, Barwon Park, all rides and entertainment (and that the money is going towards a good cause), it's really not a large expense. The only extras you will have to pay for are food and drinks (or you could bring a picnic basket and forgo the extra expenses altogether!). Barwon Park Mansion provides a spectacular backdrop for a 'spooky' Halloween party such as the Trick Or Treat Kidz Festival, and is sure to be a fun day for all who attend.