Auckland, you’ve got one helluva weekend lined up. Alongside the rugby final and Auckland Marathon, there’s a little somethin’ somethin’ that you might have forgotten to chuck in your calendar…
It’s Halloween, people! Time to dust off that pumpkin suit, locate those bunny ears (they’ll look damn cute with your All Blacks tee), or whip up one of these kickass outfits.
Most of us have exceeded the acceptable trick-or-treating age (boooo!), BUT there are still plenty of places to have a hair-raisingly good time this Halloween weekend. From kid-friendly spook shows, to Day of the Dead food feasts and mystery cocktails, we’ve tracked some Auckland’s best Halloween events. Get yo’ freak on!
Dia de los Muertos Weekend
The Street Food Collective, Ponsonby
Why stick to one day of Halloween shindiggin’ when you can do three?! Jose Cuervo and The Street Food Collective are joining forces to bring Auckland it’s very own Day of the Dead. The wicked three-day festivities include a four-piece mariachi band, piñatas and face painting for the youngins’, and Jose Cuervo’s Bloody Marias—a tequila, whisky and beef jerky concoction sure to get you in the freaky spirit.
When: 30th October to 1st November, from 12pm
Saturday Night Frights
Rainbow’s End, Manukau
Rainbow’s End’s ‘Night Frights’ have been scaring up our Saturdays for the past month, and their final Halloween event is going to top them all. With all your favourite rides, the Andre Vegas Horror Show, and the spine tinging Panic House Motion Master ride, Rainbow’s End is a guaranteed fun night for you and your little monsters.
When: 31st October, from 5pm to 11pm
Haunted Historical Village
Howick Historical Village
Bring a hefty dose of courage to this one—Haunted Historical Village isn’t for the faint- hearted! The team from Haunted Auckland have come across some seriously spooky happenings at Howick Historical Village. Head there on the eve of Halloween to join them on a mini ghost hunt.
When: 30th October, 8.30pm to 11pm
Day of the Dead
Mexico, all locations
Forget the frights, Day of the Dead is all about remembering your loved ones, and there’s no better place to do it than Mexico—the restaurant, that is. Round up the fam this Sunday and head to one on their locations (Ponsonby, Britomart, Takapuna or Ellerslie) for a Mexican banquete ($45 for 4), special margaritas, and $15 sangria carafes. P.S. little ones eat for free!
When: 1st November, from 12pm
Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen 1st Birthday/Halloween
Sweet Shop Brew Kitchen, Freemans Bay
Get scary and sweaty at Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen’s First Birthday-slash-Halloween gig on Saturday. Taye Williams will be cranking the beats followed by the George FM crew, so don’t forget your freaky footwork. Entry is free and cash monies will be handed out to those donning the most epic of epic Halloween getups.
When: 31st October, from 7pm to 3am
Halloweek V: Tavern of Filth
The Golden Dawn, Ponsonby
It’s The Golden Dawn’s fifth Halloweek, so it’s safe to say that these guys know how to throw a bloody good Halloween fest. Set to deliver a bunch of terrifyingly awesome events, from pumpkin carving to night markets and limbo (how low can you go?), The Golden Dawn will be transformed into a hub of candy, zombie punch, and some of the best DJ’s in town. Dress up, or else.
When: 27th October at 7pm to 1st November
Ralph’s, Mt Eden
If you require a couple of afternoon dranks to kick off Halloween, pop into Ralph’s at 3pm. They’ll be serving up some killer kai, drink specials, and ‘nasty’ surprises for the wearer of the best costume… not sure what that means, but we’ll be there to find out.
When: 31st October, from 3pm
Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque
The Civic, Auckland
Be wowed by 24 of the world’s best performers at Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque. This spellbinding show will have you on the end of your seat with its death defying, how-the-hell-do-they-that acts.
When: 28th October to 8th November
All Hallows Eve
TSG (formerly Tyler Street Garage) threw a cracker of a Halloween bash last year, and they’re planning to deliver an even better event this Saturday. They’ll be dropping hints on their Facebook page about what’s in store (free Halloween makeup from 9.30pm is the first…), so keep your eye an out for the haps.
Click attending on Facebook to secure your name on the door list.
When: 31st October, from 9pm
Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, One Tree Hill Domain
Bring the kids, or fly solo at Stardome’s Spooktacular, where you’ll be treated to a mind-blowing Dinosaurs at Dusk, Dragons, or Night Sky show—the latter of which will uncover the horrifying stories behind the names of the constellations (adults only for this one!).
When: 31st October, 5pm to 6pm (Dinosaurs), 6pm to 7pm (Dragons), 7pm to 8pm (Dragons), 8pm to 9pm (Night Sky) and 9pm to 10pm (Night Sky)
Wake the Dead
Chapel Bar & Bistro, Ponsonby
Chapel Bar & Bistro are throwing what will be a rager of a party this Halloween. Their $10 cocktails will power you through the night, or if you’re still on the fence about rocking a costume, Chapel’s mystery drink specials are access-only to those who dress up. Easy sell, right?
When: 31st October, from 8pm
A Very Rocky Horror Halloween
Cassette Nine, Vulcan Lane
Send October off with a bit of booty shaking at Cassette Nine’s A Very Rocky Horror Halloween. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the cult status, time warp rocking musical, Cassette Nine will be brought alive with an OTT, but utterly fabulous cabaret show featuring fire-wielders, burlesque dancers, drag performers, pole masters, and magicians. Va-Va-Voom Productions promise a seriously awesome night, and we believe them. Doors open at 7pm (tickets are $10) and are bound to sell out fast—trust us, you won’t want to miss out of this one.
When: 31st October, from 7pm
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