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10 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne Over Halloween

By James Shackell
26th Oct 2017


Halloween people come in two flavours. The ones who plan their costume months in advance and send out e-invites saying things like ‘only 17 sleeps until my SPOOKtacular party! Come dressed to THRILL!’ And the ones who deadlock their doors, mutter darkly and pretend they’re not home when kids come trick or treating. You can’t really transition from one to the other. Halloween joy is just something you’re born with, like an extra toe.

So for all you people who think Halloween is a real thing that needs to be celebrated, here are 10 things to do in Melbourne this Halloween.  Brace for horror-themed puns...

Spooktober Festival

Brought to you by Wizz Fizz, of all people. This thing will be running for 5 huge nights in the St Kilda Town Hall (and surrounding grounds), turning a quiet suburban park into a scene from The Walking Dead. There’ll be three haunted houses to check out, spooky food trucks (ie. regular food trucks with pumpkin decoration), live tunes for the kids and parents alike, and enough Wizz Fizz to keep you buzzing till Christmas.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall
When: Friday 27 October – Tuesday 31 October 17
For more info, click here.

Luna Dark

St Kilda seems to be Melbourne’s unofficial Halloween nerve centre (as if anything could be scarier than some of the characters you see on Fitzroy St at 1am hunting for a kebab). Luna Dark is billed as Melbourne’s biggest costume party. For four nights, Luna Park will be opening its doors after dark to host roaming performers, plenty of blood and gore, endless rides on the Ghost Train and people jumping out at you going ‘Boooyoooerrahhh!’ Dressing up the kiddies is encouraged.

Where: Luna Park
When: Friday 27 October – Sunday 29 October & Tuesday 31 October
For more info, click here.

Halloween Movie Marathon At The Astor

Buckle the hell up: The Astor is hosting a marathon 24-hour Spooktacular. Literally 24 hours straight of having the crap scared out of you. People emerge from this thing having aged several years. The guys at The Astor usually hold a few surprises up their sleeves, but we know that The Monster Squad, The Hills Have Eyes, The Beyond, Leprechaun and a few other classics are already on the cards. Better let your boss know you won’t be sleeping for the next week or two. Work productivity might take a dip.

Where: The Astor
When: 2pm Saturday 28 October
For more info, click here.  

Boo At The Zoo

You have to give some props to Werribee Zoo: that’s probably the best zoo-based Halloween pun they could have come up with. Boo At The Zoo is kicking off this Friday night, when the open range zoo will be transformed into a spooky wonderland, with a massive trick or treat running on Werribee’s Pula Trail. Expect lots of live tunes, interactive fun for the kids, lolly giveaways and animal-themed costumes.

Where: Werribee Open Range Zoo
When: 27 & 28 October
For more info, click here.  

Howl-o-Ween Puppy Parade

Howl-o-Ween, geddit? Zinger. This one looks like a pet-lovers paradise: basically an excuse to dress your pooch up like a clown/ghost/vampire/generic superhero and parade them through the streets, picking up candy along the way. There’ll be treats galore and a best-dressed competition (so bring you’re a-Game). If we see a Chihuahua dressed as Cujo we're gonna die. You can register your pup here

Where: Rouse St, Port Melbourne
When: 11am – 3pm, Sunday 29 October
For more info, click here

Fitzroy St Halloween Festival

If you’re walking down Fitzroy St on Saturday night and wondering why everyone’s dressed as like vampires, this is why. It’s the Fitzroy St Halloween Festival, a massive community event that’s running the whole length of the strip. Morticia, Gomez and Dracula will be doing the rounds, plus stilt walkers, fire twirlers, face painters and other family-friendly fun. Most of the restaurants and bars along Fitzroy St are joining in the fun, offering spooky specials and live music on the night.

Where: Fitzroy St, St Kilda
When: Saturday 28 October
For more info, click here.

Halloween Painting Class

Bust out the brushes, local-run business Paint For Fun are hosting a special Halloween painting sesh this Sunday. Zero artistic skills required: Paint For Fun’s pros will walk you through the actual painting step by step, all you have to do is follow along. Paints, brushes and the rest of the gear is provided, and dressing up is definitely encouraged. Get the kids together and paint the town red. Blood red.  

Where: Pancake Parlour, 550 Doncaster Rd
When: 2pm – 4pm, Sunday 29 October
For more info, click here.

Fright Night Spooktacular

Not to be outdone by St Kilda, Cranbourne is getting in on the Halloween act with their Friday Night Spooktacular. For one night, the Racecourse is will be hosting a CarnEvil Circus, with a yellow Big Top, fire twirlers, magicians etc. You can even work on your own circus skills—they’ll be running juggling and plate spinning workshops for all ages. Afterwards, take a walk down Spook Street for some trick or treating fun. Freaky food vans will be slinging the grub, and there’s even an Alchemist’s potions lab.

Where: Cranbourne Racecourse
When: 5pm – 11pm, Saturday 28 October
For more info, click here.

Hegden Maze Fright Night

Mazes can be scary at the best of times, and the best of times sure aren’t in the middle of the night, with only a candle for light, while ghosts and goblins and other paid actors jump out at you and then run away. Hegden Maze’s Halloween Fright Night has ben running for four years now, and it’s become a bit of a legendary event—tickets sell out pretty quick (in fact there’s only a few time slots left). Of all the Halloween events on this weekend, this might be the most likely to actually scare the actual pants off you. Actually.

Where: Hegden Maze, Healesville
When: Tickets are available for 7:15pm, 9:45pm or 10pm, Saturday 28 October
For more info, click here.

Séance At Fed Square

You walk into a shipping container in Fed Square and somebody closes the door behind you. For the next 15 minutes you’re bombarded with “suggestible material”, designed to warp your brain. It’s a spooky interactive art piece, designed by Glen Neath and David Rosenberg (the guys behind Ring and Fiction). Max 26 people per session, and they’re running three sessions each hour. It’ll set you back a cool $20.

Where: Fed Square
When: 26 October – 12 November
For more info, click here

Thought you ought to know: bubble tents are now a thing in Australia. As you were. 

Image credit: Luna Dark

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