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The Urban List’s Harrowing Halloween Special

By Emma Forster
27th Oct 2013

Halloween strikes again next Thursday 31st October, with typical activities including carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, eating far too many sugary treats and wearing the most outrageous costumes to scare the neighbour's cat. 

Not into skulking around the streets at night, in desperate need of a sugar rush? Then you're in luck! This year we've compiled the most harrowing happenings in the hood – all perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit.

You can still indulge your inner child and play tricks on your friends and colleagues, but keep in mind that there alternative ways to dress up and mark the occasion. Attending some of these freaky, themed events may be the best way to finish a not-so-sober-October...

'Luna Dark' at Luna Park

If you thought Luna Park was scary enough during the day, can you imagine the nightmares after attending Luna Dark, the St Kilda theme park's annual Halloween bonanza? This year there will be more interactive entertainment roaming the park, with the 3D Circus of Screams dark maze set up with live actors and special effects. It'll have you yelping louder than the under 10s at this all-ages haunted playground, especially on the Ghost Train. What's more, guests dressed in theme will be eligible to buy two unlimited ride tickets for the price of one!

When: Thu 31st Oct and Fri 1st Nov, 7-11pm 

Where: Luna Park | 18 Lower Esplanade in St Kilda

'Hallowgreen' at Lily Blacks

On ye old Hallow's Eve, Lily Blacks on Meyers Place in Melbourne's CBD is celebrating 'Hallowgreen' with all things green on offer, including chartreuse cocktail specials until 3:00 am. Why not try the San-GREEN-a and perhaps some pretzels with green pumpkin relish? 

When: Thu 31st Oct

Where: Lily Blacks | 12 Meyers Place in Melbourne

Halloween Degustation at Eau De Vie

Eau De Vie are doing what they do best and hosting their very own Halloween degustation this year. From 7:30 pm onwards, the custom built degustation table will be turned into a ghoulish centerpiece to showcase five courses of 'terrifyingly tasty' cocktails, matched with delectable dishes to tingle your tastebuds. There are limited spots available so bookings are essential. Don't miss out!

When: Thu 31st Oct

Where: Eau De Vie | 1 Malthouse Lane in Melbourne

Asian Beer Cafe

The team at Asian Beer Cafe are waiting until Friday to hold their Halloween celebrations, and with good reason – there will be $10 Halloween cocktails on offer (and that spells hangover to us)! There'll be professional zombies roaming the venue and face painting too (why should the kids have all the face painting fun?), but whatever you do, don't miss the 'THING – Asian Beer Café's Halloween themed punch bowl.

When: Fri 1st Nov

Where: Asian Beer Cafe | Level 3 Melbourne Central, Corner Latrobe and Swanston Street in Melbourne

Double Happiness

Amongst all the Halloween shindigs is Double Happiness's freaky party. The Liverpool Street, CBD venue will have the punch flowing and the apples bobbing from 5pm until late on Friday night. We hear there will be more laughs, more scares and more kung-fu (?!) than ever. Best dressed prizes are always a great incentive too!

When: Fri 1st Nov

Where: Double Happiness | 21 Liverpool Street in Melbourne

Halloween at The Haunted Chalet

This Halloween, why not go to a real haunted house party? Built in the 1920s, Wattle Park Chalet in Surrey Hills is playing host to this 'orgy of feasting zombified and dismembered spirits'. Hosted by Melbourne's very own 'Goth Goddess' Skye Medusa, guests can devour a feast from the BBQ followed by a tipple or two to keep the ghouls away. Be warned, you may find some frights and delights in the shadows of the garden and graveyard on site! 

When: Thu 31st Oct

Where: Wattle Park Chalet | 1012 Riversdale Road in Surrey Hills

For tickets, please visit the website

When it comes to costumes, you can do better than cutting two eye holes into your bed sheet and putting it over your head! Visit any one of these costume shops to avoid that last minute DIY job…

Miss Kitty's Costumes

Southsiders can't go past Miss Kitty's Costumes without wanting to dress up for every occasion possible! You can browse and buy online, or check out their store on St Kilda Road to try their offerings for size.

Miss Kitty's Costumes | 38 St Kilda Road in St Kilda

The Costume Factory

With Australia's largest collection of costumes, you can get lost in The Costume Factory's store on Hardware Lane in Melbourne's CBD. They are serious specialists in costumes for every event imaginable.

The Costume Factory | 1st Floor, 43 Hardware Lane in Melbourne

Check the website for other locations

Costume Bazaar

Formerly known as Bayside Fancy Dress, Costume Bazaar is a one-stop-shop when it comes to dressing up for Halloween. With costumes for the whole family available, plus a HUGE range of styles and themes, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Costume Bazaar | 417 South Road in Bentleigh

Image Credit: YMCA St Louis, The Tasty Vegan and International Business Times

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