The year's creepiest holiday is almost upon us and throughout the city, strange things are afoot. So grab your ghouls (and boys!) and check out our picks for the best ways to spend Halloween 2020.
Prison Break—A Halloween Theme Night
Halloween x Day of the Dead
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Dust off your skeleton suit (or other costume) and head along to Halloween x Day of the Dead at The Flying Burrito Brothers. This weekend-long fiesta is taking place at both of their Auckland locations and promises to be a frightfully good time with tacos, churros and a wicked Drink of the Dead cocktail combining tequila, red wine and mixed berries. Furthermore, the scariest, funniest and most creative costumes will win a $100 Flying Burrito Brothers voucher.
Trapped In Wonderland
Hoppers Garden Bar
Jump down the rabbit hole this Halloween and straight into a haunted fairytale at Hoppers' Garden Bar. Their whacky Trapped In Wonderland event pays homage to the classic Alice in Wonderland story with deranged cats and other peculiar characters (some of which will even be performing circus acts), all against the backdrop of a blood-spattered tea party. Sounds like just our cup of tea—Hendrick's Gin Poisonous Tea, that is.
Day of The Dead Party
Tickets are selling fast for Ghost Donkey's first-ever Day of The Dead Party, and we can totally see why. This lively neon bar from the States is celebrating the holiday in truly spooktacular style with a special cocktail menu, Mexican-themed nibbles, giveaways, face painting, DJ's and even a mariachi band. So round up your amigos and make a plan, stat.
Visitors Audio Experience
Forget horror movies, if you really want to feel the chills this Halloween then book yourself in for Visitors—an immersive and totally creepy new audio experience from Darkfield Radio that you can enjoy (perhaps not the right word?) without even leaving your home. Simply grab a partner and some headphones and get ready for a gripping, 20-minute encounter with a dead couple that are looking for a 'temporary fix to their permanent condition'. This really is edge-of-the-seat stuff.
Mexican Halloween Party
The Mexican Cafe
What better spot to celebrate Halloween/Day of the Dead than at the legendary Mexican Cafe. Not only will they be getting into the spirit with nachos and plenty of top-notch tequila as part of this year's Mexican Halloween Party, they're taking the stress out of your costume prep by providing a professional face painter (times apply).
O.M.G Dead 80's Halloween Party
Grab your dance shoes and prepare for your very own Thriller moment at Win Win's O.M.G Dead 80's Halloween Party. Come along dressed as your fave 80's character (only zombie-ified) and mash the night away to killer beats from one of the most iconic decades ever thanks to DJ Melicious and friends. Plus, there's a frightfully good food menu and plenty of cocktails to satisfy any insatiable appetites (because you're not a real zombie, remember?).
Day of the Dead
If you're looking for a Halloween experience that's more fun than it is freaky, more colourful than it is creepy, come along to one of Mexico's Auckland locations as they commemorate Day of the Dead. They've partnered with el Jimador over Halloween weekend to create a frightfully good Forest Berry margarita, black charcoal fried chicken burger and best of all, half-price fried chicken for $8 all day long on November 2. Spooktacular.
Grab your broomstick (and tickets), Broadway smash 'Wicked' is coming to Auckland.
Image credit: Mexico