Ok, so not all of us can quite pull off the costume game of some celebrities (highlights this year have to be Stormi dressed as her mum, Kylie Jenner and Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake as NSYNC and a microphone).
All the while, Sydney sure knows how to throw a Halloween bash, and the roster of parties happening this year is all the proof you need. Get ready to trick or treat-yourself this weekend and have a skele-tonne of fun at one (or more) of the following Halloween blowouts.
These are the best Halloween parties happening in Sydney this year.
Halloscream VII: Hell On The Harbour
Luna Park’s "Hell On The Harbour" is back and this time around, the iconic amusement park is transforming into a dark, immortal underworld that is absolutely not built for the faint-hearted. For five nights, the gates of hell will open to a Satanic Possession Ritual and you’ll be privy to a devilish congregation and forced to navigate your way through three immersive horror mazes (in the dark, obviously).
“Outlaw” takes you inside an outback saloon being held up by bushranger bandits with the goal not be taken hostage; in “Ward 13” a nurse has gone insane and has gone on a raging killing spree, and inside “Yokai” you will delve into the world of Japanese horror folklore. On top of this, there’s an immersive séance maze to make your way through, where a murderous cult has taken over the usual Mirror Maze and your job is to find a missing girl. More details and tickets are here.
When: Thursday 31 October, 6pm - 10pm | Friday 1 November, 7pm - midnight | Saturday 2 November, 7pm - midnight
Where: Luna Park
Young Henrys Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus
Young Henrys Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus returns this Halloween featuring with a solid line-up or 12 iconic Aussie artists and plenty of tricks up its sleeve. As for the party's chosen location—you’ll want to roll into Sydney’s destination for all things old-school, like arcade games, pizza by the slice and margarita slushie machines: Frankie’s Pizza.
Hosted by Henry Wagons i.e. spinner of all epic yarns, the basement blowout will feature 70s-90s English Punk band The Replicas, Hoodoo Gurus juggernaut Dave Faulkner, Joe Jackson, Moody Beach (Melissah Marie), Gideon Bensen and a heap more. More details are here.
When: Thursday 31 October, doors open 4pm
Where: Frankie's Pizza
Hummus Horror Night
If you find hummus frightening, you'll want to steer clear of this all-out hummus-loving shindig. It's pretty simple, really—Sydney's dedicated Hummus Bar, Simply Hummus will be getting into the Halloween spirit with a host of one-off spooky Haloween-inspired hummus concoctions for one night only. As well as filling up on fresh hummus and falafels, you'll have the opportunity to try devilish creations like chocolate hummus. For $23, there's a bottomless option that features all-you-can-eat hummus, with unlimited pita bread and toppings.
When: Thursday 31 October, from 5.30pm
Where: Simply Hummus
Harry Potter Halloween Party
For all of you still waiting for your Hogwarts letter to arrive, this one is for you. Side Bar is celebrating everyone’s favourite boy wizard this Halloween with an epic Harry Potter-themed bash. Costumes are a must and there’ll be a prize for best dressed, as well as "Quidditch Pong" and the chance to win $300 in prizes. Throwback a couple of Polyjuice Potion-inspired cocktails, or go all out with actual Firewhisky shots—there’ll be DJs on deck from 7pm all the way through to 3am. Head here for more details.
When: Thursday 31 October, 7pm-3am
Where: Side Bar
Fright Night At The Grounds
Get ready for The Ground’s first-ever adults-only Halloween Party. The usually family-friendly brunch spot is kicking out all the little monsters to make way for big kids to get spooky. They’ve promised devilishly good food and drinks which, knowing The Grounds, is sure to be themed and Instagrammable as hell. There'll be a few surprises thrown into the mix too, as well as DJs and prizes for best dressed. Grab your tickets here.
When: Friday 1 November, 7pm - 11pm
Where: The Grounds of Alexandria
The Marly’s HAUS OF HELL
Newtown staple, The Marlborough Hotel AKA The Marly, has been entertaining saints and sinners on King Street for 150-odd years. Always a good place for a boogie, The Marly is stepping it up for Halloween with their HAUS OF HELL party. This party will transform the whole venue into a hellscape from the beer garden all the way down to the pub's basement nightclub, Tokyo Sing Song. There, you'll find James Dela Cruz (ex-Avalanches) on decks. More DJs are set to be announced for the Public and Side Bar stages. As always, there will be prizes for best dressed so bring your A-game. More info is here.
When: Friday 1 November, 8pm - 4am
Where: The Marlborough Hotel
Basement Halloween Party At El Topo
This event has dubbed itself "the place to be for boos and booze", and they look set to live up to that very high, very spooky bar. Hosted at El Topo, you can expect to find apple bobbing (along with a $50 bar tab for the winner), free scary fairy floss, free horror movie popcorn, pumpkin juice and brain shots. The whole place promises to be decked out floor-to-ceiling with decorations and horror movie visuals. And bar tabs are up for grabs for epic costumes. For more details and tickets, jump over here.
When: Saturday 2 November, 9pm - 3am
Where: El Topo Basement
Image credit: Luna Park