Halloween is just around the corner (October 31st to be exact), and while it might not be the biggest event on Australia’s calendar, there are always plenty of ways to have a scarily good time.
If you’re looking for an excuse to dress up and get your heart racing, here are some of the coolest events happening around Australia to celebrate the spooky season.
Sydney: Halloween at The Rocks
The Rocks is a neighbourhood of historic buildings tucked in the shadow of the Sydney harbour bridge – so naturally, it comes to life (or death) for the haunted weekend of Halloween. The Laneway Cinema will be screening films ranging from old-school cheesy classics to blood-curdling slashers – and there’s no need to book as the showings are free!
If you’re feeling more adventurous, take a ghost tour around the precinct. Tickets include a walking tour around The Rocks followed by creepy-themed croissants at Creperie Suzette. Make sure you keep an eye out for the Thriller Flash Mobs for some thrilling entertainment.
Melbourne: Luna Dark
From 27-31 October, Luna Park morphs into a Halloween haven. Daylight keeps it kid-friendly with playful spaces, but come nightfall, the spine-chilling fun begins. Dive into exhilarating rides, a ghostly train, and interact with roaming horror actors. Immerse yourself in the eerie Behind the Screams maze, confront sinister clowns and creepy dolls, or embark on the End of the Line train journey. Join the special All Hallows Eve festivity on October 31, and don’t miss the nightly adults-only CarnEvil party. Book now.
Adelaide: Fright Night Halloween Walk Through
Walk through Adelaide’s most haunting attraction from Friday 27 October to Tuesday 31 October. Navigate a chilling carnival maze, confront three spine-chilling haunt rooms, and meet our eerily immersive cast of actors. Undergo a ghoulish transformation with face painting, and enjoy tasty treats from Big Softy’s Ice Cream Adelaide & Jhan’s Fusion Malaysian Cuisine. Dare to join? More info here.
Hobart: The Coven
Dive into the dark allure of “The Coven—Halloween Edition” on Fri, 27th Oct, 10:00 PM, at Hobart’s Altar. Celebrate with The Coven, Australia’s top goth/alternative nightclub. Show off in your boldest costume, vie for best-dressed awards, and relish in the giveaways. Eight DJs will captivate with a mix of goth and industrial beats amidst a haunting ambiance, lasers, and haze. Get your tickets here for this Halloween bash!
Brisbane: Halloween Hall
On 28 October, Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall will be transformed into a multi-sensory haunted house featuring an impressive lineup of artists. The headline acts will be none other than Ricki-Lee and Samantha Jade – two must-see performances if you want to experience Australian music culture at its core. There will be something for everyone, from drag queens to sideshows. The party is expected to sell out, so get your tickets quick!
Perth: Halloween Twilight Markets
Celebrate the eerie season in style at the Twilight Halloween Market, nestled in Perth’s Supreme Court Gardens. Browse through 80 of Western Australia’s finest artisan stalls, indulge in delectable food choices, and groove to live tunes. It’s the perfect blend of festive fun and artisanal allure, setting the mood for an unforgettable Halloween celebration. More details here!
Darwin: Electric Storm Festival
Summon your scariest costume for the biggest Halloween dress-up party in the Southern Hemisphere. Electric Storm is back to haunt the Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre after 2022’s massive sold-out event. Expect fire dancers, fortune tellers, frozen cocktails and cash prizes for the best dressed. It will be an unforgettable night of fun and horror. Get your tickets here!
Canberra: Dance of the Dead
Discover a world of spine-chilling attractions and eerie delights at Dance of the Dead. Indulge in ghostly treats and mysterious drinks that will set the mood. Show off your best Halloween attire and stand a chance to win a tempting $200 voucher. Set in an inclusive, body-positive, and LGBTQIA+ friendly atmosphere, this is where Halloween dreams come alive. Secure your spot and prepare for an unforgettable night of ghoulish fun and festivities!
Read more: 10 of Australia’s Spookiest Ghost Stories.