Sydney’s Greatest Halloween-Themed Events
The spookiest time of year will soon be upon us, so what better way to celebrate than by exploring Sydney’s best Halloween-themed events. It will be a creepy concoction of thrills, chills and shrills, with each quirky event expected to scare you to your wit’s end.
Enter at your own risk…
Halloscream at Luna Park
Luna Park is gearing up for another hell ride this Halloween with their scariest event yet: Halloscream VII: Hell on the Harbour. The event will share all its usual rides and attractions, spooked up for the festivities, along with new and returning attractions set to make you shriek. Do you dare to take a step into Mystery Manor filled with manic inventions and horrifying rumours?
Festival of Fisher's Ghost
Over 40 kilometres southwest of Sydney, in the growing city of Campbelltown, is a festival which celebrates the unearthing of a dead body over a hundred years ago. No joke. The festival takes place over two weekends, featuring a street parade, ghost tours, art scenes and a wild carnival with crazy rides. Legend has it that the ghost of Fred Fisher appeared and pointed a wavering finger to his unmarked grave.
Overnight Fright on Cockatoo Island
By day, Cockatoo Island is a historical landmark replete with old buildings and plenty of cool stories. But by night, Cockatoo Island is a creepy place. Why not spend an evening camping on the island, where you can take part in ghost tours, share some evil ghost stories and try to enjoy a horror film at the campground cinema. When it’s all over, sit around the campfire and enjoy marshmallows, biscuits and hot chocolates.
The Grounds Garden of Terror and Fright Night
The Grounds of Alexandria is celebrating Halloween in their own special way. First comes the family-friendly evening called Garden of Terror, with tickets including spooky treats served throughout the night, a dancefloor to boogie on and prizes for best costumes. And then comes the adults-only Fright Night, featuring ghoulish food and cocktails, live entertainment and DJs and adult themes.
Melt at Madame Tussauds
With a serial killer on the loose, no one is safe. At Madame Tussauds, wander through the venue after dark and survive the evil artist, Madame. The artist needs a muse, someone to inspire their next piece and you don’t want to be next. Work together to learn the identity of the Tussauds Killer and (hopefully) survive to tell the tale. If you do, treat yourself at the Helm Bar & Bistro with a free drink on arrival. This is an 18+ event.
Choose Your Own Apocalypse
The University of Sydney is hosting a special evening of pessimistic discussion. A panel of professors, doctors and scientists will weave their way through apocalyptic possibilities that could wipe out the human race. From asteroids, heat waves, tsunamis and infectious pandemics. At the end of it all, you can decide on which apocalypse to believe. Tickets include a complimentary drink.
Sydney Zombie Walk
On Saturday 26 October, the streets of Sydney will come alive with walking zombies. Sydneysiders from all walks of life are encouraged to dress up in their greatest undead costume and join thousands of other zombies for a march around the city. This event is to raise awareness and funds for various charities and causes. There will be food and drink stalls to fill your hungry stomach and makeup artists on-site to help you look your best.
Halloween at Manly Wharf Hotel
Get ready for a night of wicked tunes at Manly’s favourite harbour bar, Manly Wharf Hotel. This years’ Halloween Party is haunted by World Champion DJs hitting the decks and spooky Bacardi cocktails all night long. Get your killer costumes on and we’ll provide the morbid face paint, best costume wins some spooky prizes. Get ready for a night to dance with the devil.
Spooky Karaoke at The Royal Leichhardt
It’s that devilish time of the year for you to don a terrifying costume and dance until you raise the dead. The Royal Leichhardt hosts the annual bloodcurdling Halloween karaoke night on Saturday, 26 October. Horrify in the main bar with some hair-raising tunes from 10pm, we’re thinking ACDC Hells’ Bells; Van Halen’s Running with the Devil; or the cult classic from Rocky Horror Picture Show, Time Warp. You’ll be screaming all night long.
Feature image: Supplied by The Grounds, Alexandria