by Rebecca Lee
Whilst we in Australia typically do not celebrate Halloween, it seems to get bigger and crazier with each passing year. This year is no different with events for all ages.
Check out our tips below for a ghoulishly good time!
Why is it celebrated?
Halloween is said to go back to the time of the Celts who believed that at the end of summer, Samhain, the Lord of Death becomes powerful and overpowers the Sun God. On October 31, Samhain assembles all the evil spirits who had died the previous year and allows them to return home to visit the living. Villagers left offerings and treats out for Samhain and if he was appeased he would leave the villagers alone. Therein lies the roots of Trick or Treating.
Where can I get a costume?
Kid’s costumes have been spotted in the following locations:
- Big W Top Ryde and Macquarie
- Hot Dollar Macquarie
- Toys n Tales Macquarie
- Daiso Macquarie
- Target Macquarie
- Spotlight Lidcombe and Birkenhead Point
- Kmart Top Ryde
Public Events- Teens and Adults only
Luna Park, HalloScream 28th-31st October, various times
Sydney’s biggest Halloween event is back bigger and better this year with Halloscream 4!
For an exclusive spine-tingling four nights, Luna Park Sydney will be completely transformed into a creepy and curious carnival of magic, monsters and mayhem! All of your spooky favourites will be making an appearance as well as many new attractions to enchant and fulfil your every sense. From the charming trick or treat trail for the little ones to our chilling new mazes, there is something for everyone at Luna Park Sydney this Halloween!
Sydney Zombie Walk
For 6 years, the Zombie Walk has raised money for Australia’s Brain Foundation. You must be 16yrs+ to participate. Arrive at 3pm for a 4pm start.
The next walk will be on Saturday October 29th 2016 at 3:00pm. Zombies must arrive at this time in order to participate in the walk. Starts 4:00pm sharp.
Eden Gardens- Adults Only – Haunted Gardens After Dark party- 29th October 8pm-11pm
Get lost in the haunted gardens and get down to DJ Dracula at this 18+ event! All the info here.
Public events – For the Kids
Nicholson Street Public School Halloween Festival – October 29th, 2pm-7:30pm
The Nicholson Street Public School Halloween Festival takes place every year on the last weekend of October in the grounds of historic Nicholson Street School in Balmain East.
It is the only known Halloween festival in the area and is aimed at 5-12yr olds.
More details here.
Eden Gardens- Fright Night for Kids 29th October 5:30pm-7:30pm
Trick or treating, games, activities and prizes. All the info here.
Monkey Mania Top Ryde City, Halloween Disco- October 29th 6pm-9pm and 31st Oct 4:30pm- 7:30pm
Lollipops Playland, Parramatta
Why not plan your own?
Some residential streets, particularly on the lower North Shore get all in the spirit of Halloween with huge street parties and festivities. There are streets in the area that do the same, however we will not be naming them here so to protect the residents of those streets. Instead, how about rallying a few neighbours or friends together to start your own tradition?