Sydney’s biggest Halloween event for kids is back in Centennial Parklands. Photo by Chris Gleisner.
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Halloween in your city

Love it or loathe it, Halloween is slowly being embraced by Aussies who love to dress up and pretend to be a ghoul or zombie for a day.

While many people write it off as an “American thing”, Halloween is actually an ancient European tradition that dates back to the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), when people would light bonfires and wear elaborate costumes to ward off ghosts. (Read more about it here.) While today’s trick-or-treating and jack-o-lanterns might have diminished much of its original meaning, it is an opportunity for the family to get together and have some fun.

Here are a few events that are on in the cities, and links for activities in the surrounding suburbs.



Kids who make their way through the Swamp Monsters course will receive a Halloween treat.

Swamp Monsters

Sydney’s biggest and spookiest Halloween event for kids is back in Centennial Parklands on Saturday 28 October filled with eerie and fun new twists.

Kids are invited to make their way through Swamp Monsters‘ five ‘freak-tacular’ activity stations if they dare, following a trail map of the Haunted Centennial Park grounds. They’ll be able to help the Wicked Witch of Centennial Park to brew her deadly potion, spot dangerous Drop Bears and assist the Mad Scientist with his whacky experiments before running around the living dead in their graveyard.

The brave children who make their way through to the finish line having completed all of the challenges will get to collect their Halloween treat! There’s also a pumpkin carving competition that’s perfect for little ‘spooksters’ with a creative streak. Entries close tomorrow so read this for further info.




Hop on your broomstick and get along to Melbourne’s Spooktober Halloween Festival with three massive Haunted House experiences, Trick or Treat Manor, Blood Manor and The Doll Factory.

With free entry to the festival grounds around the St Kilda Town Hall, try your luck at one of the Halloween games, take your kids on the free Trick or Treat Trail, dress up to win a Costume Contest, grab a bite to eat at the Food Truck Park, or calm your nerves at the bar.


Luna Park

Get set to scream this Halloween as Melbourne’s Luna Park transforms into Luna Dark, a spook-tacular Halloween weekend full of “Carn-EVIL delights” where adults are charged at children’s prices (includes admission and rides)!

Those who are brave enough to enter the darkness will witness the zombie doctor inflict blood-curdling terror on his deathly patients and ‘The Giant Web’ – suspended over nine metres of the Park – will house a cluster of creepy spiders, waiting to threaten anyone who stands still for too long.


Horbland Graveyard

Horbland Graveyard is a horror maze in Woodcroft, South Australia that has grown from a family of scarers to a full-blown community event, with masterminds in building, costuming and design.

The whole street comes alive with excitement, with a carnival feel that is a fun experience, even if entering a scary maze isn’t your thing.



Get your Halloween make-up done by a special effects artist from Perth Costume Make-up.

Perth Costume Make-up

Perth readers of HomeHub can get their Halloween make-up done by talented professionals in a fully decorated CBD studio with drinks and nibblies on Saturday 28 October. We’re not just talking about any old make-up artist with an airbrush but talented special effects artists who have working on Disney’s The Lion King.

Book in here to get transformed into a zombie or a bride of Christ, or call Jennifer on 0404 527 744 for more info.


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Veda Dante

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