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Celebrate Halloween in Sydney

Five things to do in Sydney to help you celebrate Halloween for 2019

In case you hadn’t noticed already, I love Halloween. From the decorations and the pumpkin pies to the spooky movies playing non-stop on the television and the pictures which flood Instagram and Pinterest of beautiful fall and Autumn images from the northern part of the planet, all celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving.

I’ve been lucky to celebrate Thanksgiving and Halloween in Canada, in the USA, and in Ireland. Even though Thanksgiving is not an Aussie tradition and has nothing to do with our history, I have a few American friends, and I always envied the great feasts they would post on social media, especially pumpkin pie.

And as for Halloween, well traditionally this came from Ireland and my family heritage is Irish, so it makes sense I love this ancient tradition and have done since I was a child. Of course, a century ago the celebration of Halloween had absolutely nothing to do with handing out candy. I love how an ancient tradition of dressing up as ghouls, monsters, goblins, witches, and ghosts for the night has lasted through the years as a timeless event.

If you’re like me and you love this spooky and age-old tradition of celebrating all things scary and pumpkin. Check out these fabulous five events happening in Sydney for 2018, to help you celebrate Halloween.

Hallowscream VII – for adults:

Luna Park converts into hell with ghouls, zombies, ghosts, and monsters walking around chasing you and scaring you for the entire night, as you live through the thrill of a fright night to always be remembered.

Although the tickets are sold for Adults, any one of the age of sixteen can go. But it’s not recommended for anyone younger than sixteen to go, due to the content of the event.

Tickets cost $54.95. Purchase tickets here. The event will run on the following dates:

Friday 25 October 2019 from 7pm to 11pm
Saturday 26 October 2019 from 7pm to 12am
Thursday 31 October 2019 from 6pm to 10pm
Friday 1 November 2019 from 7pm to 12am
Saturday 2 November 2019 from 7pm to 12am

Pumpkin Carving – for adults and kids:

Have you always wanted to learn how to carve your very own Jack-o-lantern for Halloween? well now you finally can. This event is amazing and is perfect for any age, for groups or for anyone flying solo. You can choose from a range of frightening fruits and vegetables to create your own devilish designs for Halloween.

This event will be held at Paddy’s Markets on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October and costs $30 per person.

Spaces are filling quickly, click here to purchase now.

Halloween Festival – kids and adults:

The Nicholson Street Public School host a brilliant Halloween Festival every year. The festival is the only known Halloween themed fundraiser in the Inner West and is particularly aimed at five to twelve year olds. It is a unique and fun day for both children and parents with a variety of stalls, activities, events and more such as:

  • A Haunted House
  • Inflatables
  • Mini monster games
  • Cake walk
  • Best dressed parade
  • Box Maze
  • Food stalls and coffee cart

The festival is FREE and will be running on Saturday 26th October. It is recommended you catch public transport on the day, as parking will be difficult.

Click here for more details.

Melt: Halloween at Madam Tussauds – adults only event:

What lurks in the dark at Madam Tussaud’s when the lights go out at night. Experience Madame Tussauds Sydney AFTER DARK on a self-guided horror tour. You will be given instructions and puzzles to solve along the way and experience the fright of your life with jump scares, gory figures and more. You must listen very carefully to the messages given and work together to make it out alive.

The concept is simple, escape the wax artist who wishes to turn you into one of their waxed statues on display. Who is the killer and will you escape their plans.

Tours start from 6pm and run for 45 minutes. The last tour will be at 10:30pm and held on October 31, November 1 & November 2.

Tickets are $45, click here to purchase.

Overnight Stay on Cockatoo Island – for any age:

Explore the haunted history of the island’s past at night on a fright night tour like none other, and if you dare, stay overnight at the campsite and see how long you last with the ghost when they come out to play.

Cockatoo Island has a few options for their Fright Night Tours, where you can either gather a group for a tour of their haunted past of the island or if you travelling solo you can connect up with a tour group for a spooky tour. If you’re brave enough to sleep on the island, there will be a campsite set up for anyone who wishes to stay overnight on the island.

The campsite will provide everything you need, from tents to beds, and even marshmallows and hot chocolate for after the tour, to enjoy whilst the island plays a Halloween horror movie once the tour is finished.

The tours start on Halloween Night (Thursday 31st October 2019) from 8pm to 11.30pm and will run once a week every Friday thereafter up to 27th December 2019.

Click here for more details and pricing.

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