Halloween is looming large, and if trick or treating gets a little tricky with the little ones (or your older ones are freaked out by the scary clown phenomenon), we’ve got five favourite ‘haunts’ to celebrate the night of the dead. Read on for some ghoulish good times…
Halloween at Sharks
When // From 5pm, Monday 31 October
Where // Southport Sharks
Tickets // Free, bookings and more info on 5532 1155
What // Enjoy kids’ face painting from 5pm – 8pm, LOL Crew Little Monster’s Show at 6pm, roaming zombies, best dressed prizes and best of all, kids eat free at Frenzy Food Court from 5.30pm.
Halloween at the Fangtuary
When // 6pm – 9pm, Friday 28 October
Where // Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Tickets // $10 per person, kids under 4 FREE
What // Enjoy dinner at the markets from 4pm, then ride the ghost train through the Sanctuary at night. Discover what bats really get up to when night falls in the nocturnal corridor and have your photo taken with snakes and owls. Face painting, prizes for best dressed and trick or treating make this devilish fun for even the little spooks.
Grooveyard Disco Party at Planet Chill Ice-Skating Rink
When // 6pm – 8pm, Monday 31 October
Where // Planet Chill Ice-Skating Rink
Tickets // $20 per child
What // It’s time to ‘skellabrate’ Halloween in style with the Planet Chill Grooveyard Disco Party! Dress up in your best costume for your chance to win some ‘spooktactular’ prizes. Don’t miss out on this ‘scarrific’ night. All ages welcome. Limited tickets available.
When // 5.30pm and 6pm sessions, Monday 31 October
Where // Brisbane River
Tickets // FREE, bookings essential at www.riverlife.com.au
What // Take trick or treating to the water, on an illuminated kayak along the Brisbane River. With obstacles set along the river at dusk and a treat to be collected at each station, kids over 12 will love this spooky adventure. Younger kids can grab for goodies in the scavenger hunt, or shoot ‘em up in the Night Laser Tag ($15 pp).
Halloween Hijinks in the Gardens
When // 4pm – 5.30pm, Monday 31 October
Where // Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha (meet at the Entry Gate)
Tickets // FREE, book at 3403 2535. Brisbane Ghost Tour at Toowong Cemetery: Family pass (2A + 2C) $40, Adults $13, Kids aged 5+ $10. For bookings visit www.brisbaneghosttours.com.au.
What // Discover what Halloween is all about, who was Jack O’Lantern and why do we associate pumpkins with Halloween? Make your own pumpkin lantern and join in the spooky fun in the Gardens. Afterwards, creep around the Toowong Cemetery on a Ghost Tour from 6pm. Then try and get the kids into bed afterwards!
When // 1pm – 4pm, Sunday 30 October 30
Where // Westfield Chermside, Cnr Gympie & Hamilton Rd’s, Chermside
Tickets // FREE, register at www.westfield.com.au
What // Register your kids to participate in the FREE trick or treat activity, and free face painting between 1pm and 4pm. Kids will receive an activity book and a trick or treat map from the sign-in desk to complete before picking up their tasty treat bag! On arrival, head straight to the sign-in desk located outside Best & Less.
There’s nothing like a Halloween street party. Gang up with your neighbours to scare the kids, create a best-dressed house competition, share a laugh and some ghoulish goodies and enjoy those community feels. You get the added benefit of knowing exactly where the kids are and what’s in those treats they are hoovering down, sharing fun times with your friends, and when your little vampires need to retire to their coffins, bed is only a few sleepy steps away.
Happy Halloween from the haven crew. Tag us in your fancy-dress picks, or share your favourite place to celebrate @havenhub.