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Eight of the Spookiest Events Happening in Brisbane This Halloween

From to cowboy skeleton-themed parties to horror movie marathons to pumpkin-flavoured brews, here's where to get your scares (and candy) this Halloween.
By Sarah Ward
October 25, 2019
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Eight of the Spookiest Events Happening in Brisbane This Halloween

From to cowboy skeleton-themed parties to horror movie marathons to pumpkin-flavoured brews, here's where to get your scares (and candy) this Halloween.
By Sarah Ward
October 25, 2019
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EIGHT OF THE SPOOKIEST EVENTS HAPPENING IN BRISBANE THIS HALLOWEEN

From to cowboy skeleton-themed parties to horror movie marathons to pumpkin-flavoured brews, here's where to get your scares (and candy) this Halloween.

There's something for everyone to get around when it comes to Halloween, whether it's eating nauseating amounts of lollies, flexing your arts and crafts skills and fashioning yourself a costume, or pulling that five-piece (mask included) Batman get-up out of storage and donning it to feel like the superhero you really are.

Trick or treating never really caught on here, but we'll be damned if we won't use the occasion as an excuse for a spooky time. There are plenty of parties, markets and immersive events happening around town for you to get amongst. Here's a list of some of the best things going on in Brisbane for Halloween, ranging from the not-so scary (a Halloween shindig for dogs) to the truly unsettling (a terrifying masterpiece on a big outdoor screen).

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    Feeling spooky and hungry? When October comes around, that’s a winning combination. That’s when Brisbane embraces all things frightening and scary — and all the theming that goes with it, including bats, ghosts, witches and oh-so-many pumpkins.

    Understandably, Eat Street Northshore is getting in on the terrifying action, all thanks to a three-day Halloween party across the weekend of Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27. The site’s vendors will be embracing the theme, magicians will be doing tricks and there’ll even be special Halloween-centric entertainment. Plus, the Hamilton space will be decked out with all the appropriate decorations.

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    A Halloween without pumpkin is no Halloween at all, so South Bank’s Little Stanley Street is going all out. As part of Trick or Treat Little Stanley Street on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, it’s setting up a pumpkin patch. After you pick the perfect orange vegetable, you can take it home with you — for decoration as it is, or for carving into a jack-o-lantern — all for a gold coin donation.

    Even better: that cash will be donated to Queensland Children’s Hospital, so your spooky fun will help sick kids. But that’s not all this event has to offer, especially if the occasion makes you hungry. Go trick or treating along the roadway, filling your complimentary bag with goodies. Or, settle in at one of the many eateries along the South Bank stretch and enjoy a meal to match the mood — like Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers’ pumpkin gnocchi served out of a pumpkin.

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    If you spend your time with a delightful four-legged companion, then you’ve probably discovered one of their frequent thoughts: everything that humans can do, dogs should be able to do too. Alas, that statement can’t always apply. No matter how much your cute pupper wants some chocolate, we all know that it just can’t have any. Your barking bestie can get into the Halloween spirit, though, thanks to Paws & Relax’s Doggy Howloween party.

    This calls for costumes — of the cute, creepy and canine-sized variety. Don’t skimp on your doggo’s outfit, because there are prizes to be won. In a spooky day out for you and your pooch, there’ll also be a haunted maze, stick or treat, bobbing for tennis balls and a chance to get a snap of the fright-themed occasion. If you need further pupper supplies, you’ll also be able to browse dog-themed stalls.

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    Since kicking off its weekly Friday evening event at the beginning of the year, Brisbane Night Markets has been jumping at any excuse to throw a party, including winter and mango season. Come the end of October, the folks behind the scenes really don’t need to think too hard — ’tis the time to don spooky costumes and carve pumpkins, after all.

    The Halloween-themed Brisbane Fright Market will also feature a haunted house, face painting and a trick-or-treat trail, plus prizes for the best-dressed. This frightful event isn’t just for kids either. The adult with the best costume will also win something terrifying (well, their prize mightn’t actually be horrifying, but they won’t go home empty-handed), and all adult attendees will be able to knock back plenty of wicked cocktails.

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    One day. Three movies. Plenty of bumps, jumps, frights, spooks and scares. That’s what’s on the agenda at Kristian Fletcher’s  2019 Halloween Movie Marathon, with the cult movie buff once again honouring the most unsettling time of the year.

    If you’re a fan of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, then check out the first film based on the same horror novel, aka 1963’s The Haunting. Once you’ve been creeped out in a spooky manor, it’s time to lose yourself to a witchy ballet school all thanks to the original 1977 version of Suspiria. Then, prepare for a visit to the 80s — and a glimpse a slasher genre icon, too. Go back to camp, keep an eye out for a very young Kevin Bacon and see what Jason gets up to in the OG Friday the 13th.

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    What’s on the agenda at Brisbane’s monster and horror-themed arcade bar? Two parties on two different days. Some of us want to mark the occasion on the actual date, while some of us want to have some themed fun on the weekend leading up to it. Naturally, you can always do both.

    First up, from 7pm on Saturday, October 26, it’s Cowboy Skeleton Halloween Party time. Get dressed up like a gunslinging bag of bones (and don’t forget to take care of both the cowboy and the skeleton parts of the costume), then drink, mash buttons, and listen to tunes by The Sugarshakers and Whalehouse.  Then, come 6pm on Thursday, October 31, A Netherworld Halloween returns. Expect a ghoulish night of scary fun — or, a monster mash, if you will.

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    Eagle Farm Racecourse’s giant screen is getting another workout — and this time, it comes with bumps and jumps. ‘Tis the part of the year where all things scary, creeping and unnerving come into focus, after all, with Big Screen on the Green showcasing an absolute horror classic for Halloween.

    Spiriting viewers away to a haunted hotel, The Shining is getting the huge treatment, with the screen measuring a massive 44 metres long. Head by from 7pm on Thursday, October 31 to revisit the flick that’s a macabre delight for all kinds of reasons. It’s based on Stephen King’s novel, directed by Stanley Kubrick and features a terrifying performance from Jack Nicholson. And, thanks to elevators filled with blood, creepy twins and eye-catching orange carpet, it’s filled with eerie imagery that isn’t easily forgotten.

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    Brisbane’s craft brewery boom has many benefits, but themed tipples rank among the best of them. No matter the occasion, you can stumble into a beer-loving space and drink a freshly brewed just for it — like pumpkin-flavoured brews for Halloween, naturally.

    At Semi-Pro on Manilla Street in East Brisbane, pumpkin-spiced brown ale is on the menu on Thursday, October 31 (because there’s nothing scarier than sipping a beer made from an orange vegetable, obviously). Drop by from 4pm to enjoy the kind of beverage you definitely can’t drink every day — plus other appropriate shenanigans at the Semi-Pro Halloween Party.

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