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Eight of the Spookiest Events Happening in Sydney This Halloween

From paranormal ghost tours to candy-flavoured beers and free underground parties, here's where to get your scares this Halloween.
By Rachel Fieldhouse and Concrete Playground
October 28, 2019

Eight of the Spookiest Events Happening in Sydney This Halloween

From paranormal ghost tours to candy-flavoured beers and free underground parties, here's where to get your scares this Halloween.


From paranormal ghost tours to candy-flavoured beers and free underground parties, here's where to get your scares 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 it as an excuse for a spooky time. There are plenty of parties, tours and immersive events happening around town for you to get amongst. Here's a list of some of the best things going on in Sydney for Halloween, ranging from the not-so scary (candy-flavoured beers) to the truly terrifying (a paranormal ghost tour).

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    A Night of Decadence & Indulgence

    Bondi’s Icebergs is usually known for its stunning beach views and breezy blue and white palette, but, this Halloween, it’ll transform into a haunting scene from a Stanley Kubrick film for a decadent and slightly spooky dinner.

    Taking place on Saturday, October 31, the extravagant evening will include a seven-course meal, theatrical cocktails and an intimate performance by Sneaky Sound System. And it comes with a fairly extravagant price tag, too: $400 a head.

    If you’ve got that kind of money to drop on a fun night out — we’re not currently spending any cash on overseas jaunts, after all — read on. At the dinner, you’ll eat your way through the likes of coral trout tartare with green ants, David Blackmore wagyu bresaola with pig’s blood crackers, squid ink spaghetti, suckling pig and truffle salad all created by Head Chef Alex Prichard. You certainly won’t be leaving hungry — or thirsty for that matter.

    While the ticket price doesn’t include drinks, a range of horror film-inspired cocktails will be on offer. Sip on a chilli-spiked watermelon drink that’s served on fire, a blood red cocktail inspired by that hallway scene from The Shining and a black gin fizz.

    The dress code is black tie, but, as it’s Halloween, a little fake blood and fangs wouldn’t go astray. Bookings are essential and can be made over here.

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    Halloscream 8: Infinite Fear

    As if 2020 hasn’t already felt like a neverending horror film, the spookiest night of the year, Halloween, is just around the corner. And if you’re looking for even scarier thrills — or just a night off from watching the freak show that is the evening news — Luna Park has you sorted. Its festival of spine-tingling thrills, aptly dubbed Halloscream, is returning to the fun park after dark for six nights of frightening scares.

    This year’s theme is Infinite Fear and, with the promise of zombies and prisoners roaming throughout the park to spook you at any moment, that’s exactly what you’ll be feeling. Festivities kick off at 6pm each evening with a ‘scaremony’ led by spooky puppet master Mr Bowler. You can then make your way through the three brand-new mazes in the Big Top. First, try to keep away from an evil landlord in the Outback Butcher, then hide from zombies as you explore DecayMart, an abandoned supermarket, before heading to Block 13, a prison filled with rioting inmates. Also be sure to pay a visit to the historic Coney Island, which will be transformed into a creepy doll ‘hospital’ dubbed Lonely Doll Island.

    Your ticket will also include unlimited rides throughout the park, so prepare your vocal chords for a cracking night. Luna Park will be taking extreme safety precautions including temperature checks and enhanced cleaning measures, and masks must be worn while in the mazes.

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    Croctail Pop-Up Bar

    Halloween thrills await at Wild Life Sydney Zoo this year, with real life monsters on hand to spook you and your mates. The Darling Harbour zoo is hosting a pop-up bar inside its Crocodile Den, where the guest of honour is a four-metre-long, 365-kilogram saltwater croc named Rocky.

    The night will start off with a reptile talk from the team. They’ll feed Rocky before your eyes, plus offer the chance to ‘cuddle’ a snake or lizard.

    On the bar side of things, the two-hour sittings include a house wine or beer on arrival. Additional themed tapas and cocktails by Trolley’d will be available for purchase throughout the night —and the menu will focus on native ingredients like roasted wattle, urban beehive honey and Illawarra plum vodka.

    Tickets cost $15 and five bucks from each ticket sold will be donated to the zoo’s conservation fund, which supports animal research and welfare.

    The pop-up bar will run over two weekends and six nights, from Thursday, October 29–Saturday, October 31 and Thursday, November 5–Saturday, November 7 — with two sittings per night at 5pm and 7pm. With only 13 seats available in the Crocodile Den each night, these tickets are going to be snapped up quick, so move fast if you want to head along.

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    Dust off your fake blood, vampire fangs and glitter, and get your spookiest costume ready as Melbourne party collective Poof Doof returns with its annual Halloween extravaganza. Taking place at Ivy, this year’s Halloqween Bloody Banquet will be going down a little different from other years due to social-distancing guidelines, but just because this year will be a seated affair doesn’t mean it’s going to be any less bright, bloody and fun-filled.

    Enjoy dinner and a show with a side of performances from devilish drag stars, singers, performers, and DJs including Kitty Glitter, Charlie Villas and Danni Issues. Food for the night will be provided by Totti’s with the menu including the Trick or Truffle mushroom lasagne, Hellfire smoked and roasted chicken, and Phantasmic pear and rocket salad. Each guest will also receive a Grim Reaper’s Goody Bag and creepy Absolut cocktail on arrival.

    If you were worried you were going to be stuck at home for Halloween this year, showing off your new skeleton leotard to your roommates, the Halloqween Bloody Banquet will allow you to flaunt it for the world to see. You’ll be the star of the show with a costume extravaganza and red carpet arrival. It’s the perfect opportunity to put all the arts and crafts skills you learnt in lockdown to good use.

    Tables of four, six or eight are available, with first release tickets sold out and second and final release tickets close behind. Tables are available from $169 per person which includes a two-course meal, drinks package, and all the fun and excitement of the night.

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    Day of the Dead and Halloween Fiesta

    Yes, 2020 has felt like the longest year ever. But October and November are almost here, which means that it’s almost Halloween and Dias de los Muertos time. So, at El Camino Cantina’s Sydney locations, it’s marking the occasion with a Day of the Dead and Halloween Fiesta. From Tuesday, October 20–Saturday, November 7, El Camino’s The Rocks, Manly, Miranda and Entertainment Quarter eateries will be getting in the celebratory mood in a number of ways. The tastiest: a two-hour food and drink package, which’ll see you eat your way through tortilla chips and salsa, buffalo wings with blue cheese mayo and guacamole, chargrilled chicken fajitas, and churros with chocolate and caramel sauce. Costing $89 per person, it also includes margaritas both frozen and on the rocks, plus house beer and wine, and soft drinks. And, you’ll get a gift bag, too. If you’re more interested in inventive margarita flavours, a heap of new varieties will be on offer — in 15-ounce glasses for $20 and in 24-ounce glasses for $24. Sip your way through Devil Chilli (watermelon, chilli and chilli salt), Walking Dead (passionfruit), Ghost Drop (blueberry) and Poison Apple (sour apple) types at all stores, or grab a tasting paddle of four for $30. At The Rocks, there’ll also be six other kinds on offer: Skittle Bomb, Mad Scientist (grape), Sour Strap (strawberry), Snake Bite (raspberry), Whizz Fizz (orange) and Potion of Love (lychee).

    Also, depending on the day of the week, there’ll be something else on the bill as well — new taco flavours on Tuesdays, super-spicy buffalo wings with limited-edition habanero and teriyaki sauces on Wednesdays, and $20 fajita and marg combos on Thursdays, for instance.

    On Saturdays at The Rocks, DJs will also spin tunes — including on Saturday, October 31, when you’re encouraged to dress up, obviously.

    El Camino Cantina’s Day of the Dead and Halloween Fiesta takes place at its The Rocks, Manly, Miranda and Entertainment Quarter stores.

    Images: Michael Gribbin.

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    Sydneysiders are in for one big night of live music when the Young Henrys Rock & Roll Circus rolls back into town next month. After taking its show down to Melbourne for the first time during Good Beer Week in May, the free blowout is set to return to its home city on Halloween night.

    Head in to Frankie’s on Thursday, October 31 , when some of Australia’s best musical talent will join forces for one night only. Expect a ‘super band’ to once again take the stage. Dubbed The Replicas, the band is made up of members from The Delta Riggs and The Preatures, along with Wild Honey’s Adam Della Grotta. They’ll perform classic hits, 70s–90s English punk covers and alternative favourites for the masses from 8pm until the wee hours.

    Joining the band on stage is a lineup of guest singers, including Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus), Joe Jackson (Sloan Peterson), Melissah Marie (Moody Beach), Gideon Bensen (Fiction Writer), Caitlin Harnett, Andy Golledge, Jess Kent and Charlie Collins — with many more announced closer to.

    And Young Henrys will of course be taking over the bar’s taps with its brews and cider, too.

    Image: Katje Ford.

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    With 2014’s Maleficent, Disney turned Sleeping Beauty into a dark fantasy, filled with magical forests, twisted fairies, and complicated battles between good and evil. When sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil hits cinemas this October, the Mouse House will do the same all over again — but the film’s wicked delights won’t just be confined to the big screen.

    In the huge entertainment company’s latest collaboration with The Grounds of Alexandria (following The NutcrackerMary Poppins Returns and Aladdin-themed pop-ups), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is taking over the Huntley Street spot until Sunday, November 3. This time around, the cafe’s already-gorgeous garden is getting a misty, brooding and enchanting makeover, complete with black roses, gnarled branches, plenty of greenery, a smattering of feathers and an entry archway as striking as Angelina Jolie’s eyebrows.

    The menu is also scoring a new short-term addition for the occasion — a dish The Grounds is calling ‘The Dark Fairy’. Glazed milk chocolate mousse and passionfruit jelly on a bed of chocolate charcoal sable is topped with vanilla buttercream to create quite the decadent treat. It comes with edible glitter, rocks and horns, too, and costs $9.

    ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ at The Grounds is open from 7am–9pm daily.

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    Cockatoo Island’s mysterious and spooky past will be explored this Halloween, when the venue’s Ghostyard Tours return to bring a little fright to your weekend. This special version of the island’s regular haunted history night tours will investigate Cockatoo’s eerie past and paranormal residents, then invite you to spend the night camping out with said ghosts.

    The overnight experience starts with a two-hour tour of the island, delving into its (creepy) history as a prison, dockyard, reformatory, school and wartime port. The tour will finish at the world heritage-listed Convict Precinct, where a horror film marathon will take your nerves from bad to worse. To distract you, only ever so slightly, you’ll be given hot chocolates, biscuits and marshmallows to roast over an open fire pit.

    Once the films are finished — and you’re well and truly terrified — you’ll  head over to your deluxe tent, where we doubt you’ll get a wink of sleep.

    The full overnight fright experience will cost you $185 all up, or $230 for two — if scare tactics is your idea of a date. If your nerves can’t stand the idea of sleeping in a (potentially) haunted place, you can also opt for just the Ghostyard Tour at $45 a pop.

    Nab your tickets here — but they’re in limited quantity, so don’t wait. If you miss out on the Halloween version, however, the overnight experience will continue on most Friday nights for the remainder of the year

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