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Nine ways to celebrate Halloween in Canberra

Helena Game

Halloween is fast approaching, and things are getting a bit spooky around town.

But never fear, because from kids films to grown-up events after hours, we’ve got you sorted for all your Halloween celebrations. Here are a few of our top picks for all things 2016 Halloween in Canberra! 

FOR THE GROWN UPS

KNIGHTSBRIDGE PENTHOUSE

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For something a little bit more grown up, Knightsbridge Penthouse bar will be turned into a Penthouse of Horrors for the night, with a ‘Knightmare on Mort Street’. Complete with ghosts, ghouls and the odd cocktail, Mr Michael Music will also be providing the spooky beats for those brave enough to dance.

Knightsbridge Penthouse will hold its House of Horrors night on Saturday 29 October from 7pm, at 1/34 Mort Street, Braddon. For more information click here.

HOPSCOTCH BAR AND GRILL

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Head over to Hopscotch for a night of Halloween-themed cocktails and shots, and trick or treats. For those wanting that extra touch, there will also be face painters to paint your choice of scary characters.

The Halloween night will be held on Saturday 29 October from 3pm, at 5 Lonsdale Street Braddon. For more information click here.

MOOSEHEADS NIGHTCLUB

Boasting claims of Canberra’s biggest Halloween party, Mooseheads will be transforming the club into a Moose Manor. Featuring un-dead bartenders, $8 themed cocktails such as The Jekyll and Hyde, and special effects, it might be a night that haunts you forever.

Mooseheads’ Halloween night will be held on Saturday 29 October from 9pm, at 105 London Circuit. For more information click here.

FOR THE KIDS

BOOGONG

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Dress up in your frightful best at Boogong, a special Halloween event featuring delicious food, great music, and lots of fun for the whole family. Highlights will include a disco for the kids, a blood pond, and a haunted graveyard. Roaming street performers and fireworks will also feature during the evening.

Boogong is a free event, and will be held on Saturday 29 October from 5pm at Beltana Park, Googong NSW (about a 20 minute drive from Canberra). For more information click here.

MONKEY MANIA

Bring your kids along to Monkey Mania’s Halloween disco at the Canberra Outlet Centre, for a fun night of dancing, face painting and prizes. You might even be able to get some shopping done as well!

The Halloween Disco will run on Monday 31 October from 4pm-6:30pm at Monkey Mania in the Canberra Outlet Centre, Majura Park. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

LOLLIPOP’S PLAYLAND

For more dancing and dress ups, Lollipop’s Playland is holding the Halloween Funhouse Disco Bash. There will be prizes for the best dressed and the best dancer, so dress the kids up in their scary best!

Lollupops Playland will will hold their Halloween disco on Friday 28 October from 6pm, at Majura Park Shopping Centre, Spitfire Avenue. For more information click here.

FOR THE FILM FANATICS

THE CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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The 20th Canberra International Film Festival will be celebrating Halloween with showings of special effects documentary The Frankenstein Complex, and new horror film Rob Zombie’s 31, which centres on a carnival troupe who are trapped in Murderworld and are forced to play the game of 31; a game of death.

The Halloween Double Feature will run on Monday 31 October from 6.30pm-11pm. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

DENDY CINEMAS

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To celebrate the life of Gene Wilder, Dendy will have a special Halloween screening of Young Frankenstein, which centres on a grandson of the infamous Frankenstein, as he navigates life while carrying the burden of his grandfather. Bring the kids along, and dress up in your favourite Gene Wilder-inspired costumes!

Young Frankenstein will show on Monday 31 October from 6.30pm, at Dendy Cinemas in the Canberra Centre. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

LIMELIGHT CINEMAS

Revisit the classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a fun evening at Limelight Cinemas. Costumes, Rocky Horror traditions, and time warp dance routines will all be welcomed. Tickets also include a pre-film candy buffet.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show will show on Saturday 29 October at Limelight Cinemas, Tuggeranong. For more information and to book tickets, click here. 

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Helena Game

Helena is a wannabe journalist studying Communications and Journalism at the University of Canberra. Canberra born and bred, she is hopelessly in love with writing, stories and travel. She recently wrote her way around Japan for a creative writing study tour, and spent another two weeks in the Middle East on a journalism exchange, both of which have left her with a proper case of the post-travel blues. While she plots her next adventure, Helena is hoping to gain as much industry experience as humanly possible, and somehow finish her degree at the same time. More about the Author

  • CLJF

    I sometimes wonder why this largely northern hemisphere event is even happening in Australia; it hasn’t been part of our ‘celebration’ calendar until very recently. Is it just another selling opportunity being pushed on us by commercial interests?

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