Sydney knows how to have fun with fear especially during Halloween with creepy parties, haunted houses and jump scares taking over the city. If you’re into all things spooky and like to make the most of this season, check out some of the most thrilling events happening around town, not just on Halloween but throughout the month.
1. Luna Park’s Halloscream is back
Luna Park leaves no stone unturned for Halloween every year with the spine-chilling Halloscream event. Previous editions have featured wicked witches, scary spells and terrifying mazes to get lost in. This year is no exception with 3 horror mazes, an immersive horror themed attraction and unlimited rides lined up all night long.
2. Let your hair down at this Halloween Masquerade Boat Party
3. Have a blast at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
Archie Brothers have previously brought fun and immersive circus pop ups to town along with arcade experiences, laser tag and more. This month, they’re switching things up with a creepy soiree that’ll transform the premises into a ghoulish spook-town. There’ll be a themed cocktail on arrival, creepy circus performers and free bowling. Grab your tickets here.
4. Check out the House of Burton at Wonderland Bar
The Wonderland Bar is back with it’s immersive House of Burton experience. With a Beetlejuice theme this year round, guests can expect creepy decor, a themed cocktail on arrival, and a true immersive experience for fans of Tim Burton. Find more info here.
5. Plan a trip to one of these haunted locations
Some parts of Sydney are shrouded in mystery. Since spooky season is officially here, we’ve rounded up a bunch of legitimately creepy places in and around the city to help you have a spooktacular Halloween in Sydney. Are they haunted? Who knows. Will they give you sleepless nights? Definitely.
6. Make your way to Cargo Bar for a night of horror
One of Sydney’s signature party venues is bringing the scares with a haunted house party. The theme is classic horror films which you really can’t go wrong with. There’s giveaways, local DJ’s and many spooky surprises awaiting you. Entry is free until 8pm, and if you’re late but dressed to impress, you’ll get 50% off to enter.
7. Be spellbound by this Halloween-themed Candlelight Concert
Few filmmakers have dabbled with gothic fantasy quite like Tim Burton. Get in the mood for Halloween and listen to classics from Burton’s extensive repertoire at the St. Stephen’s Uniting Church. As you listen to these familiar spooky tunes, you’ll be surrounded by dozens of flickering candles. It’s the perfect way to bring in Halloween in Sydney. Tickets and more info are available here.
8. Go on a ghostly garden tour
The Royal Botanic Garden is throwing open it’s gates for a special Ghostly Garden Tour this Halloween. Walk past shadowy trees, creepy grottos and dark ponds and hear about legends both past and present. You’ll also get exclusive access to the garden after-hours.
9. Explore the Spooktacular Halloween Festival
The Spooktacular Halloween Festival in Penrith is heaps of fun for the whole family. There’s food trucks and trick or treat booths on-site but more importantly there’ll be a Zombie Walk, a disco Monsters Ball parade, a slime fight and a (fake) blood bath. The place to be if you’re looking to celebrate Halloween in Sydney. Get more details here.
10. Learn Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance moves for free
Darling Harbour is introducing free dance lessons every second Friday until November. Expect dance battles, classes and live DJs and on Halloween – a fully interactive dance lesson on Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Guests are encouraged to come in their best Thriller outfits for this fun event from 12pm to 2pm on October 29.
11. Enjoy a Halloween themed paint and sip session
A night of paint and sip is the perfect way to unwind. Paint and Sip Studios are bringing back their ever popular Halloween sessions in Castle Hill and Liverpool. Painting equipment including the canvas, paints, easel and apron will be provided and costumes are encouraged. Book your session here.
12. Get Bamboozled at this burlesque cabaret
The Bamboozle Room has been bringing together risqué vintage glamour with dinner and a show to transport audiences to another time and place since 2016. The good times are still rolling on with this vaudevillian adventure filled with debaucherous antics and plenty of laughs for Halloween this year.
13. Experience Bare Your Bones at the Opera House
Bare Your Bones is a creative offering by the Sydney Opera House complete with skeletons, glow-in-the-dark paint pens and a game of ‘Musical Zombies’ designed exclusively for kids. Grab your tickets here.
14. Take a ghost tour in The Rocks
There are few ghost tours in Sydney that will spook you quite like the ones organised at The Rocks. Explore the heritage buildings and familiar sights in a whole new light and learn about the spooky tales of the precinct. Plus you’ll get exclusive access to many off-limit spaces in Sydney which are known to be haunted. Grab your tickets here.
15. Bite into a Halloween-themed bubble waffle
If you haven’t had a bubble waffle at The Little Shop of Waffles in Manly, add it to your list. Known for their Instagrammable desserts, they’re now switching things up and doing a spooky bubble waffle in keeping with the Halloween theme.