Who cares who invented Halloween? It’s FUN! Take the opportunity to party. Make your costumes scary, decorations elaborate, treats yummy, and your tricks harmless but funny, with the best Canberra has to offer.
TRICK OR TREAT
The usual database of Trick or Treat locations in the ACT and surrounding areas will not be running this year but these ghostly houses are sufficiently scary:
Googong Community Garden Halloween invites you to join their scavenger hunt through the Googong garden on Saturday 31 October 5.30-7.30pm.
Nightmare on Flemington Road is back and this year and bigger than ever. This house of horrors is raising money for the ACT emergency services. 266 Flemington Road, Harrison.
Connie from Canberra Halloween House Wanniassa has collected Halloween decorations for 20 years. COVID has forced her to forgo her usual haunted house, but her display of animatronics, dragons, witches, and banjo-playing skeletons more than make up for it. The display can be seen from the street, so no need to get out of the car. Gold coin donations will go to local charity, Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation.
Check out Canberra Halloween House Wanniassa on Facebook for details.
Canberra’s Haunted Chop Shop Halloween Display is located in Bunduluk Crescent, Ngunnawal – look for the Zombie research facility! Open from Friday afternoon 30 October and from lunchtime on Saturday 31 October. Get all your prop giant spiders and swinging zombie dolls here. They are raising money for two local charities, Dainere’s Rainbow and Canberra Pet Rescue.
Canberra’s creepy competitions
In 25 words or less, tell the Canberra Centre how your street celebrates Halloween for a chance to have the I-SCREAM truck deliver free ice creams and treats to your house. Entries close 29 October.
More info: canberracentre.com.au
Dress up in your Halloween gear head into your closest Goodberry’s store and take a photo for a chance to invent your dream Flavour of the Week, its naming rights and two large take home packs of your flavour. Entries close at midnight 30 October.
CANBERRA KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTY
Hosted by the Little Sandpiper Playcentre in Belconnen, the Canberra Kids Halloween Party is on Saturday 31 October 5.30-8.30pm. Tickets: $30 per child and up to two adults are free; $20 for members. Tickets include: light meal, loot bag, unlimited play on the equipment, lolly hunt, dance party, best costume competition.
Bookings essential: littlesandpiper.au.mikecrm.com/MDZpdFd
Mrs Clompy Closet: Chloe is a young woman living with a disability; when COVID made it difficult for her to find work, she made her own job. Purchase one of her homemade Halloween scrunchies from the Mrs Clompy Closet Facebook page and support Chloe.
Kikay Cakes: Kate’s Day of the Dead macarons are to die for. Find Kikay Cakes on Facebook or kikay_cakes on Instagram for order.
FOR THE GROWN UPS
Movin Car Drive-in Cinema in the Questacon carpark is showing scary movies until Sunday 1 November. Including The Conjuring, Hocus Pocus, Scream and The Exorcist.
Kingpin Bowling Halloween Party is offering bowling with a spooky twist on Saturday 31 October 8pm-midnight. This 18+ event costs $50 and includes bowling, karaoke, tennis table, pool, arcade games, snacks, DJ, a Halloween makeup artist and a free mocktail if you wear a costume.