Halloween is the kind of celebration that delights both young and old – whether it be trick-or-treating, decorating the house like ghoul’s grotto, or donning your favourite costume and knocking back a few drinks at an adults-only bash. This US import has really taken off in Melbourne in a big way, and there are plenty of places around the city where you can expect a spooky experience this Halloween – especially if you’re lucky enough to live in one of these Halloween home hotspots!
St Kilda is the epicentre of Melbourne’s Halloween festivities. Residents should be prepared for a fright at the St Kilda Town Hall this Halloween, thanks to the Spooktober Festival!
This free event has something for everyone – food trucks, a haunted bar, spooky performances and costume competitions. Plus, the kids will love the free trick or treat trail. It’s on for five days only, opening on Wednesday 31st October, and entry is free.
Luna Dark at Luna Park is happening again this year – an epic Halloween-themed event held over six days, from October 26th. There are day and night sessions, with face painting, costume comps and, of course, loads of rides for all the thrill-seekers. Online bookings are essential, as Luna Dark has been known to sell out in the past.
Residents of Richmond sure love their Halloween shenanigans! For young families, Richmond Primary School’s HalloweenFest is a must-visit. It’s being held on Saturday 27th October, from two in the afternoon, and will include rides, slime making, face painting and a disco.
Not only will the kids have a blast, you’ll also be helping your local school with fundraising – what’s not to love about that?! Also in Richmond, there’s the Hauntville Haunted House Festival, held over two weekends in October at the Burnley Circus Park.
If you live in or around Eltham, you’ll be familiar with the historic Monstalvat artists retreat. On Wednesday 31st October, this charming complex is hosting HallowSCREAM. Activities will include spooky story time, slime making and a costume parade. It’s all kicks off from 4pm, and tickets are only available online.
You can’t go past Finch Street, Malvern East for the very best trick-or-treating experience. Almost everyone in the street joins in, decorating their homes and dressing up to give the little ones a Halloween night to remember. Hundreds of children and their families flock to Finch Street every year to take part, and at gorgeous Gables Mansion at number 15, there’s even a Spooktober Haunted House!
Another top trick-or-treating spot, residents of Canning Street in Carlton (and the surrounding streets) go all-out each year, turning this inner-city enclave into a scene fit for a horror film. While you’re there, why not grab a bite to eat down on Lygon Street, so mum and dad get a little treat too.
Just up the road from Carlton, Melbourne General Cemetery in Parkville plays host to the ultimate spooky spectacular on Halloween! On Wednesday 31st October, they are running a children’s Halloween tour, featuring ghoulish guides and terrifying tales. It costs $20 and is for kids aged six and over, and dressing up is encouraged. Participants need to wear closed-toe shoes at bring along a torch.