Scary street parties, spooky steam trains and creepy kittens headline this year’s Halloween highlights in Brisbane.
Manly Harbour Village Halloween Street Party
A real Brisbane tradition, the annual Manly Harbour Village Halloween Street Party will feature over 100 market stalls and amusement rides, including Australia’s largest mobile ferris wheel, as well as a street parade at dusk, spectacular fireworks from 9pm, street food from around the world, hotly contested Best Dressed and Pumpkin Carving competitions, and hours of live entertainment.
There’ll also be three themed fun runs — the Athlete’s Foot Carindale & Capalaba Halloween 5 Mile Classic, the Next Level Trick or Treat 1 Mile Dash, and the Manly Harbour Village Fancy Dress Ramble.
A free, family-friendly and alcohol-free event, the Manly Harbour Village Halloween Street Party will run from 11am to 9pm. Register now for the fun runs at manlyharbourvillage.com.
Day of the Dead Boat Party
Mexico’s multi-day Dia de los Muertos celebrations make the rest of the world’s Halloween parties look like child’s play, so Radio Metro and TRYP Fortitude Valley are tapping into that commitment to scares with a Day of the Dead Boat Party.
The party will cruise the Brisbane River, melding the outstanding costumes and make-up featured in Day of the Dead parades with a drop of James Bond exclusiveness and music from DJs Reecey Boi, Katie Karma, Eddie Thomas, Andy Finn, Georgie Baby and Joshua Townsend Gardener.
The Day of the Dead Boat Party will launch from the pontoon in front of the Brisbane Wheel from 9pm on Friday 28 October; for more info and tickets, visit radiometro.com.au/events.
In The House Halloween Double Feature
The In The House cult film series continues at Event Cinemas Myer Centre on Friday 28 October from 6:30pm with a special Halloween double feature.
In The Thing, an American research base is invaded by an alien force that can assimilate into anything it touches. Can any of the researchers really be sure who is human — and who has become one of The Things?
In The Shining, Stanley Kubrick’s masterful adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel, Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) combats writer’s block by moving his family into an isolated resort hotel, high in the Colorado mountains. But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…
Kooky Kristian Fletcher
It wouldn’t be Halloween in Brisbane without a Kristian Fletcher event, and he’s really delivering this year, organising multiple ectoplasmic events.
Our favourite is his 1970s horror double feature, featuring screenings of two of the best horror films of all time — Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There’ll also be horror readings by Ghoul Shadows and spooky cabaret numbers at the New Globe Theatre (220 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley) on Sunday 30 October from 1:30pm.
Fletcher is also hosting a grindhouse horror double feature with uncut and uncensored screenings of two controversial cult shockers — Blood Feast and Pieces — at New Globe Theatre on Thursday 27 October from 6:15pm, and a Halloween party with themed cocktails, a spooky DJ and horror cabaret numbers at Padre (598 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba) on Friday 28 October from 7pm.
“People like to be scared,” Fletcher says, “and what better way than with an audience of like-minded people? Experience these movies with an audience — the way that they were intended.”
For more info and tickets, visit kristianfletcher.com.
Black Cat Halloween Market
Annerley’s cat café, the Lucky Cat Café, is getting into the Halloween spirit with the inaugural Black Cat Halloween Market, an animal-friendly market raising funds for Brisbane Valley Cat Rescue, Kitten Kapers Rescue Inc and Fresh Start Rescue Inc with a vegan bake sale and sausage sizzle, a pop-up nail bar, free holistic cat food samples, bargains on cat care supplies from Pet City, and a huge raffle valued at over $500.
There’ll also be an appearance by resident ‘cat whisperer’ Mark Riordan (an acclaimed local poet who has even been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen), as well as local designers and artists, and free late night cat pats!
To be honest, this sounds less ‘scary’ and more ‘adorable’. The Black Cat Halloween Market will be held at Lucky Cat Café (16 St Kilda Place, Annerley) on Saturday 29 October from 4pm to 10:30pm.
Halloween Farmers Markets
Jan Power’s Farmers Markets are bringing out the broomsticks for spellbound trick-and-treaters this Halloween. Stallholders will be dressed in their scariest costumes and ghouls and ghosts will roam the markets, while the team from Wild Rissole Burgers have even created a special Halloween Blood Burger!
You’ll find locally produced foods for trick or treating, fresh beetroot juice or blood oranges to use for bloody disguises and make-up, and watermelons to carve for a very Queensland take on the Jack-o-lantern.
The frightening festivities kick off at the Brisbane City Markets at the bridge end of the Queen Street Mall today (until 6pm), and continue at Brisbane Powerhouse (119 Lamington Street, New Farm) on Saturday 29 October from 6am to noon.
A Night at the Museum: Creepy Creatures
Ghouls, goblins and ghost busters will enjoy a freaky Friday at the Queensland Museum.
You’ll be able to feed hungry spiders with a professional arachnologist; learn how flesh-munching beetles and a big boiler are used to prepare bones for research; meet cannibal insects that devour other insects — and sometimes even humans; see snake specimens up close; and get a good look at dangerous molluscs and parasites.
Kids will also be able to bring their fancy footwork onto the dance floor, enjoy some glow-in-the-dark street science, and explore every corner of the museum after dark.
“Our scientists love the chance to have a bit of fun and showcase the research and experiments undertaken behind the scenes,” says Queensland Museum Network Director and CEO Professor Suzanne Miller.
“Science can be messy and A Night at the Museum provides a great opportunity to spark an interest in science and allow them to learn in a lively and entertaining setting.”
A Night at the Museum: Creepy Creatures takes over Queensland Museum on Friday 28 October from 5pm. For more information and tickets, visit qm.qld.gov.au.
Families can don scary skeleton and wicked witch costumes and jump aboard the Halloween Express for a scary nighttime steam train journey under the magic of the Brisbane City lights.
“We were overwhelmed by the response to last year’s Halloween steam train trip,” Professor Suzanne Miller says. “It was delightful to see so many adults and children alike dressed in their most creative costumes and a fun way to introduce a hint of rail history along the way.”
The Halloween Express departs Roma Street Station on Saturday 29 October at 5:10pm and 6:45pm. For more information and tickets, visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.
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