Spooky season is nearly here! And if you’re feeling afraid of having nothing to do this Halloween, fear not! We’ve found some exciting things to do in Melbourne during Halloween weekend, and on the day itself. From family-friendly events to scary sessions for adults, there’s so much to see and do. Check out our list for your Halloween inspiration, and don’t forget your costume!
1. Spend Halloween at Old Melbourne Gaol
Go on a Halloween Ghosts Night Tour at Old Melbourne Gaol. Hear paranormal tales and roam through confined spaces in this chilling former prison. You’re welcome to come dressed in your Halloween best, just remember to wear appropriate footwear. The tour will run from 8pm to 9:30pm on Tuesday October 31. Learn more here.
📍377 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
2. Go on some heart-racing rides at Luna Dark
Dress up in your scariest costume, and bump into other ghouls and gremlins at Luna Park. Scream on the rides and feel horrified by two new attractions – an eerie maze and an immersive End-Of-The-Line experience. Try on special effects make-up, check out an AR photo booth, listen to live music, see roaming ghosts and ghouls, and much more. There will be two day sessions for the little ones, and five scary sessions after dark. Adults can also check out CARNEVIL, a VIP event with drinks and entertainment hosted by Ashley Madison. Luna Dark will run from Friday October 27 to Tuesday October 31. See more here.
📍18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182
3. Embark on a Halloween-themed silent disco walking tour
Dress up, pop on some headphones and listen to some of the best Halloween-themed dance music from the 1970s to today. As you dance, you’ll go on a flash-mob-style walking tour of the city. The silent disco tour will start from The Atrium in Fed Square, and run from 6:30pm on Friday October 27. See more here.
📍Fed Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
4. Have a spookily good time at the Astor Theatre
If you love a good scary movie, the Astor Theatre has got you covered this month. They’re screening an all-night horror-thon on Saturday October 28. This year, they’re celebrating 75 years of John Carpenter, with films like Halloween, They Live, The Fog and more. This movie marathon kicks off at 8pm. Then, on Halloween itself, they’re playing The Exorcist at 6pm. See more here.
📍1 Chapel St, St Kilda VIC 3182
5. Take part in Prahran Market’s Hall-Oz-Ween Extravaganza
This spooky season, Prahran Market is transforming into Hall-Oz-Ween, an Australian haunted house filled with ghosts, skeletons and ghouls. Market stallholders will join in the fun with plenty of petrifying decorations and scenes. Look forward to plenty of Halloween-inspired treats, as well as experiences like monster craft workshops, face painting, spooky cooking classes, photo opportunities and more. Check it out from Thursday October 26 to Tuesday October 31. Learn more here.
📍163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
6. March at the Howl-O-Ween Paw Parade
Head to Port Melbourne on Sunday October 29, and let your costumed puppy strut their stuff in the Howl-O-Ween Paw Parade. Look at all of the scarily adorable pooches, then check out the market stalls. There will also be a Kids Zone with face painting and a trick or treat trail. This event will run from 9am to 1pm. Learn more here.
📍Bay St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
7. Get your horror fix at Cinema Nova
Cinema Nova is playing some classics this month, including The Others, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and finally, Scream on Halloween night. See what’s playing here.
📍380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
8. Dress up and celebrate Halloween at Kingpin
Kingpin is getting into the spirit of things over five days. Grab a Hollywood Halloween Pass for $55, get get your choice of two activities, including bowling, laser tag and VR. You’ll also receive a food voucher, games credit and 200 prize tickets. On Saturday October 28, there will also be a live DJ, dancers and a signature Hollywood Halloween cocktail. The Hollywood Halloween Pass is available from October 27 to 31. More info here.
📍8 Whiteman St Southbank VIC 3006
9. Pop into The Burton Bar at The District Docklands
Visit The District Docklands and feel like you’re in a Tim Burton movie at The Burton Bar. Experience themed drinks, haunting décor and a Ghost Host to help you with some spooky quests. This pop-up is on from now until November 5. Learn more here.
📍Level 1, 440 Docklands Dr, Docklands VIC 3008
10. Take part in a Halloween-themed Murder Mystery dinner
In this dinner theatre experience, you’ll be immersed in a classic “Whodunnit” murder mystery. While you indulge in a three-course dinner, you’ll join six actors, gather clues and information, and solve the murder mystery. The Halloween Murder at the Manor will take place on Saturday October 28. Learn more here.
📍111 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
11. Get ready for a Monster Party at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre at Chadstone is throwing a ghoulishly good Monster Party. Guests are welcome to wear costumes and help create LEGO monsters to add to the MINILAND monster takeover. See a pumpkin patch made of LEGO, watch a chilling 4D movie, and take photos in front of a scary backdrop. Find Halloween treats at Frankenstein’s Café. This Monster Party is on from October 16 to November 9. See more here.
Meanwhile, adults can have fun at the Halloween-themed Adult Night. Wear a costume and have a wickedly good time exploring the space. The Adult Night is on from 6pm to 9pm on Friday October 27. More info here.
📍 Level 2, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone VIC 31
12. Celebrate Day of the Dead at the Arriba! Melbourne Mexican Festival
Embrace Mexican culture and cuisine at the Arriba! Melbourne Mexican Festival in Flagstaff Gardens. Take part in a Day of the Dead costume competition and parade, and have fun with plenty of live music, food and entertainment. This festival will run from Friday October 27 to Sunday October 29. Learn more here.
📍Flagstaff Gardens, 309-311 William St, West Melbourne VIC 3003
13. Get locked into a devilish Halloween event at Love Lust Lost
Immersive theatre experience, Love Lust Lost, is extending their season until November 29, and they’ve got some exciting events to celebrate. It all kicks off with a decadent Halloween event on Tuesday October 31, featuring themed cocktails, dress-up competitions, and additional characters that are skilled in circus, dance, music, fortune telling and magic.
If you can’t make it on Halloween, there will also be “lock-in” parties on Friday nights. Later performance sessions on November 3, 10 and 17 will have original new performances from the cast, as well as special guests. See more here.
📍200-202 Johnston St, Collingwood VIC 3066
14. Go on a ghost tour
Are you ready to feel haunted? There’s plenty of creepy corners of Melbourne for you to explore this October. Go on a guided experience and discover the ghosts of Old Melbourne, Williamstown and Point Cook Homestead. If you’re on the road, there’s also a lunatic asylum in Ararat for you to check out.
15. Get in the spirit with HalloScream at Montsalvat
Pop over to Montsalvat for HallowScream on October 31. Unravel a murder mystery within a haunted mansion, but beware the dragon! As the night unfolds, explore fortune telling and let mysterious forces guide your path. HallowScreen will run from 5pm to 10pm. Learn more here.
📍7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham VIC 3095
16. Find out Who’s Haunting Heide?
Go on a twilight talk and walking tour of the Heide gardens and cottage. In the tour, Who’s Haunting Heide?, you’ll join Head Gardener David Murphy and hear some spooky, lesser-known stories and unexplained sightings. End your night with a glass of wine. The event starts at 7pm on Tuesday October 31. More info here.
📍7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105
17. Uncover Melbourne’s haunted past in this city exploration game
Explore the haunted past of Melbourne with your phone on this walking tour. Starting at Flinders Street Station, you’ll venture into hidden laneways, learn about serial killers and spirits that still linger. Get your tickets here.
18. Check out Halloween in the West
Explore Barkly Village in West Footscray and get in the spirit of things with trick or treat, food trucks, face painting and even a Haunted Hell House. This walk-through experience is not for the faint-hearted. Halloween in the West will run from Sunday October 28 to Tuesday October 31. Find more details here.
19. Visit Watergardens Shopping Centre for some fun activities
Watergardens is throwing a three-day festival in celebration of Halloween. Dress up in costume and have a blast at their street party on October 28 and 31. There will be DJs and roving entertainment to keep you busy. Kids can take part in a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt, as well as go trick-or-treating around the shopping centre. The Halloween celebrations will take place on October 28, 29 and 31. Learn more here.
📍399 Melton Hwy, Taylors Lakes VIC 3038
20. Visit Bunjil Place for Halloween film screenings
Bunjil Place is throwing a Halloween Film Party for people aged 15 and up on Saturday October 28. Dress up in your best costume and head over to the Outdoor Plaza for a Halloween disco, a series of short films and a screening of Beetlejuice. Then, on Sunday October 29, the Casey Philharmonic Orchestra will play iconic Halloween songs from 2:30pm. The day will end with a screening of The Addams Family 2 at 5:30pm. More details here.
📍2 Patrick NE Dr, Narre Warren VIC 3805
21. Play Eastern Market Murder
This murder mystery, augmented reality game will take you through the streets of Melbourne in 1899. Based on a true crime case, you’ll put your detective skills to the test, and try to solve the grisly murder of a fortune teller’s husband. Play the game at home, or visit the real locations in Melbourne, and see the characters some to life. More info here.
22. Enter a Knightmare at Kryal Castle
Drive out to Kryal Castle near Ballarat and take part in the family-friendly Trick or Treat program on Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29. The kids will have fun with a Spooky Scavenger Hunt throughout the castle, and guests are encouraged to dress up, get their face painted and take part in the Halloween Costume Parade. Throughout the day, there will be Halloween-themed food and drink, as well as other fun activities.
Older guests are invited to stay out in Kryal Castle’s after-dark program. There’s nine terrifying mazes that will leave your hearts pounding. Crawl through tight spaces, enter a Sensory Deprivation room, shiver at spiders, find clowns in the towers and more. When you’re not struggling through the mazes, check out a sword fight to the death, a motorcycle joust, axe throwing and more. During the night, there will be horror-inspired food and drink, as well as a DJ for you to dance the night away. Suitable for visitors 14 and up, this experience will run on the night of Friday October 27 and Saturday October 28. See more here.
📍121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek VIC 3352