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.
1. 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
2. Join Melbourne’s biggest party at Halloweenfest
Dance the night away at Halloweenfest. Listen to DJs play the best party tunes, and enjoy Halloween light shows, makeup artists and live performers. There’s also plenty of prizes and goodies to look forward to, including a free bag of goodies to the first 500 people. The night kicks off at 9pm on Friday October 28. See more here.
📍170 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
3. 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.
4. 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
5. 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.
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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
11. 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.
12. Enter a Knightmare at Kryal Castle
Drive out to Kryal Castle near Ballarat, and follow Dr Frankenstein’s Spooky Scavenger Hunt throughout the castle. All participants will receive a free trick or treat bag. While you’re there, make potions, learn to swordfight, and watch knights on horses battle it out in the championship joust. The Trick or Treat event will run on October 28 and 29. See more here.
📍121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek VIC 3352