Believe it or not, Halloween is not considered novel. Records say the tradition goes back centuries, with strong influences from Celtic-speaking countries. Guising, better known as trick-or-treating has been around in the United States for around a century while only recently has Halloween saw a rise in celebration in Australia. It is a rare sight to see houses decorated with spooky cobwebs or children in costumes knocking door after door down streets, saying “Trick-or-Treat” hundreds of times, eager to fill their bags with candy (or whatever some households offer) in a competition to see who got the most. Instead on this continent, we find house parties where you have to dress up, theme parks that have their special night of horror or just a regular day to be honest. If you want to find an excuse to catch a breather in your studies, use Halloween as your excuse. Here are some events wrapped up for you for Halloween of 2015.
Event Cinemas— Zombie Movie Screenings
A big fan of horror movies? Get your butt to Event Cinemas Myre Centre for their special Halloween screenings of Shaun of the Dead (MA15+) on October 30th and Zombieland (MA15+) on October 31st. If you’re in the mood to dress up, come at 6:30 p.m. before the screening at 7 p.m. for the Frightful Zombie Party and put on your best look for a chance to win a prize awarded to the best-dressed.
Luna Park— Halloscream III: Curse of the Forgotten Funfair
If you love a great scare, Luna Park will not fail you. For two nights, Luna Park will transform into an abandoned amusement park with plenty of good eats, special attractions and spooky rides. Best dressed prizes will be awarded that night and special family package deals are also available. So whether you are a chicken or a ghost hunter, there is bound to be something for you to enjoy.
Ivy— The (under)World Unites
Voted one of the best parties in the world by multiple alcohol brands, the biggest Halloween party in Australia comes back for another year of games, dancing and of course, drinks. Have your face (and even body) painted before hitting the bar for Halloween cocktail specials and later grabbing some chilli dogs. The party takes over every inch of Ivy, as people from all countries come together and celebrate more than just Halloween, but what they share in common.
I Heart Uni & Voodoo’s Mega Spooky HALLOWEEN PARTY
The largest and most reputable university network is hosting another intervarsity Halloween party this year! With a huge venue capacity no short of DJs (you have 30+ DJs playing across 3 Level Dance Music Arenas) and Halloween acrobats, I Heart Uni’s Halloween party is the best great way to meet students from other universities who share the same spirit.
Our Joint World Record Attempt: The Largest Gathering of Skeletons
Be a part of history by joining the Guinness World Record attempt to have the largest gathering of skeletons. By registering, you get yourself a free skeleton onesie to wear while making your way through the haunted houses or enjoying live entertainment, as well as the food and drinks and etc. More than just being a part of history, be a part of this good cause that is raising awareness and donating funds towards vital research on arthritis and osteoporosis, both of which are commonly found in children and adults.
The Halloween Cruise (hosted by UNSW ProjectHope)
In collaboration with UTS HKSA, USYD CSA, MACQ RiderMQ, ProjectHope (a UNSW student-run organisation which raises money for the education of disadvantaged children in China) is hosting a Halloween cruise on the night of the holiday. There will be 3 levels of fun, with constant flow of food and drinks, costume competition, free photo-shoots from professional photograhers and much more. Prizes will be handed out all through the night and raffle tickets can be bought to win huge prizes.
Jurassic Lounge at the Australian Museum
This is the one time of the year when the Museum is transformed into an adults-only party, filled with alcohol, DJs, performers, and our fav: dinosaurs. Visitors will have special after-hours access to exhibitions that showcase precious gemstones, large dinosaurs and the new Wild Planet gallery that features over 400 animals. With 60 impressive Jurassic Lounge events, it has attracted over 68,000 visitors and you better be one of them this year.
Sydney Zombie Walk 2015
Ever watched The Walking Dead imagining what life would be like as a zombie? Amen, God has answered your prayers with the Sydney Zombie Walk that takes place on October 31st. Go full out with your costume and walk the streets of Hype Park with other zombies. That’s right. I’m talking ripping shirts, covering your face with tomato cause, putting on that best groan you let out from uni assessments and drag yourself around like you do to a 9 a.m. lecture. No, we are not recreating The Walking Dead series but rather raising awareness and fundraising money for the Australia’s Brain Foundation. 100% of proceeds go to the foundation to research Australia wide into neurological disorders, brain disease, and brain injuries for advance diagnosis, treatment, and patient outcomes. Who knew being a zombie could do so much good?