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Spooktacular ways to celebrate Halloween


Posted on 12 Sep 2019

Carved pumpkins, fake cobwebs, costume dress-ups - these are a few of the spooktacular things that spring to mind when Halloween comes about.

While not a long-held Australian tradition, and often dismissed as a commercialised American celebration, recent years have shown that we’re gradually embracing Halloween with more elaborately decorated houses popping up and increasing numbers of families and kids trick-or-treating in their neighbourhood.

If you’re looking for some ideas on how to celebrate Halloween this year, here are our picks on the city’s spooktacular happenings.

For the kids

Boo at the Zoo

Friday 25 October, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Adelaide Zoo, Frome Road, Adelaide

Experience the Zoo in a different light this Halloween. Come dressed as your favourite spooky character and settle in for a night of frightful delight.

Meet other little ghouls, goblins and ghosts and set off on a trick-or-treat trail. There’ll also be Halloween-themed animal presentations, spooky entertainment, ghoulish giveaways and so much more.

This event will sell out un-boolievably fast, so book your tickets early!

Book your tickets here

Neo: Deadly Halloween

Saturday 26 October, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Art Gallery of South Australia (enter via West Wing Doors), North Terrace, Adelaide

Free (bookings required)

Transform yourself this Neo through a range of workshops and performances curated by Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara artist, Elizabeth Close. Explore the ground-breaking exhibition Tarnanthi in your spine-chilling costumes and discover contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Neo is a free event for teens aged 13 to 17. Student IDs are required for entry and participation.

Register here

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For the history buffs

Burials, births and body snatching, a gruesome history of Adelaide

Thursday 31 October, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Migration Museum, 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide

Stretch your legs while you listen to some spooky stories! Go on a walking tour with the Migration Museum and explore the dark history of the city’s heritage building by candlelight. Learn about the life and death in the early days of the colony of South Australia.

The walk speaks to Adelaide’s dark history and if this was on television, would be rated PG13.

Book your tickets here

For the sporty ones

Halloween Dodgeball

Saturday 2 November, 6:00 pm to 3 November 1:00 am

Adelaide Gaol, 18 Gaol Road Thebarton

What happens when scary meets sporty? Probably the Halloween Dodgeball! Adelaide Dodgeball is hosting a semi-competitive, but mostly hilarious Halloween Dodgeball tournament.

Here’s your chance to get dressed up and throw balls at your friends (new and old). Sign yourself up for a team up to compete at this unique event. Tickets will be required prior to the event and teams will be allocated before the tournament. 

There are prizes for the winning team and the best dressed.

Book your tickets here

For the gang

Ben Sorensen's Halloween Supanova Trivia

Saturday 2 November, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

The Duke Of Brunswick Hotel, 207 Gilbert Street, Adelaide

Do you know your Marvel from your DC, your Wizards from your Muggles, and are you a lover of pop-culture and Halloween? The Duke of Brunswick Hotel is hosting a spooky, fun trivia night celebrating Supanova and Halloween!

Bring the gang, or meet new friends at this trivia night with punny MC and experienced Trivia Master, Ben Sorensen, and settle in for a night of big trivia questions with great prizes!

There's even a cocktail special if you're wearing a Supanova wristband and COSPLAY and COSTUMES are encouraged!

Book your tickets here

Halloween Ball

Saturday 2 November, 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Adelaide Zoo, The Sanctuary, 1 Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide 

Get dressed up and party for a cause at the Adelaide Zoo. Promising a night of chills and thrills, Lifesaver Co is hosting a Halloween costume cocktail ball, with all proceeds going to support the Little Heroes Foundation Supporting Seriously Ill Children. Come as you aren’t, and enjoy a night of mingling, dancing, delicious cocktail food, and music.

Buy your tickets here

For the movie buff

Halloween Horror Cinema Night

Thursday, 31 October 6:00 pm to 1 November 2:00 am

Broadcast Bar, 66A Grote St, Adelaide

From An American Werewolf in London to Shaun of the Dead, unique bar and performance space Broadcast Bar is hosting a movie night screening favourite horror movies on Halloween night. Currently on the lookout for suggestions on favourite horror movies, the team at Broadcast Bar will then run a poll on which movie to screen on the night.

Have your say and cast your vote for which horror the Broadcast Bar will be inflicting upon the not-so-big screen this Halloween.

More information here