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How to celebrate Halloween in Melbourne

Have the pants scared off you this October 31 at some of Melbourne's spookiest events

By Nicola Dowse
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Boo! The spookiest time of the year is coming up fast, and you don't have to put on a mask and go door to door begging your neighbours for lollies to have fun (though feel free to do that, we won't stop you). Celebrate Halloween in Melbourne this year with a spine-chilling list of events, mini festivals, movie screenings and pop-ups. 

Left your costume until the last minute? We know the best costume shops in town to get you looking spooky in no time. Or for something different, book in for a ghost tour and the chance to maybe meet a spook for real!

Halloween events in Melbourne

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1. Drop Dead at Johnny's

Swish Carlton rooftop bar Johnny's Green Room is hosting its first Halloween party on October 31. Drop Dead at Johnny's will feature artist Alice Oher who will be creating spooky stick-on face tattoos while the ghouls behind the bar are mixing up a Halloween cocktail called the Devil's Margarita. The bright-red brew uses chilli-infused tequila and is not for the faint-hearted. Costumes encouraged. 

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2. Halloween at Carringbush Hotel

Abbotsford's bright and breezy Carringbush Hotel has teamed up Grimm Sisters to decorate its bar for Halloween. Expect to see spine-tingling props all around the venue on October 31. Children are more than welcome with kid's trick-or-treating starting at 4pm. Adults can treat themselves to a "shock-tail" special in addition to the regular 22 tap beers, wines and plant-based food menu. Costumes are welcome, as are bookings if you'll be dining.

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3. Halloweek at Bimbo

Party hotspot Bimbo is hosting a whole week of Halloween celebrations. Halloweek is taking place between October 28 and November 3. Every night during that period you can expect a costume party (best outfit every night scores a $100 bar voucher), giveaways, DJs and trick-or-treating (which in this instance means scoring a free pot of Colonial Brewing Co draught by saying "trick or treat" at the bar). There will also be three $15 Halloween-themed cocktails – we like the sound of the Witches Brew (it comes with a lychee eyeball).

Old Melbourne Gaol
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4. Explore Old Melbourne Gaol

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Old Melbourne Gaol was the site of 133 hangings during 1842 and 1929 so you can bet there are plenty of unhappy spirits still lingering around. What better way to spend Halloween than by trying to meet one of them? Old Melbourne Gaol is discounting entry for one night only on Halloween, as well as hosting the immersive A Night at the Watch House experience for a restricted number of guests aged 16 or over – bookings are required. 

Old Melbourne Gaol. 6-11pm. $7-$17. Oct 31.

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Escape rooms in Melbourne

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Escape rooms have popped up all over Melbourne, each revolving around a different theme – and all manner of phobias. Time Out took the challenge of visiting six rooms all over the city.

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