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The best ways to celebrate Halloween in Melbourne

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

Luna Dark
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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

The Marshes
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The Marshes

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Three intrepid scientists enter a remote, labyrinthine marshland with the intention of saving it from extinction. But as expedition leader Dr Pria Anan's own fears begin to overwhelm her, a horrifying evil is also bubbling up from the marshes dark waters. The Marshes is a new Australian film being shown at Lido Cinemas, Classic Cinemas and Cameo Cinemas in the lead-up to Halloween. There will alsobe a Q and A with director Roger Scott on October 26 at Lido. Visit the cinema websites for session times and tickets. 

Lido, Classic and Cameo Cinemas. Various times. Various prices. Oct 18-31.

Luna Dark
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Luna Dark

This Halloween Luna Park is transforming into Luna Dark for four nights. Monsters will lurk in every corner of the park to spook you when you least expect it, while a live band sets the mood with eerie tunes. Step inside the house of horrors to witness a zombie doctor undertake his gruesome surgeries or get your face painted at the Freaky Faces parlour – adults welcome too! Two Luna Dark daytime sessions are also running on October 27 and 28.

Luna Park. 11am-5pm & 6-11pm. $39.95. Oct 26-28 & Oct 31.

Sea Life Nights – Halloween edition
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Sea Life Nights - Halloween edition

Sea Life Aquarium's regular after-dark, adults-only parties are getting a scary makeover this October. Sea Life Nights is hosting a Halloween-themed bash on Friday, October 6 for a few deep sea scares. Costumes are highly encouraged – prizes will be awarded for the best take on Halloween under the sea. There will also be roving spooky performers, zombie bartenders, live music a food available. Tickets include entry to Sea Life Melbourne plus a cocktail and canapé on arrival. 

Sea Life Melbourne. 6-10pm. $59. Fri, Oct 26. 

Halloween at Laundry Bar
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Halloween at Laundry

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If you want to party this Halloween, Laundry Bar has got you covered. The Fitzroy venue is a stalwart of Melbourne’s late-night club scene, dropping rap and hip hop three nights a week. In the lead up to Halloween, Laundry Bar will be playing its usual line-up while also serving spooky drinks and a few Halloween surprises. Costumes are highly encouraged as you let loose in Melbourne fave rap and hip hop venue. 

Laundry Bar. Thu 9pm-2am; Fri, Sat 9pm-3am. Free entry. Oct 25-27.

Old Melbourne Gaol
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Museums, History

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.

Halloween at Goldilocks
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A Halloween Screaming at Goldilocks

Want a stereotypically Melbourne way to celebrate Halloween? Catch a special screening of a cult horror film at a clandestine rooftop bar. Goldilocks is screening '90s cult horror film Scream for Halloween as well as teaming up with Hop Nation Brewery to provide a vampire-themed beer. There will also be a costume competition, Halloween cocktails and unlimited popcorn. Prizes will be awarded to the best '90s-themed costume and the best Halloween-themed costume.

Goldilocks. 8.30pm-late. $20. Oct 31.

Clubs, House, disco and techno

Halloween cocktails at Supersmall

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Melbourne's home of themed club nights is naturally planning a spooky bash for Halloween. Supersmall is hosting a Halloween cocktail night on October 31. Tickets are $30 and include three themed cocktails: pumpkin juice, sour worms Martini and Cadbury scream egg Martini. Snacks will also be available to purchase. Spooky costumes are a must. 

Supersmall at Good Things. 7-10pm. $20. Oct 31.

Find the perfect outfit

Go hunting for ghosts

Escape in time...or not

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Things to do

Escape rooms in Melbourne

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.