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Halloween events in Sydney

Find terrifying fun this All Hallow's Eve, from ghoulish immserive experiences to scary screenings

Alannah Maher
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Time Out editors
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Alannah Maher
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With all the horrors that the past 18 months have so far thrown at us, the idea of still being trapped in your own four walls for Halloween was a terrifying threat indeed. But life in Sydney is reanimating just in time for spooky season, and it brings with it monster mashes and milder spook-fests to haunts across the city. Shed your skin and cast off some demons – just remember to remain seated if you're gonna pull any killer thriller dance moves.

All Hallow's Eve falls on a Sunday this year, and events are taking place on the spookiest weekend of the year and the days leading up to it. Make sure you're dressed to kill with the best costume shops in Sydney

Ready to rise again? Check out the best events happening in Sydney this October.

Halloween events in Sydney

  • Things to do
  • Potts Point

The Bamboozle Room is an entire fantasy of its own with ritzy flapper energy and Great Gatsby-esque style. This immersive dinner show in Kings Cross will lure you in with glamour, comedy and quirkiness – and to celebrate Halloween, they're brewing up something a little more devilish and putting a spooky spin on current show The Night Cap for the occasion. Get tizzied up and book a table for Friday October 29 or Saturday October 30. The Sunday show is already sold out!

 

  • Restaurants

The folks behind the Little Shop of Waffles on the Manly Corso have got an eye-full for you. The four-woman team has created two very creepy Halloween specials, by way of delicious, spine-chilling waffles. Made from an activated charcoal bubble waffle and topped with mango sorbet, sliced kiwis, a gummy eyeball and berry drizzle, you'd better get in quick, this waffle will only have its eye on you for this Halloween weekend.

 

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Have a helluva time at these Sydney pubs
Photograph: Solotel/Oliver Minnett

3. Have a helluva time at these Sydney pubs

After another lengthy lockdown, Solotel is giving the people what they want and gearing up to bring four of its biggest pubs back to life with some rollicking 'Helloween' parties. Book in for free to get down and spooky at Kings Cross Hotel, the Bank in Newtown, the Albion Hotel in Parramatta or the Regent Hotel in Kingsford. Each venue will have epic theming, Fireball merch giveaways, DJs, dancefloors and live entertainment. The Helloween festivities are carrying on all weekend, from Friday October 29 right through to All Hallows Eve on Sunday October 31. Leave your inhibitions at the door.

  • Things to do

Escape rooms have taken Sydney by storm. The concept is simple: solve puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out. Each room has a different theme and stimulates all senses, demanding a variety of problem-solving skills. For the freakiest thrill, we recommend taking on Mr Pepper's Toy Shop by the Cipher Room team. Set in an abandoned toy shop that has seemingly succumbed to demonic possession, it's the scariest in town (possibly, the world) by far. 

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  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Kirribilli

The Woman in Black is re-opening in the unnervingly intimate surrounds of Ensemble Theatre just in time for the spooky season. The original novel by Susan Hill, published in 1983, relays the eerie tale of a young lawyer haunted by the memory of his supernatural experience while dealing with the estate of the late Mrs. Drablow, who died alone in the desolate surrounds of Eel Marsh House. Mark Kilmurry directs this staging with Rachel Chant as assistant director.

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours

With open minds and willing spirits, we invite you to explore Sydney’s most haunted sites. These former insane asylums, abandoned roads, converted gaols and chilly tunnels may not appear to be the stuff of nightmares in the sensical light of day, but one too many shadowy coincidences coupled with gruesome histories have inspired us to get our ghost-hunting gear together and investigate.

 

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  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours

From unexplainable sensations to terrifying sightings, visitors on these ghost tours will experience the spookier side of our city’s history. We’ve contacted the tour operators to find out whose tours are the scariest, which ghost stories are the most horrifying and if anything strange has taken place on one of their outings.

 

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