Overnight Fright Experience

Things to do, Walks and tours
A dark street at the very haunted Cockatoo Island
Photograph: Cockatoo Island You can explore the ghoulish gaol on the Overnight Fright Experience ghost tour

Time Out says

Take a paranormal tour of one of Sydney’s most haunted sites, then test your mettle at a spooky sleepover

So you reckon you’re pretty tough? Do you think you could stomach an outdoor sleepover at a horrifically haunted harbour Island (read: there is no escape), on the spookiest night of the year? Well, that’s just one terrifying element of the adults-only Overnight Fright Experience happening on Cockatoo Island this Halloween. 

Before you hunker down for a moonlit slumber on All Hallow’s Eve, you’ll wander through the eerie convict workshops and gaol, dry docks and tunnels on a terrifying two-hour ghost tour. During previous paranormal investigations, hunters have experienced sudden drops in temperature and breath on the back of their necks, so keep an eye out for the ghostly wayward children and convicts who haunt the historic grounds. 

Next, you’ll get more chills and thrills from the big screen, with an evening of horror movie screenings in the campground cinema. After sufficient spooks, your final task is to attempt to sleep under the stars without nightmares at the deluxe campsite. If this all sounds too heart-attack-inducing, you can just come along for the ghost tour for $45.

This wonderfully scary adventure kicks off on October 31, but if you’ve got other Halloween plans, it’ll also run every Friday evening for the rest of the year.


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