Hooray, an excuse to dress up, get creepy and drink cocktails that look like blood. Weird, but hey, so is Halloween.
Our favourite ghoulish celebration is back and because we know you love to party, here’s a list of good times to get involved in this Halloween, guys and ghouls (#sorrynotsorry).
Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant
The Gold Coast’s spookiest spot, Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant is THE place to be this Halloween. Spice up your Halloween with their current show Muertos, where you’ll be encouraged to sip cocktail specials and ride the Ghost Train into the theatre of the Vampire. Dress to impress, and you could very well take home some fantastic prizes. But be sure to get in quick, though. Saturday 30th October is selling out fast!
Where: Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach
As you’d expect, the creepy crew at Nightjar (love y’all) are hosting a Seeing Red Halloween party. All of the lights in the venue will be swapped out for the colour red. This means dressing up as anything you’d find in the fiery depths – go as yourself if that works for you. With doors open from 6pm on Friday 29th October, there’ll be devilish specials available on the night along with Ben O’Dwyer playing a spooky live set. It’s likely going to get a little heated in this devil’s dungeon.
Where: Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads
Retros Surfers Paradise
Get creepy at Retros Surfers Paradise with their ode to Tim Burton party. It’ll be a graveyard smash. Saturday 30th October doors open at 8pm, and you’ll find delicious themed cocktails and prizes for best dressed. And if you’re feeling like making a proper night of it, book yourself a booth for you and your ghouls!
Where: Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
With two events covering the spookiest day on the annual calendar, Miami Marketta will have something for everyone. Opt for an intimate evening of candlelight and a string quartet at the Candlelight Halloween: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions. With an intimate setting, enjoy a sensational 60 minutes of live haunted classical style music: guaranteed to send a shiver or two down your spine. This is a ticketed event on Tuesday 26th October — and a unique one at that, so get booking!
Or, head along to their Very Gay Halloween on Saturday 30th October. Hosted by Natasha St. James and Dixie Wrecked alongside Ivvy Monroe, prepare for Halloween Qweens Drag Bingo. Doors open at 6.30pm with the show starting at 7pm. Get in quick; this is a ticketed event!
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
A hilarious evening of Drag Queen Bingo is lined up for Friday 29th October at this grand creekside venue, but don’t assume this will be a low-key affair! Dress in your best Halloween costume and play four rounds of bingo for a chance to win prizes and have a scarily good time. Another significant aspect is all proceeds will go towards Young Veteran Support Services: a good time for a good cause!
Where: 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin
Aviary Rooftop Bar
It’s a trifecta of fright at Aviary Rooftop Bar this Halloween. Across all three nights of Friday (29th), Saturday (30th), and Sunday (31st), get involved with their Fright Fest — with complimentary Witches Brew cocktail on arrival — for a fabulous way to celebrate the scariest night of the year. All three evenings will have a free horror makeup artist at your disposal, as well as a best costume parade and live DJs on the Friday and Saturday and horror-themed trivia scheduled for Sunday. Doors open at 4.30pm, so get in and get spooky.
Where: Aviary Rooftop Bar, Mantra at Sharks, 5 Melia Court, Southport
It’s a Garden of Evil at Nobby Beach’s preferred place to sip beer and nibble fantastic food. It appears the central Gold Coast does it again, folks. On Saturday 30th October, dress in your best costume and head down at 6pm, being a non-ticketed event, it’s first in best dressed! (No joking!) Throughout the night there’ll be a heap of specials and live music from the talented Matt Musella on offer, so your night will be well and truly sorted.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Avenue, Nobby Beach
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Famous for the cutest and furriest of animals, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is turning things up a notch for their FestEVIL at the FAngtuary running across the 29th, 30th, and 31st of October. The little monsters will be entertained with trick or treating, inflatable fun, wandering entertainers and a deadly disco. You’ll also have the chance to check out the night-dwellers in the nocturnal zone. VIP tickets are available for express entry, face painting, show bags, and delicious hampers packed with delectable treats. Tickets get you free parking, and if you’re going along on Friday, why not check out the Sanctuary Markets beforehand for a bite! You better be quick smart though – tickets are selling fast!
Where: 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin
It’s a fam-tastic Halloween occasion at Dreamworld this year; with several nights already sold out, they have released tickets for an additional evening — you lucky folks, you. Join the action on Friday 29th for a jam-packed evening, including frightful food, rides at night, costume contest, spooky photo ops, and a whole lot more! With so much to see and do, these tickets are sure not to last!
Where: Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera
The Coolangatta Hotel
Always a good time, head down to our most southern suburb and get amongst a devilishly BOOzey Mr. Consistent pop-up cocktail bar, live entertainment by Rob Fitchett from 5pm and Agent 77 band from 9.30pm. There’ll be plenty of guaranteed good times, so get down there and conjure up some creeps.
Where: Corner Warner Street and Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Get ready for the most Spooktacular Halloween event of the year, grab your squad of scarers and get ready to celebrate all things chilling over the entire weekend. Enjoy $1 wings, free face painting, plus of course, live entertainment, and best dressed prizes too. It’s always a good time at Finn McCools.
Where: 39 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Asylum Gold Coast
Unsurprisingly, it’ll be a Killer Night at Surfers club Asylum with their Halloween Party. It’s set to not only be the scariest night of the year but also with a Brazillian twist, so dress up and prepare for a night of fear. Doors open at 9pm with early bird tickets available right now — so, unless you love waiting in lines, we suggest you snap one up pronto!
Where: 15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Easy Street Diner
Celebrate a ‘Halloweek’ from the 25th-31st October at the much-lauded and authentic American eatery, Easy Street Diner. The venue will be styled to scare with all staff catering for your burger fixes dressed like zombies, no less! Anyone who makes it along on the Sunday in full costume will be treated to complimentary fries and onion rings — how good is that?!
Where: 12/2563 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
If you want to make sure the little ones don’t miss out on the action this year, then we suggest you head to everyone’s favourite German restaurant for their Haunted Haus Disco. On Friday 29th October a juniors’ disco will run from 4pm – 6.30pm and a teens disco running from 7pm – 10pm. Everything is taken care of with food, drinks, a live DJ, and games galore. Spoilt much?!
Where: 41 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Words by Alex Mitcheson.