Beat's Guide to Melbourne's Best Halloween Events
Need somewhere to spend your Halloween weekend? Don't have a costume yet? Beat's got you covered.
Before the curtain comes down on Melbourne's favourite tropical tiki lounge bar, The LuWOW is gearing up for one extra spooktacular Halloween. On Friday October 28, a huge celebration of Quentin Tarantino's 1996 classic From Dusk till Dawn will be going down with The Tarantinos playing the film's soundtrack in full. A massive monster mash-up takes over on the Saturday October 29, with The Wylde Oscars and the Grave Bandits performing live. Monday October 31 will welcome The Black Heart Death Cult, supported by The Demon Parade, The Braves and Wars for a night of horror.
Live music, mechanical bulls, horror wrestling, vampire striptease, freakshows, and underground cinema are all set to make an appearance at Titty Twister. The three-room event will take over the entire Brown Alley and Colonial Hotel complex featuring headline act The Fireballs supported by The Bareback Titty Squad and The Werewolves of Melbourne. Expect horror gogo, aerial circus, sideshows and more. Get down for live horror wrestling featuring Freddy Kruger and Chucky going head to head with Donald Trump and Harambe, as well as celebrating the world premiere of Iron Spyder scored by Mick Harvey. It's all happening Sunday October 30 at Brown Alley.
Australia’s #1 R&B party rocker DJ Nino Brown will be taking to the decks this Halloween at Khokolat Bar. He’ll be joined by the likes of Damion De Silva, Salvy and Durmy playing R&B and old school all night long. Spooky décor will set the scene, with costume giveaways and treats for everyone. Arrive in costume before 12pm and score yourself a free drink. Halloween is coming to Khokolat Bar on Monday October 31.
Whole Lotta Love
Whole Lotta Love has lined up a bunch of bands to take you into the early hours of Halloween. Nobody’s Home will showcase the best head-bangers from their arsenal of tunes. Meanwhile, Lace and Whiskey are set to bring their ‘70s and ‘80s reminiscent metal tunes to the bar. Damn That River and Savage Son will thrash the night away onstage too. There’ll be prizes for the most blood-curdling Halloween costumes, and for just $10 the whole night is yours. Head down to Whole Lotta Love on Saturday October 29.
Lucky Coq will be holding an all night rager so you can party from Halloween night into Cup Day. The hybrid extravaganza will turn the venue into the spookiest place on the south side, with best dressed scoring a $100 voucher. Ezra Harvey will start the night off, while DONNY will round it off after locals Grayson James and Matt-chief Checken. In the downstairs area, house musician Hijack will pump up the crowd before underground techno acts NAM and Matt Radovich keep the party going. The long weekend party hits Lucky Coq on Monday October 31.
The B.East are hosting a massive Day of the Dead eve party, complete with Mariachi band. The venue has put together a full tequila cocktail menu, featuring drinks like margaritas with smokey jalapeño tequila, glasses filled with chargrilled pineapple and fresh chilli extras, tequila and verdita shot combos. The kitchen will also be churning out spicy Mexicana dishes include El Polo Diablo Taco, a tongue-burning, fried chicken taco, or 12-hour long pulled pork and smoked jalapeño tacos. Melbourne-based El Salvador originals, Mariachi Los Romanticos will take the party from 8pm, and there’ll be Mexicali DJs filling in the silence between. Don’t miss out on dressing up, dancing, and drinking the night away at The B.East on Monday October 31.
Luna Park is an absolute Melbourne icon, and this Halloween it’s turning into a ghoulish wonderland. Get set to scream when the park turns into Luna Dark, a frenzy of carn-evil delights, featuring roaming zombies and monsters creeping around every corner. Capping it off comes all your favourite Luna Park activities, plus the Circus of Screams Live 3D Scare, performances from The Strays, the American Horror Story: Hotel attractionand rides all night long. Luna Dark goes down on Saturday October 29, Sunday October 30 and Monday October 31 at Luna Park, St Kilda.
Transforming the grounds around St Kilda Town Hall into a dedicated spook city, Spooktober will feature two different haunted houses with increasing scare levels, Halloween-themed games and amusements, costume contests and a selection of Melbourne's best food trucks. During the daytime, drop into The Haunted Manor and after night falls test your nerves with the After Dark Tours – journeying into the depths of the asylum. Capping it off comes a free trick or treat trail, live entertainment and ghost tours. It's going down from Friday October 28 to Monday October 31 at St Kilda Town Hall. Entry to the grounds is free.
Cherry-ween is back for 2016. The Mercy Kills will be playing crowd favourites from their appropriately titled Happy to Kill You recordalongside a slew of other ripping tracks. They'll be joined by Amyl and The Sniffers. Capping off the double punch of Halloween and Cup Day eve celebrations comes ghastly DJs James 'Bloodhound' Young stepping up to the decks alongside 'Evil' DJ Mermaid. You can enjoy free entry just for getting involved and dressing up if you get there before 11pm. Cherryween 2016 will go down at Cherry Bar on Monday October 31. Doors from 8pm.
Step into the dark side when Howlin' Halloween kicks off at The Retreat. They’ve assembled a motley lineup of guys, girls and ghouls for a night of dark tunes and drink specials. Hosted by The Knave, the one and only Shack Shakers will take over the pub, spinning Howlin' Wolf-inspired old school tunes. Elsewhere Jemma Nicole will be joined by a hair-raising selection of musical friends and foes. Capping it off comes drink specials, espresso martinis and a whole lot more. Best of all? Free entry. It's all happening at The Retreat Hotel on Monday October 31.
The Astor Theatre
Bringing 13 hours of blood spattered delight, The Great Astor Spooktacular is the ultimate horror movie marathon. Get ready for a creepy selection of horror classics including supernatural slasher film Child's Play, the 1988 American comedy horror Brain Damage, the post-apocalyptic science fiction classics Hardware and Robot Jox, Night of the Comet, and more. Capping it off comes a rare screening of the classic Creepshow, The Great Astor Spooktacular will be rolling out 13 hours of fright on Friday October 28.
The Evelyn Hotel
Foreign Brothers have organised a night which could be reminiscent of a Stranger Things scene, but nothing can be certain as it hasn't happened yet. Tetrahedra will raise the dead with a groove-heavy set, and R&B outfit Nasty Mars will bring their astral, spaced out form of hip hop to the stage. House of horrors band The CoreTet will showcase a special Freak the Funk edition before DJ sets from Julian Ghoulian and Creepy Kano. Capping it off, Boss Man Food are providing the very best Caribbean foods. Step up the funk for Halloween at the Evelyn Hotel on Monday October 31.
John Curtin Hotel
Melbourne collective Jazz Party are set to launch their single, Rock N' Roll Graveyard. They're encouraging everyone to lose their dancefloor inhibitions and party like it's your last night alive. The four-piece combine New Orleans jazz with eloquent rock’n'roll and have accrued quite a cult following. The supergroup consists of members from Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes and Melodics and features occasional appearances from Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire) and Gideon Preiss (Husky). Jazz Party will hit The Curtin on Monday October 31.
An extraordinarily spooky lineup has been pieced together, led by Melbourne creepers John Doe and the Shallow Graves (solo) along with Off To Battle and the Jack Rabbits. Coinciding with the Darebin Music Feast, the three bands will combine to produce something even Freddy Krueger may surrender his claws to. Halloween takes over Tago Mago on Monday October 31.
St Kilda hotspot Robarta is delivering the spine tingling goods this Halloween. Get together with your wolf pack and make arrangements to book a spooky table for their 'All Hallows Dinner' – complete with complimentary cobwebs and candelabra. Robarta will be serving up $6 basics, wine and sparkling til 8pm as well as $12 deadly cocktails. Capping it all off, they'll be playing horror movies all night long on their giant LED screens as well as the ultimate Halloween tribute – a midnight Thriller flash mob. With free entry before 10pm, it's the perfect chance to raise hell as DJs work their unholy magic until dawn. It's all happening on Monday October 31.
Howler’s hidden alcoves, intimidating flora structures, eerie facade and ambient bandroom make it the perfect camping ground for any Halloween villain. The festivities begin on the Sunday with a host of local DJs. C:1 will be spinning tunes under the moniker of C:Blood, a derivative of the horror anime series Blood-C. DJ Mat Cant will be Garth Vader, and Dee Jay Voorhees will come as John Doe. For the final day of October, Rotation will welcome DJs Big Rig, Triple R's Dan Dare and UMUT for a night of ghostly beatmaking. Howlerween will be going down on Sunday October 30 while Rotation will take over Howler on Monday October 31.
Hear ye, hear ye: there are three simple commandments this Halloween over at The Brunny – riff, drink and be scary. Fresh from the witch's cauldron comes Merchant who will be delivering a four-pronged pitchfork of modern doom. Swidgen will be playing their last show for the year before they head back into the crypt once more. They'll be joined by Broozer and Dogs Of Night. To celebrate the ultimate night of evil, all of the bands will be pulling together a ripper merch pack for the ultimate trick or treat surprise, giving it away to the best dressed attendee on the night. The Brunny will get spooky on Monday October 31.
Rob Zombie's 31
Rob Zombie, the creator of House of 1000 Corpses, Devil's Rejects and Halloween returns to his grindhouse roots with a warts and all gore-fest. Set on Halloween morning in 1976, 31 tells the tale of five carnival workers who are kidnapped and forced to partake in a blood-crazed game called 31. The mission is to survive 12 hours against a gang of homicidal maniacs dressed as circus clowns. These special Halloween screenings will feature exclusive pre-recorded intros and Q&As from cast and crew including Rob Zombie. The Melbourne screening of 31 will go down at Lido Cinemas on Monday October 31.
Halloween will be transformed into Hallo-weekend for four days full of Halloween delights. Friday is customary Eat Your Greens-themed which will see DJs Salmon Jackson, Finn OD and Morning Maxwell spinning tunes for the night. There's a house party going down on the Saturday with Alan Ahæb, Ezra Harvey and Matt Radovich taking over the decks. On the 30th a Sundae Shake theme will open the rooftop to a number of esteemed producers. Henri Le Blanc will be joined by Cian, as well as a live set from Silver Linings and Inkswel. On the Monday, Bimbos resident Spacey Space will be on hand alongside Luke Vecchio. Halloween will take over Bimbos from Friday October 28 until Monday October 31.
KISS-tribute act Kisstroyer will be taking to the stage to rock all night and party every day, joined by A Fearful Intent covering the best of AFI and Shewolf. It's all capped off with a haunted photobooth, free trick or treat candy and spooky cocktails while your resident DJs, Haber and Nick Goldsmith, take over the dancefloor. In the venue's front bar, metal requests will be granted until the sun comes up. When beer is $4 a pop and milk bottle cocktails are $10 you'd be daft to miss out. The Halloween spectacular kicks off at the Royal Melbourne Hotel on Monday October 31.
As far as a costume supplier goes, Costume Factory have got one of the richest histories in Melbourne. Starting off at JC Westend in 1979, the modern iteration of the store sees Costume Factory set up in Hardware Lane as of seven years ago and Little Bourke Street five years before that. Being in the business for so long has allowed them to accumulate an estimated 7,000 items, featuring 240 popular character sets which still feature the label inside from 1960s theatre company J.C. Williamson. There's also thousands of quality wigs, professionally spruced to order by an in-house wig stylist. If you're keen to check out their range, check out Costume Factory, located upstairs at Level 1, 43 Hardware Lane in the CBD.
Centre Stage Costumes
From wands to wings, fake noses to face paint, pimp canes and hats, zombie flesh and vampire blood, Centre Stage Costumes have you covered. Business owner Mary Gurry has over 30 years experience in the business. Special additions to Centre Stage Costumes include a generously discounted zombie kit, designed by Mary herself. This kit includes stage blood, latex with working container and sponge, white body paint, dermawax, greasepaint sticks, setting powder with applicator, a stipple sponge and three pages of instructions. There's also plenty of speciality contact lenses to get those ghoul eyes going. Dress the part this Halloween at Centre Stage Costumes, located at 298 Lygon Street in Brunswick East.
If you're fanging some tunes over tricks and treats, Ding Dong Lounge has got an absolute banger on hand. Hitting the stage comes Danny Kransky, revving up to drop his new single Blow Up The Banks alongside northside trap lord Peezo. Dress in your Halloween best and you'll be rewarded with a decked-out venue spinning tunes late into the night, along with drink specials and weird shots galore. You could definitely find worse ways to ring in Cup Day, that's for sure. Cop a mouthful when Danny Kransky and Peezo take over Ding Dong for the 7” Inches of Kransky launch night on Monday October 31.