Fright for the night with Brisbane’s best Halloween parties
As citizens of the Southern Hemisphere, it can sometimes feel like we miss out on the spooky spirit of Halloween. That’s totally bogus, guys! Who doesn’t love an excuse to don a costume and get freaky? Here at The Weekend Edition we are all about fun and we’ll take it any way we can. From wear-your-brown-pants interactive horror mazes to the craziest dress-ups, we’ve shined a torch on all of the best Halloween parties and events happening in Brisbane this year.
Frightside Horrorfest: Touted as one of the best Halloween parties in Brisbane, beloved music venue The Brightside transforms itself into a house of horrors with live tunes, killer costumes and pure party vibes. Keep an eye out for the super-convincing KISS cover band.
Fluffy’s Halloween Ball: You know the gang from Fluffy know a thing or two about dressing up, and Halloween is the time they go all out. The awesome Betty Who will be performing live on the night, and there have been rumours of a freakshow.
Lagerstein: Ever wondered who would win in a fight between a pirate and a Viking? Now is your chance to find out. Brisbane’s home of the heavy Crowbar will be hosting a musical extravaganza of medieval proportions.
Turning Tricks: When a magician and a mentalist hang out together, you know you’re going to see stuff that will make you question reality. These guys have sold out shows at both Anywhere Festival and Brisbane Festival, wowing crowds with their skills.
GiRLTHING Halloween / The Coven: Witches are a classic Halloween motif, so what better way to celebrate than with a good old-fashioned Coven? There will be tarot readings, crafts and fearless female DJs galore.
Spooky Thank Truck Night: Get your spook and snack on simultaneously with the tastiest food that’s been given a creepy makeover for the occasion. Frightening food trucks will take over Wandering Cooks warehouse for a haunted house vibe.
Betty’s Psycho Beach Halloween Party: The spooky season is getting a tropical makeover with pineapple jack-o’-lanterns, an inflatable wading pool-swamp and some killer surf tunes. There’s even an in-house tattoo parlour doing spooky flash!
Greaser Teen Wolf Party: Some of the best classic horror films came out of the 80s, and Greaser is celebrating with a hairy scary Teen Wolf party. Expect American college vibes with a basketball hoop, eye-popping costumes and a neon disco in the Analogue gallery.
Scarlet Hollow Halloween Maze: How do you think you’d fare in a horror movie? Take your chances at this truly terrifying interactive experience – bring a pack of friends and re-enact all of your favourite Halloween horror clichés.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening: Although it’s not your typical spookfest, the Rocky Horror Picture show is a Halloween classic. You can catch this cult classic on the big screen at New Farm Cinemas – get reacquainted with Frank-N-Furter and the gang.
Nightmare on Brunswick Street: Fishbowl cocktails, throwback tunes and people decked out in crazy costumes sounds like a pretty great way to spend a night. Add a retro twist to your Halloween celebrations with a party Freddy Krueger would be proud of.
TBC Halloween Party: Dancing is fun, and dancing in costumes is even more fun. TBC is turning up with DJs Tâches and Joyride spinning tunes, and there will be prizes on offer for those willing to go the extra mile with their Halloween garb.
Dress-Ups at Padre: Come Friday night, Padre is getting a little makeover – into a gosh-heckin’ house of Hell! Creepy cocktails and roving performers will set the mood, and there’s even a special Chamber of Horrors in the basement!
Newstead Haunted House: As Brisbane’s oldest surviving residence, you know Newstead House has just gotta be crawling with spirits. Keep your eyes peeled for ghosts (real or otherwise) in the famous Tunnel of Terror.
Walrus Club Halloween: What lurks beneath one of the oldest and grandest buildings in Brisbane? Take to the Walrus Club dungeon for creepy drinks, live tunes and the ghosts of prohibition past.
Manly Harbour Village Halloween Street Party: Harbour Village turns into an all-in street party for 12 hours of entertainment, street food, fancy dress and parades. This one is family-friendly but still oodles of fun.
Black Cat Halloween Market: Get ready to trick or treat yo’ self at the Lucky Cat Cafe, where there will be a vegan bake sale and sausage sizzle as well as a special spooky market. There will be late-night cat pats available and all furry friends are welcome on a leash.
Barbara Spooky Special: The gang from Barbara are pulling out all the stops for their first ever Halloween shindig. Apparently the staff have gone HAM with carving pumpkins, so the venue will certainly look the part. Pumpkin-infused bevvies are rumoured to be on the menu – yasss.
House of WAAX: 38 Berwick is brewing up a batch of tasty tunes for its annual Halloween show. In case the title didn’t give it away, the legends in WAAX will be headlining the jam. There’s also half-price entry if you dress up, so don’t be slack!
Halloween Horror Double Feature: The spooky season is the perfect time to indulge in some classic slasher love, and the New Globe Theatre is the place to get your fix. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween screening back-to-back? Excellent.