Halloween party (image courtesy of Unsplash)
Hooray, an excuse to dress up, get spooky, and drink cocktails that look like blood. Weird, but hey, Halloween too.
Our favorite ghoulish party is back and because we know you love to party, here’s a list of great times to get involved this Halloween, guys and ghouls (#sorrynotsorry).
The spookiest place on the Gold Coast, 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 specialty cocktails and ride the ghost train to the Vampire Theater. Dress to impress and you could very well win fantastic prizes. But be sure to get in quickly, though. Saturday, October 30 sells out fast!
Where: Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach
As you’d expect, the spooky Nightjar crew (love y’all) is throwing a Seeing Red Halloween party. All lights in the room will be changed to red color. This means dressing like anything you would find in the fiery depths – do as yourself if that suits you. With doors open from 6pm on Friday 29th October, there will be devilish specials available on the night with Ben O’Dwyer playing a spooky live set. It’s probably going to heat up a bit in this devil’s dungeon.
Where: Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads
Cabaret of Dracula (image provided)
Retro Surfers Paradise
Get spooky at Retros Surfers Paradise with their ode to Tim Burton’s party. It will be a graveyard crash. On Saturday, October 30, doors open at 8 p.m., and you’ll find delicious themed cocktails and best-dressed prizes. And if you want to make it a good night out, reserve a booth for you and your ghouls!
Where: Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
With two events spanning the spookiest day on the annual calendar, Miami Marketta will have something for everyone. Go for an intimate candlelit evening and a string quartet at Candlelight Halloween: A Haunted Evening of Classical Compositions. In an intimate setting, enjoy 60 sensational minutes of live haunted classical-style music—guaranteed to send a chill or two down your spine. This is a ticketed event on Tuesday, October 26 – and one of a kind, so book ahead!
Or head to their Very Gay Halloween on Saturday, October 30. Hosted by Natasha St. James and Dixie Wrecked alongside Ivvy Monroe, get ready for Halloween Qweens Drag Bingo. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Come in quickly; it’s a paid event!
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Miami Marketta (image provided)
A hilarious night of Drag Queen Bingo is scheduled for Friday, October 29 at this grand creekside venue, but don’t assume it will be a low-key affair! Dress up in your best Halloween costume and play four rounds of bingo for your chance to win prizes and have a spooky good time. Another important aspect is that all proceeds will go to support services for young veterans: a good time for a good cause!
Where: 165 Pendantan Street, Currumbin
Aviary rooftop bar
It’s a scary trifecta at the Aviary Rooftop Bar this Halloween. On all three nights of Friday (29), Saturday (30) and Sunday (31), take part in their Fright Fest – with a free Witches Brew cocktail on arrival – for a fabulous way to celebrate the most scary of the year. All three nights will have a free horror makeup artist on hand, as well as a parade of top costumes and live DJs on Friday and Saturday and horror-themed trivia scheduled for Sunday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., so come in and be spooky.
Where: Aviary Rooftop Bar, Mantra at Sharks, 5 Melia Court, Southport
Halloween at Aviary Rooftop Bar (image provided)
It’s a garden of evil at Nobby Beach’s favorite spot to sip beer and munch on some fantastic food. Looks like the center of the Gold Coast is starting over, folks. On Saturday, October 30, dress in your best costume and meet at 6 p.m., being a ticketless event, it’s the first best-dressed! (No kidding!) Throughout the night there will be loads of specials and live music from the talented Matt Musella, to ensure your evening is well and truly sorted.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Avenue, Nobby Beach
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Famous for the cutest and furriest animals, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is kicking things up a notch for their FestEVIL at FAngtuary taking place October 29, 30 and 31. Little monsters will be entertained with tricks or treats, inflatable games, roaming entertainers and a deadly disco. You will also have the opportunity to watch the night owls in the night area. VIP tickets are available for express entry, face painting, show bags, and delicious hampers filled with delicious treats. Tickets get you free parking, and if you’re going on a Friday why not visit the shrine markets beforehand for a bite to eat! But you better be quick and smart – tickets sell out fast!
Where: 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin
Halloween at Dreamworld (image provided)
It’s a fam-tastic Halloween party at Dreamworld this year; with several nights already sold out, they released tickets for an extra night – you lucky ones. Join the action on Friday the 29th for a jam-packed evening featuring appalling food, nightly rides, a costume contest, spooky photo ops and 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 to our southernmost suburb and experience a devilishly pop-up cocktail bar BOOzey Mr. Consistent, live entertainment by Rob Fitchett from 5pm and the band Agent 77 from 9:30pm. There will be plenty of good times guaranteed, so go ahead and conjure some monsters.
Where: Corner Warner Street and Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Get ready for the most spooktacular Halloween event of the year, gather your team of scarers and get ready to celebrate all things spine-chilling all weekend long. Enjoy $1 wings, free makeup, plus, of course, live entertainment and best-dressed prizes. It’s always a good time at Finn McCools.
Where: 39 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Halloween at Asylum Nightclub (image provided)
Gold Coast Asylum
Unsurprisingly, it will be a Killer Night at Surfers club Asylum with their Halloween Party. It’s not only going to be the scariest night of the year, but also with a Brazilian twist, so dress up and get ready for a night of scares. Doors open at 9pm with early bird tickets available now – so unless you like to wait in line, we suggest grabbing one straight away!
Where: 15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Easy street diner
Celebrate a “Halloweek” from October 25-31 at the authentic and much-loved American restaurant, Easy Street Diner. The place will be designed to scare with all the staff preparing your burgers dressed like zombies, no less! Everyone who turns up on Sunday in full costume will get free 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, we suggest heading to everyone’s favorite German restaurant for their Haunted Haus Disco. On Friday, October 29, a junior disco will take place from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a teen disco from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s all catered for with food, drink, a live DJ, and games galore. Much spoiled?!
Where: 41 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Words by Alex Mitcheson.