The air is misty, the cobwebs thick, and something spooky lurks in every corner. Oh yes, it’s Halloween! Here are five awesome ways to celebrate in Sydney.
The 1980s were a glorious time for horror, and Earl’s Juke Joint is taking us all back to the days of Wes Craven, John Carpenter and endless Friday the 13th sequels for a night of gory goodness. This laid-back hipster haven will be transformed into a carnival of colourful costumes, ‘80s tunes and enough fake blood to rival The Shining. There’s prizes for the best dressed, so get creative!
“One of my favourite bars. Nice low lighting, a loooooong bar, dark wook, art deco-ish vibe. It has a masculine feel to it. The bar staff are lovely and make an amazing cocktail. The espresso martini is killer!” – scallywaggle
With its sexy voodoo chic, Papa Gede’s is a pretty devilish place to be whatever the season. On October 31st, however, it’s fully surrendering to the call of darkness and throwing a Halloween party to remember. The date coincides with the bar’s birthday, so expect an extra-special surprise or two thrown in amidst the ghoulish merriment. Again, costumes are very much encouraged.
“Tiki cocktails, traditionally served absinth and voodoo. What more could you ask for? This bar’s theme is on point. Great music, atmosphere and friendly bartenders who are always keen to give suggestions on interesting concoctions for your drinking pleasure.” – SpaghettiCat
On October 20th, everyone’s favourite gig venue is twisting itself into a full-blown Halloween fun land, with awesome props, creepy lighting, original art and all the cocktails you can slurp. Expect live DJs, tasty hotdogs and non-stop horror films in the background, as well as the exclusive chance to try out Capcom’s upcoming Resident Evil VII: Biohazard.
“Top notch music venue in the heart of Oxford St and walking distance from the city centre, getting loads of great (mostly Aussie) acts and keeping prices affordable. Packs out many a night. Check their website for listings and nb many do sell out in advance!” – livvie
The third annual SLAM! zombie ball is looking bigger, better and bloodier than ever, with four live bands (Daggerz, SPEEDBALL, Liability and Hammer) and a host of DJs ready to keep the festivities lurching along deep into the night. Best of all, it includes a fundraiser for the Wesley Mission to help tackle homelessness! This truly is a graveyard smash.
“This is a great little pub with a live music venue attached. if you’re a fan of pub pool or eclectic ‘indie’ music this is a great venue and the beer garden is very kid friendly.” – Matti Puckridge
Ivy is the setting for quite possibly the most ambitious Halloween knees-up ever thrown on these fair shores. Network Canada’s ‘around the universe’ event features seven different worlds to explore, each with its own unique theme and interactive activities. Then there’s a huge costume party to round things off, with DJs, live bands and much, much more. This’ll be one to remember!
“This is by far one of the nicest bars I have ever been to. It’s very classy and glamourous at Ivy. The large tree in the centre with the open ceiling provides this place with a very large outdoor feel. There is plenty of room here so it’s not always too crowded. The centre bar makes it easy to get a drink without having to travel far. If you’re visiting Sydney then I highly recommend going here and being part of the Sydney night life at Ivy.” – mass.d