Where to celebrate Halloween in the City of Yarra

If you’ve entered any supermarket, $2 store or Savers in the last two weeks then you would be well aware that Halloween is coming up. And this year it happens to be followed by a Victorian public holiday!

It’s a busy week ahead for Melburnians with the Spring Racing Carnival kicking off this weekend and The Melbourne Cup landing on the first day of November. You might want to take advantage of this occasion to dress like a bridezilla, stay out all night and not feel bad about it the next day.

Halloween started as All Hallows Eve in the Christian faith, the day preceding All Hallows Day, which is dedicated to remembering the dead. But like most things, western culture has found a way to turn it into a holiday of sugary sweets, dress ups and an excuse for a party.

So, if party is what you like to do and you’re not hitting the race track Tuesday, then here are some events in the City of Yarra to get you in the spooky spirit over the coming kind-of-long weekend (thanks a lot, Monday!)

Event: Odyssey

Venue: Glamorama – Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Date: Monday 31 October 9PM – 5AM

Cost: Free befoe 9PM, $15 after – tickets at the door

For the electronic music lovers, Odyssey is promoting itself as the late night venue to host your ‘after party’ or ‘after, after party’ as it aims to kick on to the wee hours of the day of the dead. It will be the third instalment of this ‘space dungeon rave’ with disco, techno, house and everything in between playing by big Melbourne names such as Sleep D, Cale Sexton and 6am at the Garage.

Event: Halloween Undead Party

Venue: The National Hotel – Victoria Street, Richmond

Date: Monday 31 October 10PM – 1AM

Cost: Free admission

The National Hotel invites you to celebrate the end of the world and to ‘stock up on moonshine’. With a free drink on arrival for all dressed in costume and Halloween inspired games to be played throughout the night, this venue is suitable for anyone who likes a good time.

game-asset-call-1296507_960_720Event: Grim Fantango Themed Party

Venue: The Fitzroy Beer Garden – Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Date: Sunday 30 October 12PM – 10PM

Cost:  Free entry

TFBG is launching its new Smokey Jazz & Blues Sunday Session in conjunction with the Day of the Dead for a spooky twist. Free face painting for all who come along to enjoy the soft melodies of ‘The Blues Man’ Rene Sotto, backed by Cheylenne & Roy.

Event: Hallo-weekend

Venue: Bimbo Deluxe – Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Date Friday 28 October – Monday 31 October

Cost: Free admission

Bimbo Deluxe have pulled out all the stops for this long weekend with a massive four-day bender, which they say hasn’t happened since 2005 and won’t happen again for another six years. Join them Friday for ‘Eat Your Greens’, Saturday for the ‘House Party’, and then party all day long, with cheap pizzas and Bloody Marys, at ‘Sundae Shake’. Join renowned DJ Spacey Space for Bimbo’s biggest celebration on Monday!

Event: Asylum

Venue: Precinct Hotel – Swan Street, Richmond

Date: 31 October

Cost: Free admission

One of the busiest venues in Richmond isn’t holding back this public holiday eve. Get along to this event in your spookiest get-up to win prizes for best-dressed. The Red Bull lab bar will be mixing up wicked drink specials for the night, and DJ Jono and band Metrik Live will be providing the killer tunes ‘til the a.m.

Event: Spooktober St Kilda Halloween Festival

Venue: Acland Street, Fitzroy Street, Town Hall and the Foreshore – St. Kilda

Date: 28 October – 31 October

Cost: Free – $35

So, it might not be in the City of Yarra, but this is definitely the biggest family-friendly Halloween celebration in the state. Luna Park will be transforming into Luna Dark all weekend with scary rides and attractions galore! An outdoor cinema will play the Adams Family movie on Halloween night and trick or treating will take over Acland Street and Fitzroy Street with live music, face painting and rides along the way. Check out the whole program here.

Whichever way you spend your long weekend or All Hallows Eve, make sure it’s spooktacular!


By Caitlyn Leggett

Caitlyn Leggett

Caitlyn is a travel and writing enthusiast who dreams of her travel blog taking off so she can do both for a living. She is kind of doing that now as a full-time travel agent and part-time writer. In the little time she has left she enjoys bar-hopping in Fitzroy and brunching in Richmond.

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