Get Your Spook On

by Urbane Property

Five ways to celebrate Halloween in the inner west

OCTOBER gets spookier every year as more inner west locals and businesses embrace Halloween.

The longstanding American holiday traces back to the Celts, who believed the boundaries between Earth and the spiritual world blurred at this time of the year, and would dress up to scare away ghosts and spirits.

More than 2000 years later, Halloween has made its way to the streets of Newtown and beyond. In our community, it’s simply an excuse to get dressed up, have some fun, and connect with neighbours.

GO TRICK OR TREATING

Stanmore dad John Penesis takes Halloween decorating to the next level. Having previously transformed his Cavendish Street front yard into a pirate ship, a jail and a graveyard, we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. John and his neighbours efforts have made the area a magnet for tiny witches and goblins.

There are also several Halloween hotspots around Marrickville, including Newington Road, Charles Street and Horton Street – or Horror Street – as it reads this time of year, thanks to a cheeky hack with sticky tape.

JOIN THE PARTY

Who said the party stops once kids come along? Parents and their tiny charges can go clubbing together at a Halloween dance party in Marrickville’s Factory Theatre on October 28. Run by family-friendly events company, Big Fish Little Fish, the dance floor will pump with DJ tunes, bubbles and glitter cannons. There’s a licenced bar for parents, craft and play areas for the little ones, and even a baby chill out space.  Buy your tickets online, and rustle up in your spookiest costume.

JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF MADNESS

Walking around an abandoned warehouse after dark is enough to raise some goosebumps. Doing so when the space has been transformed into a Poesque nightmare of madness, guilt and death makes it a truly chilling experience. Large-scale immersive theatre work, A Midnight Visit, has been set up inside an industrial space near St Peters station, providing a choose-your-own adventure performance that unfolds across 30 rooms, inspired by the dark works of Edgar Allan Poe.  Performances will run until December 9, before the building is destroyed to make way for apartments.

HOST A FRIGHT NIGHT

A team of young local filmmakers has created the ultimate Halloween viewing with web series Girt by Fear. The horror-comedy is filmed around Newtown and traces the misadventures of a group of millennials as they make their way to a Halloween party they’ll never forget. Gather your favourite ghouls, light a jack-o’-lantern and watch it at girtbyfear.com.au

TOUR THE GRAVEYARD

Stir up your sixth sense in a tour of Camperdown Cemetery, where thousands of souls rest – or roam. Sydney’s main cemetery for a brief stint between 1848 and 1868, it’s the burial place for a host of famous colonial Australians through to seafarers and forgotten convicts. One of its most notable graves belongs to Eliza Donnithorne, a Sydney socialite from the mid-1800s who became a recluse after being jilted at the altar. According to legend, Eliza wore her wedding dress until the day she died, and became the inspiration behind Miss Havisham’s character in Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations. Tours take place on the first Sunday of the month at 12.30pm.

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