Love it or hate it, Halloween in Newcastle is getting increasingly popular. Yes, we know some criticise Halloween as being an imported, commercialised celebration that’s overly fixated on junk food and begging from strangers. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how to celebrate this spooky holiday which actually has its origins in pagan harvest festivals without spending too much and without the major sugar highs.
Whether you host a Halloween party at your place or organise a trick or treating route visiting friends, family and favourite neighbours, there’s loads of fun to be had. And there’s also local Halloween events if you don’t feel like organising your own.
Local 2019 Halloween Events
There are some fun family Halloween events happening for 2018 around the Newcastle region. (More events will be added as they’re finalised).
Friday 25 October
Enjoy a Halloween disco at Megamania with a special visit from Mike from Monsters Inc. The disco runs from
Saturday 26 October
Enjoy some fun Halloween workshops at Bunnings Maitland on Saturday 26 October from
Halloween at Wallsend Town
Wallsend Town Businesses are holding a Halloween Party on Saturday 26 October from
Halloween at Cardiff
NorthLakes Chamber of Commerce
Chameleon Costume Disco
Double the Halloween fun! Join Chameleon Play Cafe in Cessnock for a kids Halloween costume disco on two nights: Saturday 26 October from
Springloaded at Gateshead is hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday 26 October from
Older kids might enjoy a night out watching THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (M). It’s on at The Regal Cinema on Saturday 26 October at
Sunday 27 October
Enjoy some fun Halloween workshops at Bunnings Maitland on Sunday Saturday 27 October from
Thursday 31 October
Visit Charlestown Square for an afternoon of
All Saints Anglican Church in Belmont
Join All Saints Anglican Church for their annual Halloween party from 4pm to 7pm. With activities like slime making and craft. Party food and treats provided. Bring your family and friends. Hope to see you there! Click here to RSVP.
Come along to the Glendale Bunnings store after school to have your face painted, to collect a few treats, play a few tricks and have a fun time before you head out to your street for the real Trick or Treat adventures.
Islington Public P&C Halloween Party
Join in the fun at the Islington Public School P&C Halloween Party. It’s on from 4pm – 8pm at the Croatian Clucb in Wickham. It’s gold coin entry and is a fundraiser for the school. **All children must be accompanied by an adult**
Celebrate Halloween Night at Bunnings Kotara with craft, face painting, trick or treating, prizes for best dressed and more… The fun runs from
Central Leagues Club Charlestown
Celebrate Halloween Night with a free Kids Halloween Disco. Put on your scariest outfits and get ready to dance. Doors open at
Kahibah Sports Club
Another Halloween Disco at Kahibah Sports Club from 5pm to
Celebrate Halloween Night with a free Kids Party at Pelican RSL Club. There’s $10 Spooky Pizzas from 5pm to 8pm, balloon twisting and a prize for scaariest costume . The fun runs from 6pm to 8pm. Click here to book.
Toronto Workers Club
Take your kids (12 years and under) Trick or Treating for Kids from
Chipmunks are hosting a Halloween disco on Thursday 31 October from
Friday 1 November
Enjoy a Halloween disco at Megamania with a special visit from
Lambton Pool is hosting a Halloween night on Friday 1 November from
Don’t rush out to spend loads of money on cheap, plastic costumes. With some imagination and some basics from home, play box or a dollar store or Book Week leftovers, it’s easy to make costumes.
Here are ten easy costumes to make for kids and parents.
- Pirate – A striped t-shirt, bandanna, and leggings. Make a black eye patch from some construction paper and an
aluminumfoil sword and you’re set.
- Cowboy – A denim shirt, cowboy hat and a gun.
- Witch – Black clothing, a witches hat and a cackling laugh.
- Doctor – A pair of scrubs or a white coat with a toy stethoscope or doctors bag.
- Princess – A fancy dress and a tiara.
- Construction worker – Jeans, t-shirt or singlet, a tool belt and a hard hat.
- Fairy – Leotard or leggings, and a tutu and a pair of fairy wings.
- Egyptian Mummy – White clothes underneath and strips of old white sheets to wrap around body and head.
- Bunny Rabbit – White clothes, cotton wool tail, paper ears and some drawn on whiskers.
- Superhero – Leggings, long sleeve t-shirts and a cape
Or throw on a onesie for an instant costume.
And of course there’s loads more costume ideas on Pinterest.
Trick or Treat Safety Tips
As the popularity of Halloween increases, there are more kids participating in trick or treating. Here’s some tips for safe trick or treating
- Plan your route in advance to ensure
itssafe and not too long especially with young kids.
- Recommend that a parent or adult accompany kids younger than 13 years.
- Only visit neighbours that you know or houses which indicate they are participating in Halloween. Last year, homes near us displayed orange balloons or plastic pumpkins at the front door to indicate they had treats available for trick or treaters.
- You can also check out the Trick or Treat Me website which has a list of participating households. If you are planning to hand out sweets on Halloween, register your house as a
- Make sure kids know not to eat treats until its inspected.
- Make sure kids know to watch for cars and cross roads safely.
- Reiterate rules regarding strangers to your kids and ensure that they know not to enter people’s homes and trick or treat with groups.
Yes, there can be lots of sugary treats available around Halloween but encourage kids to enjoy a few sweets and then switch to some healthy options. Here’s some food options for Halloween.
Banana Yoghurt Ghosts – so easy to make. Just take a banana, dip in yoghurt and stick on some chocolate eyes.
Jack-O’Lantern Oranges – Don’t waste your time or money trying to carve a large pumpkin. Using oranges are so much easier. Buy a whole bag of oranges and try carving different expressions into their faces. For younger kids, let them use foam stickies or googly eyes to make fun faces. When you’re finished playing, just cut up the oranges to eat!
If you feel like something a bit more sweeter, make and decorate Halloween cookies.
Halloween Craft & Games
If you prefer to organise a Halloween party at home, jump onto Pinterest for loads of ideas for crafts and games. There’s lots of ideas including bobbing for apples, donut eating race, Halloween bingo and skeleton puzzles.
If you have older kids, play Stupid Deaths, the perfect game for Halloween. In this game, players have to guess whether a stupid death is real or made up. Read Newy with Kids full review.
Spend some spooky family time watching Halloween movies together.
- The Addams Family
- Bettlejuice (PG)
- ET (PG)
- Ghostbusters (PG)
- The Goonies (PG)
- Gremlins (PG)
- Hocus Pocus
- Monsters Inc (G)
- Room on the Broom (G)
- Scooby Doo (PG)
For a spooky read on Halloween, here are some page turners.
Florentine and Pig and the Spooky Forest Adventure by Eva Katzler
There’s a monster on the loose, and Florentine and Pig are determined to catch it! And what will they need for their monster-catching expedition? Binoculars? Torch? Super-scrummy supper? CHECK!
Sounds Spooky by Christopher Cheng and illustrated by Sarah Davis
Filled with onomatopoeia this book with a delightfully spooky twist will have young readers listening for those spooky sounds and chanting, ‘What’s that noise that I can hear? I’m not scared!’
The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon by Aaron Blabey
Life is cursed for the townsfolk of Twee. The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon haunts their every waking hour and they’ve had enough! But then one day, the brave and practical young Herbert Kettle has the most extraordinary idea . . .
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. They are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, and each animal asks for a ride on the broom. They climb on, one after the next, until the broom is so heavy that it snaps in two! What will happen next as they tumble into a bog and meet a greedy dragon?
What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen by Nick Sharratt
The witch has hidden a trick and a treat in her magical kitchen cupboards! Which one you find depends on how you open the doors. Whether it’s frogspawn or popcorn, lollipops or rabbit plops, there are hilarious rhymes to discover inside in this innovative new novelty book from Nick Sharratt. Age 0+
Mr Tickle and the Scary Halloween by Roger Hargreaves
Ever since Little Miss Scary moved to town, Halloween had become really scary. Scare your pants off scary! But Mr. Tickle has a plan to make this year different – a ticklishly, tricky plan! Watch out little Miss Scary, there’s someone behind you!
Halloween in Christmas Hills by Karen Tayleur and illustrated by Heath McKenzie
This is a very Aussie Halloween book.When Miles Cameron was allowed to go trick or treating for the first time, everyone warned him to stay away from Stingy Jacks house. If only he had listened. Halloween is here to stay! And this book taps into the growing interest Aussie kids have in this holiday. ‘Halloween in Christmas Hills’ reminds people that this holiday is actually Celtic in origin not American. Age 5+
Cats on the Run by Ged Gilmore
Although not strictly a Halloween book, it does contain magic and foul-smelling witches who have abducted the two feline heroes of this story, Will Tuck and Ginger. This chapter book is a funny read for kids aged 8 to 12 or any adults who want a good laugh.
However you celebrate, have a ghoulish good time on Halloween!!!!
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