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.

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Halloween Events | Halloween Costumes | Trick or Treat Safety Tips | Halloween Food | Halloween Movies | Halloween Books

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

Megamania

Enjoy a Halloween disco at Megamania with a special visit from Mike from Monsters Inc. The disco runs from 5pm to 8pm with music, smoke, disco lights and games with prizes. There’s free face painting by Glitz and Twists 5pm to 6.30pm and a visit by our special guest from 6.30pm to 7:30pm. Lucky door prizes and prize for best dressed. Book online for your family or group or call Megamania on (02) 4923 8700 to book.

Megamania Halloween

Saturday 26 October

Bunnings Maitland

Enjoy some fun Halloween workshops at Bunnings Maitland on Saturday 26 October from 10am to 2pm. Make a spooky mask in time for halloween! Bookings required. Click here to book.

Halloween at Wallsend Town

Wallsend Town Businesses are holding a Halloween Party on Saturday 26 October from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the Wallsend CBD. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy a fun morning of Trick or Treat around the participating businesses, have your face painted, and navigate the huge free inflatable obstacle course. Come dressed in your Halloween Costumes to go in the running for some great prizes for best dressed and scariest costumes… prizes for Mums and Dads as well. More info

Wallsend Halloween

Halloween at Cardiff

NorthLakes Chamber of Commerce are hosting a morning of Halloween fun in Cardiff. Bring the kids to enjoy baby animals petting zoo, Cardiff Fire Brigade and face painting. Eat up at the Rotary BBQ. More info

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 5pm8pm or Thursday 31 October from 5pm8pm. This Halloween, dress up the kids, dress up yourself and head on in for an night of fun, delight and frights! There will be a kids disco with music, games, dance competitions, face painting and best dressed prizes. Chameleon Play Cafe will be open for purchase of food and drink so parents can sit back and relax while the kids can have a blast. The kitchen will be available with a full menu available for dinner plus some yummy Halloween-themed treats.Tickets $10 per child. Please note babies & adults are FREE however they do still need a ticket so there are numbers & seat allocations. Tickets are limited and must be prepurchased online on the Chameleon Play Cafe website prior to the night. For more information, phone 02 4025 3747.

Halloween Cessnock

Springloaded

Springloaded at Gateshead is hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday 26 October from 5pm to 7pm – 2 hours of fun filled action with prizes, pizza, games and more. Pre-purchased tickets $15 for members / $20 for non-members. At the door, $20 for members / $25 for non-members. Call 4942 1584 to book.

Lake Macquarie Halloween

Regal Cinema

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 7:30pm. This Halloween Party costs $15

Sunday 27 October

Bunnings Maitland

Enjoy some fun Halloween workshops at Bunnings Maitland on Sunday Saturday 27 October from 10am to 2pm. Make a spooky mask in time for halloween! Bookings required. Click here to book.

Thursday 31 October

Charlestown Square

Visit Charlestown Square for an afternoon of spook-tacular fun from 4-6pm. Register at the Customer Service desk on Level 1 (near JB HiFi) to receive your Trick or Treat bag and treasure map.Visit the JB HiFi Mall Halloween Zone for face painting, spooky sand art craft and to collect a Halloween treat, then start on your journey around the centre to collect candy from participating retailers. The event will culminate at 6pm in the South Piazza (with music from 5.30pm), with a Best Dressed competition! Happy haunting!

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.

Bunnings Glendale

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**

Bunnings Kotara

Celebrate Halloween Night at Bunnings Kotara with craft, face painting, trick or treating, prizes for best dressed and more… The fun runs from 4pm to 7pm. Click here to book.

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 5pm. Click here to book.

Kahibah Sports Club

Another Halloween Disco at Kahibah Sports Club from 5pm to 9pm on October 31. Wear Your best costume to their fun monster mash! Enjoy a a night of tricking and treating with prizes for best dressed and giveaways on the night! Book a spot now if you dare… on 4943 2987.

Pelican RSL

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 5.30pm8.30pm at Club Reception. Kids, come dressed in your best Halloween Costumer and play trick or treat with our Spooky Club Receptionist. *Children must be accompanied by an adult and be attending to the club to play. No drop-ins. Club entry regulations apply. There’s also spooky face painting and Halloween Games which will be played in the Kids Area from 6pm – 8pm. All kids can join in for free. More info here.

Chipmunks Maitland

Chipmunks are hosting a Halloween disco on Thursday 31 October from 6pm8pm. The event includes music, games and prizes for best dressed and a play in the Haunted Playground. Their cafe will be open for dinner or for anyone who needs a caffeine hit. Tickets are $15 for children and all adults are free. For hygiene reasons, adults and children must wear socks. Limited tickets available so call on (02) 4032 0712 to book.

Friday 1 November

Megamania

Enjoy a Halloween disco at Megamania with a special visit from Scooby Doo and Velma. The disco runs from 5pm to 8pm with music, smoke, disco lights and games with prizes. There’s free face painting by Glitz and Twists 5pm to 6.30pm and a visit by our special guest from 6.30pm to 7:30pm. Lucky door prizes and prize for best dressed. Book online for your family or group or call Megamania on (02) 4923 8700 to book.

Lambton Pool

Lambton Pool is hosting a Halloween night on Friday 1 November from 6pm9pm. There’s lots of fun things to entertain (frighten) kids including the Spooky Slide of Shadows, Tomb Towers of Terror and The Ghostly Gauntlet of Gloom (Inflatable) with The Kingdom of Doom Kiosk operating as well as well as a Best Dressed award as well. Entry is $10 per person or $35 per family. No pre-purchase is necessary. You can pay at the door.

Halloween Costumes

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.

  1. Pirate – A striped t-shirt, bandanna, and leggings. Make a black eye patch from some construction paper and an aluminum foil sword and you’re set.
  2. Cowboy – A denim shirt, cowboy hat and a gun.
  3. Witch – Black clothing, a witches hat and a cackling laugh.
  4. Doctor – A pair of scrubs or a white coat with a toy stethoscope or doctors bag.
  5. Princess – A fancy dress and a tiara.
  6. Construction worker – Jeans, t-shirt or singlet, a tool belt and a hard hat.
  7. Fairy – Leotard or leggings, and a tutu and a pair of fairy wings.
  8. Egyptian Mummy – White clothes underneath and strips of old white sheets to wrap around body and head.
  9. Bunny Rabbit – White clothes, cotton wool tail, paper ears and some drawn on whiskers.
  10. Superhero – Leggings, long sleeve t-shirts and a cape

Or throw on a onesie for an instant costume.

Halloween

And of course there’s loads more costume ideas on Pinterest.

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Newcastle Halloween

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 its safe 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 Halloween destination.
  • 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.

Halloween Food

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 food

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.

Halloween games

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.

Stupid Deaths Board Game

Halloween Movies

Spend some spooky family time watching Halloween movies together.

Halloween movies
  • 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)

Halloween Books

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!!!!


Want more information on free family fun? Visit the Newy with Kids 50+ List of Free and Low-Cost Things to Do With Your Kids in Newcastle & the Hunter.

Reena Bilen

In 2012, Reena founded Newy with Kids to share information about family-friendly Newcastle. Originally from Canada, she had no idea about what to do with her toddler and after searching unsuccessfully for a family guide, decided to start her own. Since that time, both the toddler and Newy with Kids have grown keeping Reena busy. If you see her out and about, say hi.
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