Even though itís an American holiday, Halloween is now celebrated by many families in Australia. There are several venues on the Central Coast that are holding special events for kids on the weekend from Friday the 28th until Monday the 31st October:
The Hardy Bay Club is holding a special early Halloween night from 3:30pm until 6:30pm on this day, where kids can have fun on the jumping castle and slide. There will also be kids entertainers with puppets, face painting, tattoos and balloon twisting. Prizes will be given to the kids with the best costumes. The bistro also opens early at 5:30pm so kids can eat dinner.
Brickz for Kids is taking over the CWA Hall in Terrigal from 5-8:30pm, for a party for kids aged 5 to 12 with music, games, a treasure hunt and of course Lego building. It costs $30 per child to attend and the price includes a pizza dinner and dessert.
Club Mingara is hosting a Halloween disco from 6-9pm at The Playhouse, featuring a ghost walk dance off and a hunt for the lost treasure of Dracula! Call the club on 4349 7799 to make a booking.
Davistown Halloween Children's Disco is another option on this day for kids aged 2 to 14. Tickets cost $10 per person and there will be a live DJ, as well as games and dance lessons. Drinks and snacks included.
The Monsters and Heroes Treat Trail in Gosford starts at 11am. Kids can obtain a map of stations to visit in the Imperial Centre and along Mann Street to get their map stamped and receive free treats. The Treat Trail finishes at 12pm and then free activities in Kibble Park kick off, with rides, face painting and a disco. Come dressed as your favourite monster, hero or villain. Prizes will be given for the best dressed kids. Call 4322 7726 for more information.
Monkey Mania at the Central Coast Leagues Club is throwing two Halloween discos, one on Saturday the 29th from 6 to 9pm, and another on Monday the 31st from 4:30 until 7:30pm. Tickets cost $18 for Saturday and $8 for members on Monday ($10 for non members), and include access to all of the equipment at Monkey Mania, as well as face painting and prizes for dressing up.
Bunnings at West Gosford is having a Halloween Party Day at the store from 11am until 2pm. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes for the best costume competition and can participate in Halloween craft and games from 10am, and go trick or treating. Book online or call 4349 3500. Bunnings are also holding DIY Halloween workshops on both Saturday and Sunday at their Tuggerah and Lakehaven stores on the 29th and 30th of October.
Halloween at Cardiff is an all day free event held from 8:30am until 3:30pm in the Main Street. Kids can dress up and go trick or treating, and there will also be market stalls and a petting zoo.
A short drive towards Sydney and the Camden Valley Country Club from 10am to 3pm is worth it for the Happy Halloween Family Day they are hosting. There will be a obstacle jumping castle for the kids to get lost in, and they can be made up to look like scary characters by the temporary tattooist and face painter.
If you want to stay on the Coast, Bateau Bay Square is having a free scavenger hunt from 11am until 2pm, where kids can trick or treat and do crafts. There is a limit on the number of kids that can participate so be sure to make a booking.
Kincumber Hotel is also holding a free Halloween party this day from 5-8pm, with Halloween-themed games and all children that dress up will receive a special treat. There will be spooky drinks for the grown ups, too.
Warnies Cafeís annual party is known for being one of the most fun Halloween celebrations on the entire Coast. Held from 6-9pm in their outdoor area, there will be a BBQ and a jumping castle, trick or treating and special Halloween-style crazy shakes. This is also the only Halloween event where there are prizes for best costumes for parents as well as the kids.