Our pick of what to do in Canberra for Halloween this weekend.
1. Highway to hell
It's been a hellish year. The word apocalypse has been thrown around a fair bit. So why not lean into what 2020 has thrown our way and turn up the spookiness this Halloween? Reload and Token are embracing everything Halloween across both venues, as well as their front beer garden and the brand new Verity Lane deck. Pull out a ghoulish, ghastly or vampy outfit and get ready to party to beats from Black Temple while sipping on blood bag cocktails. Doors open from 6pm to 3am.
2. Halloween high tea
This one is for the kids who prefer a treat over a trick. First Edition Canberra is hosting a Halloween Kids High Tea complete with ghastly activities and delectable treats. Come dressed as your favourite spooky character and enjoy the scary high tea menu of savoury, healthy and sweet treats created by Novotel Canberra executive head chef, Jennie Tressler. The kids can take part in the fun-filled entertainment including face painting and craft activities put on by the team of Gecko Gang while mum, dad or even the grandparents kick back and relax. Friday, 11am. Tickets are $35 from Eventbrite.
3. Halloween market
Halloween doesn't have to be about the scare factor. Sometimes it's just about getting out and spending some time with your community. Get out of the house and head to Sly Fox in Turner for a day of music, arts, crafts, food drinks, vintage clothes and more at the Halloween Community Market. Saturday, from 10am to 3pm.
4. Monster mash
If there is something that Michael Jackson's Thriller showed us is that even the undead like to dance. Start your Halloween weekend with a hop, skip and a jump when the Swing Katz hosts its annual Halloween Hop this weekend. Dress to impress in your favourite Halloween get-up and dance the night away with the help of a live band performing the vintage sounds of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Friday, 8pm. Majura Hall. Tickets are $20 from canberraswingkatz.com.
5. Scare factor
If there is a time to bring out the scary films, Halloween is it. Make all your nightmares come true with Mov'in Car brings it's Halloween Horror Week to the screen. The team are revamping their exclusive venue by the Questacon Carpark and have transformed it into a cursed cinema for the week, complete with zombie staff, food delivered straight from hell and a horror costume competition. This weekend's film selection includes Hocus Pocus on Friday, Scream on Saturday and The Exorcist on Sunday. Tickets are $49.90 for a car with up to two people in it and $59.90 for a car with up to five people in it from movincar.com.au. Gates open at 6.30pm. Movie starts at 8pm.