Spooky season is upon us once again! From spine-tingling salsa classes and trivia nights to haunted mazes and costume competitions, Halloween on the Northern Beaches promises to be a bewitching celebration for all. Check out the best events happening this October…

Halloween Family Trail 

Embark on a thrilling Halloween adventure with the Northern Beaches Council’s family-friendly trails in town centres spanning from Avalon and Newport to Forestville and Killarney Heights. Participating businesses will display a Halloween character sticker on their shopfront window which families will need to find. This casual quest is a great way to explore your local neighbourhood or discover a new one, all while supporting local businesses.

When: 14 October to 31 October

Where: Around the Northern Beaches

Website: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/community/place-making/halloween-family-trail

Drop and Dine Halloween Disco

Major Fun is throwing an exciting Halloween bash for the little ones at Harbord Diggers. Let the kids dance the night away to the beats of DJ KitKat and run wild in one of the Northern Beaches’ top indoor play centres. The youngsters will be fed too, so you can sit back and enjoy a night of dining and drinking at the Diggers yourself. Be sure to deck out your kids in their spookiest attire for a shot at winning best-dressed prizes!

When: Friday, 27 October, 6-9.30pm

Where: Harbord Diggers, Freshwater

Cost: $30-$35

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/661843672681108 

Brookvale Halloween Festival

Brookvale Public School proudly presents its first-ever Halloween Festival with fun games, food stalls and captivating main-stage entertainment. Wander through the market stalls offering locally made goods, second-hand treasures and sweets; get your freak on with hair colouring and face painting; battle it out at laser tag; brave your way through a haunted maze; and get artistic by painting a pumpkin. 

When: Saturday, 28 October, 3-8pm

Where: Brookvale Public School

Cost: $2 entry

Website: https://www.brookvalehalloweenfestival.com 

Harbord House of Horrors Halloween

Dive into the devilish depths of Harbord Hotel at this one-night extravaganza headlined by DJ Barney Cools. Enjoy free entry with giveaways all night and free drinks for those who dare to dress in spooky outfits.

When: Saturday, 28 October, 6pm to midnight

Where: Harbord Hotel, Freshwater

Website: https://harbordhotel.com.au/event/harbord-house-of-horrors-halloween/ 

Halloween Family Trivia Night

Have a fun night out with the family while raising money for a worthy cause at Harbord Scout’s spooky Halloween trivia night. Your participation will help support the Scouts and the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, making it a memorable and meaningful evening.

When: Saturday, 28 October, 6pm 

Where: Harbord Scout Hall, Curl Curl

Website: https://www.harbordscouts.org.au/post/spooky-halloween-family-trivia-night 

Fright Night U18s 

This electrifying two-hour music and dance party, exclusively for under-18s, is powered by talented local young DJs including Squiddy, Groovy and McBuzz. Dress to impress and recharge with drinks and snacks available at the canteen. 

When: Saturday, 28 October, 6-8pm

Where: YOYOs Forest Youth Centre, Frenchs Forest

Cost: $20

Website: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/fright-night-u18s 

Halloween Face Painting at Belrose Hotel

Get ready for some spooktacular fun at Belrose Hotel on October 31 with free Halloween face painting for every kid’s meal purchased between 4.30 and 6.30pm.

When: Belrose Hotel

Where: Tuesday, 31 October, 4.30-6.30pm

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/320380594004186 

Halloween Party at The Beach Club Collaroy 

Creep on down to The Beach Club Collaroy for a free ‘Thriller’ of a night at their ultimate trick-or-treat party! Groove to the eerie beats of DJ Dino from 8.30pm, enjoy spooky frozen cocktails during happy hour from 5-7pm, and dress up in your most ghastly attire to win prizes.

When: Saturday, 28 October, 5-11.30pm

Where: The Beach Club Collaroy

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/837987797785071 

Salsation at The Steyne Hotel 

Are you ready to groove through a salsa zombie apocalypse? Make your way upstairs to The Steyne’s rooftop bar for this hair-raising night of live salsa with the Selecta Orchestra, including a complementary dance lesson at 7pm. The fun will continue late into the night with professional make-up artists, best costume prizes, a spine-tingling Michael Jackson’s Thriller flash mob, and DJ Rafael spinning the wickedest salsa and bachata beats.

When: Tuesday 31 October, 6.30pm to midnight 

Where: Rooftop Bar at The Steyne Hotel, Manly

Cost: $20-$30

Website: https://manlysalsa.com.au/shop/salsation/ 

Halloween at The Forest Hotel 

Join us for all the Halloween festivities!

Little Ghostbusters Halloween Event

As the sun sets and the moon begins to rise, our friendly ghost tour guides will lead your young explorers through the mystical and mysterious Quarantine Station. It’s a journey filled with giggles and gasps, as we uncover the secrets of this once-isolated outpost while keeping things light-hearted and fun.

When: Sunday 29th October, Monday 30th October, Tuesday 31st October, 7:30pm

Where: Q Station, 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: Child $50, Adults $50

Tour + Dinner: $85

Website: https://www.qstation.com.au/halloween-2023.html

Trick and Treat Halloween Event

This is a rare event that we are so excited to offer. This Halloween, prepare to confront your deepest fears as you embark on a ghostly journey through the Quarantine Station’s haunted history. Will you tempt to unravel the secrets that still haunt these forsaken halls, or will you become just another ghostly tale in the making?

When: Sunday 29th October, Monday 30th October, Tuesday 31st October, multiple start times from 8:00pm

Where: Q Station, 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: $50

Tour + Dinner: $99

Website: https://www.qstation.com.au/halloween-2023.html

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