This time last year, all the thoughts were on racing with barely a hat tip in Halloween’s direction but this year it seems that Melbournes’ bars have done an about turn and have fully embraced their dark side with day of the dead shenanigans galore. From dive bars to tequila joints to chocolate surprises, Melbourne is donning it’s costumes and capes and getting ready to show off it’s spooky self.
Catfish Bar (30-32 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) – Starting at 7pm in the upstairs bar at The Catfish there will be 3 One off Halloween themed kegs from Dainton, Exit and Kauji! Dressing up is highly encouraged as door prizes will be awarded on the night and the BEST DRESSED will receive a free brew day with Dan Dainton at the soon to be complete Dainton Family Brewery.
Two Row Bar (351 Smith Street, Fitzroy) – Two Row are putting on 5 Halloween inspired taps as well as goodie bags, treats, tricks and prizes for great costumes! The party will kick off at 2pm and spook on through til close… $30 will get you the first 2 beers of your choice and treats to take home! You can get tickets here.
Mr Wow’s Emporium (97b Smith St, Fitzroy) – Day of the Dead rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors have been observed perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. Mr Wow’s rituals include drinking Tequila Tromba, eating tasty treats provided by The Voodoo Jerk Truck, paying homage to their favourite dead celebrities with handmade shrine and painting faces to celebrate this deadly holiday.Dress in your best Day of the Dead costume and join them for a night of macabre madness
Foresters Hall (64 Smith St, Collingwood) – Join Foresters for an old school Monster Mash/Kaiju tap takeover (I’ve meet these guys and they are spooky as all get out). With an additional upstairs haunted house with a spooky band (Ooooohhooo)and prizes for best dressed, you are assured to have a monsters ball.
Carwyn Cellars (877 High St, Thornbury) – 5 different tacos, 6 amazing Day of the Dead/ Taco/ Chilli inspired beers on tap, Mexican inspired drink specials, inc. jugs of Paloma, a Mexican Food Market presented by El Cielo, inc. free food tastings across their range and free tastings across a range of 15 Mexican craft beers & a range of Mezcals, you should be scared stiff to miss this one!
The Brunswick Hotel (140 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) – Come to the Carn-evil and bear witness to 14 live and untamed bands summoned from the darkest corners of deepest Melbourne to perform over two stages! If that isnt getting you monsters drooling we have two devilishly good DJs on both stages for you to shake your bones and rattle your chains too. Old man gully beef burgers will be serving up mouth-watering burgers from 5pm-late (may or may not contain traces of old men) Prizes will be given to the best costumes the carnies see, so think heart attack and work your way up!
Nieuw Amsterdam (106-112 Hardware St, Melbourne) – Celebrate the most tantalising and horrific night of the year by traveling down the rabbit hole and experiencing Alice in Amsterdam. Dress to your heart’s desire. Drink specials, late night food menu till 2am, DJ’s and cocktails till 5am. No cover. Best dressed can win a voucher to te value of $100.
Fed Square (Flinders St/Swanston St, Melbourne) – Join Melbourne’s Mexican community at Fed Square for the world-known tradition of Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead is a beautiful cultural tradition that celebrates life and remembers loved ones who have passed away. Head to The Square from 11am – 5pm to meet one-on-one with the Mexican artist who creates ephemeral ground tapestries and be part of the creative process. From 5pm – 8pm, bring your friends and family to enjoy the main event – a colourful celebration with music, dance, activities and plenty of selfie opportunities!
Asian Beer Cafe (Level 3, Melbourne Central) – The Asian Beer Cafe are throwing a Halloween Costume Party that’s going to be bigger and better than ever before! There will huge prize giveaways all night long, and entry is free! Don’t forget to dress to impress!
Vamos (1/37 Little Bourke St Melbourne) – Vamos is celebrating its first anniversary on Oct. 31st, come and celebrate this very special night, full of invited guests and surprises! Bands and flamenco dancing are to be part of the event, as well as a Dj expert in Latin American music playing some gems in vinyl Live Latin American music and flamenco dancer and it’s HALLOWEEN so dress up and join the fun. Expect some surprises! It’s going to be an amazing evening! Tickets are $30 a head and you can get them online here.
South of the Yarra Screams
Collection Bar (328 Bridge St, Richmond) – Another Halloween is upon us and all the over indulgent pumpkins have been itching to get out. This year The Collection are turning things up a notch with a $100 tab going to the best dressed! The All Hallows’ punch will be flowing all night along with other drink specials and a late night burger menu to keep the stomach lined.
Ormond Hall (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Put your sanity to the test and dare to be admitted to The Asylum, Melbourne’s most thrilling Halloween event. For the first time since its closure in 1895, Melbournians are now able to walk the halls of one of Australia’s oldest insane asylums. The history of The Asylum is enough to sicken the stiffest of nerves. Renowned for being run by sociopathic matrons and sadistic neuro-surgeons; very few patients treated in these wards ever left with a cure of their psychosis. Sanity was not the mission. Hysteria was the goal.Tickets are $25 and you can book them online here.
Halloween Outdoor Cinema (St Kilda Primary School, 2B Brighton Road St Kilda) – St Kilda Primary School will be transformed into an outdoor cinema showing, The Minion Movie, Hotel Transylvania, The Original Rocky Horror Show and Inside Out. There will be a range of Halloween based activities to get the kids involved along with mobile food trucks , vendors and entertainment. Entry is gold coin donation
Cadbury Treat Street Party (Maitland St, Glen Iris) – Glen Iris will be at the heart of Melbourne’s Halloween celebrations this year as Cadbury prepares to free the joy on the spookiest day of the year by turning one lucky suburban street into an enchanting Cadbury Treat Street for the community to enjoy. Maitland Street in Glen Iris will be transformed into a magical Halloween-themed destination, which will become one of Melbourne’s biggest and most joyful Halloween street parties. Residents and visitors to the Cadbury Treat Street will celebrate as a community at a street party hosted by Cadbury, featuring non-stop entertainment, party games, a community BBQ and thousands of Cadbury treats to be given away to bring the festivities to life. Melburnians are invited to head to Maitland St in Glen Iris from 4.30pm-6.30pm on Saturday 31 October to visit the Cadbury Treat Street.