Central Coast families, get ready for some spooky, creepy, crawly, scary fun this Halloween.

If you’re looking for a scare, here is your hit list of the best-dressed Halloween homes and streets on the Central Coast. These residents go above and beyond to ensure trick-or-treaters shriek.

You will jump, you will scream, and you will get goosebumps. Happy Halloween!

Disclaimer: Carers, you know your children. Some kids will think Halloween is awesome, while others will be terrified and get nightmares for weeks. We leave this in your capable hands to decide whether this is for you and your tribe.

Looking for a Halloween costume? We’ve found a huge selection of kids’ (and adults’) costumes, creepy props, and ghoulish decorations at Costumes.com.au, AND they’re currently offering 60% OFF!

Spooktacular Events This Halloween

Spooky Cinema on the Farm, Kulnura


Get ready for a hauntingly good time at East Coast Beverages Spooky Cinema on the Farm! It’ll be a night of thrills, chills, and family-friendly frights as they transform their citrus orchard into an outdoor cinema under the stars. Grab your blankets, bring your friends and family, and prepare for a movie night like no other, where they will be streaming HOCUS POCUS!

When: Saturday 4 November 2023, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: Eastcoast Beverages, 993 George Downes Drive, Kulnura.

Get tickets here.

Family Spook-tacular, Charmhaven

Back by popular demand and better than ever! You’re invited to the Family Spook-tacular, hosted by Storybook Party Co.

They promise:  

+ Music Entertainment
+ Kids’ Entertainment
+ Character Appearances from 4pm – 6pm & Trick or Treat
+ Market Stalls
+ Delicious Food Trucks (with a variety of tasty treats)

Support Make A Wish Australia: While there’s no entry fee to join the fun, the hosts kindly ask for your support in making dreams come true by making a donation to Make A Wish Australia. Your contributions will directly benefit children facing critical illnesses, bringing hope and joy to their lives. To make it easy for you to contribute, they will have donation buckets available on the day. Plus, some of the activities will have a gold coin donation option, ensuring everyone can participate and give back.

Date: Sunday, October 29th, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Outside – Storybook Party Co – Ohart Close Charmhaven

More information here.

The Best Homes to Visit on the Coast to get a Fright this Halloween

We spoke with some local Central Coast residents who are going all-in in 2023 to bring you some spooky creepy-crawly fun.  See some of the most spooktacular homes to visit on the Central Coast this Halloween below.

Grey’s Haunted House, San Remo

It’s back! We’ve been sharing Grey’s Haunted House since Playing in Puddles launched in 2017, and over the years we’ve seen their display get bigger and bigger.

Grey says, “I started out in 2010. Our first year we had just a packet or two of fake spiderweb strewn around front door and a zombie costume. I would lurch up to the door and lunge at the trick or treaters and watch them scream and run. Next year i bought more props and a gazebo added to the front door. I made one room full of spooky stuff they had to walk through before I scared them. I got so many thumbs up from parents, I decided to go bigger the next year. Now I try to out-do every previous year.”

This year Grey’s Haunted House has four 6x3m gazebos and a couple of smaller ones all interlocked. We have 14 different themed rooms that all showcase a different type of fear.

They’ve got lasers, smoke machines, projectors, sound systems and live scarers in costumes.

It’s free for all the public and they take every precaution to try and keep things safe. Grey says, “We even use a “safe” move for people that get too freaked out. By placing both hands in the air will alert us scarers inside to ease off its too scary. We have had kids and adults use this at times. We do aim to scare lol”.

Why do they do it? “It’s fun,” says Grey. “And people love it.”

Where: 3 Highview Ave, San Remo.

When: 31st October 2023.

This year they have three sessions available:
+ 10am-2pm: Special needs, no lights, no sounds, no scarers, not dark inside.
+ 3pm-7pm: Family friendly with safe move: put your hands up and surrender if it is too scary and the scarers back off.
+ 8pm-10pm: ENTER IF YOU DARE: WE AIM TO SCARE. Not a Teddy bears picnic or for the faint-hearted.

More information: Follow them on Facebook.

“Ugloween” – Watanobbi

“Warning! You are about to enter a Government-Owned Chemical Storage & Inactive Testing Area! You will have chemical exposure due to biohazard leakage. Unauthorised persons who enter will be lawfully detained and held in a laboratory containment facility.”

This house in Watanobbi was new to the Halloween fold last year, but they entered with a bang, and this year they promise it’ll be bigger and better!

This year they’ll have someone on the professional DJ decks, an event-sized bubble machine AND professional face painters who will be giving small free face and arm designs to their trick or treaters. There’ll be glowing giant spider webs, glow-in-the-dark bubbles, a smoke machine, kid-friendly music, and a photo opportunity with a friendly skeleton!

Owner Hollie says they’re all about ‘Spooky Week’ at their house. “The reality is, we celebrate all month!… We decided to go all out as it’s our son’s favourite holiday!”

Hollie says they hope to see lots of smiling faces and give out lots of lollies this Halloween. She also says that the smoke machine won’t be running all night so kids with asthma can still trick or treat. Plus, there’ll also be party favours available for those with allergies. Ugloween is looking forward to seeing everyone in their costumes!

Where: 9 McKell Avenue, Watanobbi
When: Tuesday 31 October 2023, trick or treaters are welcome 4pm-9.30pm (after sunset is the best to see all the ultra-violet lights)!
More information: We have kept our Halloween all ages friendly again this year with a few mild frights. Parents be mindful that this house will have a smoke machine, lasers and flashing lights 

The Witches Lair – Halekulani

The Emperor of Evil invites you to the Witches Lair for trick or treating this Halloween. Tammy’s going all in again with spooktacular lights, sounds, and a live witch. But after seeing 1600 people walk through their place in 2022, they’ve decided to pull it back a little and make their home a decorated one rather than walk-through event in 2023.

Tammy says they first decorated their Australian home in Halloween garb in 2007. “Halloween was not something that was big here on the Central Coast at that stage and we had two children come that year,” says Tammy.

Ninety percent of Tammy’s decorations are made by herself, which makes them unique, raw and, we think, pretty awesome. Where does she get her ideas? “I’ve spent hours on YouTube and on overseas Halloween forums seeing how it’s done elsewhere,” Tammy says. “I’ve found buying things for around $10 and adding to them is the best way to do it.”

Where: 57 Huene Ave, Halekulani.
When: Tuesday 31 October 2023.

Hogwarts Express Platform at Toukley

Hogwarts fans are in for a treat with this INCREDIBLE Halloween effort in Toukley this year!

Cheryl said, “I love decorating for the kids and the community. I love to challenge myself to see how far I can go and what I can do to make something magical and amazing. I finally got my husband on board [last year] which is a plus as he was never really into it and he is having fun”.

This year it’s all about photo opportunities. You can have a heap of fab photos:
+ On the Hogwarts Express ( drive the train or sit in a carriage)
+ The trolley going through the platform 9 3/4 wall
+ Be a pumpkin in Hagrid’s Pumpkin Patch
+ With a Nimbus 2000 racing broom

Dobby the House Elf will be making a special appearance on Halloween evening.

Take note: There will be non-food-treats only at this event!!

Where: 72 Evans Road, Canton Beach, Toukley
When: Tuesday 31 October 2023, 4pm – 8pm.

If You Dare…Wyongah

If you’re a Christmas-light fan, you’re probably familiar with Michelle Gribble’s home at 55 Darri Road, Wyongah. She’s been decorating her home in Christmas decor for the past nine years and every year her $8,000-display gets bigger and better as she adds to her collection at the Boxing Day sales.

This year she’s going all out at Halloween too. We reckon this’ll be one not to be missed.

Where: 55 Darri Rd, Wyongah.
When: Tuesday 31 October 2023.

A Display of Spooks in East Gosford

This house on Webb Street, East Gosford is adorned with spiderwebs, gravestones, and skeletons again this year. Owner Carmen says, “I love how spooky it looks at night.”

Where: 39 Webb St, East Gosford
When: Tuesday 31 October 2023

The Best Central Coast Halloween Streets for Trick or Treating

To plan your trick-or-treating route, we recommend you join the local Facebook group Halloween – Central Coast & Lake Macquarie Australia for a map of Central Coast houses whose residents have said they’ll be participating in Trick or Treat in 2023. Addresses will continue to be added to the map over the coming days.

Normally your best bet will be to head for one of these streets for trick or treating on the Central Coast and as always, only approach homes that are decorated and obviously participating in Halloween this year.

+ Blue Haven (the area between Blue Haven Public School and Blueridge Drive).
+ Halekulani (Ulana Ave and Huene Ave).
+ Old Gosford Road, Wamberal.
+ Duffys Rd (and surrounds), Terrigal.
+ Castle Circuit, Umina.
+ Olney Drive, Blue Haven.
+ Lakedge Ave, Berkeley Vale.
+ Lakeshore Drive, North Avoca.
+ Kestrel Close, Bensville.
+ Huntly Rd, Bensville.

Have fun! And above all, please remember that these are people’s homes and they’re putting all of this on for everyone’s enjoyment. As always, please be kind and respectful.

Have a spooktacular time!

Shops for Halloween Costumes and Decorations

Looking for a Halloween costume? We’ve found a huge selection of kids’ (and adults’) costumes, creepy props, and ghoulish decorations at Costumes.com.au. They’ve got outfits to fit children from as young as 6 months so the littlest family members can get involved in the spooky fun. Heck, they even do costumes for pets – perfect if you’re planning on taking furry friends trick-or-treating with you!

PLUS, they’re offering 60% OFF at the moment.

Left it too late to wait for delivery? These Central Coast shops will ensure you look the part when you go trick or treating.

+ Gosford Musical Society – 262 Henry Parry Drive, North Gosford. Ph: 0243 241 305
+ Jo Jo’s Fancy Dress – 310 Mann Street Gosford. Ph:  0243 224 418
+ Total Party Shop – Shop 5/162 Central Coast Highway, Erina. Ph: 0243 653 698
+ Crazy Bargain Warehouse – Woy Woy Shop 1. Pavilion Building. 29-37 George Street, Woy Woy. Ph: 0243 431 774
+ The Base Warehouse – Erina Erina Fair – near K-mart. Ph: 0243 656 600
+ Spotlight West Gosford – 28 Central Coast Highway, West Gosford. Ph: 0243 233 611
+ Spotlight Tuggerah – Shop 1, 2 Bryant Drive, Tuggerah. Ph: 0243 518 040

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