Central Coast families, get ready for some spooky, creepy, crawly, scary fun this Halloween.
If you’re looking for a scare this Halloween here is your hit-list. We’ve found the best Halloween homes on the Central Coast – the ones whose residents go above and beyond to ensure trick or treaters shriek.
You will jump, you will scream, you will get goose bumps. Happy Halloween!
Disclaimer: Carers, you know your children. Some kids will think this is awesome, 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.
The Best Homes to Visit on the Coast to get a Fright this Halloween
The Haunted House
John Grey’s Haunted House is a Halloween institution. This year it’s moved to the 1st Berkeley Vale Scouts Hall – a far larger space that’ll be turned into a “16-room house,” says John, “with external graveyard full of roaming brain-craving zombies.” Each of the haunted house rooms channels a theme that taps into a new fear, including evil clowns, vampires, spiders, claustrophobia and ghouls. You’ll find live scarers in costume throughout the house and more than $6000-worth of Halloween paraphernalia – lasers, smoke machines, projectors, sound systems and mannequins – that take four days to set up.
John enticed trick or treaters to The Entrance for six years before uprooting to Killarney Vale last year. Last year’s rain convinced John that he needed a wet weather-proof option and the 1st Berkeley Vale Scouts have kindly volunteered their hall for this year’s event.
John says, “We started our first year with just a packet or two of fake spiderweb strewn around the 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. The next year I bought more props and made a room full of spooky stuff that people 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 you’ll find more lighting, lasers and projector footage plus lots of additional props. John’s created many props himself – the likes of open caskets, creepy dolls and the Grim Reaper. There are 1000 lolly bags up for grabs and if you arrive in fancy dress you can take a spin of the ” wheel of doom”. Spin to win a wedgie from your mum, a snotty tissue, or a cool t-shirt. This is trick OR treat time after all.
The entry sign doesn’t beat about the bush: “You enter at your own risk! Pregnant women and people with heart problems are urged to consider that this is not a teddy bear’s picnic. This is a haunted house with one purpose only and that is to scare you!” Consider yourself warned!
“We take every precaution we can to try and keep things safe,” says John. “We even have a ‘safe’ move for people who get too freaked out.” If you’ve reached your fear limit, place both hands in the air and the scarers will know to back off. “We have had kids and adults use this at times,” says John. “We do aim to scare,” he adds with a laugh.
Why does John do it? “It’s fun,” he says. “People love it, and I want to show that in this world some things can still be given for free.”
Where: 1st Berkeley Vale Scout Hall, Panorama Parade, Berkeley Vale.
When: Wednesday 31 October. This year’s haunted house will be split into 2 scare sessions:
- Kiddies light and spooky sessions: 2pm-4pm is for ages 0-5. John says this is the “toddler walk. No scarers jumping out. No zombies trying to eat you. A basic daylight walkthrough without the claustrophobic dark room”. 4pm-6pm is for kids aged 5+ who are looking for a light scare.
- Enter if you dare: 6pm-10pm. Make sure you’re in line prior to 9.45pm. This is what John describes as the “all-out, no-holds barred, we-aim-to-scare-your-pants-off session”. All ages are welcome, but enter only if you dare.
Tips: Prize for best dressed in line will be awarded at 6pm. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from 5pm with proceeds going to the 1st Berkeley Vale Scouts who have kindly donated the use of the hall.
Please note: There will be permanent police presence on site to deter hooligans. This is an alcohol-free zone.
Details: Free entry. A donation tin will be placed at the entrance with all monies raised going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Donations are not compulsory, but of course appreciated.
Updates: For updates and more info join their Facebook group. Click here.
The Witches Lair
Do you dare enter the Witch’s Lair? The Emperor of Evil invites you to the Witches Lair for trick or treating this Halloween. Following the success of last year’s event, Tammy’s decided to up the ante and has this year created five rooms of spooktacular fun. There will be lights, sounds and live scarers including a witch, a gate keeper, a live creepy doll and a couple of zombies ready to make your night.
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. “Over the years my love for building the props and making something great for kids to come and see has grown and in 2017 we welcomed more then 500 people into our home”.
Ninety per cent 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: Wednesday 31st October 4:30pm-8:30pm.
Details: Alcohol-free zone. A donation box will be placed at the entrance with all monies raised going to The Lakes Surf Life Saving Club.
Updates: For updates and more info join their Facebook group. Click here.
If you dare…
If you’re a Christmas-light fan, you’re probably familiar with Michelle Gribble’s home of 55 Darri Road, Wyongah. She’s been decorating her home in Christmas decor for the past nine years and every year her $8000-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: Wednesday 31st October.
This moving witch with flashing eyes and high-pitched cackle is sure to frighten the pants off kids and adults alike. Add a giant spider, a coffin, spiderwebs and a live scarer dressed as one of the Sanderson sisters from “Hocus Pocus” and you have a cauldron of fun.
When: Wednesday 31st October 5pm-8pm.
Treehouse of Horrors
Sophie promises more spiders, ghouls and witches this year at her Treehouse of Horrors this year. “I live in a pole home,” she says. “There’s a great amount of stairs through our palm trees and natural bush to the front door. Kids get so excited and scared just walking up the stairs!” And what do they get for braving the walk and reaching the top? “I have a ridiculous amount of yummy Halloween candy,” says Sophie.
Where: 224 Veron Rd, Umina Beach.
When: Any time on the 31st.
Best Central Coast Streets for Trick or Treating
To plan your trick or treating route, we recommend you join local Facebook group Halloween on the Central Coast Australia for a map of Central Coast houses whose residents have said they’ll be participating in Trick or Treat this year. The map is starting to fill up with Halloween-enthusiastic residents, and it’s only going to get more and more packed with addresses the closer Halloween looms.
At the moment the map indicates your best bet will be to head for one of these suburbs:
- Blue Haven (the area between Blue Haven Public School and Blueridge Drive).
- Halekulani (Ulana Ave and Huene Ave).
We’ve been told on good authority that the following streets tend to go the whole nine-yards each year:
- 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.
Other Halloween Events
Monkey Mania Halloween Disco
A play at Monkey Mania is a surefire way to tire out the kids. Add a Halloween disco and you’ll likely get a sleep-in too. Happy days! There will be party hosts organising games for the kids, such as limbo and musical statues, a face painter on site and lots of prizes up for grabs. Come dressed in your spooky best.
Where: Monkey Mania, Central Coast Leagues Club, Dane Dr, Gosford.
When: Saturday 27 October 6pm-9pm.
Cost: Earlybird tickets $10/child (available until 5pm Friday 26 October; call 0243 259 865 to purchase). On the day tickets $15/child. Adults $4.50 (includes a drink voucher).
Monsters & Heroes Treat Trail
Creep your way through Gosford City on the Treat Trail then get your dancing shoes to the Midday Monster Disco! Kibble Park is set to deliver some spooktacular fun with free rides, stalls, and best-dressed prizes for our little heroes, monsters and villains at this event presented by GBID.
Where: Kibble Park (and surrounds), Gosford.
When: Saturday 27 October.
- The Treat Trail runs from 11am-12pm. There’s a Heroes Trail Map (0-7 years) and a Monsters Trail Map (8-15 years). Click them to download each.
- Disco: 12pm.
The Wyong Milk Factory is hosting a Halloween Disco, ghost stories by the fire, a jumping castle, face painting and a “Spooky Fashion Parade with prizes for best dressed and best catwalk. There will be free lolly bags for the kids and their Riverside bar will be open for snacks and drinks for the parents.
Where: The Wyong Milk Factory, 141 Alison Rd, Wyong.
When: Wednesday 31 October. 4pm-5.30pm for kids under 7. 6pm-8pm for kids 8+.
Cost: $5 for the disco; payable at the door. Parents must stay on the premises.
The Kincumber Hotel is hosting a family-friendly Halloween Party the weekend before the 31st. They’re promising face painting, games, best-dressed prizes and “spooky drinks” for the adults.
Where: The Kincumber Hotel, 6 Carrak Rd, Kincumber.
When: 5pm-8pm Sunday 28 October.
Cost: Free to attend. Pay for the drinks and food you purchase. Call 4369 2166 to book a table.
Halloween Disco fun
There are a heap of kids discos happening across the Coast this Halloween. Take your pick from the following fun. Don’t forget to dress in your spooky best. (Click the names below for more details)
Halekulani Bowling Club – Saturday 27 October. $5.
Hardys Bay Club – Friday 2 November. Free.
Copacabana SLSC – Wednesday 31 October. $5.
Halloween at Daleys Kitchen
Daleys Kitchen has costumed up early to bring you a fun Halloween dining space. If you like the idea of supping your cappucino amid cobwebs, pumpkins, skeletons and bats, this is the cafe for you.
Ph: 0243 399 878.
Where: 30 Empire Bay Drive, Daleys Point.
Shops for Halloween Costumes and Decorations
These 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
Kazelle Fancy Dress
Shop 1/40 The Entrance Road, The Entrance.
Ph: 0243 323 106
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, The Entrance
Shop 3, 40-48 The Entrance Road, The Entrance.
Ph: 0243 261 449
The Base Warehouse, Erina
34 Karalta Road, Erina.
Ph: 0243 656 600
Spotlight West Gosford
28 Central Coast Highway, West Gosford.
Ph: 0243 233 611
Shop 1, 2 Bryant Drive, Tuggerah.
Ph: 0243 518 040
Have fun! Stay safe. And please remember that these are people’s homes and they do all of this for free for your enjoyment. Please be respectful.
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