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 of the best Halloween events on the Central Coast. We’ve also found the best-dressed Halloween homes and streets – these 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.
Halloween Events in 2019
FRIGHT NIGHT at The Entrance
This year, John Grey’s Haunted House has teamed up with The Entrance & District Chamber of Commerce to bring us FRIGHT NIGHT – the Coast’s biggest Halloween party!
As part of this spectacular event, over 30 local shops will open their doors for a night of safe trick or treating. Kids will visit each participating store to get a stamp on a passport. Once they have all their stamps they can take their passport to a collection point and trade it for lollies! There’ll be free virtual reality rides, arts and crafts, a DJ and light saber academy display PLUS the main attraction – Grey’s Haunted House! Here, guests can visit 12 rooms of themed fear and a graveyard full of roaming brain-craving zombies!
The highly rigged wheel of doom will also be back with prizes to be given out on the night. Turn up in your favourite Halloween costume for a chance to be picked for a spin!
When: Thursday 31 October. This year’s haunted house will be split into 2 scare sessions:
- 2pm – 4pm: Special needs session. No sounds, lights are on, no moving props and no scarers. Perfect for the younger kiddies!
- 4pm – 10pm: General admission. Full scaring in progress (Note the ‘SAFE’ move if things get too much, guests are to place both hands in the air and surrender – the scarers will then know to back off!)
Where: The Entrance (Grey’s Haunted House is at the bottom mall in the old Taylor Homestead).
Cost: Gold coin donation entry with all proceeds going to Westpac’s Rescue Helicopter.
Halloween Spooktacular at Wyong Milk Factory
The Halloween Spooktacular at Wyong Milk Factory is a disco event with a twist! Add face painting, balloon animals, an inflatable obstacle course and a donut eating competition and you are set for one evening of solid FUN!
PLUS The Wyong Milk Factory Tavern will be open for parents to sit back and relax while the kids run wild on the outdoor jumping castle! It is recommended to book a table as the afternoon event is likely to get very busy.
Where: Wyong Milk Factory, 141 Alison Road, Wyong
When: Thursday 31 October | Ages 6 and under 4pm-5.30pm | Ages 7 and above 6pm -7.30pm.
Cost: $5 entry at the door.
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! With prizes, all-night music, and dancing, the fun is guaranteed! Come dressed in your spooky best.
Where: Monkey Mania, Central Coast Leagues Club, Dane Dr, Gosford.
When: Friday 1 November 6.30pm-9.30pm.
Cost: Earlybird tickets $10/child | $4/adult (available until 31 October); call 0243 259 865 to purchase). On the day tickets $15/child. Adults $4.50 (includes a drink voucher).
Kincumber Hotel Halloween Party
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 Sunday 27 October.
Cost: Free to attend. Pay for the drinks and food you purchase. Call 4369 2166 to book a table.
Monster Mashup Halloween Ft. Kid Kenobi & Andrew James! – Sydney
If old skool house and rave is your thing, then here’s a Sydney Halloween party that will excite the whole family! ‘Kooky’ Kid Kenobi & ‘Alarming’ Andrew James will be putting on a ghostly good time as they roll out the anthems for all you boys and ghouls! Along with the multi-sensory dancefloor, bubbles, glitter cannons and giant balloons, kids can also get their faces painted and take part in a number of craft activities. Food is available at the bistro and there is a fully licensed bar. PLUS you’ll get glow sticks on arrival! Halloween dress up is optional but HIGHLY recommended!
Where: The Juniors Kingsford, 558A Anzac Parade, Kingsford
When: 2pm-5pm Sunday 27 October.
Cost: Adults $26 (ages 17+) | Children $18 (ages 1-16) | Pre-walker FREE (under 1)
Halloween Disco at Ettalong Bowlo
Save the date for two hours of spooky dancing fun at this event hosted by Lil Ravers Kids Discos. Entry is only $5 and includes a drink and chips! PLUS, plenty of prizes will be given away for the best costumes and best dancers!
Where: Ettalong Bowlo, 103 Springwood St, Umina Beach.
When: 3pm – 5pm Sunday 27 October.
Cost: $5 (includes chips and drink).
Halloween Disco at Copa Surf Club
With beats by Lil Ravers Kids Discos, this is a great event for little ones on Halloween. Entry is $5 with the option to grab a $6 dinner to keep those dancing energy levels up! Prizes will be given for the best costumes and best dancers!
Where: Copacabana Surf Lifesaving Club, Del Monte Place, Copacabana
When: 5.30pm – 7pm Thursday 31 October.
Cost: $5 entry. $6 dinner (Sausage sanga, drink and popcorn – $1 extra for vegetarian option). Tickets to be purchased at the event.
Costume Disco at Chameleon Play Cafe, Cessnock
Come dressed as your favourite superhero, villain, monster, or anything in between! This event promises three hours of Halloween fun including disco games, FREE face-painting and prizes for the best dancers and best dressed. There’ll also be a spooky Halloween menu available in addition to the full kitchen menu.
Tickets must be pre-purchased prior to the night as space is limited.
Where: Chameleon Play Cafe, 61 Vincent Street, Cessnock
When: 5pm – 8pm Saturday 26 October and Thursday 31 October.
Cost: $10 per child. Please note babies & adults are FREE however they do still need a ticket.
More 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 26 October, 4pm – 7pm. Cost: $5.
Bunnings, West Gosford – Thursday 31 October, 5pm – 7pm. Cost: Free.
Bunnings, Tuggerah – Thursday 31 October, 5pm – 7pm. Cost: Free.
Everglades Country Club, Woy Woy – Friday 25 October 6pm – 8pm, Cost: Free
Peanuts, Club Toukley – Friday 11 October, 6pm-8pm. Cost: $6 per ticket.
Ourimbah-Lisarow RSL – Thursday 31 October, 6pm – 9pm. Cost: Free.
Monster Mash and Trick or Treat event at Gosford’s Kibble Park
Quite a few locals have contacted us to ask if this annual event will be on this year. This event was run by GBID and our understanding is that this group no longer operates. We’ve been told that this event will sadly not be happening this year.
The Best Homes to Visit on the Coast to get a Fright this Halloween
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 provided a freak show of scarers who will be outside in the yard entertaining people while they wait to enter the Witches Lair.
As well as the usual spooktacular lights, sounds and live scarers (including a witch, a gate keeper, a live creepy doll and a couple of freaky looking zombies), Conor Smith from The Voice Australia will be making a very special appearance at 6pm!
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. Last year Tammy welcomed 1169 people into her 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: Thursday 31 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: Thursday 31 October.
Treehouse of Horrors
Sophia promises bigger, scarier and more terrifying ghosts, zombies, vampires, ghouls, witches and spiders 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 delicious, delectable candy for everyone that comes!” says Sophia.
Where: 224 Veron Rd, Umina Beach.
When: Thursday 31 October, 3pm – 9pm.
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.
- Huntly Rd, Bensville.
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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