Adelaide’s first Festival of Halloween set to spook and delight in Port Adelaide

Get ready for Adelaide’s inaugural Festival of Halloween! Packed with activities, costume contests, and a charity-driven spooky market, the event promises spooky fun for all ages.

Adelaide is set to host its inaugural Festival of Halloween on the 5th of October 2024, at the historic Waterside Workers Hall in Port Adelaide. This newly conceived festival aims to create a haunted haven for fans of the Halloween season.

The event is being organised by local haunt operator Stasia Read and Andrea Beattie, the founder of Hallozween. Their aim is to bring together the community in a festival that caters to all — from children participating in their first trick-or-treating to hardcore fans of the spookiest holiday of the year.

“We’re so thrilled to present Adelaide’s first ever Festival of Halloween,” shares Stasia. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for families and Halloween enthusiasts to come together and enjoy a day of spooky fun and community spirit.”

A variety of activities are planned for the day to ensure attendees have a memorable and engaging experience. The organisers have structured the event to include something for everyone. Highlights feature a trick or treat trail, children’s activities, a mini-haunt experience, and a spooky market hosting over 20 unique stallholders.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up and take part in the festive atmosphere through various interactive experiences. These include photo ops with eerie backdrops and roving scare actors, costume and cosplay competitions with spot prizes, and expert-led DIY talks where participants can learn how to create their own Halloween props.

There will be show bags filled with festive treats available for purchase, with profits going to the GO Foundation to support Indigenous youth education. The festival will also see the appearance of the South Australia Ghost Busters, promising to add a unique element to the festivities.

“Adelaide, and South Australia in general, has a very passionate and devoted Halloween community,” says Andrea. “We wanted to present an event that embraced everything folks love about Halloween – fun, inclusivity, and of course, some scares.”

Another distinctive element of this festival is its focus on inclusivity. Acknowledging the needs of all attendees, the organisers have planned a special 30-minute session from 3pm for those with sensory needs, offering a quieter experience.

The event will operate across two sessions: a morning session from 11am to 3pm, and an afternoon session from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.

For additional details concerning the event schedule, ticket bookings, and general information, attendees are encouraged to visit the official Hallozween website.

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