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Gold Coast kids guide to Halloween 2019

Halloween is on Thursday 31 October, and there are heaps of ways to have a kid-friendly celebration! From local community events keeping kids off the streets but still allowing for trick-or-treating, crafts to entertain little hands, or movies for the whole family to enjoy, this Gold Coast kids guide to Halloween has been put together to help you make the most of this fun and spooky day!

Halloween parties         

Kids Halloween Gold Coast

Keen to celebrate Halloween, but not keen on having your kids walking the streets? There are so many great community events happening, check out the list below for some ideas and start planning those costumes!

Off the streets, Ormeau 5.30-7.30pm, Thursday 31 October

Off the Streets – an alternative to Halloween which includes the fun of dress-up and goodies, but without knocking on strangers doors, keeping kids safe. Come dressed up, bring your treat baskets, travel through the entire Ormeau Centre where you can collect a range of treats (lollies galore!), catch up with friends and do a little disco dancing, say hello to your favourite characters (Elmo, Spongebob, Minion, Scooby Doo, Ninja Turtle and more!) or jump in the castle! It’s an event designed to keep families off the streets while offering a safe, managed, themed event where everyone can come together.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt, Pimpama 3.30pm, Thursday 31 October

Follow the spooky scavenger hunt maps, grab a lolly bag and get your face painted for free!

Halloween Movie Night & Trail, Coomera from 4.30pm, Thursday 31 October

Jump on your broomsticks and head along to the Foreshore Coomera Display Village Halloween Trail and Movie Night! Kids are invited to visit selected spooky display homes and say “trick or treat” to collect a Halloween treat. There will also be face painting and roving entertainers. Then head over to Eagle Tree Park to the outdoor cinema and watch Hotel Transylvania from 6:30pm. Popcorn will be supplied and there will be a Mexican food truck if you wanted to buy dinner. Don’t forget to dress-up and bring your own cauldron, bag or basket to collect your treats!

Halloween at Coles Ormeau, 4pm-5.30pm, Thursday 31 October

Hosting fun activities for the kids in store! Yummy Lolly Stands throughout the store, Creepy Face Painting and Delicious Donut Decorating.

Halloween Family Festival with KDV sports, Carrara, 2-7pm, Saturday 2 November

Halloween is coming to KDV Sport! On Saturday, November 2nd, bring your whole family to this fun (and not so scary) family festival complete with food & drinks, dress up prizes, raffles, a haunted house, scary climbing wall, jumping castle, bopping tunes, games, prizes, markets & so much more! This is a ticketed event and places are limited. Buy online now before it sells out!

Halloween Spook-tacular Disco, Westfield Helensvale, 5-7pm, Thursday 31 November

Jump on your broomsticks and join the free Halloween Spook-Tacular Disco Party…if you dare! There will be a live DJ playing all your favourite tracks, fairy floss & popcorn machines, spooky tattoo artists, scary face painting and freaky balloon twisting to be enjoyed by all. And it’s all FREE. Take part in dance-off competitions and show off your coolest moves. Or enter the Best Dressed costume competition to win some awesome prizes. (Parents and carers – there’s a prize for best dressed adults, so don’t let the kids have all the fun!). The first 200 kids will also receive a spooky Halloween gift bag with candy, prizes and McDonalds vouchers. But if you miss out, never fear, there will be plenty of other giveaways throughout the night.

Halloween storytelling & face painting, Surfers Paradise, 10-11am, Thursday 31 October

Bring your little one and celebrate Halloween at Capri on Via Roma. Enjoy Halloween themed storytelling and face painting between 10am-11am. Plus lolly bags and special guest Dark Witch Maleficent. All children are encouraged to dress up!

Little Monsters Halloween Party, Broadwater Parklands, 4.30-8pm, Thursday 31 October

Come and celebrate Halloween with your little monsters at Broadwater Parklands. They are creeping it real with a fancy dress competition, DJ Party plus other spooky activities. They have also teamed up with the Movies Under the Stars program to  bring you a showing of Hotel Transylvania 3 which will follow the party from 6.30pm.

Surfers Paradise Fest-Evil, Thursday 31 October – Saturday 2 November

Join this year’s spooktacular Halloween-inspired weekend event, Surfers Paradise Fest-Evil, filled with all things freaky and fun that is sure to give you goosebumps! A FREE 3-day event like no other, experience the frightful fun of zombies, ghosts, vampire-themed acrobats, stilt walkers staggering through Surfers Paradise plus so much more. Of course, there’ll be trick or treating too! Come if you dare in your favourite Halloween wear. Featured within Fest-Evil is the Surfers Paradise Zombie Walk which showcases a parade of Zombie Walk enthusiasts. All zombie walkers will have a chance to be crowned King or Queen in the annual Costume Competition as well as dancing the night away in the Post Parade Street Party.

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Halloween crafts

I love crafting, and once kids come along, you’ve got every excuse under the sun to craft away! These fun Halloween crafts will keep kids of all ages occupied while making them, and some will even continue to provide entertainment afterwards!

Halloween Puppets from paddle pop sticks

These craft stick Halloween puppets from Creative Family Fun were destined to be cute. Plus, they’re quite easy to make. All you need are a few craft sticks and paint… and don’t forget the googly eyes!

Vampire Corner Bookmark

A DIY corner bookmark from Easy Peasy and Fun that is ready to take a bite into your book! This Vampire corner bookmark is certainly one to make.

Fluffy Pumpkin Slime

I heart arts n crafts fluffy slime recipe will have kids squealing with glee! You can even amp up the storage with DIY Jack-0-Lantern mason jars.

Toilet paper mummies

This toilet paper mummies game from Gift of Curiosity is a classic Halloween activity. You’ll have the kids giggling away while you completely wrap them in toilet paper!!  

Spider web plates

These little paper plate webs from Annelily Design are so easy to make and are a great way for kids to practice their hand eye coordination.

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Halloween movies that won’t stop your kids from sleeping at night

Kids Halloween Gold Coast

Halloween or spooky genre movies are everywhere, but what do you do when your child wants to watch a movie and all you can think of are super scary movies that you know will have them sleeping in your bed for the next year while they recover. Whether you have little ones at home who just want to watch some gentle Halloween fun, or a tween who is working their way up to more terrifying fare, these are some perfect kids Halloween movies! (side note – these ages are a guide, parental supervision always recommended!)

Ages 3+

Dreamworks Spooky Stories (2012) NETFLIX

In these spooktacular stories, your favorite DreamWorks characters from the blockbuster hits Shrek and Monsters vs. Aliens return in these chilling tales for the whole family.

Room on the Broom (2013) STAN

This short film, an adaptation of the book by Julia Donaldson, stars a witch, but she’s by no means scary: She’s quick with a smile and a laugh, and kind to the animals who all ask her for a ride. This one’s so good, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Ages 7+

Hotel Transylvania (2012) FOXTEL

Drama and hilarity ensues when a human discovers Dracula’s faraway resort for monsters and other mythical creatures. The movie is from the point of view of the monsters, so they come across as the good guys. And, if your kids love this one, there are two sequels that follow it, Hotel Transylvania 2 is on Netflix, and Hotel Transylvania 3 is on Foxtel.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) NETFLIX

This scary-but-not-too-scary movie follows the delightfully British Wallace and Gromit as they try to figure out what’s been destroying a town’s vegetable gardens. It turns out to be a monster, but not one that you’d expect — it’s a were-rabbit, transforming from a bunny to beast.

Ages 10+

Goosebumps (2015) NETFLIX

Jack Black returns again, this time as R.L. Stine for a movie based on Stine’s beloved scary-book series. The plot weaves in lots of details that parents remember from the books and turns them into a whole new story.

Monster House (2006) NETFLIX

This charming movie is about three friends who discover that their neighbour’s house is a living, breathing monster — and they have to figure out how to stop it before the neighbourhood goes to hell.

The Haunted Mansion (2003) FOXTEL

Based on the popular Disneyland attraction, Eddie Murphy stars in this film as a real-estate agent who finds himself in a world of grim, grinning ghosts.

Ghostbusters (1988) NETFLIX

When you want to watch a movie with your fam that’s as heavy on the laughs as it is on the scares, who you gonna call? Follow up a viewing of the classic with the all-female reboot that stars comedic powerhouses Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, also on Netflix.

Ages 12+

The Addams Family (1991) FOXTEL

Featuring an all-star cast that includes Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci, this film update of the iconic TV show exceeds all expectations. Your kids will probably love Cousin It just as much as we do.

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