Parties & celebrations

Gold Coast Kids Guide to Halloween 2020

Halloween is on Saturday 31 October, and while COVID may mean there are a few changes to the annual calendar, there is still plenty on to celebrate in a safe way! My annual Gold Coast Kids Guide to Halloween showcases local community events keeping kids off the streets but still allowing for trick-or-treating, crafts to entertain little hands, and movies for the whole family to enjoy if you prefer to stay home. 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   

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!

Halloween Spookfest, Westfield Helensvale, 10am-3pm, Saturday 31 October

Know a little pumpkin who loves to celebrate all things Halloween? Join Helensvale’s Halloween SpookFest on Saturday 31 October 2020 for a day of family friendly Halloween fun in The Playground! Dress up in your Halloween costumes and enjoy a range of free – and freaky – activities from 10am – 3pm. Creepy Crafts (10am – 12pm) – make your own dangly plasticine spider string puppet or origami spider hand puppet to take home. Freaky Face Painting (12pm – 3pm) – choose from a range of Halloween inspired looks to match your costume! Halloween Balloon Twisting (12pm – 3pm) – talented twisters will make you a creepy balloon creation to take home! Free Popcorn (12pm – 3pm) – the perfect afternoon snack to refuel you for all the freaky fun! Free Halloween Treat Bags for Westfield Plus members – details at the link! All activities are free and no bookings are required.

Gold Coast Halloween Carnival, Mudgeeraba Showgrounds 2pm-8pm, Saturday 31 October

Awesome Halloween fun for a gold coin donation at entry!! Get your costumes ready, and bring your friends and family for an awesome night! Great variety of food and market stalls, field/ carnival games and rides, team scavenger hunt, best costume comp, kids Halloween lolly hunt, safe trick or treating, music/entertainment, prizes and much more!!

Halloween in the Park, Coomera 4pm-8pm, Saturday 31 October

An amazing, free Halloween Event. There will be prizes for Best Dressed including a family of 4 pass to Padlocked Escape Rooms! Candy Buckets thanks to Raining Candy, Magic Stage Show and Balloon Twisting by Fly By Fun, Special Performance by Dynamite Studios and plenty of food and drink specials. Bookings are essential.

Halloween at Sharks, Southport 7pm-9pm, Saturday 31 October

Join them for their ‘After Dark‘ session, the entire family will be able to enjoy a sit-down meal along with a 45-minute spooktacular kids show by LOL Crew – Kids shows. Make sure to get the kids to dress up, as best dressed prizes will be available for those who have the best costumes! Meal & Ticket packages include a meal of your choice (from a select menu) and seats to the LOL Crew kids show. Dine-in Frenzy’s from 7pm, Kids show 7.45pm – 8.30pm. Adults: Members $25 | Guests $30 Kids (13 & under): Members $10 | Guests $15. Bookings essential and filling up fast!

Fest-Evil at the Sanctuary, Currumbin Sanctuary, 4.30-8.30pm Friday 23 October, Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October

This year there will be three SPOOK-TACULAR nights of Halloween frightful fun at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary! Monsters will be let loose to check out the Sanctuary after dark. Ride the Ghost Train, hang out with the creepy wildlife, enjoy spooky shows, trick or treat showbags and prizes for best Halloween costumes at the Monster Mash Kids Precinct. Lots of food and drinks available from the Sanctuary outlets, as well as the Sanctuary Markets. Tickets are limited, bookings essential. $17 for adults, $12.50 for children, under age of 2 is free.

Halloween Kids Party, Norfolk Tavern 5-7pm, Saturday 31 October

Kids party pack with every kids meal, prizes for best dressed Halloween costume, free face painting. Norfolk Tavern has a great kids playground right by their outdoor dining deck. Bookings essential.

Halloween Fright Night, Tugun Leagues Club 6pm, Saturday 31 October

You’re invited to our Halloween Fright Night party. Get dressed up, bring the kids for a fun filled evening of fun, including inflatables, activities and best dressed fun. Live entertainment and lots more on offer for this family friendly event.

Children’s Halloween Dress Up Party, Pimpama Tavern 11am-3pm, Saturday 31 October

Looking for some daytime Halloween fun? At the Pimpama Tavern, for just $20 children will get a children’s lunch meal, movie on the big screen, lolly bag, popcorn, and prizes for best costumes. Bookings are essential.

Spooktacular Halloween Disco, Pampered Princess Burleigh, 5-7pm, Saturday 31 October

Put on your favourite costume, park your broomsticks at the door and have a boo-gie on the dance floor! From 5pm – 7pm, your little ghosts and gouls will enjoy a drop-and-go disco party with face painting, party games, dancing and more! Inclusions: Themed party host, Face painting, Party food, Disco dancing, Fun party games, Spooky gift bag. Tickets $40pp, bookings essential.

EMF Jnr Nerang Halloween 1st birthday party 8am-4pm, Saturday 31 October

EMF Jnr Nerang turns 1! They are inviting you to celebrate with them, HALLOWEEN style! Dress up in your finest costume, enjoy spooky shakes and Halloween themed treats from the cafe, there will be free face painting and a guess the lollies in the jar game.

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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!

Wooden spoon bats

This wooden spoon bat craft from One Little Project for Halloween is so much fun! It’s quick and simple, and super fun to make with the kids! You could even hang them on the wall as a Halloween decoration!

Toilet roll spiders

A super easy painting project from Crafty Morning, perfect for creating some spooky little spiders!

Masking Tape Mummy

A fun activity from No Time For Flash Cards, this is perfect for those developing fine motor skills. Stick masking tape across your very own paper mummy!

Paper cup spiders

These cup spiders from Craft Town can be made from paper or foam cups. There is a cute friendly version as well as a traditional “scary” version appropriate for Halloween.

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

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+

Super Monsters Save Halloween (2018) – NETFLIX

For the littlest Halloween fans, Netflix offers this Super Monsters half-hour special, which actively shows preschoolers how the holiday’s scares are mostly make-believe. The characters explain the tricks behind haunted houses and spooky decorations so they don’t seem quite so horrifying anymore.

Toy Story of Terror (2014) – DISNEY+

When Mr. Potato Head goes missing at a roadside motel, Andy and the rest of the toys go on a spooky and mysterious adventure to find their friend. This movie features all the warmth, humor, funny references, and gags you expect from the best Pixar films.

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.

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

This scary-but-not-too-scary movie follows the deligthfully 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 7+

The Addams Family (2019) – STAN

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, but they’re also plenty of fun. This animated take on the Addams clan also looks more like the old Charles Addams cartoons.

Hotel Transylvania (2012) – NETFLIX

Drama and hilarity ensues when a human discovers Dracula’s faraway resort for monsters and other mythical creatures. The movie is from the POV of the monsters (drawn by beloved animator Genndy Tartakovsky), so they come across as the good guys. And, if your kids love this one, there are two sequels that follow it.

Frankenweenie (2012) – DISNEY+

This black-and-white, stop-motion movie from director Tim Burton is a clever twist on the classic Frankenstein story. Instead of a human subject, the young scientist in this movie animates a dog.

Halloweentown (2004) – DISNEY+

As all ’90s kids will attest, Disney Channel Original Movies do it best when it comes to Halloween — and this one starring the late, great Debbie Reynolds is the ultimate.

Ages 10+

The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) – NETFLIX

Based on the excellent YA novel by John Bellairs, this movie follows the story of a young orphan sent to live with his eccentric uncle — only to be pulled into a world of witches, warlocks, and ancient rivalries. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett ham it up as the boy’s two magical guardians.

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.

The Haunted Mansion (2003) – DISNEY+

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.

Corpse Bride (2005) – NETFLIX

This Oscar-nominated stop-motion movie follows a young man who accidentally married a ghost. If you couldn’t already guess, the movie is directed by Tim Burton (again), and it’s done in his trademark macabre style.

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