The Weekender: October 28 – 30
IT’S a spooktacular weekend ahead as Halloween festivities run wild across the city. Hieu Chau has you covered with this weekend’s events.
Melbourne Ghost Tour
Saturday, October 29 (6.00pm – 9.00pm) | City Square (44-86 Swanston St, Melbourne)
You might know Melbourne as a vibrant city full of personality and moody weather but look further and you may find horror afoot!
Ghostly is hosting its Melbourne Ghost Tour this Saturday night from 6.00pm which will take attendees through the troubled history of Melbourne’s hallowed haunting grounds. Listen in on the murders that took place in some of the city’s buildings and who knows, maybe you’ll even spot an apparition or two…
During the three hour tour, guest will have time to take a break from the scares and pause for a 15 minute coffee break. As there will be plenty of walking, it is advised that guests wear comfy shoes and bring an umbrella in case of rain (and knowing Melbourne, it probably will). Guests are also welcome to bring torches along for the tour too (or if you’re feeling REAL spooky, a shiny candelabra with lit candles).
Be quick though, spaces are limited with tickets to the event costing $30.00 per person. For more information about Ghostly’s Melbourne Ghost Tour, hit up their official website.
The Craft and Scream at Hoyts Cinemas
Saturday, October 29 (7.00pm – 11.00pm approx) | Various locations
How about some ’90s throwback horror for your Halloween? Witchcraft and bloody murder await at select Hoyts Cinemas (incduing Melbourne Central, Northland and Highpoint) as the cinema chain will be screening two kooky classics back-to-back.
The Craft will screen at 7.00pm, which is about a group of teenage girls at a Catholic prep school who dabble in sorcery, and the first Scream film will immediately follow at 9.00pm which itself is a send-up of slasher films.
Both have gone on to become cult classics in the hearts and minds of ’90s kids and those who love horror so what better way to spend your scary Saturday night than by indulging in these classic films?
Find out what makes people go a little mad in these two films and book tickets at your local Hoyts Cinemas.
Melbourne Zombie Walk
Saturday, October 29 (6.00pm – 9.00pm) | Birrarung Marr Parkland (Batman Avenue, Melbourne)
It’s a nice sunny Saturday afternoon. You’re coming into the city and just as you’re about to step off the tram, a horde of zombies come your way.
No, you’re not suddenly in The Walking Dead; it’s just the Melbourne Zombie Walk, an all age’s event where all who take part are encouraged to dress up as the shambling living dead.
The walk will begin at Birrarung Marr Parkland at 4.00pm but the venue itself, where zombies big and small can enjoy live music, zombie make-up sessions and movies, will be open from 10.00am.
More than just a bit of mindless fun, the Melbourne Zombie Walk also supports the Brain Foundation, a nationally registered charity dedicated to funding research Australia-wide for neurological disorders, brain diseases and injuries.
For more information on the Melbourne Zombie Walk, check out their official website.
Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne Sea Dragons’ Open Day
Saturday, October 29 (1.45pm – 3.45pm) | Boat Hub (912 Collins St, Docklands)
It’s not all frights and scares this weekend. Have you ever considered boating along the Yarra River? You can do just that this weekend with the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne (CYSM) Sea Dragons this Saturday!
The CYSM Sea Dragons are a dragon boat club whose open day this Saturday afternoon invites those interested in Chinese culture or new to dragon boating entirely, to paddle with other would-be rowers on the Yarra. What are the benefits of dragon boating? You’ll get to meet different people, keep fit and build on teamwork!
Participants are advised to bring along water, sunscreen, a hat and sandals for the practice sessions.
The event is free to the public though registration will still need to be logged. If you’re interested, find out more about CYSA Sea Dragons’ Open Day at its official website.