Spooky Halloween activities in the Heritage City

Looking for way to celebrate all things spooky this Halloween, check out this list of what's on around Ipswich.
13 Oct 2021
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again when the shops are packed with costumes, stores are stocking orange carving pumpkins and the kids are asking about Trick or Treating.

The tradition to hold Halloween on October 31 originated some time around the eighth century – after November 1 became All Saints Day.

The night before All Saints Day became All Hallows Eve and took on some of the Celtic Samhain Festival customs like dressing up to ward off ghosts.

This Halloween there’s plenty of ways to get into the spirit (pun intended) around the Heritage City including ghost tours, movie screenings and even a special magic show.

Watch a horror movie or spooky kids flick

Hocus Pocus

Take the kids to Limelight Cinemas to see a special Halloween screening of the classic Hocus Pocus.  See it on the big screen on Friday October 29 at 6pm, Saturday October 30 at 2pm or Sunday October 31 at 2pm.

Pull on the fishnets and fasten your garter belt for The Rocky Horror Picture Show Special Halloween Screening at 7pm on Saturday October 30.  This themed night will begin at 6.30pm with cocktails and red carpet photos with local Queens.

Or head in to watch a new horror flick Malignant – the film is being released around October 21, check Limelight’s website for session times.

Happy Halloween Hunt

Happy Halloween Hunt is coming to Riverlink Shopping Centre on Saturday October 30.

Head in between 10am – 4pm and follow the clues to find each Halloween station. Complete the task and receive your candy!

Some of the fun includes a Spider Game, Whacker Ghost Box and a Guess What’s Inside tombstone.

Plus don’t miss the Zombie dance floor outside iPlay between 10am – 7pm and while you’re there get FREE Special FX make up. There’ll also be prizes for best dressed on the day.

Ghost tours 

Ghost Tours Australia are running Halloween tours in Ipswich

This Halloween learn about the ghosts of Ipswich with an interactive ghost tour.

On Friday October 29 hear haunted histories from around the city on a walking Ipswich CBD tour.

Then on Saturday October 30 take a 7.30pm ghost tour at the Ipswich Cemetery or Goodna Cemetery and on Sunday October 31 there’s a special Halloween night Ipswich Cemetery Ghost Tour running at 7.30pm.

Also book early to take advantage of the Halloween Early Bat sale to save 15% on the above Halloween Ghost Tours Oct, when you book by October 21.

Dragged out with Sip ‘n’ Dip Halloween edition

Dragged out by Sip 'n' Dip

Ready to get dragged out with Sip ‘n’ Dip?

Electra DQ & Crystal Heart will play host to a creepy crawly special edition Dragged Out – Sip ‘n’ Paint Halloween class!

The $75 class includes a creepy Halloween opening Drag Queen performance, one horror-filled Cocktail from the Spookytails list, and discounted $10 cocktails all night, tasty Halloween themed cocktail food, your Halloween themed sip and paint class and all the materials and equipment you need to paint a 40x50cm canvas to take home.

Your hosts Electra DQ and Crystal Heart will be on hand to stirr up some fun while you paint!

Don’t forget to come in a costume, the best dressed will win a ticket for two to any Ipswich-based Sip ‘n’ Dip class on the lineup!

Spooktacular movie night

Spooktacular movie night

A Spooktacular Movie Night is set to trick or treat Ipswich families this Halloween eve as Dracula, Ericka and Van Helsing take centre stage in Tulmur Place.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation will show on council’s newly installed mega LED screen on Saturday 30 October from 6:30pm, with free seating, food trucks, popcorn and the opportunity to arrive dressed in a scary costume.

Halloween Twilight Market

Dress up this Halloween for the Ipswich Showplace Twilight Markets

Come dressed in your Halloween costume and join in the fun at the Ipswich Showplace Markets’ Halloween Twilight Market.  

There will be food trucks, live entertainment, trick or treating, rides and more.

Entry costs $2 with kids under 10 free.

The Halloween Twilight Market runs on October 30 from 4pm – 9pm.

Escape the executioner

Seraphim Escape

Race the clock to see if you can escape the Executioners Toolshed or Atonement before it’s too late at Seraphim Escape Rooms.  These are great to do with a group of friends and even more fun on Halloween!

Pottering around the Top of Town event

Halloween themed food created by Chloe Halloween Treats at the Retro Diner

Dark Magician Games are decorating the store for Halloween starting the first week of October, leading up to their Halloween event on Sunday October 31.

Pottering around the Top of Town – a Harry Potter themed day – will kick off on October 31 with fun and activities between Dark Magician, Rare and Pretty Dolls and the Retro diner, which will also be creating a Harry Potter themed menu.

Then a Defence Against the Dark Arts Interactive Magical Show will be held at Golebys basement with a costume competition at 1.30pm.

Halloween drag show


Are you afraid of things that go bump in the night or do you enjoy the kooky and spooky?

The Palace 13th birthday Halloween Ball will be held at Banshees Bar and Artspace on Saturday October 30.

Enjoy three ghoulish shows including the Gaymes segment, which returns to Banshees this month.

There will also be a fabulous face painter to complete your look, come along and win a prize for best dressed if you dare.

The matriach of the madhouse Dianna Tunne’l is back hosting with her gals, the ever enticing Iona Toyboi, the alluring Alexis Diamond, and she’s no sweet tooth Moose – beware they may put a spell on you.

Unlucky door prize and raffles on the night.

Booze ‘n’ Boo’s weekend

Themed cocktails available at the Prince Alfred Hotel

The PA Hotel is hosting a Booze ‘n’ Boo’s Weekend Friday October 29 – Sunday October 31.  Prizes for best costume and scary Halloween themed cocktails. $10 wings each day 4pm-6pm with any drink purchase. 

Spooky cocktails will be poured including the Purple People Eater, an innocent fruit tingle with a spooky twist; Biohazard, don’t let the name fool you, you’ll want to contract these tropical flavours; The Poisoned Apple, Snow White may have fallen for the witch’s trick but this cherry and apple flavoured treat is no trick; Jack-o-lantern, cinnamon and citrus creates a sweet-yet-sour spooky surprise; and Monster Musk, the musk monster discovered mango and the rest was history.

Trick or Treat at Orion 

Dress up and head to Orion Springfield Central to go on a special trick or treating trail.

Collect a list of participating retailers from a Spooktcular Halloween Stall located inside the Coles Mall, then explore with a bag in hand ready to collect as many treats as you can.

Retailers will also have offers and special food and drinks to get into the spirit of the evening.

The Trick or Treat runs on Thursday October 28 from 3pm – 8pm.

Halloween Pimp ya Parmi and burger afternoon

The Cafe Kalina Springfield is having a Halloween Pimp Ya Parmi and Burger afternoon.

There will be music on the deck with Raymond Foai, a special kids spooky menu, spooky Halloween donuts, free glow in the dark cups for kids and prizes for best dressed.

Bookings essential on 0408 300 026, however if the deck is full you can sprawl out on a picnic blanket on the oval, takeaways are also available at the pet friendly restaurant.

Drive by Halloween experience

Halloween Haunt Ipswich. Photo: Today's Reflections Photography

The Halloween Haunt Ipswich has been working hard to create the COVID-Safe event: VIVID SPOOKTACULAR!

While the organisers are not able to deliver their usual haunt complete with maze, they’ve transformed the event into a drive-by experience with a thrilling musical light show and a few surprises.

They have been getting creative with some new means of trickery to create an exclusive adventure.

The event will be running from from October 30th-31st with times to be confirmed soon.

Halloween Haunt has been running for over 12 years raising money for Palliative Care at the Ipswich Hospital, while there’s no cash donations being taking this year you can donate here.


Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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