Life with kids in Sydney's Inner West
Life with kids in Sydney's Inner West

Halloween

2020

Halloween is going to look a little different this year. We’ve got a few ideas to keep the kids happy AND safe. NSW Health has put out a guide for a COVID safe Halloween which is worth a read if you’re planning to take the kids out or hand out treats.

If you and your kids get into Halloween, the chances are this year may be a bit disappointing… but it doesn’t have to be! It might just have to be a little different but there can still be heaps of fun and sweet treats!

The kids love checking out the amazing decorations on some houses and this is still something they can do – from the comfort of the back seat of the car! Throw on your costumes, throw some decorations on the car and go for a drive! Better still decorate your house so others have something to look at too!

Don’t forget about carving a pumpkin! They look great with a couple of tea light candles inside. Perfect for the front porch or verandah. If you’ve never done it before, it’s pretty easy. They can be found at Woolies, Coles and Big W and they often come with a template to make it easy. If you need the youtube video, BBC Good Food has a great article and a video for you! Our tip, don’t do it too early – they go mouldy so quickly! If you need to do it a few days out put it in the fridge or freezer.

What about some halloween baking – there are some great recipes that the kids will love. Get them to choose a few and make them together instead of trick or treating? BBC Good Food has a great list recipes as does Taste.com.au.

Another alternative to trick or treating is a Halloween treasure hunt. Maybe the kids can invite a couple of friends for some treat-hide-and-seek or make up a spooky scavenger hunt for them with some scary clues instead. The treat bags still get filled up and they can all enjoy your baked treats after!

But if you’re after some organised events, we’ve found a few for you!

Nicholson Street Public School

Unfortunately COVID has struck again and the Nicholson Street Public School annual Halloween Festival has had to be cancelled. However, this amazing P&C have come up with a brilliant idea for Halloween 2020.

Their ‘Tricks and Treats’ Book is a discount booklet containing savings of over $1000. It’s a great way to support local businesses who have been doing it tough, raise some money for this wonderful public school and grab yourself a bargain at the same time. Pick one up now because stocks are limited!

Halloween Family Fest @ Entertainment Quarter

The Halloween Family Fest is on for Halloween weekend at the Entertainment Quarter. This COVID safe event includes rides, carnival games, a haunted house, COVID safe trick or treating, a costume competition, halloween inspired craft and a monster mash disco. End the night with a family-friendly ‘scary’ movie, wither Hotel Transylvania 2 or Goosebumps 2 under the moonlight.

Pre-booking is encouraged as obviously numbers are limited. Tickets from $5 and can be bought at the gate but entry cannot be guaranteed due to restrictions on numbers. Grab your tickets now, we think it’s going to be popular!

OCTOBER 31 & NOVEMBER 1

This is a brilliant idea! Halloween at the Drive In is proudly brought to you by Communities for Communities. Head to the Cintra Park Netball Courts in Concord to celebrate Halloween on Saturday 31st of October & Sunday 1st November 2020.

Movies are showing in 4 sessions:

Saturday 31 October

  • 5:30pm – Goosebumps 2 (2018 PG 1hr 29m)
  • 8:30pm – Scream 1 (1996 MA15+ 1 hr 51m)

Sunday 1 November

  • 5:30pm – Ghostbusters (1984 PG 1 hr 47m)
  • 8:30pm – Doctor Sleep (2019 MA15+ 2 hr 32m)

There will be food available from a food truck and entry is $25 per car, numbers will be limited so book your tickets now!

Popup Halloween CROCtail Bar

WILDLIFE SYDNEY ZOO

Unfortunately, this is one for the adults! Shame, my kids would love it and I’d drink their cocktail!

Yes, it’s a pop-up CROCtail Bar inside an underground Crocodile Den, with an actual crocodile, the Darling Harbour zoo’s mammoth Saltwater Crocodile, Rocky.  He is over 4m long and weighs at least 365kg!

Free drink, tapas and a hands on wildlife encounter are all on the cards. Tickets are $15 per person and include a free cocktail on arrival. Plus $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund. Seating is limited with only 13 spots available per session in the Croc Den and 38 in the Upper Viewing Deck.

We reckon kids will love it but… they can’t come!

Chatterbox Market at Broadway is transforming this Halloween. Children are invited to immerse themselves in a gooey and bubbly fun (COVID safe) time.

Classes run 21 October – 31 October and bookings are essential, no walk-ins are allowed.

So technically not the Inner West but at the same time not very far away for some of us…

Kids World at Bankstown are having a Halloween Spooktacular Disco for kids on October 31. Get your best spooky outfit on and head down for dancing, games and spot prizes.  Food is available. Tickets from $15.