G’day mates! With Halloween at the end of the week, we thought we’d share some of the different perspectives of the holiday and this time of year around the South Pacific.
Aussies either HATE Halloween or they LOVE it. That doesn’t mean you won’t find some great parties and spooky celebrations to part take in. Here are just a few of the top things that are on for All Hallows Eve in Sydney:
- Haunted Sydney Ghost Tour: The new Haunted Sydney Tour is a 90-minute experience, which sees tour guests venture back to historic Sydney. A time when prisoners were the law, public executions were commonplace and the Rocks Push ruled the street. Alongside their very own “Ghost Host”, guests will discover slums overrun with mass burial pits, sly grog haunts, opium dens and ghosts searching for their loved ones and revenge on those who crossed them.
- Hallowscream at Luna Park: Luna Park, Sydney’s premium amusement park celebrates Halloween in a fiesta of spooky fun, ghoulish adventure and screaming excitement. From a trick or treat trail and face painters for the little ones to the dazzling Luna Park dancers perform in the Hallowscream Spooktacular Parade you’ll find fun for the whole family at Luna Park’s Hallowscream.
- North Head Q Station: Despite its tranquil location in 30 acres of Sydney Harbour National Park Q Station has a dark past the hallmarks of which were isolation, suffering and disease. This is where total shiploads of people were quarantined from the Captain right down to the passengers. Some never came out alive. The bubonic plague, amongst other deadly diseases, made sure of that. Visitors can take part in a range of history, education, ghost and paranormal tours with an option of staying overnight in historic cottages with incredible views. Although with the ghost tours you will probably be too busy watching your back to check out the views.
Get into the Halloween spirit and witness some New South Wales history with this great video about the haunted Monte Cristo Homestead:
Remember, remember the 5th of November! Kiwis may not be much into Halloween, but they do celebrate the memory of Guy Fawkes by enjoying bonfires and lighting fireworks. Guy Fawkes has become less about the controversial roots of the holiday (a conspiracy to kill King James I and replace him with his Catholic daughter) and more an occasion signaling the coming of summer and a chance for family and friends to get together. Learn more about this history of Guy Fawkes here.
Despite the lack of Halloween spirit you can still get a spooky fix with these top New Zealand haunted spots:
- Riccarton Racecourse Hotel, Christchurch: A particularly cold-blooded murder at the Racecourse Hotel, Riccarton, Christchurch, created a sensation in November 1933, but despite the existence of several very much compromised suspects, no one was ever brought to book for the crime. The 41-year-old licensee of the hotel, Donald Fraser, was killed in the middle of the night in his bedroom, where his wife was asleep, by two blasts from a double-barrelled shotgun. The hotel has been refurbished and still operates to this day.
- Carlile House, Auckland: There is an urban legend that 43 kids died in this orphanage and a nurse is said to haunt the house. The house, built in 1886, is now owned by the Tongan church but usually remains abandoned.
- Larnach Castle, Dunedin: The castle is said to be haunted by a few spirits, including William Larnach, who shot himself in the head in 1898. He did so upon discovering his third wife had an affair with one of his sons from his first marriage. Ghosts, including the “Grey Lady”, are said to have pushed visitors to the castle.
- Waitomo Caves Hotel, Waitomo: This is said to be NZ’s most haunted hotel and guests have reported experiencing the dining room going cold and hearing laughter. Two ghost hunt TV show presenters spent the night but got brushed past a few times. They also got couldn’t get into a room that was said to have a very angry spirit.
- The St. James Theatre, Wellington: People have seen “Yuri” a Russian performer who fell to his death metres above the stage. It”s claimed he turns all the lights back on once the cleaners have left for the night and he”s seen as a friendly ghost. One projectionist claims Yuri saved his life twice. Theatre workers also claim to hear to music from nowhere.
For a more comprehensive list of the best haunted spots in New Zealand, click here.
If you’re looking for a bit of change this Halloween, we’ve got you covered! Spend the spooky holiday in Cook Islands style. Enjoy the azure ocean waters of the Pacific and spend All Hallows Eve pampering yourself with a little island rest and relaxation. Check out some of our favorite Cook Islands vacations here.
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Happy Halloween from the DUE team have a spooky week guys and ghouls!