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Things to Do for Halloween in Cape Town
Your go-to guide of bloody awful things to do and ghoulish goings-on in the Mother City this year...
Last updated: Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Trick-or-treating, creepy costumes, haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, horror and all things scary – these are just some of the chilling ingredients that make up Halloween, a holiday celebrated on 31 October each year. This year, Halloween is on a Tuesday so our list includes events on the weekend of Friday, 27 to Sunday, 29 October 2017 as well! Though more of an American fetish than a global favourite, the scare fest has certainly put down roots in Cape Town, and we’ve got the lowdown on a series of bone-chilling events set to hit the Mother City!
THINGS TO DO FOR HALLOWEEN 2017 IN CAPE TOWN AND SURROUNDS
SOUTH AFRICAN HORRORFEST (26 OCTOBER - 3 NOVEMBER)
Cinephiles and lovers of thrillers, horrors and gory films are in for a treat this Halloween when the SA Horrorfest hits the screens at the iconic Labia Theatre. To put on the 10-day film festival, the curators delve deep into their coffers for the rarest and most terrifying flicks – the kind that promise to leave your nerves shattered. Metropolis is one of the movies on show, and here is the trailer for this terrifying classic:
COST: Tickets can be purchased from Quicket.co.za directly and are priced between R45/p and R60/p.
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY: HALLOWEEN EDITION (27 OCTOBER)
Jack Black Brewery are offering all fans of great beer the opportunity to get their fill for halloween on Friday, 27 October 2017. As usual, the beer on tap will be of the highest quality, and the food trucks they have secured are no different. For Food Truck Friday, guests can enjoy gourmet eats from Scandalous Food Truck and Jack Rabbit. The spookily good music will be provided by Ryan Kidwell and Jambo Africa. What makes this a halloween event? Good question young Padawan. As a special incentive, Jack Black will be giving away prizes to the best costumes. Don’t be the guy who doesn’t dress up, or goes as something like ‘me in ten years’. You’re not funny Dave.
COST: Food Truck Friday is free!
HALLOWEEN AT THE PINK PANTHER (28 OCTOBER)
Cape Town, say hello to the newly opened Pink Panther club in De Waterkant. This year, theirs is the only Halloween party that will boast the visual effects company responsible for Phoenix Festival of Fire. Patrons will be able to enjoy various drink specials on the night which include a double vodka and RedBull for only R45, so you know this one is going to get spookily festive. But what about the music? The organisers have got you covered with DJ Nawty Nik, Bruce T and DJ Khylie who will be spinning awesome tracks all night long.
COST: The cost of entrance between 8pm - 9pm is R50/p, and goes up to R100/p after 9pm. Head to their Facebook page for more info; Facebook.com/ThePinkPantherSocialClub.
MYSTERY GHOST BUS TOURS (28 OCTOBER)
Take a page out of Scooby-Doo’s book and transform into a detective for the evening. The Mystery Ghost Bus will take you on a tour of the city and along the way you’ll visit some spooky places and maybe even see a ghoul or two. You never know, it is Halloween after all! The tour begins outside Ferryman’s Tavern at the V&A Waterfront, where you’ll meet your tour guide, and head on over to the bus and start your terrifying adventure. If your heart isn’t racing and your mind isn’t spinning – you’re not paying attention to all of the spooky details that lay hidden in the Castle of Good Hope, the Old Park Hotel and the Provincial Hospital to name a few.
COST: Tickets are available online via Quicket.co.za and cost R389/p excluding a R5 transaction fee. For more info, visit the Mystery Ghost Bus Facebook page.
DON JULIO DAY OF THE DEAD AT HQ (28 OCTOBER)
HQ in Heritage Square, in the centre of Cape Town, is throwing their contribution to the festival of the dead, commonly known as Day of the Dead, on Saturday, 28 October 2017. You’ll be able to enjoy plenty of Don Julio tequila and authentic Mexican tapas in the land of the living dead. Not only will the food be delicious, but there’ll be face-painting, two bars and lots to drink. The courtyard will be open, and dinner will be served on the ground floor. Just wait until you hear about the line-up! It includes Los Tacos, Brett Aitken and Chris de Vos.
COST: To take part in this event, you need to make a booking for dinner (the dishes cost between R30 for a starter and R130 for a main course) by contacting HQ directly on [email protected].
MCQP PRESENTS: HALLOWEEN (28 OCTOBER)
The Mother City Queer Project’s annual Halloween event is something that needs to be seen to be believed. Their costume game is strong, their party throwing game is stronger. The Halloween affair will boast multiple dance floors, bars, a killer line-up and costumes that would rival a Hollywood film set. Don’t be lame, because this event is a costume mandatory party. No, dressing as an older version of you doesn’t count.
COST: Tickets are available online via Quicket.co.za, for R150/p. Need more info? Visit the MCQP Facebook page (Facebook.com/ILikeMCQP).
THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA HALLOWEEN MOVIE SCREENING AT BLOEMENDAL WINE ESTATE (31 OCTOBER)
Horror fans, listen up! The Galileo Open Air Cinema launches back onto the spring calendar for a horrific screening of the ultimate scary movie, Dawn of the Dead. The after-dark showing will take place at Bloemendal Wine Estate on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Not a film for the faint of heart, Dawn of the Dead is the perfect homage to this horrifying holiday. So, pack a picnic basket or pick and choose from the various food and drink vendors on site; beer and wine will also be on sale. Do note that backrests and blankets will be available for rent at the venue (no chairs will be permitted in the venue). And, since this does takes place on Halloween, movie-goers are encouraged to dress up in their favourite ghoulish gear!
COST: Tickets are available online via TheGalileo.co.za and cost R150/p which includes a backrest and blanket.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY HALLOWEEN AT DECODANCE (28 OCTOBER)
A Halloween party isn’t a true Halloween party until someone gruesome rocks up. Well, Decodance is dedicating their whole Hallows Eve celebration to everyone’s favourite seriously scary series. The best costume will win a prize. How awesome is that? Join the fun at Decodance and don your best Kit Walker costume for one seriously freaky Halloween bash.
COST: Pricing TBA.
SO HAPPY ESCAPE TO UNDERLAND (28 OCTOBER)
The next edition of the So Happy Carnival series is here and it’s going to be terror-fic. Going down on Darling Street, in Cape Town’s city centre, on Saturday, 28 October 2017, the Halloween edition of So Happy Carnival is going to be filled with terrifyingly awesome decor and more costumes than you can imagine. Want to party like the King and Queen of Halloween? Book your VIP experience and reign supreme over all the goblins and witches at the party. Be sure to don your best and scariest outfits because the best dressed gets an extra special surprise. Need more info like the DJ line-up?
COST: Tickets are available online via Nutickets.co.za, and range in price from R150/p to R250/p. VIP packages must be booked privately, and you can contact the organisers directly on +27 (0)82 080 0499.
HALLOWEEN AT THE BOMBSHELTER (28 OCTOBER)
The Bombshelter Brewpub is one of the tastiest places to be this Halloween. The Ndabeni based venue is making sure your night is filled with great music, drink specials and plenty of their delicious food. Last years bash was a big one, but the 2017 edition promises to be even more memorable; if you can remember anything at all!
COST: Entrance to The Bomshelter Brew Pub is free on the night, but drinks and food will obviously infer a cost. Any questions? You can contact the organisers directly on +27 (0)21 532 1334.
WIGGLE WAGGLE HOWL-O-WEEN WALK (28 OCTOBER)
Even your canine besties deserve a bit of activity on Halloween, and the Wiggle Waggle Howl-O-Ween Walkathon is just the ticket. Not only does the event have a charity benefactor, but you can burn some pre-emptive calories from all of the drinking you’ll no doubt be doing on Saturday night. The Cape SPCA is the charity benefactor for this event, and their lovely pooches really deserve your help. All dogs need to be on a lead, and patrons are asked to only bring friendly doggies along with them.
COST: If you enter online, it will cost R45 per dog and R55/p. If you buy your entries on the day, the costs go up by R5. Contact the organisers directly for more info - +27 (0)21 700 4141.
A VERY GANDALF’S HALLOWEEN PARTY (28 OCTOBER)
Gandalf’s, Cape Town’s most punk-friendly bar, is this year throwing a Halloween party to end them all and it’s going down on Saturday, 28 October 2017. Their reputation alone should tell you that the drink specials will be sensational, leaving you with more money to spend on your costume! Rightly so, you will be stared at if you don’t dress-up. Why? Because that’s lame. The prizes, however, are certainly not lame. You could win free jugs (we assume filled with alcohol) or even tattoo vouchers.
COST: Entrance is R50/p and you can pay at the door.
HALLOWEEN FOREST NIGHT RUN (28 OCTOBER)
Only the brave may enter this night-time race! The annual Dirtopia Halloween Forest Night Run sees costumed fun-runners trek through the forests and vineyards at Muratie Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 28 October 2017. Runners can sign up for either a 10km or 5km trot; both routes traverse a single-track and give participants ample opportunity for ghost spotting at one of the Boland Winelands’ oldest wine farms (its history dates back to 1685). Registration will take place on the day at the venue from 5:30pm, and the race starts at 7pm for the 10-km and 7:15pm for the 5-km.
COST: Pre-entries close on Thursday, 26 October 2017 and cost R110/p for the 5km and R130/p for the 10km route (for info about how to enter, visit Dirtopia.co.za).
HALLOWEEN AT THE CAPE QUARTER (31 OCTOBER)
The Cape Quarter lifestyle village in Green Point is inviting everyone to their interpretation of Halloween. On Tuesday, 31 October 2017, the entire centre will be dressed up for the occasion and offering an array of specials that you don’t want to miss. For instance, Bootlegger Coffee Company are offering half-price CBC beers between 4:30pm and 6:30pm. Play Toys will be offering a 5% discount on purchases over R310, plus any tiny tot that comes into the store dressed in their Halloween best can take part in the #Playtoystrickortreat competition. The lifestyle centre will be buzzing with live music (from 5pm), treats and probably a trick or two.
COST: There is no cost to taking part in this event.
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