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Creepy, haunting Halloween ideas

Halloween 2022: Escape from prison, join a zombie walk, watch a scary movie + a spooky playlist

Last updated: Thursday, 20 October 2022

Boys and girls of every age, would you like to see something strange? It's time to embrace your wildest fears at the spookiest night out in Cape Town. Whether you’re a scary movie fanatic, love dressing up or have a sweet vang, we’ve got some thrilling events for you. Walk amongst zombies, watch a classic horror film, do the monster mash at a ball + more. Plus, check out our top picks for your spooky playlist.

WATCH A CLASSIC SCARY MOVIE IN THE DARK

The Galileo Open Air Cinema officially kicks off the summer season with a special Halloween screening of a classic supernatural horror film (hint: The serial killer has knives for fingers). Dress to scare and enjoy a night of terror under the stars at Kirstenbosch Gardens. There will be vibey music, spooky decor, plus prizes to be won for the best costume. The film is rated 18, so kiddies have to stay at home for this one. Tickets include a backrest, blanket and popcorn

Date: Monday, 31 October; doors open at 6pm, movie starts at 7.45pm
Cost: From R200, more info and how to book


Kirstenbosch Gardens | Rhodes Drive | Newlands | @thegalileo | Image: The Galileo

TEENS: DARE TO STEP INTO THIS HAUNTED HOUSE

Are you ready for a night filled with ghouls, ghosts, mummies, zombies, freaky insects and so much more…Don’t worry parents, your kids will be (mostly) safe in this horror zone. Kong Bar & Grill is hosting a spooky under-18 party with three dance floors, insane Halloween decor, a haunted house, trick-or-treat giveaways and best-dressed prizes. Non-alcoholic beverages, desserts, Boba Tea and ice cream will be on sale with sick beats from Chris Taylor, IKon, Te Vivo and more.

Date: Friday, 28 October; 5pm - 12am
Cost: From R255, book here


Kong Bar and Grill | 10-12 Cobern Street | De Waterkant | 071 424 9998 | @kongcapetown | Image: Kong

WALK AMONGST ZOMBIES

They’re coming…a horde of zombies on the streets of the Mother City. Will you run or join this undead gathering? Zombie Walk Cape Town is celebrating Halloween with another thrilling annual event. Families of all shapes and sizes (including the furry monsters) participate in the gore-filled fun as they groan and limp their way through the city centre. Feel free to dress up in your scariest costume. The walk is free and open to all ages. 

Date: Saturday, 29 October; from 4pm
Meeting point: Meet at 49 Government Avenue, Cape Town City Centre
Cost: Free


49 Government Avenue | CBD | Facebook | Image: Zombie Walk Cape Town

HIRE WEAPONS FOR YOUR OFFICE

Host your own Ninja Warrior event and challenge your team to a friendly (or deadly) competition. Axe throwing is all the rage right now, so get ready to master it, along with crossbow, knife, and ninja star-throwing activities. Weapons on Wheels, aka WoW, curates your event at any venue of choice and provides everything from the weapons and targets, to training by a resident WOWster (Weapons Master). 

Date: Daily, 1h30min sessions
Cost: From R290 per person, book here


Weapons on Wheels | info@weaponsonwheels.com | 065 688 1844 | Image: WoW

SOLVE A SERIES OF MYSTERIES

Gather round for an evening of madness, music and mystery as The Armchair Theatre presents "Day of the Dukes!". Put your brain to use (no need to fear the zombies) to solve a series of mysterious puzzle games while enjoying a theatrical, rocking live band performance. Play the games to enter the lucky draw and stand a chance to win an exciting prize, plus prizes will be handed out to the best dressed. 

Date: Friday, 28 October; 7pm - 12am
Cost: From R100, book here


135 Lower Main Road | Observatory | @ourarmchair | Image: Armchair Theatre

DO THE MONSTER MASH AT THIS BALL

Dress to kill for the first annual Monster Ball at Havana Nights Dance Club. Enter the doors to this hidden wonderland in Plumstead where the cocktails and bubbles flow. Whether you come as a zombie, vampire, witch, warlock or horror movie character, this is your night to curdle blood with fear-tastic outfits. There are cash and other prizes up for grabs for the best dressed, plus DJ Cool J will keep the dance floor smoking with eerie beats. 

Date: Friday, 28 October; 7pm - 12am
Cost: From R100, book here


Gabriel House | Main Road | Plumstead | 021 285 0739 | @havanaplumstead | Image: Havana Nights

ESCAPE FROM AN OLD HOTEL OR PRISON

It only takes one hour to play a HintHunt live escape room game. The question is, do you have what it takes to win? You can play the hero (or villain) in your own movie by busting out of prison or launching a torpedo. Immerse yourself in the mysteries of pirates and detectives while teaming up with your friends, family or colleagues

Date: Mondays to Thursdays 10am - 5.30pm, Fridays + Saturdays
Cost: R590 - R1,650, book here


Watershed | 17 Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | 076 187 2764 | @hinthuntafrica | Image: HintHunt

PLUS: OUR TOP PICKS FOR A SPOOKY PLAYLIST

10 banging songs, including spooky hits like I Put a Spell on You, Psycho Killer, This is Halloween and more. Check out CapeTownMagazine.com's Halloween playlist.

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