Things to do in the dark: Where to celebrate Halloween in SA

2016-10-21 12:31 - Anje Rautenbach
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The time of hush-hush Halloween celebrations is long gone and South Africa is catching on to this pumpkin-loving, costume-wearing, trick-or-treating tradition. 

Here are a few ideas of what you can get up to in South Africa on Halloween.

Cape Town

For some spooky fun, hair-raising nights, dress-up, a market, The Makabra Ensemble and much more, join the 14th annual South African Horrorfest at the Labia Theatre from 25 October until 1 November.

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Get your zombie on and take over the streets of Cape Town during the Zombie Walk and After Party on the 27 October which will start at Company Gardens at 16:00 and end on Madison Avenue in Prestwich Street. The Zombie Walk After Party will happen straight after the walk (that’s if you make it to the end of the zombie apocalypse).

For more information visit their Facebook page for more info.

SEE: 13 Creepiest SA road trips to take this Halloween

When the night sets in the ghosts come out, so bring the popcorn closer and watch the ultimate scary movie, IT, at Kirstenbosch’s Galileo Open Air Cinema on 31 October.

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If you are not sitting in the corner with cold chills all over your body just at the thought of looking for ghosts, then hop on the Mystery Ghost Bus tour on 27 October which starts at the Ferryman’s Tavern at the V&A Waterfront.

For more information visit the Facebook Page.

Johannesburg & Pretoria

Run yourself scared and remember, never look over your shoulder! Enjoy the TrailAdventure Halloween Night Run/Walk and don’t forget to put on a costume on 31 October.

Stay up to do date with the event details and visit the Facebook Page for more information. 

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When the dress code says, “Come as you aren’t. Don’t be human, be weird”, you know you are in for something; don’t miss out on the major local and international acts on 3 stages at the Loftus D-Field in Pretoria on 26 October.

For more information, visit the Facebook Page or the ticketing site.

Hop on the Mystery Ghost Bus tour in Johannesburg on 26 October and in Pretoria on 27 October and walk with the ghosts and relive a few spine-tingling stories.

For more information visit the Facebook Page

SEE: 5 Spooky places to visit around the world

Port Elizabeth

Put your costume on, look out for ghosts and enjoy some delicious sweet and savoury treats infused with some Halloween scare at The Beach Hotel on 27 October.

For more information, follow this link.

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Why trick or treat when you can trick or trails? Experience Lady Slippers trail walk on 28 October and let the whole family bravely put on their running (away) shoes through a forest with spooky surprises!

For more information visit the Facebook Page

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Mystic Boer is throwing another Halloween Party on 27 October but this time it will not only be bigger, but also a tad spookier. If you are in a costume you stand a chance to win great prizes (or at least some admiration) and, your door entry will be less than the boring non-costume-wearers.

For more information visit the Facebook Page


Wake up the dead on October, dress up in your freakiest costume and enjoy a spooky night in the Origin at the historic Winston Hotel. Origin is an entertainment wonderland, featuring 5 dance floors, various bar lounges, chill out areas, balconies and a rooftop terrace. It’s an evening that might scare the socks off your feet.

For more information visit the Facebook Page

It will be a night of family-friendly horror as visitors get to enjoy trick or treating, a special show dolphin show and many more fun surprises.

For more information visit the Facebook Page

For a wildly exciting evening of fang-tastic fun, Crocworld Conservation Centre has organised the ultimate Halloween celebration which will be spooking park visitors on Saturday, 27 October from 16:00 until late.

Visitors will be invited to step into an enchanted world as they take a journey through the eerie scare zone - The Lost Maze – this year’s Halloween programme highlight. Every fog-coated turn in the recreated Crocworld Resources Centre has a chilling new surprise. Get into your best costumes and bring a bag to do some trick or treating while you’re at it.

Find more information here.  

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