Halloween is becoming an increasingly popular and exciting calendar event for Aussies. This year Halloween is on Monday the 31st of October but the celebrations start from Friday right through until Monday. Check out some of the awesome Halloween events in our region this year.

Friday 28 October 2016 – Jumbo’s Jungle Halloween Disco Party
Jumbo’s Jungle will host a dress up Halloween Disco Party from 5:30pm. Entry is $10 for all ages with meals and drinks also available. There will be music, fun, games and prizes for best dressed. Phone Jumbo’s to book 6332 6135. For those who are a little adventurous bring along your torch so that when darkness falls you can take a torch-lit trip through the haunted maze. Don’t forget your socks!

Saturday 29 October 2016 – Lithgow Halloween
Lithgow will host Australia’s Biggest Halloween event on Saturday the 29th of October. Some of the spooky Festivities include:
2pm – Enjoy a browse around market stalls and enjoy a bite to eat from the food stalls
3pm – Kids rides galore including Madagascar Jumping Castle, Flying Elephants, Crazy Teacups and Laser Tag for the bigger kids ($10 unlimited ride passes are available for pre-purchase from the Lithgow Visitor Centre or they are $15 on the day). Note: Rides are available from 3-9pm.
5pm – The nation’s biggest Trick or Treat for children will take place along the main shopping area (official trick or treat sites will display a specially-designed sign including Lithgow City Council accreditation for the activity). This activity will run between 5-6pm.
5:45pm – Interactive live movie “The Redback will eat you alive”
7:15pm – Best Dressed presentation
7:30pm – Skull auction in the Library
8:30pm – Jason Jackson leads a public dance-off to beat National record for the greatest number of costumed people to dance to the song Thriller.
My girls are so excited for this years Halloween event in Lithgow as we have attended the last 2 years. Their costumes have been a hot topic of conversation since June (they finally decided on being devils with next years skeleton costumes also decided upon). For more information about the Lithgow Halloween event that gets better every year visit www.halloween.lithgow.com

Monday 31 October 2016 – Bathurst Girl Guides “Community Halloween Treat Trails”
The Bathurst Girl Guides invite you to join them for their annual Halloween fundraiser. Sign up for their Community Halloween Treat Trail and they will send you off on a secret pre-planned path of houses to enjoy ‘Trick or Treating’. If you would like to participate in the trail or would like more information please email bathurstgirlguides@gmail.com. All girls and boys up to 12 years of age are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

What is Halloween?
Halloween is a celebration observed in a number of countries on the 31st of October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallow’s Day. It is dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows) and all the faithful departed.
It is believed that many Halloween traditions originated in Britain and Ireland from Celtic harvest festivals. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, dressing up in scary costumes, telling scary stories and watching horror films.
The word Halloween dates back to about 1745 and means “hallowed evening”.
Happy Trick or Treating
Mumma C xx