By Leigh O’Connor.
A haunting we will go on October 31 as Australians prepare for a coffin break and free broom rides come Halloween.
Ghosts will gather as ghoulish guests are welcomed at restaurants and venues around the country, all celebrating the night zombies, witches and little monsters prowl the streets.
Please remove your boo’s, sit for a spell and have some brew as we fly around Australia checking out the best places to park your broom and enjoy a Franken-tastic time…Happy Howl-o-ween!
Join the fun and spooky frolics at Pablo’s Kitchen on Norton Street in Leichhardt on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 for Latino and retro beats, tequila and tacos to eat. Say a Halloween hola to vibrant surrounds of neon lighting, shabby chic brick and recycled timber walls, at this sophisticated cucina dishing up tantalising South American fare.
Party Halloween-style at Pablo's Kitchen.
Have a fang-tastic night chowing down on signature Baja fish tacos, made with barramundi, lettuce, pickled onions and chipotle mayo; or perhaps pork carnitas, with a side of rice, slaw and chipotle sauce will rattle your skeleton’s cage. Looking for a tasty sweet? Churro bites with Ecuadorian chocolate sauce are sure to bring out the vampire in you.
Get ready for some hocus pocus at Bago Tavern on High Street in Wauchope come All Hallows Eve. Pub band The Turn-Ups will be rocking some haunting tunes from 7pm and there’s a courtesy bus available for those who need to ditch their broom and hitch a lift home.
The Turn-ups rock Bago Tavern.
Pick your poison to wash down a burger, steak sanga or parmy from the menu, or sink your fangs into a seafood selection of beer-battered barramundi, salt and pepper squid, grilled prawns, crab claws, prawn twists, oysters, chips, salad, garlic aioli and lemon. Just say boo and scary on!
Frequent flyers looking for somewhere to park their broom and jive to some party tunes, should head to Beerwah Hotel on Beerwah Parade for ghoulishly good fun on Saturday, October 31. Chris Ramsay and party band FEBS will be rocking the socks off Halloween-goers with live music from 8.30pm onwards; expect to get your ghostly groove on while sipping a cold one.
Feed your inner witch with sticky pork bites at the Beerwah Hotel.
Stop into the bistro first to feed your inner witch with crispy skin pork belly pieces, tossed in sticky Asian chilli caramel sauce; or wrap your talons around a slice of chopping block pizza – rump strips, pork belly, ham, bacon, salami and red onion, with mozzarella and Parmesan, on a smoky bourbon BBQ sauce base.
While 13 may be unlucky for some, it’s just one of the numbers that make up Halloween Bingoval at Watervale Oval in Sevenhill. Join Sevenhill Hotel publicans Paul and Kate as they fundraise for Variety Bash on Saturday, October 31 with dinner available from 6pm and bingo kicking off from 8pm.
Sevenhill Hotel community-minded publicans, Kate and Paul.
There’s a prize for the best dressed, silent auction, full bar and food available, with all proceeds going to Variety SA – supporting sick and disadvantaged children. With a country heart and warm traditional design, community-minded Sevenhill Hotel is the hub of action for locals and visitors alike while enjoying the quintessential Clare Valley experience.
Perth’s The Reveley Hotel on Eastern Promenade in Elizabeth Quay is stepping up the High Tea experience a notch for Halloween. An all-new High Coffee edition sweeps into action on Saturday, October 31 from 2.30pm-5pm, when Mr Black and Locale will feature in a luxe line-up of espresso cocktails, paired with a locally sourced menu and your favourite high tea treats.
Party Halloween-hardy at Perth's The Reveley with their Halloween High Tea.
Still ready to party? Head up to Henry’s Rooftop Bar and take the bite off any lingering hunger pangs with tiger prawns, chilli, rocket and garlic; or mac and cheese croquettes, with shaved Parmesan and South West truffle oil, paired with a cheeky Mo’ Problems Mojito - white rum, lime, mint and sugar.
It's time to get spooky at The Cottage Restaurant on Limestone Street in Ipswich with a seven-course Halloween degustation menu on Saturday, October 31. With or without matching wines, expect dishes like seared scallop, Serrano ham, red pepper and garlic; while for the main venison, sweet potato ravioli, chorizo-stuffed Medjool date and burnt butter, or seared sirloin won’t disappoint.
Park your broom on the verandah at The Cottage Restaurant.
Set inside a charming heritage Queenslander, converted bedrooms now serve as thoughtfully appointed dining spaces at this restaurant; along with extra room out on the verandah, best enjoyed at dusk. Just watch out for things that go bump in the night…
Ghosts are hiding in the walls; creeping out when midnight calls! For more great restaurant recommendations near you click on the regions below.