Written by Elinor Maguire
Halloween has definitely seen a surge in popularity in Australia over the last couple of years and is definitely becoming a more “acceptable” calendar date here in Australia (at the very minimum, after all, it is a celebration steeped in tradition and stemming from ancient practices).
Let me take you down memory lane...a flash back to my 10 year old self (who has always adored anything to do with ghosts/witches etc) dressing up as a witch with my neighbour and parading around my streets “trick or treating” almost 20 years ago. I managed to score $1 (in 20 cent coins) and a banana from one resident, (who obviously felt sorry for, as well as possibly confused by these kids who had on well meaning costumes and were clearly into the whole spirit of Halloween). So suffice to say unfortunately the loot from that particular Halloween was a little disappointing (especially to my 10 year old self). But spooky followers, fear not, for your Halloween is about to get a whole lot sweeter with the range of events on offer this year in the Blue Mountains and surrounds. See what I did there? Ahem.
4 .Old Government House in Parramatta. I have definitely mentioned this fantastic location before with the lovely Megan Stone of Blessed Pathways previously holding a delicious Christmas in July dinner there. For $35, you can wander around by candlelight for 2.5 hours in this historic 212 year old Georgian residence. Many claim to have had strange feelings in particular rooms and have seen ghostly apparitions. I am a firm believer in suppers, and this is definitely provided at Old Government House where you can share your encounters over a cuppa and some cake. Most wonderful! Visit: http://www.friendsofogh.com/ghost.html or call for more details: (02) 9635 8149, Business Hours 0416 026 816, After Hours (Matt)
5. The Q Station, North Head, Manly. Ahhhh, this venue brings back nostalgia of my first ghost tour at the tender age of 16 and is set on the beautiful Heads look out and was used in the 1830s to hold and quarantine people who may have been harbouring infectious illnesses. It is also a sacred and significant site to Indigenous Australians, who are also purported to haunt the property. “Dare to Be Scared” is the Halloween weekend taking place at the Q Station from Friday 28th of October to Sunday 30th of October. Beginning at 8pm and only available with a group booking, get a group of your fear loving friends together and tour around this historic property. See http://www.quarantinestation.com.au/Halloween/ for bookings.
Hope to see you at one or more of these fabulous events. And just remember, real investigators do it in the dark. Happy Halloween!