Top Ways To Celebrate Halloween 2014

If you are looking for fun things to do in the city this Halloween, then be sure to check out Kim’s list of Halloween celebrations.


Please note: the info in this article was correct at the time of writing

I have always wondered why Halloween is always skimmed over every year. Every year around about this time, no one thinks “Happy Halloween!”… instead, everyone is already thinking “Merry Christmas!”. October hasn’t even come to an end yet and all of the Christmas decorations are already on display, and it seems that once again, everybody has forgotten all about the spooky, scary and creepy holiday in between! I know I will certainly not miss out on Halloween this year. So, if you are looking to do something fun this Halloween, then here is my list of Top Ways To Celebrate Halloween 2014.

Horrorwood V at Brightwater Commons

Everyone knows and loves Horrorwood at Brightwater Commons in Randburg. It is one of the most popular Halloween events in Joburg perfect for both young and old, and this year it promises to be bigger and better than before! Children can get the opportunity to trick-or-treat safely around the centre, bounce on big jumping castles and race peddles cars from 16:00 to 20:00. And, for the older visitors, brave the House of Horror, take part in the best-dressed fancy dress competition and catch the Ryan Sharp Illusion Show from 20:00 to 21:00. The market will also be open during the event, selling lots of creepy and whimsical accessories to get you into the spirit of Halloween! There is plenty of fun for the whole family! Cost is R40 per car and R20 per pedestrian, so be sure to carpool as there is limited parking.

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Halloween Mystery Ghost Bus – Parktown

If you are a fan of the paranormal, and are looking to hopefully get a once in a lifetime opportunity of spotting a ghost, then be sure to booking your spot on the Halloween Mystery Ghost Bus Tour! Meet up, eat and drink at the Starting Pub in Parktown on Friday, 31 October 2014 at 18:00 and prepare yourself for a spooky night. The five-hour long tour begins at 19:00, and will take you to a number of various haunted houses, dark eerie rooms, and lastly a cemetery in the dead of night. Get the chance to hear EVPs and participate in using dowsing rods to contact with the spirits! Cost is R329 per person, and be sure to take some pub ‘n grub money, a torch and a camera with you! Tickets are available at

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How’loween Evening at Joburg Zoo

Join the Joburg Zoo as they celebrate How’loween with all the animals at the zoo! There will be plenty of fun activities to spook the kids, from two exciting Nickelodeon shows of Dora to competitions for the best dressed visitors. Also visit the Haunted and Enchanted Forest, the Ghost House and the Slithering House! Don’t forget to pack yourself a moonlight picnic to enjoy under the stars. Prepaid tickets are available at the Joburg Zoo and cost R65 for adults and R40 for kids between the ages of 3 and 12 years.

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BOO at Lory Park Zoo

For a frightful event you don’t want to miss, head to Lory Park Zoo for the BOO At The Zoo in celebration of Halloween! There will be empty bags waiting to be filled with sugary treats, costume competitions for the kids with awesome prizes to be won, and plenty of scary characters prowling the zoo for you to meet and greet from witches and wizards, to fairies and pirates, and even Superman! This creepy event will be held on Saturday, 01 and Sunday, 02 November 2014 from 10:00 to 16:30 daily.

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Halloween Party at Five6Seven8 Dance Studio

Five6Seven8 Dance Studio in Randburg will be hosting their annual Halloween party on Friday, 31 October 2014, and this year it will be bigger and better than before! You don’t need to be a member of the dance studio to join in on the terrifying celebrations. Members get in for free with a partner, otherwise R20 if single. Non-members have an entry fee of R75 per person, but if you bring along four friends, you’ll only have to pay R200 instead of R300. From 20:00 to 21:00, enjoy a frightening group class, which will be followed by a dazzling performance from the instructors at 21:00, and from there, it’s a night filled with dancing, socialising and frights! Don’t forget to dress up!

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Trick or Treating at The Sheds@1Fox

For an evening of fun for the whole family, be sure to head out to The Shed@1Fox’s Halloween Night Fox Market on Friday, 31 October 2014. The market will be open until 22:00, offering a number of stalls for you to browse and shop through, also an assortment of gourmet foods for you to snack on! And, for the kids – they can safely trick or treat from stall to stall between 16:00 and 19:00. Visitors will also get the chance to catch the Critical Mass cyclers who will make a stop at 1Fox as part of their cycle through the city.

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Trick or Treating at Morning Hill Country Club

Sadly in South Africa, we do not practice the Halloween custom of trick-or-treating in our neighbourhoods for obvious reasons. Every year, the cul-de-sac I live in usually plans a trick-or-treating event where everyone participates to treat the kids in our street, but not all places arrange such. So, to get your little one in the ghoulish mood, dress them up and visit the Morning Hill Country Club for an evening of fun. On Friday, 31 October from 16:00 to 18:00, kids can enjoy trick-or-treating, plenty of fun games, and partake in the best fancy dressed competition and get cool prizes!

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By Kim Brown
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