Has it been a big operation setting up Spooktober and overhaul St. Kilda Town hall? It’s a massive undertaking. We build custom haunted houses in the auditorium which takes teams of people from designers to carpenters. The attention to detail from the entire team is great – it’s an important part of the success and longevity.
When did it begin and how has it evolved? Dale Pope, the director of Spooktober, used to do Halloween themed parties for her sons, it was so popular. Now six years on, it’s become Melbourne’s largest Halloween Festival for all ages and scare levels.
What events should people be most afraid of? We’ve created a completely unique Escape Experience for up to six people called Escape the Swamp. That’s in addition to two haunted houses, Phobia and The Coven. Phobia plays on all things fear. In The Coven you’ll come across cursed lost souls and those who have cursed them.
Who will be performing on the Spooky Stage? Every night of Spooktober at 7:30pm, our HalloQueens Drag Show is sassy, spooky and sure to delight. We’re getting a little risqué with Emily L’Strange’s Vampire Pole Dance Show on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10pm. In our bar we will have acoustic performances by Zevon Hiltz, Alejandro, Paul Shirley and Drums of War acapella group.
Anything else guests should know? Spooktober’s free entry so you can see performers on the spooky stage, go to the Haunted Spirits bar or Carnevil at no admission cost.