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Posted on: Wednesday, 30 October 2013

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Halloween is also known as All Hallows Eve and is a holiday celebrated every year on 31 October. This devilish day originates from Samhain, which is an ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the end of the harvest season. During this period, Pagans would prepare for Winter and count their stock. The Gaels believed that on this day, the land of the living and the land of the dead overlapped, allowing the dead and ghastly gouls to enter our world and wreak havoc on the crops or cause illness amongst the living. Costumes were worn to imitate the dead and evil spirits, as this was supposed to calm them and deter them from causing trouble.

Halloween is now celebrated all around the world and some of the activities that take place on this creepy day include trick or treating, costume parties, pumpkin carving, bonfires, telling scary tales, playing pranks, watching horror movies or snooping around ‘haunted houses’ in search of ghostly spirits.

Here are some spooktacular events and other things to do on the hallowed eve:



Horrorwood Halloween Party

Come dressed up and join in this family friendly Halloween extravaganza from 16h00 to 21h00on Thursday 31 October 2013, where you can watch grisly performances, stroll through the house of horror and enjoy the large entertainment area at Brightwater Commons.

Address: Brightwater Commons, Republic Rd, Randburg, Gauteng
Tel: +27 (0)11 789-5052
Stay: Book accommodation in Randburg



Halloween In The Park

Hosted by DVP Watch, this horror themed market is the place to be on Sunday 3 November 2013 from 11h00 to 15h00. Peruse the market where delicious food and drinks are served and take part in the many freaky Halloween festivities.

Address: Pypies Square Park, Lower Pypies Plain, Vredehoek, Cape Town, Western Cape
Tel: +27 (0)72 615-9578
Stay: Book accommodation in Vredehoek



South African Horrorfest Film Festival

Get to The Labia Theatre and a few other locations (details at The Labia) from 30 October to 8 November 2013 for the ultimate scarefest, where you will watch some classic thrillers and take part in a number of spine chilling activities. There will be a short film competition and a prize for the best dressed.

Address: The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape
Tel: +27 (0)21 424-5927
Stay: Book accommodation in Gardens



Halloween at Birds Of Eden

Walk up high on the viewing platforms and see what you can spot at the Birds of Eden. Dress as your favourite bird from 08h00 to 17hh00 on 25-31 October 2013 and visit the birds for free this Halloween.

Address: Birds of Eden, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
Tel: +27 (0)44 534-8906
Stay: Book accommodation in Plettenenberg Bay



Halloween at Monkeyland

Monkeys and Primates galore, invite you for a happy Halloween visit. Get down to Monkeyland this Halloween from 08h30 to 17h00 on 25-31 October 2013 and you can visit the marvelous monkeys at no charge, provided you dress as your favourite monkey.

Address: Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg bay, Garden Route
Tel: +27 (0)44 534-8906
Stay: Book accommodation in the Garden Route

Michelle Rawlinson


Michelle has a huge love for all things aquatic, particularly marine life. Her main passion lies with Great White Sharks, although she is interested in all marine species and their well-being. She volunteers at the Two Oceans Aquarium in her spare time and would spend all her time by the sea or surrounded by nature if possible. After spending 7 years in the United Kingdom, she has returned back home to Cape Town to be nearer to her family and to her ‘favourite place in the world’. She enjoys camping, fishing, watching rugby and going out with her friends and family to try out new restaurants and bars.

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