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.
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