When ghosts and ghouls are combined with sweet treats and great entertainment you end up with a must-attend event. Cue Lithgow Halloween on October 27.
“There is nothing quite like Lithgow Halloween,” tourism manager Simon Francis said. “It is one of Australia’s biggest street parties and trick or treat events.
“This event has an atmosphere like no other on our calendar and it is the people who make it so incredibly special. They come in their fantastic and fabulous costumes and give the place a real buzz.”
Now in its sixth year, this Halloween event has built a reputation across the country and people travel from far and wide to participate in the hauntingly happy street party which this year will incorporate the new Cook Street plaza.
“We have a mix of people who come to town to enjoy Halloween,” Mr Francis said. “Different people, different ages and from different places. Visitors come from Western Australia, Canberra, Newcastle and Sydney.”
These visitors know the wonderful entertainment value Lithgow Halloween offers and locals should take their lead from them, become tourists in their own backyard and head to Saturday’s festivities.
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The themed street party explodes into life at 3pm and will keep you spellbound until 10pm. Here are some of the highlights:
The main stage in Cook Street Plaza is where it’ll be rocking, with The Cockroaches, Old School Band and Sideshow Annie getting the crowd jumping.
More than 30 participating businesses will be handing out sweet treats to fill your buckets while you wander among the 50 market stalls.
This year there will be additional food stalls and restaurants, cafés and takeaways along the way will be open if you fancy sitting down and taking in the costumes and entertainment from a comfy chair (don’t forget the eateries at the bottom end of Main Street if you would like a quick break from all the hustle and bustle).
Marvel at the aerial performances, occupy the little ones at the Kidz Kreepy Korner, bid at the skull auction and join in the parade lead by Samba Trombada.
There will be four different rides for kids of all ages.
Dress up for a chance to get a Golden Ticket in the best dressed competition.
In Pioneer Park you can meet authors Jacquelyne Lynn and Tyrolin Puxty, hear readings and participate in a scavenger hunt to go into the draw to win a copy of Tyrolin’s book!
Lithgow City Council acknowledges valued sponsors, Gold Partners Centennial Coal and Energy Australia, Bronze Partners McDonald’s Lithgow and Lithgow Workmen’s Club, and the support from Lithgow High School students and valued volunteers, who all helped present this event.