While many people think of Halloween as an American tradition, the origins of Halloween are actually Celtic. It originated with the ancient festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, is celebrated on October 31 and over time has evolved into a big celebration and includes activities such as decorating houses, carving jack-o-lanterns, wearing amazing costumes and of course trick-or-treating for delicious treats.
Lithgow has embraced the spooky spirit of Halloween and once again will be holding their annual Halloween Festival, with a wide range of activities and entertainment planned for the enthusiastic crowd. Veteran Blue Mountains performer, Timothy Hyde, will reprise the role of The Ring Master again and will be running the events on the Cook St Plaza Stage, introducing the acts and running the Best Dressed Competition. "Lynda and I had a great time there last year, meeting some wonderful colourful characters," he said. "What we really loved was how it was an 'all ages event', very family friendly and how 95 per cent of the people made an effort to dress up in some way".
The festival will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 3.00pm to 10.00pm and feature spectacular entertainment along with some truly creative costumes. At 6.00pm the highly anticipated street parade will take place, providing everyone a chance to join in, show of their outfits and dance their way down Main Street to the sounds of the Samba Trombada drumming band.
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With live entertainment and amusement rides there is something for everyone of all ages including the Super Slide, Auto Racer, Body Rock and Round Up. There will also be plenty of market stalls lining the streets selling an amazing selection of gift ware and crafts, toys, food and drinks, plus street performers keeping the crowd on their toes.
For those looking for more thrills and chills, you can try the Halloween Ghost Trains where you can ride in a 1930's heritage carriage between Lithgow and Mt Victoria with trains departing at 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Once you arrive back be sure to check out the Vampire Cabaret which will run two shows and includes jaw dropping, classy circus stunts performed by a quartet of gravity defying vampires.
A highlight of the day will of course be the Best Dressed Competition, where judges will hand out tickets throughout the day to the very best dressed members in the crowd. At 6.30pm all ticket holders will strut their stuff at the Cook Street Plaza Stage in the hope of winning some fantastic prizes. For more information about the Lithgow Halloween Festival, please visit www.halloween.lithgow.com.