Halloween in Cape Town

All Hallow’s Eve is almost upon us, and we’ve put together a list of Cape Town’s eeriest events, from frightening forest runs to creepy costume-making workshops. So without further ado, here’s where to find your fellow creatures of the night this October.

Halloween Maker Workshop

Kick things off by joining Women In Tech CPT, Modern Alchemists, and Maker Station to make your own Halloween costume. Experts will be on hand to inspire and give demos, and you can even learn how to make your Halloween suit light up and react to sound. If you want to be the best-dressed this Halloween, show up with some materials and a can-do attitude.

When: 13-14 October
Where: 9 Plein Street, Woodstock
Website: makerstation.co.za

South African Horrorfest

This annual film festival celebrates all that is horror. It takes place at the iconic Labia Theatre. There, you’ll be able to watch movies, find horror literature, see live soundtrack performances, view award-winning short films, and participate in many Halloween-themed activities.

When: 25 October – 3 November
Where: Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens
Website: horrorfest.info

Halloween Party

The Pink Panther 2 Night Club is one of Cape Town’s most well-known LGBT clubs, and their annual Halloween event is well worth attending. Expect some of the sexiest costumes in town, and some of the funkiest beats.

When: 28 October
Where: The Pink Panther 2 Night Club, 120 Strand Street
Website: facebook.com


Gandalf’s Halloween

If you like your Halloween party to the tune of death metal, look no further than Observatory’s favourite metal venue. Local metal, goth, and punk bands will take to the stage in corpse paint and fake blood to rock the night away, and the bar specials will go easy on your pocket.

When: 28 October
Where: 299 Lower Main Rd, Observatory
Website: facebook.com

Halloween Forest Night Run

If you like your Halloween celebrations with a good serving of health and fitness, look no further than the Forest Night Run. Prizes are given to the best dressed, so expect to see zombies, witches, and skeletons scuttling along the contour trails. Test your nerves on a 5km or 7km route, and find out what lurks in the forest after dark. So it’s time to find out… what are you running from?

When: 28 October
Where: Muratie Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch
Website: trailrun.dirtopia.co.za

Galileo Open Air Cinema

The Galileo screens films in gorgeous open-air venues in the summer time, and they’re kicking things off this year in classic horror style. Dawn of the Dead will be on the big screen at Bloemendal Wine Estate, and your ticket includes entrance, a blanket, a backrest, and special tricks & treats.

When: 31 October
Where: Bloemendal Wine Estate, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville
Website: facebook.com

Zombie Walk South Africa

The annual Zombie Walk is a sight to behold—hundreds of people dress to the undead-nines and take to the streets to stagger through the city snarling and groaning. The event is pet friendly, so feel free to bring freaky Fido along. The walk is free, and tickets go for the after party go for between R80 and R250—proceeds go towards helping abused and neglected animals. The after party is the stuff of legends, so if you’re a Halloween fan, don’t miss it.

When: 28 October
Where: Walk starts at Thibault Square, Long Street
Website: zombiewalksouthafrica.co.za