October marks the creepy approach of Halloween with Joburg Tourism revealing some of the most fun ways to celebrate the spooky season Jozi style!
Dating back some 2000 years to the time of the Ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain, ancient Halloween celebrations saw the lighting of bonfires and superstitious participants adorn creepy costumes to ward off evil spirits returning to earth from the dead. Following these customs, there were a number evolutions made to the original traditions linked to what is now known as the celebration of Halloween.
From All Saints Day observed on the 1st of November as well as All Hallows Eve which later evolved to Halloween, the history of Halloween is filled with many legends and folklore tales adding to the mystery and menacing traditions observed on the 31st of October today.
Traditionally observed predominantly in western societies across the United States and the United Kingdom, Halloween is fondly celebrated by customary trick or treat traditions especially enjoyed by the little ones, pumpkin carving and spooky decorations and of course the opportunity to dress the kids along with mom and dad in their favoured costumes. One of the largest grossing commercial celebrations of the year, Halloween continues to gain momentum in South Africa with a growing number of events and happenings taking place throughout in build up to the day and post this year’s midweek Halloween traditions.
To follow, see fun ways how you can celebrate Halloween this season in the City of Joburg!
From corporate groups to private tours, the Mystery Ghost Bus Tour offers Ghost Dinners, weekends away and in prelude to Halloween 2018 a special Mystery Ghost Bus Tour of Johannesburg for just R389 per person. Visiting public places, spooky pubs, magnificent buildings, an unusual experience with dowsing rods, EVP's and more, contact the Mystery Ghost Bus Tour to secure your booking early.
For the health conscious, hosted at the PWC Bike Park on the 25th of October, head out to the Biogen Halloween themed Night Run from 19:00 to 21:30. Register for a 5km or 8km run and send the little ones on a trick-or-treat run for some super spooky fun this Halloween season!
The Killarney Country Club invites kids of all ages to dress up and drive in to a Halloween themed drive-in movie night. Featuring Hotel Transylvania 3, including a kiddies dinner, popcorn, juice and water as well as a prize for the best dressed, book your place for Saturday the 27th of October 2018 at 18:00, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Haunted Woodlands Walk
Join a woodlands walk through the haunted forest at Riversands Farm Village. With a child friendly option or an adult’s only version, this 3km excursion has something to offer for everyone. With loads of activities, a movie screening, creepy surprises and Halloween themed fun for the whole family, book tickets now for the 27th of October 2018.
Presented by Doritos, brought to you by Mtv & 947, don’t miss the Festival de Mexico at Montecasino on Saturday the 3rd of November 2018. Hosted at the outdoor event arena from 12:00 to 22:00, come dressed in your best to celebrate the Mexican Halloween Festival featuring Mexican food, a variety of Tequilas to taste, piñata's, bull riding and chilli eating competitions and live entertainment including the likes of Mi Casa, Timo ODV, Rubber Duc, Charlie Finch, Apple Gule LIVE and Mojito Swing.