Whoever said Halloween was for children clearly has not celebrated Halloween the right way – and by that I mean – with eerie tunes, paranormal match-making and freakishly funky silent discos. There is certainly nothing mild about the Jurassic Lounge’s Halloween After-Hours Party hosted at the Australian Museum on Saturday, October 27. Adults will relive their most frightful childhood Halloween escapades as they transform into terrifying ghosts and demons with gory make-up looks, that will have them ready for grooving to eerie beats, match-making with a fellow ghoul and embarking on heart-pounding ghost tours.
While trick or treating might become a little weird once you’re above the age of 14, our fascination with the occult doesn’t fade. Jurassic Lounge: Halloween program manager Sue Saxon described how the Australian Museum’s Halloween party caters to this ceaseless human desire for the frightening unknown.
“Halloween really answers to something in our psyches that loves being uncomfortable with those sort of dark ideas to an extent, but making them really fun and bringing them into the public sphere so we can share that,” said Saxon.
The Australian Museum’s party will ensure children no longer have the exclusive right to bedeck themselves in whacky garments and shock unsuspecting adults. With haunted prizes going to the most ghastly and grim costumes, there is every incentive to plough through your array of ghost and pirate masks to find the one that is bound to arouse the loudest shrieks of terror. Even more reason to assemble your scariest look is the opportunity to snag a photo at the photo-booth and boast your creepy costume to friends and foes. Fear not if you can’t quite locate that circa 2000 witch costume, for the Gore Galore make-up artists will have you in the draw for a prize as they transform you into a ghoulish nightmare with their frighteningly believable make-up artistry.
As Saxon said, “I think people love to get dressed up and I think there is something as well about dressing up in a way that is bloody and terrifying, that has something to do with the human psyche which desires experience with the darker side, but in a playful, safe experience.”
If you are disheartened by failing to win a costume prize, the Museum will be host to an eclectic mix of creepy, but no less catchy, beats to jam out to. Grab an Archie Rose gin cocktail from one of the museum’s five bars and dance along to the curated collection of eerie tracks featuring in the Jurassic Lounge’s iconic Silent Disco. For something really unique, Raise the Dead Drummers will perform a series of spine-tingling performances. People will then be invited to join the eclectic drumming group in their body percussion workshops.
In fact, what better location to immerse in all creatures creepy, than amid the museum’s eerie displays of dead animals and frightening natural wonders. The Creatures of the Night booth will provide an atypical dose of science, as a team of scientists and specialists demonstrate the fascinatingly gory process of taxidermy, and discuss the types of animals that witches would have as familiars.
This fun, Halloween-themed cultural immersion will also offer First Nations ghost stories led in performance by Wailwan performer Sara Khan. Indulging our dark fascination with spirits and curses, Saxon describes how these ghost stories will re-ignite that somewhat perverse childhood enjoyment of fear.
“It’s fun to be frightened together too, to all scream at the same things,” Saxon said.
Since meeting new people and partying in one of Sydney’s coolest locations is what Jurassic Lounge’s Halloween party is all about, the Dating After Death Bureau will be host to match you with your perfect partner. If you’re looking to find that special someone or simply want a laugh, the Corpse bride will summon her supernatural powers to channel people’s desires and match them with an individual of according qualities, for a fun ten-minute dating mission around the museum.
With fun at its core, Jurassic Lounge’s Halloween party offers a night to be transported to another realm.
With limited tickets available, you can secure yours at www.jurassiclounge.com