Hey, have you heard of this “Halloween” thing?
It’s not — supposed to be — that big in Australia. Most years I get surprise trick-or-treaters at my door, which sees me rummaging through my kitchen trying to find anything remotely sweet to give these poor kids, most of whom have probably worked on their costumes for weeks only to be turned away from most of the houses they visit. I remember those days well (sorry, Dad).
This year I got to get fully into the Halloween spirit when some extra special VIP tickets to the Day of the Dead Warehouse Project landed in my inbox. Held at a super secret location in the Melbourne CBD, it turned out to be two warehouse floors of delicious food, music, dancing and art — with some amazing costumes thrown in. There’s just something extra special about going to an event where people go all out. I had a flower crown and half a face of makeup, but wouldn’t have felt out of place in a full grim reaper costume with suspenders.
Maybe next year?
We arrived fairly early and had a few drinks in the VIP lounge, then explored the rest of the venue. Rather than a big warehouse like the Sydney event, the Melbourne version was spread over two floors of a CBD building with stalls, bands and artists dotted around. It wasn’t as big as expected, but the vibe was great.
Our Halloween adventure wasn’t a long one; we hung around, had our (well, my) face painted, and took some snaps for a few hours before heading out — though not before having some delicious, but admittedly exxy, tacos. Yum!