Ghouls, goblins and all sorts of other creatures of the night will be heading to Wynnum this Halloween when it’s hoped the picturesque bayside community will turn into one of the scariest places to be in Brisbane.
But there is no need to fear – in fact that’s exactly what organisers of this year’s inaugural Wynnum Halloween Street Party are hoping for.
Bernie Neylan from Wynnum Commerce and key organiser said it was hoped the event would not only give residents a fun day out but give the local business community a welcome shot in the arm.
“The retailers are keen for this to be a success,” Mr Neylan said. “We’re hoping that it will grow to become an important event for Wynnum.”
“It’s about giving back to our business community so if we can generate crowds that’s great.
“It’s all about activating Wynnum. Some people may come along who are not really familiar with the place and see a restaurant and decide to come back next week and eat there.”
The opportunity for Wynnum to sink its fangs into an event like Halloween has come about due to long-time host, the Manly Halloween Street Party, opting not to go ahead this year.
First held back in 1995 the Manly spook-tacular had previously attracted crowds of up to 20,000 brave souls but was last held in 2019 with the scariest day on the calendar falling victim to the ultimate bogeyman that nobody saw coming – Covid19.
It’s hoped up to 5000 people will be ‘brave’ enough take to the suburb’s CBD from 4pm with food trucks, market stalls, street entertainment, best dressed competitions and the parade at 6pm to watch the parade make its way along Bay Terrace on October 29.
Are you brave enough to head to Wynnum on October, Saturday 29 for Wynnum’s Halloween parade. Picture: Brisbane City Council
Labor Councillor for Wynnum Manly Peter Cumming said it was a good idea for Wynnum to hold the parade.
“Families can come along and have some fun and I hope it will be good for the local
businesses as well,” Cr Cumming said.
The Wynnum Halloween Parade events will start from 4pm and run until 9pm, with the main parade starting at 6pm.