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Lithgow, NSW: Massive street party brewing for Halloween

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By Ellen Hill for Lithgow Tourism         Photos: David Hill & Ben Pearce

Australia’s biggest community Halloween dress-up party, biggest Trick or Treat lolly grab and record-breaking dance-off is on at Lithgow this Saturday, October 29.

Lithgow Halloween 01Be wowed by non-stop entertainment on two stages, boo-tiful Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations and thousands of freakily-costumed people at Lithgow Halloween `16.

Strut your hair-raising stuff in a kooky costume parade, enter a spook-tacular image in the photo contest and support Lithgow Tidy Town’s Laneways project by buying a piece of abominable art at the skulls auction in the library.

Vampires and ghouls can mingle with superheroes and loveable fairytale characters in themed pedestrian precincts such as Alice in Wonderland between Bridge and Eskbank streets, Little Shop of Horrors (Eskbank St and Sandford Ave), Ghostbusters (Cook St Plaza) and A Nightmare Before Christmas (Sandford Ave).

Lithgow Halloween 04For families there will be market stalls from 2pm, unlimited rides (wristbands $10 from Lithgow Visitor Information Centre before the day or $15 on the day) and roving performers from 3pm and Trick or Treat outside accredited shops at 5pm.

Try to survive the redback interactive live movie and grab a bite to eat at one of the many stalls, restaurants and cafes along Main St.

The Main St mayhem will culminate in a thrillingly macabre performance when the spirit of the late King of Pop takes to the main stage in the form of world-renowned Michael Jackson impersonator Jason Jackson at 7.30pm.

Ben Pearse PhotographyHe will then lead a bone-chilling national record bid for the greatest number of costumed people to dance to the song Thriller at 8.50pm. Everyone is encouraged to take part.

Lithgow Halloween `16 is organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local business sponsors including Lithgow McDonald’s, Centennial Coal and Energy Australia.

Lithgow Mayor Stephen Lesslie said: “This event will be a wonderful opportunity for the Lithgow community to gather together and enjoy a shared experience. We also welcome visitors from around Australia and are proud to show off the many achievements and attractions of our area.

Lithgow Halloween `15

Lithgow Halloween `15

“I encourage everyone to dress up and join the party that the council has put on, together with generous support from businesses.’’

Clr Lesslie encouraged locals and visitors to fully immerse themselves in the festival spirit and dress up for the occasion as a ghoulish zombie, monster, freaky vampire, fantasy character or loveable fairytale personality, goblin or fairy.

He recommended visitors stay overnight in the area to fully explore the surprisingly diverse range of scenery, dining options and activities available in Lithgow and surrounds including the Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on the way to Sydney on Sunday, October 30.

Go to www.halloween.lithgow.com for more information and Jason Jackson’s Thriller tutorial video to practice the dance before the record-breaking event.

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Lithgow Halloween ‘16 to host biggest community dress-up street party

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By Ellen Hill for Lithgow Tourism           Photos: David Hill

Dreadful Draculas, grisly genies, creepy clowns and terrible trolls will mingle with loveable fairytale characters, superheroes, goblins and fairies when Lithgow hosts Australia’s largest Halloween celebration on October 29.

Lithgow Halloween 07Organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors including Lithgow McDonald’s, Centennial Coal, Energy Australia, Village Voice and Lithgow Workies, Lithgow Halloween `16 will again feature spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations.

The main shopping area will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with themed precincts, non-stop entertainment, Australia’s biggest Trick or Treat for children and a public Thriller dance-off lead by internationally renowned Michael Jackson impersonator Jason Jackson.

Lithgow City Council Tourism Manager Kellie Barrow encouraged everyone to join the hocus pocus in costume: “Costumes don’t have to be scary and they don’t have to be expensive. In fact, one of the favourite characters with kids in the past has been a local lady who dresses as Snow White and I suspect there will be quite a few interpretations of Michael Jackson this year to go along with the Thriller theme.

“Many of our shops in the CBD are stocked with affordable costume items and shops are beginning to install their window displays so there’s plenty of inspiration in town.

Lithgow Halloween 06“Lithgow has earned itself quite a reputation for costume parties, and we don’t do anything by halves – we have whole families coming in character. Even our mayor and local MP Paul Toole have traditionally thrown themselves into the spirit of the occasion and are unrecognisable.’’

Lithgow Halloween `16 will include something for everyone, with a range of free community events in public spaces through to ticketed events at private venues.

Ms Barrow recommended visitors stay overnight in the area to fully explore the surprisingly diverse range of scenery, dining options and activities available in Lithgow and surrounds including the Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on the way to Sydney on Sunday, October 30.

Go to www.halloween.lithgow.com for more information and Jason Jackson’s Thriller tutorial video to practice the dance before the record-breaking event.

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Lithgow Halloween `16 to host biggest Trick or Treat

(l-r) Liv Evans, 6 of Portland, with Naturally by Kelley owner Kelley Crane. Photo: David Hill, Headline Publicity

(l-r) Liv Evans, 6 of Portland, with Naturally by Kelley owner Kelley Crane. Photo: David Hill, Headline Publicity

 

By Ellen Hill for Lithgow Tourism

Australia’s largest Halloween celebration will host the nation’s biggest Trick or Treat for children when Lithgow holds a hair-raising community party on October 29.

Organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors including Lithgow McDonald’s, Centennial Coal, Energy Australia, Village Voice and Lithgow Workies, the event will again feature spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations.

The main shopping area will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with themed precincts, non-stop entertainment and a public Thriller dance-off lead by internationally renowned Michael Jackson impersonator Jason Jackson.

The Trick or Treat activity will kick off the festival at participating shops along Main St between 5pm and 6pm for children aged 12 and younger.

Lithgow City Council Tourism Manager Kellie Barrow is encouraging families to arrive early for the fiendish family fun. Parents are also urged to ensure their children only accepted treats from Council recognised shopkeepers along Main Street.

“While the Council is pleased to provide families with a safe Trick or Treat environment and is delighted that shops are keen to take part, we also want to take the opportunity to reinforce the `stranger danger’ message among children.’’

Official Trick or Treat sites will display a specially-designed sign including Lithgow City Council accreditation for the activity, she said.

Ms Barrow encouraged everyone to attend Lithgow Halloween `16 in costume as a fangtastic fairy, wicked werewolf, macabre mummy, a spine tingling skeleton or loveable fairytale personality, goblin or fairy.

“Costumes don’t have to be frightening and they don’t have to be expensive. In fact, one of the favourite characters with kids in the past has been a local lady who dresses as Snow White.

“Many of our shops in the CBD are stocked with affordable costume items and shops are beginning to install their window displays so there’s plenty of inspiration in town.’’

Lithgow Halloween `16 will include something for everyone, with a range of free community events in public spaces through to ticketed events at private venues.

Ms Barrow recommended visitors stay overnight in the area to fully explore the surprisingly diverse range of scenery, dining options and activities available in Lithgow and surrounds including the Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on the way to Sydney on Sunday, October 30.

Go to www.halloween.lithgow.com for more information and Jason Jackson’s Thriller tutorial video to practice the dance before the record-breaking event.

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Lithgow Halloween `15. Photo: Ben Pearse, Headline Publicity

Lithgow Halloween `15. Photo: Ben Pearse, Headline Publicity


Lithgow, NSW: 21st century steps Back to Hartley

Lenore Davi of Katoomba Amusement Company and Vicki Hartley of Lithgow Living History

Lenore Davi of Katoomba Amusement Company and Vicki Hartley of Lithgow Living History

 

By Ellen Hill for Hartley Historic Site                    Photos: David Hill

Convict lashings and historic re-enactors will mingle with 21st century lasers at the annual Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on October 30.

To be held on All Hallows Eve, the family-friendly Back to Hartley event is an opportunity for locals and visitors to the area to explore one of the finest examples of colonial buildings at Hartley Historic Site and experience the beauty of the surrounds.

It will also wrap up a weekend of Halloween celebrations in Lithgow, which include Vivid-style lighting displays, spooky decorations, themed precincts along Main St, community Trick or Treat activity for children and a Michael Jackson Thriller dance-off on the Saturday.

Vicki Hartley of Lithgow Living History

Vicki Hartley of Lithgow Living History

The community event at Hartley is to promote heritage and raise funds for local charities, this year it will support Optimist Club Lithgow Branch, the local club of a worldwide volunteer organisation which works to support underprivileged youth in the area.

Hartley Historic Site is managed by National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) and buildings tell the story of the village from the 1837 Greek Revival Courthouse to Corneys Garage built in 1945 of timber and iron.

Wander up to see metal artist Ron Fitzpatrick at Talisman Gallery, browse the artwork at the only Aboriginal art gallery in the Central West at Kew-Y-Ahn Gallery, view the village from the highest point on the site at the magnificent granite tor and soak up the vibes of the past from inside the convict cells and courthouse.

The event will also showcase a variety of arts, crafts, regional produce and vintage cars and motorbikes. There will be refreshments for sale, sheep shearing and face painting, trike and pony rides and a petting zoo for children.

The atmosphere will be set with live music by Lithgow Folk Club and performances by Sally Anne’s Dancers, with Lithgow Living History group members roaming the site in full colonial costume and complimentary lashings of convicts heralded by the town crier.

There will be a laser tag knockout competition and an obstacle course run by the cadets from the 220 Lithgow Army Cadet Unit based at Marrangaroo and explore the new river boardwalk.

(l-r) Lenore Davi of Katoomba Amusements Company and Vicki Hartley of Lithgow Living History

(l-r) Lenore Davi of Katoomba Amusements Company and Vicki Hartley of Lithgow Living History

Check out the new premium accommodation at Hartley Historic Site on a guided tour with interior designer Marissa Starr of Old Trahlee and St Bernard’s Presbytery buildings. Enjoy an alternate fashion show organised by our own accomplished designer Elizabeth Elwell- Cook.

Hartley Historic Site manager Steve Ring said: “Events such as Back to Hartley, which was voted Lithgow’s best community event in 2015, breathe new life into this beautiful site and are a chance for the community to learn about their Australian heritage `on location’.

“Back to Hartley is also a chance for NPWS to work with the community to raise funds for a local charity or causes we both feel are important. This year we are pleased to be helping local disadvantaged young people through Lithgow Optimist Club.’’

He also encouraged visitors to explore the wider region: “If you’re coming from Sydney, travel up the Great Western Highway and see the Blue Mountains, spend the day with us at Back to Hartley, then drive into Lithgow and head home via the Bells Line of Road through the Hawkesbury to experience the World Heritage Area from a very different perspective.’’

Visitors can choose from a range of accommodation and dining options in the Lithgow area. Go to tourism.lithgow.com for more information.

Back to Hartley will be held at Hartley Historic Site, Old Bathurst Rd (just off Great Western Hwy), Hartley, from 9am to 4pm Sunday, October 30. Cost: $5 per vehicle goes to Lithgow Optimists Club. Details: (02) 6355 2117 or hartley@environment.nsw.gov.au.

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(l-r) Lenore Davi of Katoomba Amusements Company and Vicki Hartley of Lithgow Living History

(l-r) Lenore Davi of Katoomba Amusements Company and Vicki Hartley of Lithgow Living History


Lithgow Halloween `16 Dance-off to beat National Record

Michael Jackson impersonator Jason Jackson will lead the Thriller dance-off

 

By Ellen Hill for Lithgow Tourism              Photos: David Hill and Ben Pearse

Lithgow Main St will be overrun with freaky fiends, ghouls, zombies and loveable fantasy characters when internationally renowned King of Pop impersonator Jason Jackson leads a public dance-off at Lithgow Halloween `16.

The national record bid for the greatest number of costumed people to dance to the song Thriller will be a highlight of the annual community festival on October 29 and further the town’s emergence as a tourist destination.

Organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors including Lithgow McDonald’s, Centennial Coal, Energy Australia, Village Voice and Lithgow Workies, the event will again feature spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations. The main shopping area will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with themed precincts, non-stop entertainment and a community Trick or Treat activity for children.

Jason Jackson performing at Lithgow Halloween `15

The Thriller record attempt will be held at 8.30pm at the Main Stage, led by Michael Jackson impersonator Jason Jackson, who will also wow festival goers with a spectacular performance at 7.30pm featuring 10 dazzling costume changes.

With new surprises and a creepy Halloween theme, he promised fans who attended last year they “ain’t seen nothin’ yet’’.

Jackson said the crowd’s response to his performance last year was overwhelming. Despite performing as a Michael Jackson impersonator at a range of venues and events since 1990, “I had never experienced that kind of thing before where everyone was in costume’’, he said “It was amazing to feel the community spirit. I’m excited.’’

A singer/songwriter in his own right, Jason Jackson discovered the music of Michael Jackson as a gravely ill child battling cancer when the song Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough struck a chord with him and became his inspiration.

Halloween Performance 09Lithgow City Council Tourism Manager Kellie Barrow encouraged everyone to take part in the Australian record-breaking dance-off and dress in Halloween costume as a ghoulish zombie, monster, freaky vampire, fantasy character or loveable fairytale personality, goblin or fairy.

“Costumes don’t have to be expensive. In fact, many of our shops in the CBD are stocked with affordable costume items and shops are beginning to install their window displays so there’s plenty of inspiration in town.’’

As in previous years, the family-friendly Lithgow Halloween `16 will include something for everyone, with a range of free community events in public spaces through to ticketed events at private venues.

Ms Barrow recommended visitors stay overnight in the area to fully explore the surprisingly diverse range of scenery, dining options and activities available in Lithgow and surrounds including the Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on the way to Sydney on Sunday, October 30.

Go to www.halloween.lithgow.com for more information and Jason Jackson’s Thriller tutorial video to practice the dance before the record-breaking event.

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Spirit of King of Pop to thrill Lithgow Halloween ‘16

 

Join Jason Jackson at the Thriller dance-off at Lithgow Halloween `16. Photo: David Hill, Headline Publicity

Join Jason Jackson at the Thriller dance-off at Lithgow Halloween `16. Photo: David Hill

 

By Ellen Hill for Lithgow Tourism        Photos: Ben Pearse and David Hill

The spirit of the late King of Pop will inject a thrilling spark into Lithgow Halloween `16 when hundreds of Michael Jackson fans take part in a dance-off in Main St on Saturday, October 29.

Jason Jackson performing at Lithgow Halloween `15. Photo: Ben Pearse

Jason Jackson performing at Lithgow Halloween `15. Photo: Ben Pearse

The national record bid for the greatest number of costumed people to dance to the song Thriller will be a highlight of the annual community festival.

Organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors including Lithgow McDonald’s, Centennial Coal and Energy Australia, the event will again feature spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations, the main shopping strip will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with themed precincts, non-stop entertainment and a community Trick or Treat activity for children.

Lithgow City Council Tourism Manager Kellie Barrow said: “We do like to party here in Lithgow, especially when it involves themes and dressing up.

“But our parties are not exclusive: everyone is invited, everyone is welcome and everyone is catered for.’’

Lithgow Halloween is a family-friendly community event. Photo: Ben Pearse

Lithgow Halloween is a family-friendly community event. Photo: Ben Pearse

As in previous years, the family-friendly Lithgow Halloween `16 will include something for everyone, with a range of free community events in public spaces through to ticketed events at private venues.

“We’re proud of our history and what the council, local businesses and residents have achieved together in beautifying Lithgow in recent years and we want to share our town with visitors.’’

Ms Barrow encouraged locals and visitors to fully immerse themselves in the festival spirit and dress up for the occasion as a ghoulish zombie, monster, freaky vampire, fantasy character or loveable fairytale personality, goblin or fairy.

Lithgow Halloween is a family-friendly event. Photo: David Hill

Lithgow Halloween is a family-friendly event. Photo: David Hill

She also urged everyone to take part in the Australian record attempt for the largest number of costumed people to dance to the Michael Jackson song Thriller.

“The record currently stands at about 500 people. Let’s beat it!’’

She recommended visitors stay overnight in the area to fully explore the surprisingly diverse range of scenery, dining options and activities available in Lithgow and surrounds including the Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on the way to Sydney on Sunday, October 30.

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    Jason Jackson will lead the Thriller dance-off at Lithgow Halloween `16. Photo: David Hill

    Jason Jackson will lead the Thriller dance-off at Lithgow Halloween `16. Photo: David Hill


Lithgow, NSW: Halloween festival a monster success

Main St shopkeepers embraced the event and had window displays

Main St shopkeepers embraced the event and had window displays

By Ellen Hill for Lithgow City Council      Photos: Ben Pearse and David Hill

More than 27,000 Draculas, skeletons, goblins, fairies and other fantasy characters converged on the town of Lithgow for its annual Halloween monster mash last Saturday (October 31).

More than 27,000 locals and visitors attended

More than 27,000 locals and visitors attended

 

 

As well as much of the local community, several thousand visitors from out of town experienced one of the largest Halloween celebrations in NSW and engaged in the daytime and night time festivities.

A flying vampire was part of the entertainment

A flying vampire was part of the entertainment

 

 

 

With spectacular acrobatics, pyrotechnics, a vampire aristocrat and a Michael Jackson impersonator, Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations, the main shopping strip was transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with five themed precincts packed with market stalls selling local produce, dining options for every budget and non-stop entertainment across two main stages.

 

 

Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham

Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham

 

Bedecked in a magnificent gown and towering pink wig, Lithgow City Council Mayor Councillor Maree Statham, said: “This year’s event had achieved the council’s aims of driving business to the main shopping strip, boosting community spirit and creating an awareness of Lithgow and the surround’s beauty. It was also an investment in the wellbeing of our community.

 

Zombies from Dance for Life! were unleashed at the ball

Zombies from Dance for Life! were unleashed at the ball

“Lithgow Halloween 15 was a success, absolutely. The people of Lithgow have spoken with their feet.

“The CBD businesses decorated their shop windows and premises and held themed events like Trick or Treat for the children. The people of Lithgow embraced the festival by making scarecrows, decorating skulls and going to enormous effort with their costumes on the day.’’

A Michael Jackson show was popular

A Michael Jackson show was popular

 

 

Mayor Statham said the festival was also an investment in Lithgow’s tourism future.

“We know from statistics and data that festivals and events create a reason for people to travel. We created a reason for them to come here and they did. Thousands of visitors from other areas walked our streets, spent money in our shops and booked every tourism bed in town.”

 

 

Zig Zag Brewery director Adrian Schindler at Dracula's Masquerade Ball

Zig Zag Brewery director Adrian Schindler at Dracula’s Masquerade Ball

 

 

As well as including other satellite events such as Dracula’s Masquerade Ball at the Old Zig Zag Brewery and All Hallows Picnic at Eskbank House, Lithgow Halloween 15 involved a longer stretch of Main St this year.

 

Bathurst State MP Paul Toole

Bathurst State MP Paul Toole

 

 

Officially opening the festival, Bathurst State MP Paul Toole congratulated the council for its vision and fostering community pride: “You are making this the best Halloween festival in all of this country. You are making your place a point of destination. You are making this happen for your community and for other people. It is innovation, it is being creative and …this is an event that you can actually own.’’

 

The Zig Zag Brewery became Dracula's lair for the event

The Zig Zag Brewery became Dracula’s lair for the event

 

Mayor Statham thanked the event sponsors, Centennial Coal, Treeview Estates, McDonald’s Lithgow and Energy Australia.

Developing innovative promotional activities for the enjoyment of the community which encourage an increase in business activities in the town centres is part of Councils strategy to strengthen our Economy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

  • Click HERE to view a full gallery of images from Dracula’s Masquerade Ball and HERE for a full collection of images from the community street festival.
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  • Ghastly ghouls mingled with fairytale characters

    Ghastly ghouls mingled with fairytale characters


Special guests counting down to LithgowHalloween15

Countess Pamela Pire will sink her teeth into local history during LithgowHalloween15

Countess Pamela Pire will sink her teeth into local history during LithgowHalloween15

 

By Ellen Hill for Lithgow Tourism                         Photos: David Hill

Transylvania royalty and the thrilling reincarnation of a charismatic pop superstar will entertain the crowds at LithgowHalloween15 on October 31.

Oozing sass and Gothic glamour, Countess Pamela Pire

Oozing sass and Gothic glamour, Countess Pamela Pire

Heiress to what was once the great Pire Coffers of Transylvania, esteemed Doctor of the Ology of undying and 1926 Transylvanian Olympics champion high jumper Countess Pamela Pire has travelled the world sharing her knowledge of the great Transylvania evaporation and will enlighten Lithgow on the darker side of local history.

Oozing sass and Gothic glamour, the aristocrat comes from a long line of Transylvanian royalty. In fact, she could be the last remaining member of that royal bloodline.

Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham said: “I very much look forward to meeting Countess Pamela, a woman after my own heart of working for the good of the community – and glamorous fashion.

“Lithgow welcomes all visitors warmly, especially those who are interested in our rich history. With ancient Aboriginal ancestors, a fascinating industrial past, bushrangers, explorers and pioneers, there is so much for the Countess to sink her teeth into.’’

Countess Pamela Pire will vamp up Halloween celebrations

Countess Pamela Pire will vamp up Halloween celebrations

After busy-bodying through history identifying the bodies of victims of the migration epidemic, the European blue blood is the notorious expert on the migration and settlement of Transylvanians and has come to Australia in search of an original Transylvanian migrant family rumoured to have settled in Lithgow.

The honorary HalloweenLithgow15 guest is an esteemed lecturer at the University of Bram Stoker and thrice winner of the Nosferatau award for shadow writing.

Countess Pamela will appear on the Energy Australia stage, while amazing dangerous dancer Jason Jackson will channel the extraordinary talents of one of the world’s most mesmerising artists and entertainers, Michael Jackson, on the McDonald’s Stage in the Funky area.

The superstar continues to live on through the MJ Forever show, a mind blowing, high energy dance spectacular starring tribute artist Jason Jackson.

Fans can relive the unforgettable costumes, charisma and moves of the King of Pop and even show off their own moonwalk talents and robotic moves at the Thriller dance-off.

Jason Jackson is the charismatic reincarnation of the King of Pop

Jason Jackson is the charismatic reincarnation of the King of Pop

Other entertainment throughout the event will include a Ronald McDonald magic show, circus acrobats and the Waratah Drum Corps.

Featuring spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations, the main shopping strip will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with five themed precincts packed with market stalls selling local produce, dining options for every budget and non-stop entertainment across two main stages.

LithgowHalloween15 is proudly sponsored by Lithgow City Council, Centennial Coal, Treeview Estates Over 55’s LivingEnergyAustralia and McDonalds Restuarant Lithgow.

Contact the Lithgow Visitor Information Centre on 6350 3230 for more information.

Developing innovative promotional activities for the enjoyment of the community which encourage an increase in business activities in the town centres is part of Councils strategy to strengthen our Economy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

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Countess Pamela Pire will glam it up for Lithgow

Countess Pamela Pire will glam it up for Lithgow


Freaky family fun at Lithgow Halloween

Fun and freaky fantasy characters like these from Lithgow Living History will be at Lithgow Halloween

Fun fantasy characters like these from Lithgow Living History will mix with freaky faces at Lithgow Halloween

 

By Ellen Hill for Lithgow Tourism             Photos: David Hill

Crazy costumes, Trick or Treat fun and staying up late. Welcome to Halloween celebrations Lithgow style.

Families will have a selection of dining options to choose from

Families will have a selection of dining options to choose from

Organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council with support from local sponsors, the annual event will be particularly geared towards families on October 31.

Featuring spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and decorations, the main shopping strip will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with five themed precincts packed with market stalls selling local produce, dining options for every budget and non-stop entertainment across two main stages.

 

Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham will again welcome locals and visitors to the event

Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham will again welcome locals and visitors to the event

 

Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham said: “It’s wonderful to see children in past years excited and enjoying the novelty of being in town after dark, and families out together at a public event where everyone is catered for.’’

Children can take part in a Trick or Treat activity in a safe environment involving shops along the street at 4pm and everyone is encouraged to dress up.

You don’t have to dress as a scary character,’’ Mayor Statham said.Last year we had Snow White, much to the delight of little girls. We suspect we might see a few fantasy characters from the movie Frozen this year.’’

 

 

 

The whole family is encouraged to get into the spirit of the occasion and dress up

The whole family is encouraged to get into the spirit of the occasion and dress up

 

Two of the five themed precincts will be dedicated to families: the Family Friendly zone sponsored by Centennial Coal at the top of Main St will have plenty of activities for children, and McDonald’s Lithgow will sponsor a Funky Zone for youth between Cook St Plaza and the National Australia Bank building.

The Energy Australia-sponsored main entertainment stage will be opposite the Grand Central Hotel between the Family Friendly and Flavours precincts.

“There will be a Ronald McDonald magic show, circus acrobats, magic and the Waratah Drum Corps,’’ Mayor Statham said. “There will be plenty of special effects, lots of colourful lighting and a Thriller dance-off.’’

 

Lithgow Halloween will be family-friendly

Lithgow Halloween will be family-friendly

 

 

Lithgow has a range of family accommodation options available, as well as in neighbouring areas. Contact the Lithgow Visitor Information Centre on 6350 3230 for help with your accommodation needs.

Developing innovative promotional activities for the enjoyment of the community which encourage an increase in business activities in the town centres is part of Councils strategy to strengthen our Economy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Lithgow Tourism is a commercial client of Deep Hill Media and Headline Publicity

 

Children of Lithgow have been preparing for the community Halloween celebration

Children of Lithgow have been preparing for the community Halloween celebration

 


Lithgow NSW vamps it up for Halloween 2015

Halloween at Lithgow will be freaky fun for the whole family

Halloween at Lithgow will be freaky fun for the whole family

 

By Ellen Hill for Lithgow Tourism                    Photos: David Hill

Macabre monsters, creepy clowns and scary skeletons can venture from the shadows and into the light when the town of Lithgow celebrates Halloween with a night of ghoulish glee on October 31.

Halloween dress-up fun for all ages

Halloween dress-up fun for all ages

Featuring spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations, the main shopping strip will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with five themed precincts packed with market stalls selling local produce, dining options for every budget and non-stop entertainment across two main stages.

The event will be organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors.

Dress as your favourite fun or frightening character

Dress as your favourite fun or frightening character

 

 

Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham said: “Our Halloween event is for the people of Lithgow to celebrate their community, to support our local shops and provide a safe Trick or Treat environment for our children at 4.00pm.  We have had such a wonderful time in the past few years and want to share our community spirit with others and invite visitors to join us on October 31.”

Visitors and locals are encouraged to immerse themselves in the spirit of the occasion and dress up as a fun or frightening Halloween character such as a vampire, Dracula, a fantasy personality, goblin or fairy.

 

 

Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham welcomes visitors to the town

Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham welcomes visitors to the town

 

The top section of Main St will be dedicated a Family Friendly zone sponsored by Centennial Coal, with plenty of activities for children.

The `Flavours Long Lunch’ catered by CJ’s Good Food Restaurant will be held in the second section near the Old Exchange Hotel, which will also have a fashion parade sponsored by Treeview Estates and market stalls with local produce.

Spooks and zombies of all kinds will over-run Main St

Spooks and zombies of all kinds will over-run Main St

 

A `Dining with the Dead’ area will be set up in the Cook St Plaza, and McDonald’s Lithgow will sponsor a Funky Zone for youth between Cook St Plaza and the National Australia Bank building.

The Fangtastic outdoor dining area with a maze and presided over by a large vampire will be at the bottom of Main St.

 

 

The Energy Australia-sponsored main entertainment stage will be opposite the Grand Central Hotel between the Family Friendly and Flavours precincts, while the Funky stage will feature a fashion parade.

The John Joseph building will again be a feature

The John Joseph building will again be a feature

 

 

There will be circus acrobats, magic and the Waratah Drum Corps,’’ Mayor Statham said.There will be plenty of special effects and vampire antics, and be sure to keep an eye out for werewolf waiters and chefs on stilts lurking in the crowd.

“I am looking forward to meeting Countess Pamela Pire, esteemed Doctor of the Ology of undying at the University of Bram Stoker and champion high jumper at the 1926 Transylvanian Olympics, and learning how her history is interwoven with Lithgow.’’

 

Meet all manner of weird and wonderful characters

Meet all manner of weird and wonderful characters

 

 

 

Lithgow has a range of accommodation options available, as well as in neighbouring areas. Contact the Lithgow Visitor Information Centre on 6350 3230 for help with your accommodation needs.

“We have the best of everything in Lithgow: the majestic Greater Blue Mountains escarpments glowing in the afternoon sun, the rolling pasturelands of the central west, the industrial heritage of our nation and some of the best examples of colonial Australia to be seen anywhere,” Mayor Statham said.

 

 

Developing innovative promotional activities for the enjoyment of the community which encourage an increase in business activities in the town centres is part of the council’s strategy to strengthen our economy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

* Lithgow Tourism is a commercial client of Deep Hill Media and Headline Publicity

Have a fangtastic time at Lithgow Halloween

Have a fangtastic time at Lithgow Halloween