How to celebrate Halloween in Queenstown

Be Scared this Halloween in Queenstown!

If you’re heading our way, and coming to stay in our lake-side holiday apartments over the Halloween period, then here are a few ideas for the holiday weekend

Halloween with children


Head out to 5 Mile in Frankton for a whole host of shops that can help you with customs - for both children and adults!

The Warehouse is great for everything from outfits to candy and everything Halloween in between.
Look Sharp is a 'one-stop fun shop’ for everything party related. They have a great selection of Halloween costumes and accessories.

And buying sweets can be done at Countdown - a large supermarket where you can top up on the local vino and lots of local produce!

Where to take the children

If you are from abroad, I think the first thing you should know, is that Kiwis don’t really celebrate Halloween like they do the United States of America - we don’t really embrace the full commercial side of it. So in terms of trick and treating, probably the most welcoming and safest places to trick and treat are at Lake Haye Estate and Lower Shotover, accessed from State Highway 6, just after Frankton on the way to Arrowtown.
You should also know, that Halloween is actually in Autumn so trick and treating is actually done during daylight and most kids are home by 8.30 / 9 pm.


New Zealand's Biggest Halloween Festival

Back again for 2023, this is a musical festival held out at AJ Hacket’s Kawarau Bungy Centre in Gibbston Valley. With local DJs and a few from abroad, including SAMMY VIRJI, JADED, LITTLE FRITTER, CHARLIE C and LENNI VIBE, this festival has an age limit of 18.
As the sun sets, the music will be on the outdoor stage, perched on a cliff that overlooks the Kawarau River, and nestled amidst the stunning mountainous landscape of Queenstown's renowned winery region. Then as night falls, you’ll transition to the indoor stage, where the DJs will create magic music!

You can also get transfers from town out to the site!

You can buy tickets here:

Cargo Brewery Halloween Spooktacular

Sunday, 29th October from 12:00 pm - late

Cargo Brewery is hosting a family Halloween day that should prove fun for the entire family! Unearth your favourite Halloween costume from the depths of your closet and join in on a fun day full of exciting games and competitions.

  • Best Kids Costume
  • Best Family Costume
  • Best Furry Friend Costume
  • Best Furry Friend & Kiddo Duo Costume

There will be Halloween activities too:

  • Pumpkin Cookie Decorating
  • Apple Bobbing
  • Skeleton Scavenger Hunt
  • Halloween Movie Showings in our Breakfast Room

Book a table if you want to enjoy a fun Halloween-inspired dinner menu too!

Halloween Zombie Attack at the Fear Factory

Why not pass the evening at Queenstown’s original scary house? Fear Factory is always good for a blood-pumping, adrenalin-rushing scary evening so book a spot and really embrace the Halloween theme this year!

Have a fun Halloween this year in Queenstown!