Best Halloween Events in Auckland for Kids in 2020

The BEST 2020 Halloween Events in Auckland for Kids and Teens

Our pick of the best 2020 Halloween events for kids and families in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Trusts Arena, Henderson, West Auckland
Saturday 28 November 2020: 5:30pm
Spooks & Sparks Event Information

Regarded as the largest and most spectacular family friendly Halloween and Fireworks Show in New Zealand, Spooks and Sparks 2020 will feature fantastic family entertainment in the lead up to darkness, followed by a thrilling Laser and Fireworks Show.

Bring your blanket and cushion and take a spot on the bank and enjoy the entertainment, as the countdown begins to the amazing Lasers and Fireworks Show.

The Trusts Arena carpark will be transformed into a Family Fairground, with rides and attractions, a large range of food vendors catering for all tastes, and roving entertainment. With everyone encouraged to dress up in Halloween Costume, this family event has something for everyone in a fun, friendly and safe environment.

2. Henderson Halloween Ride 2020

Henderson Park, Wilscher Crescent, Henderson, West Auckland
Saturday 31 October 2020: 4pm to 7pm
Henderson Halloween Ride Event Info

A fun community event for families to walk, ride or scoot along the Project Twin Streams Opanuku path at Henderson Park.  Families take a self-guided ride along the path and complete a Halloween themed quiz. On their return a trick or treat station adds to the occasion.

Get dressed up for fun and enjoy Halloween by bike, scooter or on foot.

Cost: FREE event

Halloween Ride

3. Tricks and Treats and Dark Rides at Rainbow's End

Rainbow’s End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, South Auckland
Saturday 24 October and Saturday 31 October 2020 evenings
Tricks and Treats Event info
Dark Rides Event info

Have some fun with Rainbow’s End with after hours excitement at Tricks and Treats in Kidz Kingdom for little kids.

Older Kids can enjoy Night Rides plus for a limited time the haunted attraction Manic Manor, and creepy content in the brand new 7D Dark Ride Theatre, Spectra.

4. Witches and Wizards at Highwic

Highwic House, 40 Gillies Avenue, Epsom, Auckland
Saturday 31 October 2020: 1pm to 4pm
Witches and Wizards event info

Enrol your young sorcerers in the Highwic School of Witches and Wizards for a day of magical mischief, fantastical fun and creepy creativity. Kids can come dressed in their best wizarding garb and attend an Advanced Potion-Making class, undertake a Wandlore Apprenticeship (make a wand), design your own house badge, and complete the ultimate Quest for Magical Creatures in Highwic’s grounds. If you prove to have enough wizarding potential you’ll fly away a graduate of the prestigious Highwic School of Witches and Wizards.

Wtiches and Wizaards Halloween event at Highwic

5. Village Frights at Howick Historical Village

Howick Historical Village, Lloyd Eslmore Park, Bells Road, Pakuranga, East Auckland
Saturday 31 October 2020: 5pm to 8pm
Village Frights event info

A family friendly evening with spooktacular activities, entertainment and trick or treating at the Village.

Come dressed up if you wish, or just come as you are. The Village is a safe environment to enjoy a fun Halloween evening.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase on the night.

6. Halloween Family Showcase Movies at Hoyts

Various Hoyts Cinemas in Auckland
Saturday 31 October 2020

Spooky season is here and Hoyts are (trick or) treating you to some freaky family favourites back on the big screen. Costumes are encouraged! Choose from Goosebumps or Hocus Pocus or Edward Scissorhands movies.

Tickets are $10 per person, plus booking fees.

Goosebump movie

7. FREE Halloween Party at WestCity Waitakere

WestCity Waitakere, 7 Catherine Street, Henderson, West Auckland
Saturday 31 October 2020: 11am to 2pm
Halloween Party event info

Your little explorers can dress up in their favourite Halloween costume, and join Explorers Fern & Nikau for a spooky fun filled day. Enjoy the FREE spooky craft activities, face painting and more!

There will also be a Trick or Treat activity involving some of the WestCity retailers.

8. Halloween Fun Day at Butterfly Creek

WestCity Waitakere, 7 Catherine Street, Henderson, West Auckland
Saturday 31 October 2020: 9am to 4pm
Halloween event info

Experience a day of spooktacular fun at Butterfly Creek this Halloween during normal open hours. Their spooky entertainers will be handing out great spot prizes for spooky Halloween costumes, so rock your ghastliest outfit. Meet the walking Dino, explore Mythic Creatures, approach the spooky staff for some free Halloween lollies.

Halloween at Butterfly Creek

9. Halloween at Lake House Arts Centre

Lake House Arts Centre, Takapuna
Saturday 31 October 2020: 6pm to 10pm
Halloween event info

Family friendly fun and spooks at the Lake House Arts Centre on Halloween, run by ghost-hunters, Haunted Auckland.

Face painting, creepy characters, spooky disco, food, giveaways, special guests and the opportunity to have your photo taken with KITT from Knight Rider

Lake House Arts Centre

10. Halloween Movies at Stardome

Stardome Observatory & Planetarium
Saturday 31 October 2020: 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7:30pm movie sessions
Stardome Halloween Movies event info

This Halloween, Stardome is turning into a cinema. Come along for a special screening of one of four family classics in the majestic planetarium, complete with free popcorn. Costumes are encouraged but not compulsory.

Get set to enjoy a spooky selection of all-time whānau faves, suitable for the kids aged 8 years plus through to more mature Halloween enthusiasts. Films include the Monster Family, The House with a Clock in its Walls, Coraline and Bettlejuice.

Halloween Stardome 2020


What is Halloween and why is it celebrated? 

Halloween is celebrated each year on 31 October.   This year Halloween is  on Saturday 31 October 2020. 

When is Halloween celebrated in New Zealand?

Halloween means the evening before All Hallows Day (or All Saint’s Day) celebrated on 1 November each year.  Both events paid homeage to the hallows known as saints.  Halloween falls on 31 October because the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain was considered the earliest known root of Halloween and marks the change of seasons and when the door between this world and the next world was open and spirits could pass through.  Halloween has lost most of its spiritual meaning in recent years and is currently celebrated by children in New Zealand dressing up and going trick-or-treating in their local community.

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