Under the glow of the blue moon on Halloween this year, families headed out to Blood Orange; the inaugural Orange Open Air film event, for a fun and spooky screening of the must watch 1993 classic; Hocus Pocus. The movie was a great choice and had the entire family audience glued with the special effects and amazing costumes.
Central West Mums was proud to sponsor the costume competition and the effort that both children and their families put in was overwhelming. It was tricky to choose a runner up and winner.
Spilt Milk Bar created a signature flavour of pumpkin spice with choc chip on the evening, and OOA ensured that there were plenty of candy, popcorn and some trick or treat activities to entertain the kids.
We look forward to more events from Orange Open Air, so stay tuned by checking here.
Check out some of the amazing costumes on the night in our gallery; can you spot the winner?
That’s the advice from Orange Open Air (OOA) who will host family-friendly open-air film event Blood Orange on Saturday 31 October AT THE ORANGE SHOWGROUND PAVILLION.
Blood Orange will feature a Halloween special beginning at 7 pm on Saturday, October 31 (Movie at 7.30 pm) Light snacks and refreshments will be available with local street food vans, and a signature ice-cream from Spilt Milk. There will also be a costume competition with prizes generously donated by Central West Mums.
Orange Open Air plans to host a collection of cultural and wellbeing events across the Central West villages and the regional city of Orange NSW celebrating fresh air, open spaces, and encouraging human connection with nature and each other through the arts and outdoor activity.
Thanks to a generous donation from Newcrest as part of its COVID grant program, Orange Open Air has purchased the infrastructure to plan a broad range of accessible, inclusive events across the region showcasing the arts and injecting tourism dollars into the local economy.
“This first event is a great introduction to how events, entertainment and the arts can be enjoyed through Orange Open Air.”
With an equally atmospheric wet weather venue in place, the team is confident the night will be an experience no one young or old will forget.
Tickets are limited and family packages are available with a trick or treat bucket on offer too!
Proudly Supported by Newcrest, Orange Regional Arts Foundation, Orange City Council and Central West Mums.
Even with COVID-Safe Guidelines released from the NSW Government for Halloween this year, there are plenty of activities you and your family can do to make Halloween fun.
After my family and I lived in Vancouver, Canada prior to moving to the Central West, our love for Halloween was born and it is now one of the most exciting events our boys look forward to each year.
Canadians really go all out to celebrate on October 31 with many spending months planning the decorations and go to lengths to display at their home. Our neighbourhood around the Douglas Park area in Vancouver was a big attraction for Houses decked out which you can see from some of the pictures in gallery below.
There were adventures to the pumpkin patch to choose your pumpkins, the excitement of coming up with your costume and making some Halloween crafts and treats. We made some friends for life in Canada who introduced us to many traditions that we have brought back to Australia. Halloween is slowly growing to become a much bigger celebration here in Australia now too.
First and foremost, take the opportunity to learn how to carve a classic Jack O’Lantern which does take time to master so best to get carving early on! Our beautiful friends Nicole and Liam (let’s call them the experts), have put together a quick video tutorial for you to follow. The important thing is take your time, and certainly if your kids are participating, take care with any carving implements.
What you’ll need:
A good sized pumpkin
A knife or even better if you can buy a pumpkin carving tool pack (can be picked up onlineor from Woolworths), which are ideal too as they have serrated, dull-edged blades for cutting through pumpkin flesh.
Newspaper and Paper towels
Note: You can also bake your pumpkin seeds too with some olive oil or avocado oil, some salt and baking paper. See below for a quick healthy snack recipe for in-between all the treats!
The final result
Once you are happy with your Jack O’Lantern’s ghoulish grin, then pick up one of those battery operated lanterns from a dollar dazzler store and light it up.
Some other inspiration that will keep your kids occupied as well as excited about Halloween, are to lookup some recipes to make some delicious and haunting treats. There are so many recipes online; here are some favourites (see images in gallery below);
> Brownie graveyard
> Band-aid biscuits
> Marshmallow and caramel ear buds
Recipe for baked Pumpkin seeds
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius (or 350 Fahrenheit). Once you have removed and cleaned your seeds, rinse them off in a bowl under tap and pat them dry and leave for a bit to dry further.
Add a tablespoon or more of oil and stir it through.
Spread your seeds on a baking tray lined with baking paper and add some salt on them.
Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until golden. Allow the seeds to cool down before eating.