IPSWICH get ready for everything creepy and crawly as All Hallow's Eve approaches.

Halloween has been gaining popularity in the region with plenty of events planned to celebrate the event, traditionally held on October 31.

Brisbane Halloween Lovers Facebook group has come up with a map of places you can trick or treat this year:

Scary events this Halloween:

1. Halloween Haunt - Barellan Point

JULIE Cochrane has been running a Halloween Haunt for the past six years.

The Costume Box owner said it started out as parties, then she started decking out her front yard and now has a full maze complete with a team of people to scare you.

"People just started coming," she said.

While the Halloween Haunt is a free event Ms Cochrane has a donation box for the Ipswich Hospital Palliative Care Unit and has raised money to buy bar fridges and outdoor furniture in the past.

"My hubby passed away a few years ago, they were very good to him in that ward.

"We buy what the hospital wants," she said.

Every year she builds a new prop with some help, this year's creepy addition a three-metre tall Jack Skeleton from the Nightmare Before Christmas which will be singing on the night.

While the maze is probably suited to older kids and adults the graveyard at Ms Corchrane's Barellan Point home will be decorated and child friendly.

There will be roving people in costume handing out treats and scarers.

"It's a little bit epic."

The Halloween Haunt opens October 30 and 31 at 525 Junction Rd Barellan Point.


2. Halloween Rest Stop - Augustine Heights

ON the night of October 31 Jane Gorry Park at Augustine Heights will transform into a spooky party.

Organised by the Augustine Heights Neighbourhood Watch, hundreds of people are expected to get into the spirit of the event, with Jane Gorry Park at Patricius Place providing a "rest stop'' for families taking a break from the trick or treating throughout the evening.

The event starts at 4pm and finishes at 7.30pm, there will be face painting and music for the kids, but warning there may be ghosts.

Christopher Trace, Area Co-ordinator of Neighbourhood Watch, said the local celebrations also attracted people from surrounding areas.

"We will have a gold coin sausage sizzle and coffee van in Jane Gorry Park for the grown-ups, and there will be plenty of glow sticks and candy for trick or treaters to enjoy as well as some live acoustic music," Mr Trace said.

"My wife and I start preparing bags of candy to hand out usually around August. Last year we gave out 450 to 500 bags to trick or treaters and ran out. 

"In the past we have decorated the house with themes such as A Mid-Summer Night's Dream and Steampunk but this year our focus is on building awareness of the Neighbourhood Watch.

 "I think Halloween has become so popular here because there is a great community atmosphere and it is also a safe neighbourhood and the Neighbourhood Watch forms an important part of that.''  

Julie Cochrane, owner of  Costume Closet Ipswich.
Julie Cochrane, owner of Costume Closet Ipswich. Cordell Richardson

3. Halloween (1978) and Halloween (2018) screenings - Springfield.

EVENT Cinemas Springfield are hosting a spooky double feature on October 31 from 7pm-11pm.

4. Spooky Halloween Screening - BCC Ipswich

WHAT better way is there to spend Halloween than scaring your socks off at the movies?

BCC Cinemas has two frightfully good movies lined up just for the occasion.

If you want a classic horror film that will scare the popcorn out of you, the 1978 John Carpenter classic Halloween is perfect for you, then a late evening screening of the all-new Halloween.

October 31 from 7pm-11.30pm

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