Mayhem in Mt Eden
A motley crew of creepy characters will host an afternoon of tricks and treats at Mt Eden's annual Halloween Mayhem and Malarkey event on Saturday.
Children are encouraged to creep along dressed in their favourite Halloween costumes to be spooked by the cast of witches and wizards.
And actor Nikki Bennett, who is a regular face at the event, is encouraging kids to bring their mischievous sides along with their costumes.
"At Halloween they're allowed to to be a bit naughty," she says.
"There are so many limits at home and at school but here kids are allowed to be kids - and the adults are too."
The infamous West Coast hag Emmy Lou Black Lips will be daring the brave to try some freaky food, while others can groove to some spooky music spun by a zombie DJ.
Pint-sized ghosts and ghouls should be prompt as the event always has a huge turnout, she says.
"We see kids who come back every year because they know how much fun it is."
Ms Bennett is a professional theatre actor and trained in clowning at a prestigious Parisian school.
She takes having fun very seriously.
While it might sound like the bona fide clown would be more at home in oversized shoes and a bright red nose than a witch's hat, she loves creating mischief as a spooky character.
"It brings out the child inside of you. When you're clowning you're allowed to be naughty."
Ben Crowder is the event's creative director and says Mayhem and Malarkey gets bigger and better each year.
Mr Crowder has transformed himself into a spooky goblin at past events and is hoping to be able to step behind his cauldron again this year.
The event runs from 12pm to 2pm on October 27 at the Essex Reserve, Mt Eden Village. Entry is free.
- Central Leader
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