Did you know the Celts in Ireland established what is now called Halloween to fight off ghosts? Read more about it here. The likelihood of you seeing ghosts on 31 October are slim, but here are 4 deadly do’s you should think of doing this Halloween in Cape Town.
1. Visit the Castle of Good Hope
Wait for it… this is actually the oldest building in South Africa **drops mic**. Book your 1-hour guided tour from 11:00 (last slot is 16:00); they’re open 7 days a week!
Things to think of when planning your visit:
- Parking is a nightmare; rather take an Uber
- Take some cash (or card) to spend at the Castle Gift Shop – it supports small Capetonian businesses
- The Key Ceremony occurs at 10:00 and 12:00
- The Castle Canon bangs at 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00
- Rock n Rolla based in Claremont & Sea Point
- King Cake Party City based in most suburbs around the Cape
- The Crazy Store based in most suburbs around the Cape
- Mardi Gras based in the city centre in Loop Street
- The Silence Of The Lambs – Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal Lecter) is at his best in this 1991 thriller
- Scary Movie – OK, this isn’t really scary. But the movie title is pretty relevant, kind of…
- The Devil’s Advocate – Remember Neo from The Matrix? Well he is a hotshot lawyer in this 1997 classic
- The Sixth Sense – Where the famous line “I see dead people” came from. Any Bruce Willis fan should be watching this 1999 thriller
- A Nightmare On Elm Street – The true scissor hands is revealed in this 1984 horror
2. Dress Up!
Whether you’re planning a Halloween pub crawl or a neighbourhood walkabout, it’s pretty imperative that you dress up.
Here are some popular places to buy/hire costumes and apparel:
3. Watch a scary movie
Get your friends together for a Halloween-inspired night of frights. And don’t worry about the washing up, you can hire most of the items at EHIRE and have most items delivered to your door.
Some scary movie classics include:
4. Watch IT under the stars at Kirstenbosch Gardens
The well-known Galileo Open Air Cinema has a showing of the movie IT on 31 October 2018 at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens. They do have a mini-market, but if you prefer a classic picnic with all the goodies, book your favourite at EHIRE which has FREE delivery for any picnics ordered to Kirstenbosch Gardens.
The things to do in Cape Town this Halloween are plentiful. As long as you’re using this occasion as an excuse to connect with family or friends, whatever you land up doing, will be memorable.
Cheers for now.
PS: View this blog piece about “Things To Do In Cape Town: 5 Tips For A Splashing Pool Party” if you want to get those guns out when the sun it out.