What’s On: Oct 24 – 28

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Halloween is less than a week away and there is a ton of Horror themed stuff to fill your weekend with free comics, teenage witches and movie marathons galore. Here is everything on this weekend across Australia for This Week in Geek.

1. Queensland

Wednesday

The American Express Open Air Cinema is only 2 weeks away from being done in Brisbane so this Wednesday you can see the cult classic, Love Actually. Presented with the RSPCA and with the stores about to be filled with Christmas this is the best way to start the holiday season.

The In the House film festival continues on Wednesday at Event Cinemas with a double feature of The Blob and the original Evil Dead II. It’s playing across Queensland in Event Cinemas on the Gold Coast at Pacific Fair & Southport, Cairns, Ipswich, TownsvilleSunshine Coast Maroochydore cinemas Toowoomba, Mackay and Brisbane‘s Loganholme, Myer Centre, Chermside and Garden City Event Cinemas. And just a reminder every In The House this season is playing on Wednesday and Monday nights in case you want to start your weekend even earlier.

Thursday

October 31st is next Wednesday so this Thursday you have a double feature of Halloween related films to choose from. For horror fans, Michael Myers returns in the next chapter of the Halloween franchise – Halloween. And for those who like their scares a bit more mild, kid-friendly and with just a touch of Jack Black the R.L. Stine inspired Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Check back later for our full reviews.

Also on Thursday in BrisbaneB-Movies Live concludes with its final night performance. Happening for four nights only across October watch live stage re-enactments of classic B-movies like Death Race, this is your last chance to check it out. This week’s titles – Horror Express and The Pit and the Pendulum.

Friday

Friday is a big night for Netflix with the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. From the writer/producer of Riverdale, the new series follows the Teenage Witch but is closer to Buffy than Melissa Joan Heart. As long as it has a talking cat, we are in.

And in Vampires this Friday with Netflix releasing the next chapter of the great Castlevania animated series. Written by comics legend Warren Ellis the first 4 episodes made for a very short season but wet our appetite for another season.

Friday is the start of Fest-Evil on the Gold Coast for a 3 day Halloween themed event right in Surfers Paradise. It’s free and open to all with it leading up to the Gold Coast Zombie Walk on Sunday.

For Foxtel Subscribers, on Friday you can catch the final season of Comic Book Men. For anyone who has not seen it, set in Kevin Smith’s New Jersey Comic Book Store it is Pawn Stars but with Comics.

And while we are talking about Foxtel, Friday starts their 6 Nights to Halloween movie marathon where each night until Halloween you can expect a different Thriller. Starting with Freddy vs Jason tonight you can expect The Conjuring, The Covenant, Disturbia, The Uninvited and finally (or favourite) From Dusk Till Dawn.

Cosplayers around Toowoomba are looking forward to this Friday night for ‘The Long Awaited Cosplay Ball‘. Hosted by USQ Cosplayers this is a family-friendly and alcohol-free event happening at DeMolay House in Toowoomba with proceeds from the event going to the Full Stop Foundation, supporting supports the victims of sexual, emotional and domestic abuse in Australia.

Fright Nights continues Friday at Movie World on the Gold Coast. This year it’s bigger than ever with horror-themed districts inside the park, multiple horror mazes and panic rooms plus of course all the rides. It is only happening for limited dates and wrapping up this Saturday and Sunday, so pick up your tickets (and fast passes) online.

If you are feeling a bit cultural the Bean in Brisbane is holding a Spooktober Art Exhibition this Friday night. Held in the dark bowels of the Bean don some Halloween-like costume for some blood themed cocktails and macabre music to go with the art.

Studying hard for your OWLs? Put all that Pottermore knowledge to good use with Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Quizzardry comes to Brisbane this Friday. This travelling quiz night has sold out in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra so gather your housemates and book your tickets soon. UPDATE: It’s sold out

And Friday at GOMA in Brisbane you can see the film that shaped every modern Zombie film ever made with George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Hitting it’s 50th anniversary this year you can see the original at the GOMA cinema by picking up tickets online or at the box office.

Saturday

On Saturday, still with Foxtel, the Week of Eek begins with Cartoon Network marathons of Halloween related animated series. Happening across 5 days, shows including Teen Titans Go! and The Powerpuff Girls will be on the table but sadly no Eek the Cat.

The villains continue at Event Cinemas with the Disney Villians film festival with every Saturday until November 10th playing some of the Disney films with the best villains starting. This weekend catch Hercules. It’s playing at almost every Event Cinema across the state so check the Event Cinema site for your local screening details.

In Event Cinemas every Saturday until November 10th they are replaying the countdown to Infinity War with a different MCU film every week. This Saturday its Thor Ragnarok playing at Event Cinemas Chermside, Indooroopilly and Loganholme in Brisbane. Hopefully, this can get you through until Captain Marvel next year.

Saturday is Halloween Fest! It’s where Free Comic Book Day and Halloween combine for you to check out some awesome free comics at your local favourite comic book store. If you are in Brisbane head to Comics Etc to check it out.

Also in Comics in Brisbane Ace Comics are also joining in with Halloween Fest with a Halloween Comic Swap meet this Saturday. There will be some free HalloweenFest comics you can pick up but if you are looking for some hard to find back issues to fill your collection, this is your best bet.

A few bricks shy for your 1:1 LEGO Deathstar? BrickResellers is having their second big event for 2018 at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds in Brisbane. Stock up on kits for Christmas or just some kilos of bricks with nearly half a ton of bricks expected to be there on Saturday.

On Saturday at the American Express Open Air Cinemas, you can get a case of the feels with the recently released Christopher Robin. Playing at Southbank in Brisbane this G rated film is the perfect way to get that inner warmth short of drinking your own bodyweight in hot chocolate.

Watched the new Halloween movie out in cinemas this week and need a marathon of the classic series? The Palace Cinemas in Brisbane this Saturday night want to make sure you don’t sleep with 8 Halloween movies back to back. Not just ‘Halloween’ movies but Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection. Just FYI, we don’t think they will let you watch them with the lights on in the cinema.

Spooktober at the Scratch Bar in Brisbane is kicking off their Twin Peaks Art Show this Saturday (submissions are open until Thursday if you are an aspiring Artist). Local Artist’s Twin Peak’s themed art will be on display while the Scratch fires up the VHS to play some Twin Peaks on the night. If you really want to be in theme for the night, costumes are encouraged.

Need more variety in your 80’s Halloween movie marathons? The Metro Arts marathon on Saturday in Brisbane might be the answer with Lost Boys, The Hunger and Poltergeist playing back to back. Tickets are available for one, some or all through Sticky Tickets.

No Halloween weekend would be complete without some Rocky Horror Picture Show and this weekend you can catch a special screening at the Yatala Drive South of Brisbane. Load up your friends in the car for this one on Saturday.

Did you get to A Nightmare on Brunswick St last year Halloween for Netherworlds’ Halloween celebration? Return for the sequel this Saturday in Brisbane where the Crowbar will team up for this free event with Makeup FX, sideshow performers roam the haunted grounds and the Cryptkeeper’s ghoulish pop-up mausoleum bar where you can get a limited edition enamel pin. It’s on Saturday.

And if you want something non-Halloween related also at the Metro Arts in Brisbane you can catch a screening of the original gangster movie, The Godfather. Tickets are also available through Sticky Tickets to let you decide what kind of severed head you prefer in your Saturday night movies.

Sunday

Sunday on the Gold Coast if you got to the Fest-Evil event you might want to pick up some tickets to the Gold Coast Zombie Walk and Ball. The Zombie Walk is to help raise money for the Brain Foundation, the Brain Diseases and Disorders research foundation.

On Sunday if you want to continue the Star Wars film festival at Event Cinema (at limited cinemas across Queensland, check the listings for yours) you can catch Rogue One this Sunday. Playing for one day only with the next film in the new Disney Star Wars playing every Sunday until November 11.

And lastly on your Sunday again at the American Express Open Air Cinemas finish off your weekend with a little Cate Blancett and Jack Black in The House with a Clock in its Walls. The Open Air Cinemas is nearly done in Brisbane so why not enjoy the approaching summer nights and see this one outdoors.

2. New South Wales & ACT

Wednesday

The In the House film festival continues on Wednesday at Event Cinemas with a double feature of The Blob and the original Evil Dead II. It’s playing across New South Wales in Event Cinemas in Sydney‘s Bondi, Burwood, Castle Hill, Campbelltown, George Street, Hornsby, Liverpool, Macquarie, and Miranda plus Tuggerah, Newcastle and Wollongong. And just a reminder every In The House this season is playing on Wednesday and Monday nights in case you want to start your weekend even earlier.

Thursday

October 31st is next Wednesday so this Thursday you have a double feature of Halloween related films to choose from. For horror fans, Michael Myers returns in the next chapter of the Halloween franchise – Halloween. And for those who like their scares a bit more mild, kid-friendly and with just a touch of Jack Black the R.L. Stine inspired Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Check back later for our full reviews.

Cosplay, Burlesque and Tim Burton. Those are probably 3 things you would never put on a list together but this Thursday and Friday at the Reload in Canberra your dreams will come true with Geektease. Tickets are available now with multiple seating options available but when they are gone they are gone.

Friday

Friday is a big night for Netflix with the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. From the writer/producer of Riverdale, the new series follows the Teenage Witch but is closer to Buffy than Melissa Joan Heart. As long as it has a talking cat, we are in.

And in Vampires this Friday with Netflix releasing the next chapter of the great Castlevania animated series. Written by comics legend Warren Ellis the first 4 episodes made for a very short season but wet our appetite for another season.

For Foxtel Subscribers, on Friday you can catch the final season of Comic Book Men. For anyone who has not seen it, set in Kevin Smith’s New Jersey Comic Book Store it is Pawn Stars but with Comics.

And while we are talking about Foxtel, Friday starts their 6 Nights to Halloween movie marathon where each night until Halloween you can expect a different Thriller. Starting with Freddy vs Jason tonight you can expect The Conjuring, The Covenant, Disturbia, The Uninvited and finally (or favourite) From Dusk Till Dawn.

And if you need to get out of the house on Friday but still want to keep that countdown to Halloween vibe, the Ritz Cinema in Sydney is continuing it’s Shocktober Film Festival with The Shining. The extended edition of the film will be playing this Friday and Sunday only so if you are a fan of the original or only have seen parts thanks to Ready Player One, you should add it to your watch list. Remember, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Saturday

On Saturday, still with Foxtel, the Week of Eek begins with Cartoon Network marathons of Halloween related animated series. Happening across 5 days, shows including Teen Titans Go! and The Powerpuff Girls will be on the table but sadly no Eek the Cat.

The villains continue at Event Cinemas with the Disney Villians film festival with every Saturday until November 10th playing some of the Disney films with the best villains starting. This weekend catch Hercules. It’s playing at almost every Event Cinema across the state so check the Event Cinema site for your local screening details.

In Event Cinemas every Saturday until November 10th they are replaying the countdown to Infinity War with a different MCU film every week. This Saturday its Thor Ragnarok playing at limited Event Cinemas across New South Wales so check the Event Cinema site for your local. Hopefully, this can get you through until Captain Marvel next year.

If you are near Lithgow this Saturday don’t forget the Lithgow Halloween Street Festival is on this weekend. Expect 80’s music and costumes and hope there are no Demogorgons.

Want to support the Brain Foundation charity and roam the streets of Sydney looking for fresh human brains as a Zombie? Your weirdly specific dreams can come true this Saturday with the Sydney Zombie Walk. This annual event happening in Sydney this weekend attracts thousands of zombies as they stumble through the city and it’s all for a good cause. Closer to Canberra than Sydney? Not a problem the Canberra Zombie Walk is also on this Saturday and is also supporting the Brain Foundation.

On Saturday Shocktober at the Ritz Cinema in Sydney does not end with the original 35mm of Pulp Fiction. Playing Saturday late afternoon only it is the perfect start to your Saturday night.

Watched the new Halloween movie out in cinemas this week and need a marathon of the classic series? The Palace Cinemas in Canberra and the Chauvel Cinema in Sydney this Saturday night want to make sure you don’t sleep with 8 Halloween movies back to back. Not just ‘Halloween’ movies but Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection. Just FYI, we don’t think they will let you watch them with the lights on in the cinema.

And finally for your Saturday in Sydney, the Jurassic Lounge at the Australian Museum is going Halloween for an Adults only party with DJs, performers plus puppeteers, ghost tours and scientists. IF you have never been to an after-dark event at the museum this is a great one to start with.

Sunday

On Sunday if you want to continue the Star Wars film festival at Event Cinema (at limited cinemas across New South Wales, check the listings for yours) you can catch Rogue One this Sunday. Playing for one day only with the next film in the new Disney Star Wars playing every Sunday until November 11.

Also at Event Cinemas on Sunday only is the original Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. If you prefer the original with Gene Wilder over the newer Tim Burton/Johnny Depp (or even if you have never seen it before) you don’t need a golden ticket to see this in Sydney this weekend.

3. Victoria & Tasmania

Wednesday

Starting your week in Melbourne don’t forget that this week is Melbourne International Games Week. This annual event has a combination of public and industry events as it aims to support and encourage the local gaming development industry. If you want to check out some of the public events in the lead up to PAXAUS this weekend check out the full schedule on the Games Week website.

Thursday

October 31st is next Wednesday so this Thursday you have a double feature of Halloween related films to choose from. For horror fans, Michael Myers returns in the next chapter of the Halloween franchise – Halloween. And for those who like their scares a bit more mild, kid-friendly and with just a touch of Jack Black the R.L. Stine inspired Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Check back later for our full reviews.

In the Melbourne IMAX this Thursday it is also one of your last chances to catch the epic 2001: A Space Odyssey in the IMAX format. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original film this was always a limited time only screening and this Thursday might be your last chance to watch it again on the only true IMAX screen in Australia.

Running an Escape Room or Planning to? Superconductor is the Australia Escape Room conference for escape room creators, owners and enthusiasts. This not-for-profit event is being held for the first time in Australia this Thursday in Melbourne and well-timed during Melbourne Games Week. If you love escape rooms and want to know more about the industry this is your event.

Friday

Friday is the start of PAX weekend in Melbourne as part of Melbourne Games Week! This 3-day gaming-centric con is the largest of its type in Australia with everything from AAA Publishers to Indie and all sorts of gaming from video to card gaming with a bit of con cosplay thrown in. This event sells out every year so if you haven’t got your tickets by now you might have just missed out, but limited tickets are still available for Friday and Sunday only. This year it is also combining with EB Expo’s annual gaming event so it’s going to be that much bigger. Don’t forget that a lot of the panels will also be streamed via Twitch.

Friday is a big night for Netflix with the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. From the writer/producer of Riverdale, the new series follows the Teenage Witch but is closer to Buffy than Melissa Joan Heart. As long as it has a talking cat, we are in.

And in Vampires this Friday with Netflix releasing the next chapter of the great Castlevania animated series. Written by comics legend Warren Ellis the first 4 episodes made for a very short season but wet our appetite for another season.

Also at the Melbourne IMAX this week hit rewind for a double feature of Ripley in Alien and Aliens. The previous sessions of this were sold out and it’s back for one double feature only this Friday.

For Foxtel Subscribers, on Friday you can catch the final season of Comic Book Men. For anyone who has not seen it, set in Kevin Smith’s New Jersey Comic Book Store it is Pawn Stars but with Comics.

And while we are talking about Foxtel, Friday starts their 6 Nights to Halloween movie marathon where each night until Halloween you can expect a different Thriller. Starting with Freddy vs Jason tonight you can expect The Conjuring, The Covenant, Disturbia, The Uninvited and finally (or favourite) From Dusk Till Dawn.

And lastly, need to unwind after PAX? Hit the PAX Afterparty at Bartronica in Melbourne on Friday. It’s everything you love about Bartronica with classic games and great drinks, but this weekend if you flash your PAX Pass you will get discounted entry.

Also in PAX Afterparties on Friday in Melbourne, the BETA Bar is celebrating 4 years with a Friday night PAX Afterparty. Gaming, drinks, cosplay and more with free entry for PAX Enforcers this is a big way to kick off your weekend.

Saturday

On Saturday, still with Foxtel, the Week of Eek begins with Cartoon Network marathons of Halloween related animated series. Happening across 5 days, shows including Teen Titans Go! and The Powerpuff Girls will be on the table but sadly no Eek the Cat.

Watched the new Halloween movie out in cinemas this week and need a marathon of the classic series? The Astor Theatre in Melbourne this Saturday night want to make sure you don’t sleep with 8 Halloween movies back to back. Not just ‘Halloween’ movies but Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection. Just FYI, we don’t think they will let you watch them with the lights on in the cinema.

Sunday

And Sunday when PAX is all done, Bartronica is open again to be the unofficial PAX Afterparty. Co-hosted with Down Under Australia Twitch Streamers, Bartronica is still giving discounted entry for showing your PAX Pass. It’s on this Sunday in Melbourne.

4. South Australia & Northern Territory

Wednesday

The In the House film festival continues on Wednesday at Event Cinemas with a double feature of The Blob and the original Evil Dead II. They are playing in Event Cinemas in Darwin and Marion in Adelaide. And just a reminder every In The House this season is playing on Wednesday and Monday nights in case you want to start your weekend even earlier.

Thursday

October 31st is next Wednesday so this Thursday you have a double feature of Halloween related films to choose from. For horror fans, Michael Myers returns in the next chapter of the Halloween franchise – Halloween. And for those who like their scares a bit more mild, kid-friendly and with just a touch of Jack Black the R.L. Stine inspired Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Check back later for our full reviews.

Friday

Friday is a big night for Netflix with the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. From the writer/producer of Riverdale, the new series follows the Teenage Witch but is closer to Buffy than Melissa Joan Heart. As long as it has a talking cat, we are in.

And in Vampires this Friday with Netflix releasing the next chapter of the great Castlevania animated series. Written by comics legend Warren Ellis the first 4 episodes made for a very short season but wet our appetite for another season.

A sleepy oceanside town, a local sheriff, a marine biologist, a Shark (named Bruce) and one of Steven Speilbergs’ greatest films is playing at the Wallis Cinema in Adelaide. Playing for one session only this Friday pick up tickets for the original 1975 Jaws before spending the rest of the weekend avoiding large bodies of water.

Go Day of the Dead this weekend with a night of Lucha Libre in Adelaide. Day of the Dead is only a few days after Halloween but get your start early with Luchadores and Enmascarados as well as Catrinas (Girls with Day of the Dead make up), its happening this Friday night.

Friday night is also opening night for the Horbland Graveyard Maze. This horror-themed event is only open until the 31st of October and attracts hundreds of visitors in Adelaide so if you want to check it out make sure you pick up some tickets online before it’s too sold out.

For Foxtel Subscribers, on Friday you can catch the final season of Comic Book Men. For anyone who has not seen it, set in Kevin Smith’s New Jersey Comic Book Store it is Pawn Stars but with Comics.

And while we are talking about Foxtel, Friday starts their 6 Nights to Halloween movie marathon where each night until Halloween you can expect a different Thriller. Starting with Freddy vs Jason tonight you can expect The Conjuring, The Covenant, Disturbia, The Uninvited and finally (or favourite) From Dusk Till Dawn.

If you want to get out into the open air this Friday the Darwin Deckchair Cinema is playing the latest Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs. More Fantastic Mr Fox than Life Aquatic this will still scratch your itch for quirky comedy.

Saturday

On Saturday, still with Foxtel, the Week of Eek begins with Cartoon Network marathons of Halloween related animated series. Happening across 5 days, shows including Teen Titans Go! and The Powerpuff Girls will be on the table but sadly no Eek the Cat.

The villains continue at Event Cinemas with the Disney Villians film festival with every Saturday until November 10th playing some of the Disney films with the best villains starting. This weekend catch Hercules. It’s playing at almost every Event Cinema across the state so check the Event Cinema site for your local screening details.

In Event Cinemas every Saturday until November 10th they are replaying the countdown to Infinity War with a different MCU film every week. This Saturday its Thor Ragnarok playing at Event Cinemas Marion in Adelaide. Hopefully, this can get you through until Captain Marvel next year.

This Saturday at Greenlight Comics it’s Halloween Fest! Pick up some Free Comics, check out Local Artists and show off your Cosplay all at your local comic store this Saturday in Adelaide.

The villains continue at Event Cinemas with the Disney Villians film festival with every Saturday until November 10th playing some of the Disney films with the best villains starting. This weekend catch Hercules. It’s playing at almost every Event Cinema across the state so check the Event Cinema site for your local screening details.

Sunday

Got plans for your Sunday in SA or NT that we missed? Drop us a line or share them in the comments down below!

5. Western Australia

Wednesday

The In the House film festival continues on Wednesday at Event Cinemas with a double feature of The Blob and the original Evil Dead II. It’s playing at Perth‘s Innaloo Event Cinemas. And just a reminder every In The House this season is playing on Wednesday and Monday nights in case you want to start your weekend even earlier.

Thursday

October 31st is next Wednesday so this Thursday you have a double feature of Halloween related films to choose from. For horror fans, Michael Myers returns in the next chapter of the Halloween franchise – Halloween. And for those who like their scares a bit more mild, kid-friendly and with just a touch of Jack Black the R.L. Stine inspired Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Check back later for our full reviews.

Friday

Friday is a big night for Netflix with the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. From the writer/producer of Riverdale, the new series follows the Teenage Witch but is closer to Buffy than Melissa Joan Heart. As long as it has a talking cat, we are in.

And in Vampires this Friday with Netflix releasing the next chapter of the great Castlevania animated series. Written by comics legend Warren Ellis the first 4 episodes made for a very short season but wet our appetite for another season.

For Foxtel Subscribers, on Friday you can catch the final season of Comic Book Men. For anyone who has not seen it, set in Kevin Smith’s New Jersey Comic Book Store it is Pawn Stars but with Comics.

And while we are talking about Foxtel, Friday starts their 6 Nights to Halloween movie marathon where each night until Halloween you can expect a different Thriller. Starting with Freddy vs Jason tonight you can expect The Conjuring, The Covenant, Disturbia, The Uninvited and finally (or favourite) From Dusk Till Dawn.

Saturday

On Saturday, still with Foxtel, the Week of Eek begins with Cartoon Network marathons of Halloween related animated series. Happening across 5 days, shows including Teen Titans Go! and The Powerpuff Girls will be on the table but sadly no Eek the Cat.

The villains continue at Event Cinemas with the Disney Villians film festival with every Saturday until November 10th playing some of the Disney films with the best villains starting. This weekend catch Hercules. It’s playing at almost every Event Cinema across the state so check the Event Cinema site for your local screening details.

In Event Cinemas every Saturday until November 10th they are replaying the countdown to Infinity War with a different MCU film every week. This Saturday its Thor Ragnarok playing at Event Cinemas Innaloo in Perth. Hopefully, this can get you through until Captain Marvel next year.

Sunday

Got plans for your Sunday in SA or NT that we missed? Drop us a line or share them in the comments down below!

Heading out or catching up? Did we miss anything? As always tell us in the comments below or maybe drop us a line