According to Pinterest – which, annually, produces the definitive list of most popular Hallowe’en costumes – this year is going to see any number of pint-size Wakanda Warriors (a nod to Black Panther), masses of mini Incredibles (thanks to Pixar’s summer blockbuster), and more than a few flamingos (because, well, pink). Stateside suburbia will certainly be a hotbed of excitement come October 31! Here in Cyprus, while trick or treating is Not Really A Thing, there’s a definite penchant for dressing (often cross-dressing) up and heading out: parties abound, and every pub/restaurant/café seems to be hosting a generic function in the coming week. There’s even a movie (the eleventh instalment in the Halloween series, 40 years after the first was released) showing at the K-Cineplex from October 25. Fortunately, we’ve found three events that, while still giving you – and the kids – a chance to whip up a witty get-up, are slightly different from the run-of-the-mill Hallowe’en happening…
We start at CyHerbia, a family-friendly botanical park well-known for its innovative annual Hallowe’en events. By the time you read this, the pumpkin carving will have been and gone, but there’s a host more ghoulish fun on the way. Each October brings a specific theme. In 2017 it was all about Oz (as in the Wizard). This year sees visitors travel back through time to ancient Greece where they will be, according to owner Miranda Tringis, “at the mercy of the gods…
“Are you ready for the Maze challenge, and to receive the mark of the Minotaur? Can you help Odysseus defeat the Cyclops in the woodland and still manage to get out of Hades alive?” she asks with a glint in her eye. Spectacular decorations, imaginative events and oodles of spooky fun and games (which this year will include both interactive storytelling and a costume competition for young and old) are CyHerbia’s forte, so head down to Avgorou this Saturday and Sunday for all-day activities aimed at ages three to 99. Last entrance is at 3.30pm and the entrance fee (€6 per person, under-3s go free) includes a chalice of ‘the nectar of the gods’ and a gift for each child.
In Larnaca, Little Muse is setting the scene for a spooky Hallowe’en with Boo! Another establishment with an excellent eye for seasonal festivities, the kids’ theatre is staging this “friendly fun interactive performance especially for the very young.” Performed by Mohammed Awaad and Catherine Beger, this exciting new play sees Wanda the Witch and all her friends gathering for a jolly Hallowe’en party. “But where,” we’re asked, “is Boo the ghost?”
Taking place from 4.30pm on October 28 the event is billed as “a story about a little ghost who is afraid”; a performance that’s sure to be chock-full of both hilarity, as the audience help the protagonist “find his boo.” For a fee of €8 per person (under 12 months go free), you’re also promised oodles of singing, dancing, a Hallowe’en feast, a lucky dip gift to take home, and that all-important Costume Parade – so make sure both you and the kids are creatively dressed: imagination always takes top billing down at Little Muse!
Last but not least, we’re heading back to the capital for a diverting Hallowe’en experience, courtesy of the Cyprus Board Gamers. On November 1, the weekly game night at the Tehnis Dromena Gallery is taking a turn for the hearse: “Overrun by ghouls, vampires, witches, ghosts and otherworldly demons lurking in the dark of night, we’re embracing the eerie spirit of Halloween,” organisers threaten…
If you’re a fan of board gaming, or have ever wanted to enjoy the creative camaraderie engendered in, say, a wicked game of Dungeons and Dragons, then this is an unmissable event. As with all the group’s open board gaming events, participants can either join an existing game table or bring their favourite game along and whip up a team: informality and fun are the order of the day. But for this special event there’s the added element of Hallowe’en…
“Dressing up isn’t mandatory but it does make things a lot more fun,” say organisers. “We’ll be sure to reward your ghoulish efforts and ghastly costumes with candy treats – or tricks if you prefer! Join us on a frightfully delightful, thrilling adventure as we fight our way through dungeons, explore haunted mansions, solve great mysteries and try to avoid getting eaten by zombies!” Forget boring Hallowe’en parties: this event has it all and then some!
Hallowe’en events at CyHerbia
October 27 and 28. For more information call 99 915 443 or visit http://cyherbia.com
Little Muse Theatre hosts fun, games, and a performance of ‘Boo!’ from 4.30pm on October 28. For more information call 96 216435 or visit the Facebook event page ‘Hocus Pocus Halloween! Little Muse Theatre presents Boo!’. Spaces are limited, so do book in advance
Hallowe’en Game Night
Hosted by the Cyprus Board Gamers at Tehnis Dromena Gallery, Nicosia, from 7pm on November 1. For more information visit the Facebook event page ‘Halloween Game Night’