How to spend Halloween if you're too old for trick-or-treating

How to spend Halloween if you're too old for trick-or-treating
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Halloween isn't just for kids anymore. If you've out-grown trick-or-treating, or want to escape hoards of kids asking for lollies, here are some other ways to celebrate the spookiest night of the year.

Halloween Parties

Bars and pubs countrywide are holding Halloween nights on Tuesday evening.

A quick Google search should tell you if there's any in your area - or Facebook users can type "Halloween Party" in the search bar and click the 'events' option. On the left-hand side of the page, you'll then have a chance to narrow down the location of the event.

It's not trick or treating and it'll still give you a chance to get dressed up.

Movie theatre Halloween specials

Many movie theatres are hosting one-night-only horror movie viewings.

These are being held across New Zealand and appear localised to a specific branch rather than joint to a whole company. Calling up your local theatre should tell you whether any horror movies are playing in your area.

Spookers 'Jigsaw' themed night

Located at the former Kingseat Psychiatric Hospital south of Auckland, Spookers is the Southern Hemisphere's largest scream park, and arguably the spookiest night out you can have. 

On Tuesday night, in celebration of the horror film Jigsaw, the haunted park is holding a themed evening in its honour.

The newly-released film is the eighth instalment of the Saw franchise.

If you can't make it on Halloween, two more themed nights will be held on November 3 and 4. The event is restricted 16 years and over.

Head down to a Mexican restaurant

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrating the lives of those now deceased.

It's on the other side of the world - but here in New Zealand some Mexican themed restaurants will be holding special events.

On Thursday restaurant chain Mexico is holding a Margarita Masterclass to teach you how to make alcoholic beverages.

Hell Horror Fest NZ

Hell Pizza is hosting a Halloween horror festival in Auckland featuring a horror maze and a drive-in cinema.

The festival is being held with a different movie every night this week, including Nightmare on Elm St, Annabelle and IT.

And yes - there will be pizza.