Lithgow Halloween ‘16 to Host Biggest Trick or Treat

Australia’s largest Halloween celebration will host the nation’s biggest Trick or Treat for children when Lithgow holds a hair-raising community party on October 29.

(l-r) 6 yr old Liv Evans of Portland with Naturally by Kelly owner Kelly Crane. Photo: David Hill, Deep Hill Media

Organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors including Lithgow McDonald’s, Centennial Coal, Energy Australia, Village Voice and Lithgow Workies, the event will again feature spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations.

The main shopping area will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with themed precincts, non-stop entertainment and a public Thriller dance-off lead by internationally renowned Michael Jackson impersonator Jason Jackson.

The Trick or Treat activity will kick off the festival at participating shops along Main St between 5pm and 6pm for children aged 12 and younger.

Lithgow City Council Tourism Manager Kellie Barrow is encouraging families to arrive early for the fiendish family fun. Parents are also urged to ensure their children only accepted treats from Council recognised shopkeepers along Main Street.

“While the Council is pleased to provide families with a safe Trick or Treat environment and is delighted that shops are keen to take part, we also want to take the opportunity to reinforce the `stranger danger’ message among children.’’

Official Trick or Treat sites will display a specially-designed sign including Lithgow City Council accreditation for the activity, she said.

Ms Barrow encouraged everyone to attend Lithgow Halloween ’16 in costume as a fangtastic fairy, wicked werewolf, macabre mummy, a spine tingling skeleton or loveable fairytale personality, goblin or fairy.

“Costumes don’t have to be frightening and they don’t have to be expensive. In fact, one of the favourite characters with kids in the past has been a local lady who dresses as Snow White.”

“Many of our shops in the CBD are stocked with affordable costume items and shops are beginning to install their window displays so there’s plenty of inspiration in town.”

Lithgow Halloween ’16 will include something for everyone, with a range of free community events in public spaces through to ticketed events at private venues.

Ms Barrow recommended visitors stay overnight in the area to fully explore the surprisingly diverse range of scenery, dining options and activities available in Lithgow and surrounds including the Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on the way to Sydney on Sunday, October 30.

Go to www.halloween.lithgow.com for more information and Jason Jackson’s Thriller tutorial video to practice the dance before the record-breaking event.

Pictured: (l-r) 6 yr old Liv Evans of Portland with Naturally by Kelly owner Kelly Crane. Photo: David Hill, Deep Hill Media

Lithgow Halloween ‘16 Dance-off to beat National Record

Lithgow Main St will be overrun with freaky fiends, ghouls, zombies and loveable fantasy characters when internationally renowned King of Pop impersonator Jason Jackson leads a public dance-off at Lithgow Halloween ‘16.

The national record bid for the greatest number of costumed people to dance to the song Thriller will be a highlight of the annual community festival on October 29 and further the town’s emergence as a tourist destination.

Organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors including Lithgow McDonald’s, Centennial Coal, Energy Australia, Village Voice and Lithgow Workies, the event will again feature spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations. The main shopping area will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with themed precincts, non-stop entertainment and a community Trick or Treat activity for children.

The Thriller record attempt will be held at 8.30pm at the Main Stage, led by Michael Jackson impersonator Jason Jackson, who will also wow festival goers with a spectacular performance at 7.30pm featuring 10 dazzling costume changes.

With new surprises and a creepy Halloween theme, he promised fans who attended last year they “ain’t seen nothin’ yet’’.
Jackson said the crowd’s response to his performance last year was overwhelming. Despite performing as a Michael Jackson impersonator at a range of venues and events since 1990, “I had never experienced that kind of thing before where everyone was in costume’’, he said “It was amazing to feel the community spirit. I’m excited.’’

A singer/songwriter in his own right, Jason Jackson discovered the music of Michael Jackson as a gravely ill child battling cancer when the song Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough struck a chord with him and became his inspiration.

Lithgow City Council Tourism Manager Kellie Barrow encouraged everyone to take part in the Australian record-breaking dance-off and dress in Halloween costume as a ghoulish zombie, monster, freaky vampire, fantasy character or loveable fairytale personality, goblin or fairy.
“Costumes don’t have to be expensive. In fact, many of our shops in the CBD are stocked with affordable costume items and shops are beginning to install their window displays so there’s plenty of inspiration in town.’’

As in previous years, the family-friendly Lithgow Halloween ‘16 will include something for everyone, with a range of free community events in public spaces through to ticketed events at private venues.

Ms Barrow recommended visitors stay overnight in the area to fully explore the surprisingly diverse range of scenery, dining options and activities available in Lithgow and surrounds including the Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on the way to Sydney on Sunday, October 30.

Go to www.halloween.lithgow.com for more information and Jason Jackson’s Thriller tutorial video to practice the dance before the record-breaking event.

Impersonator Jason Jackson will perform at the Lithgow Halloween event. Photo: David Hill, Headline Publicity.
Impersonator Jason Jackson will perform at the Lithgow Halloween event. Photo: David Hill, Headline Publicity.

Huge Success for Halloween 15

Draculas, skeletons, goblins, fairies and other fantasy characters converged on the town of Lithgow for its annual Halloween monster mash last Saturday (October 31).

As well as much of the local community, several thousand visitors from out of town experienced one of the largest Halloween celebrations in NSW.  More than 27,000 people engaged in the daytime and night time festivities.

With spectacular acrobatics, pyrotechnics, a vampire aristocrat and a Michael Jackson impersonator, Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations, the main shopping strip was transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with five themed precincts packed with market stalls selling local produce, dining options for every budget and non-stop entertainment across two main stages.

Bedecked in a magnificent gown and towering pink wig, Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham, said “this year’s event had achieved the Council’s aims of driving business to the main shopping strip, boosting community spirit and creating an awareness of Lithgow and the surround’s beauty. It was also ‘an investment in the wellbeing of our community’’.

“Lithgow Halloween 15 was a success, absolutely. The people of Lithgow have spoken with their feet.”

The CBD businesses decorated their shop windows and premises, and held themed events like Trick or Treat for the children. The people of Lithgow embraced the festival by making scarecrows, decorating skulls and going to enormous effort with their costumes on the day.’’

Mayor Statham said “The festival is also an investment in Lithgow’s tourism future”.

“We know from statistics and data that festivals and events create a reason for people to travel.  We created a reason for them to come here and they did.  Thousands of visitors from other areas walked our streets, spent money in our shops and booked every tourism bed in town.’’

As well as including other satellite events such as Dracula’s Masquerade Ball at the Old Zig Zag Brewery and All Hallows Picnic at Eskbank House, Lithgow Halloween 15 involved a longer stretch of Main Street this year.

Officially opening the festival, Bathurst State Member, the Hon Paul Toole, congratulated the Council for its vision and fostering community pride, “You are making this the best Halloween festival in all of this country.  You are making your place a point of destination.  You are making this happen for your community and for other people.  It is innovation, it is being creative and …this is an event that you can actually own.’’

Mayor Statham thanked the event sponsors, Centennial Coal, Treeview Estates, McDonald’s Lithgow and Energy Australia.

Developing innovative promotional activities for the enjoyment of the community which encourage an increase in business activities in the town centres is part of Councils strategy to strengthen our Economy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

A huge crowd awaits the performance while a spectacular light show playson the historic buildings of main street.
A huge crowd awaits the performance while a spectacular light show playson the historic buildings of main street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Contacts

Ellen Hill
Communications consultant
Headline Publicity
E: info@headlinepublicity.com.au
P: 0422 140 528

Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Bus stops on Saturday 31st October

On Saturday 31 October Main Street Bus Stops will be closed for the Lithgow Halloween event.
There will be alternative Bus Stops on Mort Street near Lithgow Public School and Woolworths Shopping Centre for pickup and set down as indicated on the map.
For further information call Lithgow Visitor Information Centre on
T: 1300 760 276 or 6350 3230

Bus stops

Community spirit alive and well in Lithgow

Community spirit is alive and well in Lithgow, despite the town bracing itself for an attack of Halloween zombies, monsters and vampires on Saturday, October 31.

Featuring spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations, the main shopping strip will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with five themed precincts packed with market stalls selling local produce, dining options for every budget and non-stop entertainment across two main stages.

The event will be organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors.

“Lithgow has always had a healthy sense of community where people feel a communal bond because of their shared location and experiences,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham.

“Through events such as Halloween, Lithglo, the Mainstreet Revitalisation project and the Shop Local campaign, we aim to create the opportunity for many joyful moments for the people of Lithgow, which contributes to a happier and safer community for our children.’’

“It’s wonderful to see children excited and enjoying the novelty of being in town after dark, and families out together at a public event where everyone in the family is catered for.’’ Mayor Statham encourages families especially to attend Halloween celebrations.

The top section of Main St will be dedicated a Family Friendly zone sponsored by Centennial Coal, with plenty of activities for children. The `Flavours Long Lunch’ catered by CJ’s Good Food Restaurant will be held in the second section near the Old Exchange Hotel, which will also have a fashion parade sponsored by Treeview Estates and market stalls with local produce.

A `Dining with the Dead’ area will be set up in the Cook St Plaza, and McDonald’s Lithgow will sponsor a Funky Zone for youth between Cook St Plaza and the National Australia Bank building. The Fangtastic outdoor dining area with a maze and presided over by a large vampire will be at the bottom of Main St.

The Energy Australia-sponsored main entertainment stage will be opposite the Grand Central Hotel between the Family Friendly and Flavours precincts, while the Funky stage will feature a fashion parade. Entertainment will include circus acrobats, magic, special effects, vampire antics, werewolf waiters, chefs on stilts lurking in the crowd, a Thriller dance-off and special guest Countess Pamela Pire.

Contact the Lithgow Visitor Information Centre on 6350 3230 for more information.

Lithgow Halloween 15 is proudly brought to you by Lithgow City Council, Centennial Coal, Treeview Estates, Energy Australia and McDonalds Lithgow.

Developing innovative promotional activities for the enjoyment of the community which encourage an increase in business activities in the town centres is part of Councils strategy to strengthen our Economy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.
Eskbank Workshop

Lithgow Vamps it up for Halloween

Macabre monsters, creepy clowns and scary skeletons can venture from the shadows and into the light when the town of Lithgow celebrates Halloween with a night of ghoulish glee on October 31.

Featuring spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations, the main shopping strip will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with five themed precincts packed with market stalls selling local produce, dining options for every budget and non-stop entertainment across two main stages.

The event will be organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors.

“Our Halloween event is for the people of Lithgow to celebrate their community, to support our local shops and provide a safe Trick or Treat environment for our children at 4.00pm.  We have had such a wonderful time in the past few years and want to share our community spirit with others and invite visitors to join us on October 31,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham.

Visitors and locals are encouraged to immerse themselves in the spirit of the occasion and dress up as a fun or frightening Halloween character such as a vampire, Dracula, a fantasy personality, goblin or fairy.

The top section of Main St will be dedicated a Family Friendly zone sponsored by Centennial Coal, with plenty of activities for children.

The ‘Flavours Long Lunch’ catered by CJ’s Good Food Restaurant will be held in the second section near the Old Exchange Hotel, which will also have a fashion parade sponsored by Treeview Estate and market stalls with local produce.

A ‘Dining with the Dead’ area will be set up in the Cook St Plaza, and McDonald’s Lithgow will sponsor a Funky Zone for youth between Cook St Plaza and the National Australia Bank building.

The Fangtastic outdoor dining area with a maze and presided over by a large vampire will be at the bottom of Main St.

The Energy Australia-sponsored main entertainment stage will be opposite the Grand Central Hotel between the Family Friendly and Flavours precincts, while the Funky stage will feature a fashion parade.

“There will be circus acrobats, magic and the Waratah Drum Corps,’’ said Mayor Statham. “There will be plenty of special effects and vampire antics, and be sure to keep an eye out for werewolf waiters and chefs on stilts lurking in the crowd.”

“I am looking forward to meeting Countess Pamela Pire, esteemed Doctor of the Ology of undying at the University of Bram Stoker and champion high jumper at the 1926 Transylvanian Olympics, and learning how her history is interwoven with Lithgow.’’

Lithgow has a range of accommodation options available, as well as in neighbouring areas. Contact the Lithgow Visitor Information Centre on 6350 3230 for help with your accommodation needs.

“We have the best of everything in Lithgow: the majestic Greater Blue Mountains escarpments glowing in the afternoon sun, the rolling pasturelands of the central west, the industrial heritage of our nation and some of the best examples of colonial Australia to be seen anywhere”, concluded Mayor Statham.

Developing innovative promotional activities for the enjoyment of the community which encourage an increase in business activities in the town centres is part of Councils strategy to strengthen our Economy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Contact:

Media Contact
Ellen Hill
Communications consultant
Headline Publicity
E: info@headlinepublicity.com.au
P: 0422 140 528

Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

 

Business Information Session well attended by Local Businesses

Around thirty local businesses were represented at the recent Lithgow Halloween 2015 Business Information Session focusing on how owners can showcase their businesses and get involved.

Business operators were invited to meet with Halloween 2015 event organisers to obtain information about how to showcase their businesses, increase sales and take utmost advantage of the huge crowds expected at this year’s event. There will be another Business Information Session held in the coming weeks to keep businesses up to date regarding planning and other ways to be part of the event.

“The Business Information Session was a great success, with many businesses wanting to learn more about how to maximise the opportunities such a large local event presents” said Lithgow City Council Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ray Thompson.  “Sponsorship packs are still available for any businesses wanting to get on board and be part of this exciting event” continued Councillor Thompson.

For more information on Lithgow Halloween 15 contact the Visitor Information Centre or join the Halloween 15 event page on Facebook.

Creating a strong tourism industry that maximises benefits from visitors to the LGA is a part of Council’s strategy to Strengthen our Economy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Business workshop

Kellie Barrow
Tourism Manager
Tel: 02 63503230
Fax: 02 63503239

Looking for ideas on how to decorate your shop windows for #LithgowHalloween15?

A free workshop is to be held for any business owners who would like a little extra inspiration on how to decorate their businesses for #LithgowHalloween15.

Sometimes those of us less inclined to be creative may appreciate a helping hand to make our businesses look just the part for Halloween 2015. That is why Lithgow City Council is running a free workshop for just that purpose.

“I am looking forward to seeing the end product of this workshop which should result in the whole town looking amazing during Halloween” said Lithgow City Council’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ray Thompson.

“Part of the atmosphere, especially in the lead up to Halloween is seeing the shop windows get into the Halloween spirit by decorating their windows.”

“AUSVM is a company that specialise in visual merchandising and have been employed by the likes of Westfield, Stockland, and many household name businesses to help them. The good news is that these experts are here to give you visual merchandising information for free.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday 26th August at 6pm at Lithgow Library Learning Centre. A strong uptake is expected for this workshop so please get your RSVP in to Lithgow Tourism on 1300 760 276 or tourism@lithgow.com to avoid any disappointment

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the workshop please contact any of the friendly staff at Lithgow Visitor Information Centre.

Lithgow Halloween 15 is proudly brought to you by Lithgow City Council, Centennial Coal and Treeview Estates.

Creating a strong tourism industry that maximises benefits from visitors to the LGA is a part of Council’s strategy to Strengthen our Economy in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Contact:

Kellie Barrow
Tourism Manager
Tel: 02 6350 3230
Fax: 02 6350 3239