Rocklea Showgrounds will come alive with Halloween fun for what is believed to be the world’s first event combining the spice of chillies with the spookiness of Halloween.
Organiser, Scarlett Habanero, came up with the idea when looking at dates to host the festival after Covid-cancellations meant the event could not take place in June,
The event is donating 10% of net profits to Radio Lollipop, which provides entertainment and diversion for children in hospitals.
The event is family-friendly, as all Ms Habanero’s events are, with lots of things for all ages.
A special feature will be the Kids’ Spooky Forest – an enclosed, air-conditioned space created by local artist, Shahni Bidwell, using recycled and upcycled materials for at least 90% of the content.
“My festivals have a strong focus on “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle” and promoting sustainable practices by all involved in the event,” said Ms Habanero.
Once again the Brisbane City Council has provided much-needed sponsorship funds for the event and, post-Covid, this cash injection is uch appreciated.
“Sponsorship from the Council means I can employ local artists and performers, and as many community groups as possible to really boost the event’s engagement potential,” said Ms Habanero
There will be static car and motorbike displays, a charity auction by Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club to allow patrons to bid for a chance to ride pillion with the whole group of bikes on festival day, for 20 minutes.
All the stalls will be Halloween-themed, and everyone will be in some sort of costume to create a really fun vibe.
Of course, the chillies still take centre stage, with 6 spicy challenges happening on stage throughout the 8 hours of the festival.
“We have our regulars who like to come and compete, and of course there are always some newbies willing to take the plunge and test out their mettle,” said Ms Beynon.
Entry is $12 per adult, $8 concessions. Kids 14 and under are free. Tickets via Humanitix which also donates booking fees to a chosen charity.
“We use Humanitix because they are a “disruptor” and have a social conscience. We all need to pay booking fees when using an online ticket platform, but Humanitix makes it less painful because we know our fees are doing good in the community,” said Ms Habanero.
The event is PET-FRIENDLY, provided they are on a leash and wearing something either chilli or halloween-related.
“This event will become Brisbane’s most anticipated Halloween occasion – and supporting a great cause at the same time,” said Ms Habanero.