Tell us a bit about your event?
With big crowds and amazing costumes being the main feast for the eyes, expect the unexpected!
The growing popularity of Halloween is a wonderful vehicle to set as the theme for our fundraiser. It has become evident over the past couple of years that there is no real central gathering point on the mountain to celebrate this occasion. Pockets of fun have begun to appear locally, however families mostly leave the mountain. We would like to draw on this momentum by providing a child safe and family-friendly environment for all our community to celebrate.
What music and activities will be held on the day?
We have a fully packed program of activities these include:
We will have an amazing array of entertainment this year at Halloween on the Green. Our Master of Ceremonies the wonderful Rosalind Mackay will commence the day with a ‘welcome to country’ and introduce Mayor, Cr Len Cox with an opening speech.
Local musicians, The Bean Project, with their vibrant French horn clad quintet will be stopping by to play their jazz/folk set on the main stage at 12.40 – 2:30pm. Parkville the band will be entertaining the crowds on the main stage from 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm.
Join the crowd at the main stage in the final hour of the day with ‘Name that Tune’ music competition. It’s free to enter and loads of fun. The first person to guess all tunes wins a prize. A stunning musical landscape in sound of popular culture will be brought to you by the masterful talents of art teacher Rod Price and supported by student Harrison Lawrence. Come guess and come dance good bye to Halloween for another year.
As well as this, we will have roving Wizard story teller Sim Salla Bim 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Performers and musicians Los Trios and stilt walkers will delight by roving the green from 1:00 – 4:00pm.
Join in the conga line at 1:45 – 2:30 pm and the Best Dressed prize parade and announcement at 3:45pm.
Watch our business identities, school principals, Bendigo Bank manager and Fire Captain be dunked in our dunking machine throughout the day. Free carnival rides, face painting, CFA Fire Brigade truck, Scouts rope bridge, hair braiding and trick or treat for the kids and surprise music sets in the main Hall (trick or treat includes free lollies and apples.
What to eat
A variety of taste sensations from different cultures will be on offer from our food stall vendors’ tents and food trucks. These include: The Spud Shack, Raithai Traditional Thai Food Van, D’LISH Turkish Street Food, Golden Poffertjes and Bring Braai South African Food.
Our four schools and the home-schooling network will also be offering food at reasonable prices for all to enjoy such as: sausage sizzle tent, healthy homemade soups, fairy floss, fresh homemade lemonade, lemon deserts, popcorn and Melba Coffee expertly prepared by local baristas.
What to buy
Around the green a variety of stall vendors will be showcasing the best of their wares for you to purchase. Vendor stalls include: Corkies Creations, Little Lucy’s Garden, Sues Laughing Clowns, Pretty Strange Crafts, Kiddies Food Kutters, Farrahs Cakes, Dreams to Creations, Cabochon Harmony, Luna Co, Artful Splodgers, T is for Treehouse, Beauty Stayz All Day, Kongas Kreations
Plus Tarot Readings – Our team of Tarot Readers will be in tents and providing 15-minute Tarot Readings for $25.00, with all proceeds going back to our schools.
Why did you decide to have a Halloween celebration?
It was evident that Halloween was becoming more and more celebrated each year and adopted as a fun vehicle for our Hills families. We wanted a means to gather the community which brought all sectors together to help and support each other while having fun. Who doesn’t like to dress up!
Why do you think Halloween has become so popular?
We feel Halloween is so popular because it enables a means of self-expression and exploration of all that Halloween encompasses. This year we have gone to great lengths to produce information pillars at this year’s event to show how Halloween is expressed through different cultures. From the Christian celebration of All Saints Day to the Mexican celebration of the Day-of-the-Dead. So much more to Halloween than people first understand.
What/Who will the money raised go towards?
The monies raised on the day are divided between our participating schools and the Philanthropic Collective to stage the following years Event. Last year the Philanthropic Collective raised almost 17 thousand dollars, and this was divided up and donated back in the same way.
Who are the Philanthropic Collective and what do they want to achieve for the community?
The Philanthropic Collective are a group of parent volunteers which offer their time, services and expertise to support our schools, students and community. We have a focus on supporting families facing hardship whether that be via our free food program or simply providing free tickets to the Royal Melbourne Show.
The Philanthropic Collective is committed to creating child safe environments within all our projects where children and young people are safe and feel safe.
Anything else you’d like to add?
This year we are working towards a cultural celebration of Halloween and to bring our community together once again. Through this Festival, The Philanthropic Collective is focused on creating beautiful and lasting memories for our families and our community by having a wonderful time with each other once a year.
It remains our intention to once again offer as many free activities to children as possible, including some rides. Our aim is to eliminate the disparity between families who can afford to pay for rides and activities for their children and those who cannot. This is the spirit that we would like to spread. Our success on the day cannot be measured by how much money is raised, rather should be judged by the joy that will be generated.
Last year our call to ‘good will’ in order to bring this event to life, reached many people from our immediate three schools, from our local community but also and surprisingly from outside of our hills. Many volunteers unrelated to our schools as well as artists sensitive to our aim offered to perform for free and help on the day. This in itself was a wonderful achievement in ‘good will’ and a great reward for our efforts to this aim.
When & Where
Saturday 27th October 2018
Start time 12:00 noon – concluding at 6:00 pm
Ferny Creek Recreational Reserve Hall
16 Clarkmont Road, Sassafras 3787, Victoria
Limited online tickets available
$6.00 per person – children three years of age and under free of charge
Ticket purchases online at www.halloweenonthegreen.com.au with a two hundred dollar value early bird prizes for purchases before the 1st of October.
For more information go to halloween on the green facebook page.