The Dunstan Creek Haunting
October 24-31, times vary, Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland City
While every American town may indeed have an Elm Street, here in New Zealand it’s Dunstan Creek where the scariest hauntings happen! A collection of spine-chilling stories from our dark past are set to be brought to light on stage at the Herald Theatre this Halloween. See aucklandlive.co.nz.
Cult Horror Halloween
October 28, from 8.30pm (doors open 7.30pm), Cassette Nine, 9 Vulcan Lane, Auckland City
Do you like scary movies? If so, here’s a thrill-a-minute show which will leave you wishing you were back on Elm Street! Loco East Auckland local, Lilly Loca (aka Natalie Hugill) is MC during an evening of Halloween fun, burlesque style, as performers present their ‘unique’ take on scenes from popular horror flicks. Details via cassettenine.com.
Olde Hallows Eve: Haunted
October 28, 7-11pm, MOTAT, 805, Great North Rd, Western Springs
Twas the night before the night before the night before Halloween and all through MOTAT plenty of creatures were stirring… From a haunted dolls house to mazes and the sinister Carnival of Lost Souls, this event offers plenty of spooky ‘live’ entertainment. For details visit motat.org.nz… if you dare!
Hell Horror Fest
October 31 – November 4, from 6pm, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Green Lane West, Epsom
There will be a nightmare (or several) on Green Lane this halloween when Hell comes to Auckland. From drive-in movies each night (including classic and new horror flicks) and a maze inhabited by all sorts of scary folk (using the term very liberally!) this event – organised by Hell Pizza – promises plenty of delightful frights. For details see asbshowgrounds.co.nz/whats-on. Note: this event is strictly R18.
Guising at Hallowe’en
October 31, 5-7pm, Howick Historical Village, Bells Rd, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga
If you go down to Howick Historical Village on October 31, you’ll be sure of a big surprise! While it’s no teddy bears’ picnic, Guising at Hallowe’en is a family-friendly Halloween event where children can don costumes and trick or treat their way through the village 1850s’ style. See fencible.org.nz for details.
Expos & Festivals
October 20-23 (Labour Weekend), times vary, ASB Showgrounds, 217 Green Lane West, Epsom
It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it, not as we know it, Jim! From Trekkies to Whovians, toon fans to comic book aficionados, all who favour a healthy dose of fantasy in their lives are liable to flock (or fly) to Epsom this month. If Armageddon is any indication of how the world ends, what’s so wrong with enjoying an apocalypse now and then? See armageddonexpo.com for more details.
National Dog Show
October 6-8, 9am-4pm, Sir Woolf Fisher Arena, Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Manukau
While every dog may have his day, only the finest of their breeds will fetch ribbons and other accolades for their masters. In addition to more than 1500 of New Zealand’s ‘top dogs’ on show, this event offers plenty more including stalls offering all sorts of doggy merchandise. See nds.dogsnz.org.nz.
Home & Garden
Auckland Better Home & Living Show
October 27-29, North Shore Events Centre, Silverfield Pl, Glenfield
Building boxes is the easy bit. But how do we adapt our homes to ensure they suit us and our lifestyle down to the ground? This is where The Better Home & Living Show comes in, providing everything from expert advice to the latest products and techniques designed to enhance our homes and make life work for us just a little better. Visit homeandgardenshow.co.nz.
Howick Orchid Society Annual Show
October 14, 9am-4pm, Fencible Lounge, 25 Uxbridge Road, Howick
Rated as ‘O for orchid’, as well as awesome, the annual Howick Orchid Society show offers plenty for seasoned growers and amateurs alike. From stunning displays and trading tables (featuring some blooms unavailable from garden centres) to expert advice on tap, this show offers everything necessary for those on the grow.
Music & Dance
October 11, 11am-1pm, St Columba Presbyterian Church, 480 Ti Rakau Dr, Botany
Don’t even bother taking those old records off the shelf because, this month, it’s time to take a trip back to the heyday of rock n roll thanks to this live performance by Operatunity! See operatunity.co.nz.
Travels in Italy
October 13, from 7.30pm, Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland City
While travelling across Italy may seem like a great idea – the countryside is stunning, the people friendly, the food glorious and the music is splendid – such plans can quickly grind to a halt if the train drivers are on strike! It happens, as at least one EastLife writer will confirm. However, thanks to the good folk at the NZSO (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra) we can still delight in some of the finest examples of music from Italy without having to travel too far from home. See nzso.co.nz for details.
October 19, from 8pm, Auckland Town Hall, Queen St, Auckland
Had enough of too much new stuff? Houstoun has a solution! Pianist, Michael Houstoun, performs this month at the Town Hall. See apo.co.nz/whats-on for more details about this (and other) musical performances on this month.
Juice on the Loose
October 20, 8-11pm, Bosuns Bar, Picton St, Howick
Clapton may have been good but, good God, these guys can groove! With a set replete with blues and funk, Juice on the Loose is about to unleash its mix of styles, playing hits from such greats as Ray Charles, BB King, the Neville Brothers, Steely Dan… and Clapton too… if he’s lucky! Details via theprospect.co.nz; tickets at the door.
Sport, Fitness & Racing
Spring Challenge Women’s Adventure Race
October 13-15, times vary, starts at Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Manukau
Girls may just want to have fun, but that’s not enough for today’s women! Leave those couch potato blokes at home to watch real men kick balls around and head down to the Vodafone Events Centre this month to take part in one of the most testing (and rewarding) adventure races New Zealand has to offer. From mountain biking to on and off trail hiking and rafting, courses are tailored to suit women aged 13 and up, rookies to veterans. See springchallenge.co.nz for more information.
October 29, from 6am, starts at King Edward Parade, Devonport
While some sports may feature confusing rules, there’s nothing more straight forward (almost quite literally) than running. But it’s only when we’ve tackled a 40km plus course that we can ever say that we can do what Pheidippides did! And yet, as our preparations aren’t likely to be as strenuous as fighting off a Persian army first, it’s not really quite the same thing! See aucklandmarathon.co.nz for more details.
October 4-7, Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Dr, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga
An exploration of identity, this play seeks to understand what lies at the core of who we are and how far we will go to protect this. For more information visit hlt.org.nz.
October 18-21, Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St, Auckland City
From privilege and land ownership to clean water and the role of iwi in a post-settlement world, this ‘tragi-comedy’ explores the world through the eyes of a modern Maori family. Writer-director, Miria George, presents a play loaded with razor-sharp barbs as this satirical work unfolds. See qtheatre.co.nz.
The Navigators & Red Speedo
October 6-8 and October 31 – November 15, ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey St, Auckland
Auckland Theatre Company presents two great shows to round off its 2017 season. Following on from The Navigators (which showcases three performance pieces), is a gritty play which reveals whether red things really do go faster. In Red Speedo the protagonist’s hopes of achieving Olympic glory flicker when drugs are found in the club’s locker room. Of course, this incident could prove to be nothing more than an unwanted distraction or it could mean his quest for fame and fortune will come to a sticky end. See atc.co.nz for details.
Kids Fun Morning
October 19, 9.30-11.30am, Pakuranga Community Hall, 346 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga
It takes many hands to raise a child but it doesn’t take too much effort to sit back and watch while they have all sorts of fun! Organised by Hand and Hand (in home childcare) this event offers everything from an interactive music and movement show, to face painting, a bouncy castle and more. While this event is free, places are limited. Book via handandhand.co.nz.
Art Week Auckland
October 7-15, Auckland wide
A celebration of arts throughout Auckland, this event sees some of the finest work on display. Local exhibitions during Art Week include: ‘It’s In The Bag’ (Monterey Art Gallery, 5 Cook St, Howick); ‘Salad Days Are Gone’ and ‘Here and Now’ (Malcolm Smith Gallery, Uxbridge Arts and Culture Centre, 35 Uxbridge Rd, Howick); ‘The Incandescents’ (Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga); ‘Colin McCahon: On the Road’ (Somervell Presbyterian Church, 497 Remuera Rd); and ‘Out of Order’ (ArtHAUS Orakei, 228 Orakei Rd, Remuera. Details see artweekauckland.co.nz.
Howick Village Market
Every Saturday, 8am-12.30pm, Picton St, Howick
Classy Crafts Indoor Market
First and third Saturday of the month until end of October and then every Saturday until Christmas, 9am-1pm, All Saints Community Centre, Cook St, Howick
Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market
Every Sunday, 8.30am-12pm, Clevedon Showgrounds, Monument Rd, Clevedon
Clevedon Village Market
Every Sunday, 9am-2pm, Clevedon Community Centre, 1 Papakura-Clevedon Rd, Clevedon
Pakuranga Night Market
Every Saturday night, 6pm-12midnight, under The Warehouse, Pakuranga Plaza
Botany Night Market
Every Wednesday night, 5.30-11pm, beneath Hoyts, Botany Town Centre
Alfriston Country Market
First Saturday of the month except January, 9am-12pm, Alfriston Community Hall, Mill Road, Alfriston
Pine Harbour Fresh Market
First Saturday of the month (winter timetable), 8am-12pm, Pine Harbour Marina, Jack Lachlan Dr, Beachlands