For Californian Tony Breen, managing the merry crew at The Common in Gnarabup is, for the most part, a joy.
Despite his affection for his life in the South West, Mr Breen said he realised quickly that annual Halloween celebrations left a lot to be desired.
“It’s always been my favourite time of the year back home, with the changing seasons and the kids involved, everyone starts socialising and looking forward to the festive season.”
“It didn’t seem like much of a fuss was made for Halloween around here, so last year we had our first Halloween party and it went off.”
Margaret River Hospitality Group Marketing Manager Samantha Janssen said the popularity of last year’s event meant the decision to hold another party was simple.
“We had heaps of people on deck last year, it ended up being a fantastic party atmosphere and everyone got involved in all the fun,” Mrs Janssen said.
According to Mr Breen, the venue became an impromptu finishing point for neighbourhood families on their Trick or Treat treks.
“Loads of people used The Common as a meeting point, so we have lots of kids events and family friendly fun planned this year to cater for those people again,” he said.
Along with prizes for best costumes, kids can enjoy games, activities like apple bobbing and spooky competitions. Later in the evening, live music from David Lawrence & Lee Cummings will kick off the grown ups’ celebrations, with prizes again awarded for best costumes.
The public will also be asked to cast their votes on the night in The Common’s kitchen and bar staff pumpkin carving competition. Kids meal deals, drink promotions and giveaways will keep punters busy on the night and Mr Breen said if past events are anything to go by, this Halloween will be huge.
“We’re looking forward to this one, it’s always awesome and with so many people coming down to get into the spirit we are expecting it will be another massive night at The Common.”
The Common’s Halloween Costume Party kicks off from 5pm on Saturday October 29, with live music starting from 8.30pm. Bookings are advised for those wishing to dine in the bistro, call 9757 1586. For more info visit facebook.com/thecommonbistro