Coolum prepares for ghoulish night under the stars

Holly and Leila get their ‘ghoul groove’ on for Coolum’s free Halloween-themed movie night. Photo supplied.

This Saturday night (27 October) will see the scary return of a Halloween themed ‘Coolum Beach Flicks’, and a free family movie screening from 6pm in Tickle Park.
All manner of ghoulish creatures are welcome to attend and show off their scariest Halloween costumes for a chance to win one of many ‘best dressed’ prizes, courtesy of local businesses.
Kids and adults alike will delight in the fright-night adventures of Wallace and Gromit in the hilarious “Curse of the Wererabbit’, and families are encouraged to get to the Park early so they don’t miss out on a complimentary glo-stick, courtesy of Gone Bonkers Coolum.
Presented by Coolum Business and Tourism and supported by local businesses, the monthly Coolum Beach Flicks events started in November 2010 as the brainchild of The Shop Coolum owner, Gaye Williams.
By rallying several other businesses to sponsor the movie screening once a month, Gaye was able to offer the community event FREE of charge – and it has remained that way for almost two years.
Coolum Business and Tourism Association took over the running of the event last year, and with Gaye still very much a part of the organisation and presentation of the FREE monthly‘ Flicks’, the event has continued to grow in popularity.
“The ‘old-school’ idea of gathering the family together on a rug in the Park, sharing a meal and relaxing for a couple of hours is a huge drawcard and we average around 400 people at each movie night,” a Coolum Business and Tourism spokesperson said.
“We expect the Halloween-themed night to attract a few more than that though; kids love dressing up and we love seeing the families enjoying themselves and spending time together outdoors.”
Joining with Coolum Business and Tourism and keeping the movie screenings a community based ‘back to basics’ free event for all ages are Flicks in the Sticks, The Shop Coolum, Castros, Caribbean Dreams, McDonalds, Dominos Pizza, Gone Bonkers and The Beach Retreat Coolum.
Families are encouraged to support the businesses that sponsor the event, and grab their movie treats from one of the many food outlets opposite Tickle Park.
Don’t forget to BYO chairs or blankets – and come dressed in your scariest Halloween costume for a chance to win! NB: This is an alcohol-free event.
To find out about upcoming movies and other regional Coolum events, visit  To get involved as a sponsor, email