In the northern hemisphere, Halloween is celebrated during fall, when  landscapes are wreathed in eerie mist. Here in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales we are supposed to be in the full glory of spring, but  there can be some surprisingly  appropriate weather.

There are haunting  scenes everywhere, such as this old lamp in Blackheath’s Memorial Park. Note the spring blossom.

Old llamp in Memorial Park, Blackheath.
Taken mid October and appropriately spooky..

Deep amid the old rhododendrons in the park.

Haunted scen at Memorial Park in Blackheath
Abandon all hope ye who enter within.

Look at this web in my Blackheath garden. Alas, there are plenty more on my windows!

Spider's web
Nature’s Halloween decoration.

Mind you,  I have never actually participated in Halloween. This may be because no  ‘trick or treat’  child in ghoulish costume  has ever knocked at my secluded, often mist shrouded door.

House in the mist
Not a soul in sight.

I did have some treats on hand a few years ago, but ended up eating them all myself. Perhaps I should make pumpkin lanterns; the glow might attract a few small ghosts or vampires who wander off the beaten track..

Pumpkin Lanterns

But increasingly,  the festival is celebrated in our villages;

Halloween in Hazelbrook

It seems that Hazelbrook had a special connection with Halloween way  back in the 1920s.  The following is from The Sydney Mail on October 31 1923;


The Hallowe’en Conference of United Fays  [fairies] took place place this year in the valley of the Horseshoe Falls, Hazelbrook.

The opening feature was an impressive procession down Winding Stair, each delegate carrying a green lantern and wearing his cloak of invisibility. There was a full accompaniment of elfin horns and an illuminated escort of fireflies. As the procession wound past Lizard Stump and under Sassafras Arch the full scheme of illuminations beneath Horseshoe  Falls came into view and evoked delighted comments from the visiting delegates. The company then took their seats in the toadstool clump that always springs up around Slippery Log, beneath the falls. A choir of singing sprites rendered the old glee, ‘From Oberon in Fairyland,’ and the business of the conference commenced.

The centre for celebration these days appears to be further west at Lithgow, The town holds an annual Halloween Festival. Below is a photo taken last year. All is in readiness for a skull auction at the local library;

Halloween skull acution at LIthgow Library.
Just a little macabre.

Even the birds of the Blue Mountains get into the spirit of things;

Halloween Kookaburra
A  mystical aura.

How about this for Mountains magic? A bit of ‘special’ water and hey presto….a Halloween Bowerbird. Spooky eh?

Satin Bowerbird bathing
Satin bowerbird bathing

Even the residents can look a little, well…..

A Misty day in Blackheath
Like something from Dickens in Blackheath village.

When it is too foggy to drive a car safely, witches have an advantage. Quite fitting for Halloween really.

Broomstick parked.
Good grief!

My associate Editor Des was inspired to make his own  broom for the occasion;

Edito Des on his broomstick.
Off we go…


Misty Blue Mountains
  1. Beautiful collection of spooky photos Pauline! I really enjoyed this. Thankyou!

    • Pauline

      Thanks for taking the trouble to leave a comment, Evie. I enjoyed doing this.

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