We don’t exactly celebrate Halloween in Australia, although some of the neighbourhood kids are starting to nag their parents to take them out trick-or-treating, so it’s certainly not an unknown tradition. If you happen to be vacationing in Perth over the Halloween season, I’ve got a great tip for something suitably scary to do: take the Torchlight Tour at the Fremantle Prison.
(By the way, if you’re not used to British English, we just mean a flashlight when we say torch! They used to be candlelight tours but it got a bit dangerous having all those flames around …)
During the day, Fremantle Prison is a slightly scary old building, with lots of historical value to Perth and Western Australia. At night, it’s a whole different ball game! I’ve only taken the Torchlight Tour once but it certainly gave me a few good frights – but all in good fun. The guides have plenty of good ghost stories to add to the usual touristy information and you will definitely experience a few unexpected events during your tour – take someone with you to hold your hand if you’re easily frightened. In fact, the Fremantle Prison website even warns against people with a weak heart taking the Candlelight Tour!
Make sure you book in advance for the tour – they currently run throughout Wednesday and Friday evenings starting at 6.30pm (but you can book later times). Check the Fremantle Prison website for booking details. Enjoy and hope you’re not too scared!