|Michael Jackson impersonator Jason Jackson will perform at Lithgow Halloween `16. Photo: David Hill, Headline Publicity.|
The national record bid for the greatest number of costumed people to dance to the song Thriller will be a highlight of the annual community festival.
Organised and hosted by Lithgow City Council, with support from local sponsors including Lithgow McDonald’s, Centennial Coal and Energy Australia, the event will again feature spectacular Vivid-style lighting displays and spooky decorations, the main shopping strip will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with themed precincts, non-stop entertainment and a community Trick or Treat activity for children.
Lithgow City Council Tourism Manager Kellie Barrow said: ``We do like to party here in Lithgow, especially when it involves themes and dressing up.
``But our parties are not exclusive: everyone is invited, everyone is welcome and everyone is catered for.’’
As in previous years, the family-friendly Lithgow Halloween `16 will include something for everyone, with a range of free community events in public spaces through to ticketed events at private venues.
``We’re proud of our history and what the council, local businesses and residents have achieved together in beautifying Lithgow in recent years and we want to share our town with visitors.’’
Ms Barrow encouraged locals and visitors to fully immerse themselves in the festival spirit and dress up for the occasion as a ghoulish zombie, monster, freaky vampire, fantasy character or loveable fairytale personality, goblin or fairy.
She also urged everyone to take part in the Australian record attempt for the largest number of costumed people to dance to the Michael Jackson song Thriller.
``The record currently stands at about 500 people. Let’s beat it!’’
She recommended visitors stay overnight in the area to fully explore the surprisingly diverse range of scenery, dining options and activities available in Lithgow and surrounds including the Back to Hartley event at Hartley Historic Site on the way to Sydney on Sunday, October 30.