Orbost Community comes together for Spooktacular Halloween event

On Sunday 31st of October, Orbost hosted an exciting Spooktacular Halloween event for the entire community. The weather was perfectly sunny for a major community event and included plenty of food and activities for everyone to enjoy. This annual event promotes healthy social interactions in a positive environment.

Make your Move is well known within the East Gippsland community for providing engaging yet active events for all ages. GippSport was asked to be a part of the event as we can connect with a diverse range of people by creating positive experiences where social connection is the primary outcome from participation in physical activity.

Many people and organisations came together to make it a memorable day for everyone, including Orbost Youth Club, Wacky Wombat, Royal Flying Doctors Service, Yoowinna Wurnalung Aboriginal Healing Service, Moogji Aboriginal Council, Rotary International and of course GippSport. Activities and services included a BBQ, face painting, lawn games, workshops, a scavenger hunt, and trick or treating.

GippSport Make Your Move organised and facilitated a Halloween themed scavenger hunt, which included 20 spooky items to find. The scavenger hunt intended to promote positive social engagement while participating in physical activity.

A highlight of the scavenger hunt is participants didn’t notice how much they were moving, as they enjoyed the task so much. Make Your Move encourages enjoyment and fun while participating in our physical events. Creating a fun and enjoyable environment will improve the chance of the participants getting involved in other physical activities, whether traditional sport or just running around in their backyard.

The Orbost Spooktacular ran from 1-4 pm, with over 200 people participating in the scavenger hunt after it was estimated that there would be approximately 30 people attending the event. We had to think on our feet to provide the list for everyone interested in participating. This included reusing lists, taking photos of the list to text to parents, and setting up teams to battle each other.

The scavenger was such a hit not just because the props were entertaining; all participants were awarded a yoyo or bubble stick thanks to the donation from the East Gippsland Shire Council. The overall event was beyond a success, with many smiling faces and everyone impatient for next year’s bigger and better Halloween Spooktacular.

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GippSport acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work, The Bunurong Peoples, Gunaikurnai Peoples and other traditional owner groups of the Gippsland/East Gippsland Region.  We recognise their ongoing connection to the land, waters and community, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and the ongoing living culture of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

GippSport is committed to making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and working in solidarity towards reconciliation.

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