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Your high five events for Wednesday 31 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.

It’s Halloween, Peter Jackson’s birthday, and all manner of ghoulish mayhem will take place across the region as children dress up in all manner of costumes to solicit free sweets from the neighbourhood. Public events include the Harbour’s Edge pop-up Halloween at the Harbour in Porirua, the Skullduggery Lane event at Kentucky Street, Totara Park, Upper Hutt, and Trick or Treat at the Titahi Bay Fire Brigade, 5 Te Pene Avenue. And there are free Halloween film screenings at the Southern Cross in Abel Smith Street (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Neko Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe in Jackson Street, Petone (Kiki’s Delvery Service).

The darkness is being countered at a number of light-oriented church-based events, like the All Hallows Lantern Garden at Island Bay Presbyterian Church, 88 The Parade. This aims to bring Halloween closer to its origins, with a special way to remember loved ones who’ve passed away: decorate a river stone then enter the Lantern Garden to place your memorial stone in the church’s playground and memory garden which will be transforming into a light and lantern extravaganza with handmade lanterns. The event runs from 4.00pm to 9.00pm and the church will be open throughout.

The Terror-Fi Film Festival opens tonight at the Roxy Horror in Miramar with a sold-out retro screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining at a special Overlook Hotel re-creation evening; the horror and science fiction treats continue to 4 November.

“Over ten billion New Zealanders die every year because of Anime, but this government has taken no action to stop this menace from spreading into our street and homes. It’s time to stand up and protest at parliament to tell the government that the people have had enough of anime.” That’s the message for the Stand Against Anime Protest at Parliament from 1.00 to 4.00pm. Not quite sure how seriously to take this one…

Things That Go Bump in the Night, a free exhibition of haunting artworks from some of the world’s most celebrated fantasy horror artists, has its last showing today from 5.00 to 8.00pm at Courtenay Creative, 49 Courtenay Place, which has been established to support the continued development of a thriving Wellington creative industry with a neutral creative space for creative activities including workshops, exhibitions, live performances, rehearsals and more.  There is no minimum age for the exhibition, but it is most suitable for R13 and upwards.

At Biz Dojo, 3 Market Lane, find out about The Competitive Advantage of Design with Xero co-founder Philip Fierlinger. He was Head of Design at Xero for nearly 10 years and was instrumental in Xero becoming a disruptive platform, an iconic global brand, and a market leading public company worth billions of dollars. These days, he’s an investor and advisor for a variety of design-led startups including Atomic, Milanote, Organic Dynamic and Storypark. Get networking from 5.30pm before the talk at 6.00pm, followed by more networking. Tickets are $10.00 for the general public, cheaper for doubles and Biz Dojo members, and available here.

It’s a year since #MeToo hit the headlines, sparking a massive outpouring of rage against sexual assault and harassment all over the planet. What’s been achieved? And what needs to happen now? Join the Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation from 5.45 to 8.00pm at PSA House, Level 6, 11 Aurora Terrace (NB. changed venue) for Me Too: What Now?, a fast-paced panel discussion chaired by Linda Clark, with speakers including Brit Cosgrove of NOPEsisters, HELP Porirua social worker Edwardene Tanaki, transgender activist and scientist Sally Dellow, Onur Oktem of Shakti, Steph Dyhrberg of the Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association, and Paula Tesoriero, Disability Commissioner and Acting Human Rights Commissioner. After drinks and mingling, the mihi whakatau and opening from Jan Logie, Undersecretary for Domestic and Sexual Violence starts from 6.15pm, with an overview of HELP’s work this year and brief AGM formalities. The panel discussion runs from 7.00pm, and the evening will also feature the launch of the Friends of HELP pledge system. Entry by donation.