Narnia Halloween Party on the Gold Coast

Howard Berger celebrates Halloween -

Howard Berger celebrates Halloween -

Just before filming wraps up for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Howard Berger threw everyone a big Halloween party.


Oscar award-winning make-up artist Howard Berger threw a Halloween party for fellow cast and crew of the Chronicles of Narnia film on Saturday.

Berger, from the US, tells CC he was feeling homesick and wanted to bring the American holiday to the Gold Coast with a party at Southport Bowls Club.

He says Halloween is one of his favourite holidays and he’s even more enthusiastic than his teenage kids.

“I phoned to ask them about Halloween and they were like ‘Dad, it’s not until tomorrow’. I’m more excited about it than they are,” says Berger. also interviewed Ben Barnes who said “he has enjoyed his time on the Gold Coast and is not looking forward to returning home to the UK. The Gold Coast is beautiful.”

And finally, Skandar Keynes happened to mention that “the Gold Coast gives him the heebie jeebies. That, and ‘evil pumpkins.’ ” Though he never did explain why he found the area scary. Perhaps he was joking?

You can read the three stories herehere, and here.

Thanks to everyone who sent this story in!

98 Responses

  1. Eden says:

    Yeah, lol, God bless you guys too! 😀

  2. 220chrisTian says:

    narniafan4ever ♥: are you on Narniaweb? If so, I can copy the pics and send them to you. Or maybe you can send me an email address. 🙂

  3. narnian resident says:

    so true mal! now thats what im looking forward to for now, and seeing those would let me know if i need to be freaking out for the movie because it looks screwed or be really excited because it looks so awesome!

  4. Fire Fairy says:

    That's okay, narniafan4ever, I don't have facebook either…

  5. Aslan's my homeboy says:

    I know it makes me sad too. I don't want it to end because I know that Georgie and Skandar won't be coming back for a while it is sad

  6. Anonymous Narnian says:

    The Gold Coast is lovely… maybe Skandar's overwhelmed? Howard looks so great in his Wild Things costume.

  7. decarus says:

    I think it must have been a joke. Otherwise it doesn't make any sense.

  8. MurtaghLuv says:

    Yeah is there a way we could see the photos without being on fave book.

  9. MurtaghLuv says:

    Ben went as willy wonka oh thats great.

  10. please type here says:

    LOL! Skandie's afraid of Evil pumpkins! I don't have a vauge idea of what he means by 'evil pumpkins,' though. maybe referring to halloween decorations??

  11. Warrior 4 Jesus says:

    The Sunshine Coast is better than the Gold Coast but Skandar may have been scared off by what's in the water, not the beach itself. Our waters are teeming with dangerous animals.

  12. Narnia is Awesome!!! says:

    It’s still a witch, and a movie full of magic, the magic is not condoned whatsoever. And I know sorcery is listed right along with witchcraft in Bible passages. Where do you draw the line?

  13. 220chrisTian says:

    In the Facebook pics, some people were wearing pumpkins [plastic, I think] on their heads. It looked really strange. But I saw worse things than pumpkins in the pics! Still, "evil pumpkins" … lol

  14. kate Achey says:

    I can,t wait for the dawn treader to come out love kate

  15. Princess Arya says:

    "Magic" is a term C.S. Lewis used for discussing spirituality. You know the word is used in many fairy tales. Nowhere does Lewis agree with the evil magic of the Witches, two of the villains in the series. Always the good triumphs over the evil. Note that there aren't gray lines like where the protagonist is learning to use magic to their benefit (I have certain books in mind). Magic is shown in Narnia to be a slippery thing. On the other hand, Aslan knows the deep 'magic' from before the Dawn of Time; which is before the magic that the Witch knew. I think it's just a term Lewis used, as is used in many fairy tales. I hope this may shed perhaps some insight.

  16. ASLAN'S CHILD says:

    sweet.we finally have news.i was getting a little worried there.but im not that excited that they celebrated holloweeen.i mean i was hoping they keep to lewis believe in christianity that they dont celebrate holleween.i love how skandar says heebe jeebes.thats something he would totally say.anyway, i've missed the update on narnia.keep me posted.

  17. Well thats what confuses me is if it is a joke then why would he say it I mean that could get people to not like him if they live there and if its not a joke then Why would he say it to the public because that could effend some of the people there. And I'm wondering did he just say that to get the press off his back and to just give them something to say?

  18. I reconized him right away when I saw the photos in the cast because I'm a huge fan of scooby doo and I watched it like a hundred times.

  19. Just click on the top one and look for Skandar dressed up as Luigi above Howard Berger.

  20. MurtaghLuv says:

    neither do I.

  21. decarus says:

    Don't you think he just said that because they were at a halloween party. He was saying like this creeps me out. Making a joke because it was a halloween party. I am not saying it is funny, but i think that makes sense.

  22. Skandar shouldn't be scared of "The Great Pumpkin" he'll bring you presents on Halloween!!!! 😀

  23. For Narnia and For Aslan says:

    I cannot beleive filming will be done sos soon! Im glad they threw a party, sounds liek it would have been fun! I love how he dressed up as Max, from where the wild things are. Im so sad filming will be over soon! It all happened so fast!

  24. Lillyput90 says:

    Cool outfits! I saw the one of Skandar and Will on facebook (someone has it as their profile pic).

  25. coracle says:

    I know what those people went as because I have seen some photos on Howard's facebook page.

  26. Bookwyrm says:

    Unless there's some kind of documented evidence that C. S. Lewis disapproved of Halloween, I don't think it's appropriate for you to claim he would be displeased by the cast having a Halloween party. He's kinda dead and can't defend himself.

  27. JadistarkilleR says:

    oops, looks like she took that page off public viewing. i hope she wasnt offended.

    hey Dinky, if you're still reading this, tell the lady (i'm not saying her name to protect her) that we're sorry for flooding her page. she looked great nonetheless, they all did. fans are just naturally (ridiculously?) curious. and bored, given that there is a dearth of Narnia related news, there isnt even a web blog to keep us entertained. besides, seeing cast and crew in festivities like this one kinda makes us feel like we're still part of the Narnia family, know what i mean? specially after everything thats happened to this franchise' production, we're still here right? thats all. sorry for overstepping anyones' privacy.

  28. narniaqueen says:

    hey christian, could you tell me where you found the facebook pics?

  29. ellz-bellz says:

    Methinks he may have dressed up as Max as a bit of a ironic joke, seeing as he turned the film down, saying it was 'Terrible idea'?

  30. narniaqueen says:

    dinky doop bum, does tami lane add everybody?

  31. dinky doop bum says:

    Okay so to answer a few questions:
    yes Tami Lane adds everyone, basically everybody involved in the movie adds anybody and they're all very nice, and I was there because I'm involved in the movie production.
    And I came as a giant eyeball.

  32. JadistarkilleR says:

    dinky, that was you? lol! very creative. was it a character you made up yourself or was it inspired from a movie/ book/ song? initially i thought you were the Eye of Sauron but i dont see you on fire :D.

  33. tenthofthatname says:

    dinky doop bum, were you dressed as a member of The Residents?

  34. Aunt Letty says:

    Make of this what you will, but out of curiosity,and becausse of what was said above, I did some research in the archives of the police department of the major east-coast metropolis near my home city, and found that incidences of crime of any sort were no higher on or near Halloween. In fact, the statistics were pretty even throughout the year with a small, but significant bump over one other holiday…

    yeah, you probably guessed it: Christmas.

    Go figure. Just FYI in the interests of accuracy.

  35. Aunt Letty says:

    And, I should add that I chose the metropolis near me rather than some other city because people are REALLY into Halloween here. In all it's permutations.

  36. narniafan4ever ♥ says:

    Well, I don't know what you mean by "am I on Narnia Web"….Do you mean that you can become a member or something? And I don't really know who you are….so I feel a little uncomfortable with sharing it with you…plus, I don't have a way to tell you my e-mail address without telling it to everyone else on this chat…so, sorry! I still want to see the pics, though. 🙁

  37. narniafan4ever ♥ says:

    Huh…that is interesting…. 😐

  38. Rising_Star says:

    Ben went as Willy Wonka. ;P