Cafe serves up spooky delights

Sjanna SandalovaGreat Southern Herald

It’s the cafe that takes dining with a difference to a whole new level — with something spooky in every corner, Creepy Hollow is becoming a hotspot among children and tourists.

Situated on Albany Highway, Beaufort River in Kojonup, Halloween-themed Creepy Hollow Cafe Restaurant is the only one of its kind in Australia, with a cafe at one end and a shop at the other.

Cafe owner Toni-Marie Jolley and partner Jim Whitwell have spent the past five years incorporating the theme into the cafe as much as they can.

Jim Whitwell behind the counter at Creepy Hollow.
Camera IconJim Whitwell behind the counter at Creepy Hollow. Credit: Sjanna Sandalova

“A couple of guys from Wagin actually started the cafe’s theme — they began to lose interest so we came along and took it over and really brought the whole theme through,” Mr Whitwell said.

“The theme has grown on us—every time we go somewhere, we find something new.”

“The more we are here, the more we become the theme.”

Many tourists pull over to take a photo with these creepy dummies
Camera IconMany tourists pull over to take a photo with these creepy dummies Credit: Sjanna Sandalova
Many tourists pull over to take a photo with these creepy dummies
Camera IconMany tourists pull over to take a photo with these creepy dummies Credit: Sjanna Sandalova

“The tourists and kids love it,” Mr Whitwell said.

“When we first started, we were just selling Halloween stuff, but now we sell more mystical kinds of stuff like Game of Thrones, True Blood and Vampire Diaries, so we wouldn’t regard ourselves as purely a Halloween shop any more.”

Toni and Jim have also started doing car boot sales every second month to encourage more locals to come to the cafe.

The Cafe is tricked out with spooky Halloween decorations in every corner
Camera IconThe Cafe is tricked out with spooky Halloween decorations in every corner Credit: Sjanna Sandalova

“We put a lot into it — we try to do different things and encourage people to come out here to stop,” Mr Whitwell said.

“We love the place. It’s our soul.”

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