Shake off any woes and raise a glass of champers for the Cup | PHOTOS

There has been lots of dressing-up in the past few days, with Halloween parties and outdoor movie screenings.

For those perhaps seeking a more mature outlet, Melbourne Cup provides an ideal opportunity to dust off the fascinators and the suits and let your hair down (figuratively speaking).

Many people chose to do just that, and didn't they look smart doing it. Check out these Melbourne Cup party goers at the Tenterfield Bowling Club for the big race.