What to do on halloween in Barcelona
Although not a Spanish or Catalan festival, big on parties, Barcelona has a lot to offer on this night. Depending on whether you want an old school night of terror or you just want to dance the night away in a costume, there is always something for everyone.
What better way to celebrate Halloween than to trick or treat around the city?
If you live or are traveling to Barcelona with your children then you are going to love these ideas.
Start off by buying or creating your costume, you can visit the bazaars on Calle Hospital ( just off La Rambla) or visit the amazing fancy dress store “Menkes”, number 40 on Gran Via de les Cortes Catalanes, or “ Party Fiesta” number 10, on carrer del Pintor Fortuny.
Once you have your scary costume sorted, you can take your kids on an adventure around the city, perhaps starting at La Rambla, and heading up to Diagonal or down to Barceloneta. It is not a big tradition to trick or treat around houses so we suggest you head to the commercial streets and trick or treat on stores and restaurants, they are more likely to have sweets for the little ones.
If you would like to hit a party with the little ones of the family then you should definitely head to Poble Espanyol which usually offers a kids party on the 30 of October from 11am to 5pm. There are many activities catered for the children such as face painting, lantern making, trampolines, magic show, horror films and the famous zombie batucada!! They also host a fancy dress competition so make sure you are inventive and original when it comes to dressing up!
Want to carve your pumpkin?
You can pretty much purchase a pumpkin anywhere in Barcelona at this season, but to be on the safe side, you can always head to El Corte Inglés, where they sell them together with stickers to use as a stencil for cutting out the face, or hit up La Boqueria Market where they are bound to have pumpkins in abundance. La Boqueria market is a must go stop during your vacation in Barcelona.
Find other main places to visit on this other article – What to see in Barcelona in 3 days.
Ok so now let’s leave the kids’ things behind and talk about getting spooky on Halloween.
If you want to take part on something different while visiting some hidden streets and passages of the old city of Barcelona we recommend you join The Ghost Walking Tour based on the book “Fantasmes de Barcelona”. Learn about exorcisms, witchcrafts and phantom apparitions in the history of Barcelona.
Get more information and purchase your tickets here .
November 1st is a national holiday in Spain and in Catalunya is known as “Tots Sants”, our very own day of the dead. During this day you can go to one of the most historical spots in the city yet a place that very few people venture to visit, the Montjuic Cemetery, which will open its doors to the public for free. Do not miss the opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of Barcelona.
Visit this link to get more information on the exact address and how to arrive there.
Do you think you can handle the challenge of escaping from a paranormal experience in a disturbing place? If you have the courage, you should gather a group of friends and try your luck with the Escape Rooms from Horror Box. If your thing is theme parks and awesome scary rides then you might want to head out of town and visit Port Ventura where the whole park is themed for halloween and you can also enjoy some great shows.
Do you want to dance the night out for Halloween?
The famous clubs Opium, Pacha and Shoko will be having a special gorey menu just for halloween, and they will be going all out to set the scene for their partygoers. Sweet BCN Accommodations offers free guest list to these main clubs in Barcelona and more, so don’t forget to ask our Guest Experience staff to put you on the list!
There will also be special events from Sala Apolo with a Nasty Mondays Halloween Special (Rock and Roll and Techno on two different floors) “Brunch in the city” with their famous parties held at Poble Espanyol, Razzmatazz and the famous “El Row“ which will go above and beyond with light shows, decoration, dancers, costume and animation to make your halloween one to remember.
If we can recommend one special event and party for this halloween in Barcelona is the Stoke Travel Ghost Hunt and Fright Night Party. This is where our staff will be partying the night away and where we will recommend our guests to go as well. Make sure you get your tickets before because the event is already almost full!!
To complete your halloween with a local tradition don’t forget to get some chestnuts, as La Castanyada is also celebrated on the 1st of November, when you will see many sweet old ladies, on the streets with their traditional panellets (traditional Catalan Almond balls) and sweet potatoes and of course the roasted chestnuts! Make sure you give them a try, they are delicious for this time of the year and wash it all down with some Sweet Moscatel wine, made from Muscatel ripe grapes!