Halloween activities in Spain
Halloween is amongst the many festivities celebrated in Spain. The major cities are preparing for “The Witches Night” (“La Noche de Brujas”), as the Spaniards refer to Halloween sometimes as well, with a wide variety of activities and events to enjoy this night of fright!
If you want to know more about Spanish Halloween you can read this post.
The capital city of Spain seems to be the place where Halloween has become most widely accepted. We’ll point out the most notable events:
Halloween with Panda Bears: The Zoo-Aquarium of Madrid opens its doors and welcomes you, the unwitting visitor, to a special dinner with bone-chilling surprises, zombies, vampires and … pandas.
Halloween at the Attractions Park: The 30th and the 31st of October Madrid´s attractions park will welcome monsters of every class and type, from demons to zombies who apparently will dance to the sound and beat of “Thriller”, in tribute to Michael Jackson. One night is just not enough for an event of this size.
The historical city also participates in this most scary of all nights. It is not without good reason that still they tell the tales and legends of the city’s olden days, such as the one in which the very devil himself chose Salamanca as the place to instruct his disciples into the dark wisdom of witchcraft!
The most noteworthy event for the 30th of October is “The Passage of Terror” (“El Pasaje del Terror”), a mysterious but attractive night filled with wizards and ghosts roaming through the dark corridors of an old mental hospital. The event is organized by the “Programa de Ocio Nocturno Salamanca”.
Sometimes referred to as “The Count’s City” (“La Ciudad Condal”) – though not related to Count Dracula in any way! – during Halloween Barcelona surrenders to the terror of the infamous Vampire Lord and hosts attractions that will make your blood run cold!
Visit the Cemetery of Montjuic, Barcelona’s largest burial place with over a million graves and impressive tombs of a huge variety of different styles. A very special place indeed, and well worth a visit.
Take Bus 917, a special bus service on the 30th, 31st and 1st from Plaza España directly to the Cemetery Montjuic. Once at the cemetery there is Bus 107 that can take you along the various different paths inside this rare and extraordinary place. You can use the regular public transport tickets for this bus service.
Besides parties in Club Elephant on the 30th and in the Antic Teatre the 31st of October, both of which have a Halloween-style dress code, you might also want to visit:
‘Déja Vú’: Will host a special performance of Luis Pardo, considered to be the best mentalist of Spain, on the 1st of November in Club Capitol, Barcelona. The show is stuffed with secrets and horror that go beyond anyone’s comprehension. Note: If you show up dressed up like a zombie you’ll get a 50% discount!
KlownsHalloween 2010: Should you like B series and such movies as Army of Darkness or Frightnight, you should not miss out on this cinema night organized by the organisation of Klowns Asesinos and Barcelona´s municipality. There will be other surprises, by the way.
If you do not like dressing up as a vampire or a zombie Barcelona has other activities taking place!
Sting concert at the Palau Sant Jordi: The famous singer comes to Barcelona the 29th of this month. Price: from 46,50 €
More information: Sting.com
Football: On the 30th at 22:00, FC Barcelona will face a tough Spanish league match against Sevilla.
Concert: The 31st at 12:00 at “La Glorieta del Parque de la Ciutadella”: Musical performance by young musicians from Mollet de Valles.
Free museums: On the 31st of October from 15:00 you can visit the Monastery of Pedralbes (Bus 64), Historical Museum of Barcelona, Plaça del Rei (L4 Jaume I), Barbier Museum of Pre-Colombian Art, Natural Science Museum (Parque Ciutadella) and CCCB (Raval).
Castellers of Vilafranca: The first of November at 12:30 in Vilafranca you can go and enjoy one of the more spectacular traditions of Cataluña, the “Castellers”, who’ll amaze you with their acrobatic show.
To arrive: take the train to Plaza Catalunya or Sants Estació
Línea R4 Sur – Station Vilafranca del Penedés-
Buy a tickets for 4 Zones round trip (8 € approx.)
Normally Sevilla is associated with Light, Joy and Happiness. Forget about that. During Halloween the city is turned into a place of darkness and horror!
Its emblematic park “Isla Mágica” will turn for the occasion into a festival of terror with 4D movie projections and an open air horror scenery with over 40 actors. Join in after you passed through the make-up.
So now you know: be prepared, don´t forget to put in your fangs, put on your cape, and head for one of the many places in Spain where evil still lingers, is alive (or better: undead), and kicking