October 28 - November 3
Let’s take a look at all the spooky goings on for Halloween 2019, from traditional customs to fancy dress parties and options for entertaining kids.
Historically, Catalans celebrate All Saints’ Day (1st November) by attending church and visiting family graves to lay wreaths and light candles in remembrance of the dead. In addition, they celebrate the tradition of La Castanyada, either on the 1st November or the 31st October, eating roasted chestnuts and sweet bread rolls known as panallets, either at home or buying them from the vendors out on the streets.
If you’re in Barcelona at this time of year, you might enjoy the smells of the roasting chestnuts and autumnal air, and the elegant sombreness of these religious traditions.
As for American-style Halloween celebrations, you’ll find plenty going on too. Young Catalans enjoy dressing up for a party and typically embrace the opportunity to get in costume and head out for the evening. Whilst the large number of American exchange students and tourists, and other foreigners who’ve grown up on Hollywood horror movies, are always keen to paint the town red this time of year, make the 31st October one of Barcelona’s liveliest nights.
Many bars and clubs around town will be throwing fantastic fiestas with drinks promos and prizes for the best fancy dress costumes.
Halloween Pub Crawl
Take a tour of some of the Gothic Quarter’s best bars and nightspots on this thematic pub crawl, where imbibers are encouraged to dress up as they drink and dance around town. There’s a prize for the best dressed, special promos and the chance to meet many other travellers and party animals. Book via Get Your Guide.
This cute cocktail bar will be hosting a competition for the best costume, and is a great option for the 25+ crowd, and for expats who enjoy meeting outside of the Old Town. If you haven’t been yet, find it on the wonderful Passeig de Sant Joan.
Starting at 9pm, and carrying on until 2am, CocoVail will be serving up pumpkin pie, along with other seasonal snacks on the 31st – plus offering some great deals on drinks, such as €10 for a pitcher of sangria. Popular with American students, expect this event to be pretty rowdy! More info here.
Freaks and monsters are being summoned to Belushi’s this Halloween season, and you can join them on both this Thursday, October 31st! Their fridges will be stocked full of the Devil’s nectar during Barcelona’s longest Happy Hour, there’s a €100 bar tab for the best-dressed freak! DJ, late-night kitchen and a photographer to capture your outfits, rounds up a carnival-esque party. More info on Facebook.
Celebrate the scary season in good company at Barcelona’s favourite Irish pub, where you can celebrate with drinks promos on offer until midnight. Of course there’s a prize for the best dressed party animal!
This bar and bistro welcomes all comers on the 31st… particularly if they’re dressed like Freddy Krueger. Of course there’s a prize for the best costume. Cocktails are well priced and there’s plenty of tasty treats on the food menu.
This large and lively lounge bar in Raval is a great place to get freaky on the 31st, and is another bar handing out prizes for those who go the extra mile on the costume front. DJ Lil Van is on the decks.
Halloween for Kids
If you want to celebrate the season with your kids, then I’d recommend taking them to Poble Espanyol. This open air cultural centre will have plenty going on during the whole Halloween weekend (1st to 3rd November), from 11 in the morning until late in the afternoons, including workshops, kids’ activities, and spooky decorations. The highlight of their Halloween programme is The Tunnel of Terror, a 140 metre long spookfest, that will jangle the nerves of young and old. More info on their website.