WHAT TO DO ON HALLOWEEN IN BARCELONA
Celebrating Halloween in Barcelona is quite different from many other countries. It is not easy to see a lot of people parading around the streets demanding candies or carving pumpkins, but Halloween in Barcelona brings you the full range of exciting Catalan traditions with many unique activities. Halloween here is a three day celebration known as Day of the Dead or “El Dia de los Muertos”. It starts from 31th October to 2nd November. The day after Halloween is 1st November and it is a public holiday in Spain known as “Todos los Santos” (All Saints). Halloween in Spain is about commemorating loved ones who have passed and also to celebrate the continuity of life.
But, there is much more than that, Suitelife will let you discover what Barcelona has to offer on Halloween.
The highlight of the Halloween celebration in Barcelona is La Castanyada or chestnut time. This is an intriguing celebration of eating “castanyes” (roasted chestnuts), “moniatos” (sweet potatoes), “panellets” (cakes) and drinking “muscatel” sweet wine. Many bars, especially near Las Ramblas, are decorated with spider webs. On the streets, you can see many people in spooky costumes and for foodies, this day should not be missed because there will be street vendors with stalls selling delicious delicacies. One of the most famous ones are castanyes which are chestnuts roasted on charcoal grills. This is a great idea to try something warm like hot wrapped roasted chestnuts before the weather turns cold. If you want to have a closer insight into Catalan culture, there are panellets. They are mini almond-flavored balls covered in pine nuts or in coconut, lemon, or chocolate. They are sold mostly in local bakeries. Finally, don’t forget to try boniatos (sweet potatoes) which are also sold by street vendors. Remember to combine the above foods with Muscatel wine served in porrons - a traditional Catalan wine pitcher with a stem to pour the wine into your mouth.
Not like many other holidays in Barcelona when there are massive parties on the streets, during Halloween, you get a more homey feeling. People go to churches or visit cemeteries to place flowers, wreaths, candles and then gather with families. There are nine cemeteries in Barcelona and they are full of people in Halloween.
PARTIES AND ACTIVITIES IN HALLOWEEN
Halloween in Barcelona is a chance to join in one of amazing costume theme parties. Most of them are held in clubs like Opium Bar, Shoko, Apolo and in some hotels as well. Below we pick some featured parties and fun activities from traditional to fancy dressed ones (in no particular order).
1. Ruta de Altares
Ruta de Altares (or Alter Route) is a Halloween party in Mexican style. This kind of party is more and more well-known recently. Starting from 10th October to 24th October, this is an international project that connects various Mexican communities in the world to celebrate the Day of the Dead tradition. The public is invited to view themed alters dedicated to memory of the departed. The alters have different themes and are in around 30 bars, restaurants, and galleries in Barcelona.
2. Rock is dead
Costumes, cocktails and an amazing panoramic view from the 26th floor of the W hotel, what can be more amazing than that? Every year, the W hotel organizes a special Eclipse Halloween edition where you can dance in the ambience of a Gothic Glam party with the best music from DJs Agus and enjoy the live electric guitar set by Kamelmat. With the Gothic Glam dress code, make up artists will design the Gothic Glam look for the guests.
Address: Plaza de la Rosa dels Vents, 1 pl. 26, Barcelona
Food: Oriental food
Drink price: From 12€ | Soft drinks from 4€; VIP Price: Bottle of cava from 40€ | Normal from 150€
Door policy: 23 years old | Elegant & Stylish
3. Halloween Boat Party
If you like adventure, you definitely want to try to have a party on board. The Halloween Boat Party is an awesome experience as you can celebrate Halloween on a catamaran and sail around the Mediterranean. With the fee of 30 EUR, you will get free beer/cava and 3 hours on boat with DJ + Appetizer. On 31 October, the catamaran will leave at 19h from Port Vell and arrive at Port Olimpic. Get more info about this unique party here
4. La Posada Maldita
Do you want to try some fun terrifying experience ? Located in Cerdanyola del Vallès just outside Barcelona, Posada Maldita is a well known restaurant because it is more an attraction than a place to eat. Having a Halloween-themed for 365 days a year, this place will make you both laugh out loud and scream your lungs out at the same time. During the meal, you will be kept awake because you will receive many famous scary visitors such as the Beast, the bloody chef, some zombies,…This is a perfect place for meeting friends, Bachelor parties, etc. The menu price is 38 EUR, including a starter, a main dish, dessert and drinks.
Address: Avinguda de la Flor de Maig, 57, 08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona
5. Irish pubs
You might or might not know but Halloween is originally Celtic. If you want to find some true Halloween spirit with Jack-o-lantern, dressing up as ghosts and ghouls, snapping apples,…, listen to good ghost story and have some craic. You never feel alone when you are in an Irish pub ! There are a lot of Irish pubs in Barcelona, check out our Top Irish pubs in Barcelona and choose your favorite one !
Useful Spanish Halloween words
Last but not least, let’s learn some Spanish Halloween words !
Halloween - Noche de Brujas
Pumpkin - La calabaza
Carved pumpkins - calabazas talladas
Farol – lamp
Vampires – vampiros
Ghosts – fantasmas
Witches – brujas
Zombies – zombies
Skeletons – esqueletos
Mummy – momie
Dress up - disfrazarse
Trick or Treat – truco o trato
Sweets and treats - dulces y golosinas
Suitelife wishes you a bloody happy Halloween !