23 Oct Halloween Happenings in Barcelona and Beyond
Looking for what to do this Halloween in Barcelona with your family? This guide from The Nanny Line, Barcelona’s premier nanny agency, will help your family find Barcelona’s Halloween happenings. Did you know that Spaniards actually celebrate Halloween over 3 days? October 31st is El Dia de las Brujas (the day of the witches). All Souls Day (Todos Los Santos) is next, on November 1st, with a federal holiday during which people traditionally go to the cemetery with holy water, food, and flowers for the graves of loved ones. Finally, on November 2nd, Spain celebrates El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as do Mexico and many other Spanish-speaking countries. We have found all of the local haunts where you can find trick or treating, pumpkins, haunted houses and fun for your whole family during this special time of year.
The night of October 30th from 18:00-20:00h the residents and businesses of Turó Park line the park’s perimeter and stand in building entryways handing out candy. Beware, it can get crowded: Last year there were an estimated 1000-3000 children and their dressed in full Halloween costumes, collecting candy and practicing their best truco o trato (Spanish) or truc o tracte (Catalan).
Many expat families attending the international schools in San Just Desvern head to La Maolla for their candy fix. Residents of this neighborhood adjacent to the American School of Barcelona offer trick-or-treaters candy from 18:00-20:00h.
Barcelona’s museum village will be transformed November 1-3 into a spook-tacular setting. Halloween happenings include a treasure hunt, costume contest, and ghost story telling. And good news, those under 4 get in for free! Catalan residents can purchase reduced-price tickets ahead of time online.
Come to the San Antoni neighborhood to join this Halloween party open to children ages 5-12 years old. The party will take place October 25th from 18:00-20:30h. You can buy tickets for the haunted house, craft activities, and games online.
Pumpkins (calabaza) are usually sold at (florists) floristas, some markets like La Boqueria, and even the discount markets found in every neighborhood. There are not many pumpkin growers immediately surrounding Barcelona, but the Ayuma Group Botiga d l’hort, located in Gavá will offer pumpkin decorating October 26 and 27. You will need to call +34 638541166 ahead to reserve your spot.
Little Shop of Horrors Musical (La Tienda de los Horrores) is a rock n’roll musical based on the off-Broadway production turned movie sensation. Your kids will be laughing and dancing in their seats as they watch this story featuring a blood-thirsty plant. The show is playing at the Teatro Coliseum through November 24th. The musical’s sometimes scary and blood-filled plot may be best for children older than 8 or 9 years.
Halloween Amusement Park Fun
If you feel like making a full day (or even weekend) adventure out of Halloween, head south to the Portaventura Amusement Park which transforms parts of the park for Halloween starting September 21 and lasting through November 17. Events and attractions include a nightly Halloween parade, La Isla Maldita in the Caribe Aquatic park, and even friendly witches and ghosts in the Sesame-Street-themed family area of the park: SèsamoAventura. The park offers special entrance ticket and overnight accommodations packages. You can even book one of the Nanny Line’s holiday nannies so that you have an extra set of hands at the amusement park!
Barcelona’s Halloween Happenings for Grown-ups
Don’t forget, Halloween is not just for the kids! The Nanny Line’s pre-screened, English-speaking babysitters, governesses and VIP nannies can be booked online so that you and your hubby or girlfriends can head out for a spooky night of mischief. Many of Barcelona’s hippest nightclubs and hotels offer Halloween-themed parties and events such as the Wolf Halloween Party where 300 euros will be awarded to the best group costume (group of 3) and 100 euro for the best individual costume. If you are looking for something a little less spooky, maybe consider signing up for a Halloween-themed cooking class with UrbanCook on Wednesday, October 30th.
Has your family experienced more of Barcelona’s Halloween Happenings? Comment below or post your suggestions on our Facebook or Instagram pages. Remember our English-speaking VIP nannies are experts at putting your little ones to bed at home early, if you want to head out with your older kids for some evening theater or trick-or-treating. And if you are looking to get into the fall spirit beyond Halloween, read our prior post about fun autumn crafts to do with kids. The Nanny Line can help your family find Halloween fun whether visiting Spain as a tourist, living here as an expat, or making Madrid, Barcelona or Ibiza your permanent home! We also offer fun, family events where your children can play in English, like our upcoming PLAYDATE event with Kidzz from 10-14h on Saturday, the 19th of October. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place for your little ones.