Halloween in Spain: An American celebration?

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Halloween in Spain: An American celebration?

halloween spain

Roots of the traditions associated with this celebration in Spain, regarding the day of all saints. Attractions Madrid on Halloween.

Perhaps the first thing that comes to our minds when hearing the word “Halloween” is pumpkins, costumes, ghosts, skulls, candy and especially the United States. Well, in any case, we’d be somehow right, since all of the above elements are the necessary ingredients for a good celebration of All Saints Day or, as is known in most Anglo-Saxon countries, the feast of Halloween.[… +]

Halloween in Madrid 2016

In Madrid you can find many of these customs, because there are people from all over Spain living here. Moreover, there are a variety of themed activities for people of all ages. Here are some activities you’ll find this week to pass a scary and funny Halloween!

  • Theaters: Some offer shows with the theme of Halloween, as the Bodevil theater with its “Dinner of the Damned” or the Horror Circus at Casa de Campo.
  • Thematic city tours: A good time to visit the main cemeteries in the city such as San Isidro and Almudena, or wander through hidden places in the city where hear EVP with Night of the Spirits. As if Halloween was not scary enough, what about sleeping in a cemetery? This is the proposal that offers the Cementerio de las Ánimas, a complex of terror located near Toledo.
  • Cinema: The Círculo de Bellas Artes will offer throughout the weekend the cycle “Night of Wolves”, with several horror related films.
  • Nightlife: If your thing is going out, in Madrid Halloween can be an exciting night. Most bars and clubs offer nightly theme parties from Thursday until Sunday. Just wander through the main party areas near the center of the city and you’ll find a surprising place.

Halloween in Madrid 2017

This year we also have a lot of attractions in Madrid related to the Halloween party, for all tastes, ages and budgets. You can also find two events in our Cultural Program TANDEM in which we will take our students to spend a fun time: The Madrid of the Ghosts and Route of altars of Madrid. Some event suggestions for this year:

  • The Madrid’s Theme Park will offer a full program of attractions, dining and entertainment for children and adults. Warner Park will also offer a similar program.
  • The Addams Family: a fun musical comedy based on the famous classic of cinema. Ideal for people of any age and great to enjoy with the family. From October 5, 2017 to March 25, 2018 at the Teatro Calderón (Calle Atocha, 18).
  • Enigmatium: a complete party, which includes dinner with open bar and shows for 3 hours, surprises and gifts. To find the place you have to follow the clues indicated by the organizers, what completes the mysterious atmosphere of the event.
  • Halloween Madrid Movie, treasure hunt: Have fun in the center of Madrid overcoming the goals proposed by a team of zombies. There are 12 tests with horror themes in which you can test your genius and have fun with a large group of people.
  • A trip to the forsaken Madrid: A selection from Timeout.es of some abandoned places in Madrid, which were important and monumental sites in the past. A program for restless and courageous tourists who want to get to know a little bit of Madrid’s history in a terrifying atmosphere.

As you may have guessed, “Halloween” is just the remote term of a tradition that already existed in these lands before the American films have brought us the famous “trick or treat”. But since we started to celebrate it in Spain as is done in the United States, any excuse is good to have fun. Beyond the costumes and laughter, it is also a time to remember that life is short and we must enjoy it.

This article is also available in Spanish.

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