While Halloween is traditionally a celebration of Anglo-Saxon origin, the fact is that more and more cities are joining in. This means that today we can find related activities in both London and Barcelona, for example.
If you are going to visit one of these two cities in the coming days and have always thought that Halloween is just a holiday for kids, we recommend you to take a look at these suggestions to celebrate the scariest holiday of the year without resorting to classic “trick or treating.”
Halloween is definitely a nocturnal party, so celebrations won’t begin before sundown. When darkness covers the city, it’s time to make your way to the Polaroid Bar, in the Barrio Gótico, to attend the screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a cult musical from the 70s for which shows have become a production themselves, as viewers interact, dress up, sing and dance to songs like Time Warp.
To continue the terrifying celebration, it’s best to move on to the Sala Apolo and join the Pumpkin Electronik Barcelona, a continuation of the famous Piknic Electrònic sessions that took place during the summer but with a terrifying new twist: DJs and alternative music under a cloak of mystery and occultism.
And for the hardiest souls or early-rising zombies out there, we recommend continuing the celebration in proper fashion during the morning of November 1, All Saints Day, by visiting one of the nine cemeteries hat open their doors for the occasion (Montjuïc, Poblenou , Sant Andreu, Horta, Sant Gervasi , Sarrià , Les Corts, Sants and Collserola). Poblenou stands out among them as the preferred setting for representing one of the most spooky classics of Spanish literature: Don Juan Tenorio, de J. Zorrilla.
If you´re lucky enough to be in London around this time, you can take your pick from the wide variety of activities throughout the city to celebrate the darkest night. One of our favorites is to start with a visit to the Zoo, where they organize special activities and tours to make your hair stand on end. A great next stop would be to take in the show Wicked, immersing oneself in the atmosphere of witchcraft accompanied by prodigious melodies and voices.
Then, to top off the night, there’s a big party with all the necessary ingredients for a night of creepy Halloween fun: live DJs, adult bouncy houses, a photo booth and even ball pools! You can find it all at the Regression Sessions Halloween at Studio 338. And don’t even think about attending without a disguise.
And if you’re still up for it the next day, head to Camden, home of the Nightmare Festival, featuring a very interesting concert line-up of indie groups.
Mónica Boixeda Möller