October 31st is the international day of Halloween, on which people all over the globe dress up in their most terrifying outfits and take to the streets to enjoy a night of spooky cheer. In Barcelona, October 31st is likewise the day of fearful fun, though it is also thought of by most Catalans as part of a much larger celebration. November 1st in Barcelona is All Saint´s Day (Tots Sants), a public holiday on which locals attend church services to honor Catholic saints and lay wreaths and candles around the tombs of their loved ones in cemeteries all over the city. On the week before the holiday there are usually performances in the Poblenou cemetery in the Sant Martí neighborhood. Traditionally on this weekend locals and expats alike celebrate the La Castanyada, the custom of eating roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes as well as a pastry called panellets. Some of the best panellets can be found in the classic bakeries in the elegant and historical quarter of Barcelona, easily accessible from one of our several apartments in Eixample.
There are plenty of exciting (and terrifying) ways for locals and visitors to celebrate Halloween in Barcelona. A great option for families is to take a quick train from Sants Station, close to one of many of our Sant Montjuic apartments, to PortAventura Park for their Great Night of Halloween. The theme park will be shrouded in darkness with frightening characters, such as zombies, monsters and witches, wandering around and looking for unsuspecting tourists to terrify. The festivities will kick off at 18.00 and go until 02.00 with a variety of special Halloween themed activities, such as spine-chilling concerts, a Monsters´Parade and a multi-media Halloween show on the Mediterrània Lake (Horror en el Lago). Prices for adult tickets are €26 and junior/senior tickets are €22. Buy your tickets online here.
October 31st of 2015 falls on a Saturday night and that means fiesta. Several of the most well known nightclubs in Barcelona put on special Halloween themed parties, where costumes are required or at least highly encouraged. Examples include the famous Opium, Carpe Diem, Shôko and Moll de Mestral near Passeig de Maritim, easily accessed by from one of our Vila Olímpica apartments for rent. On the other side of town the party is sure to rage on until the wee hours of the night at Sutton, Bling Bling and Luz de Gas in Sarria Sant Gervasi. The iconic Razzmatazz in 87 will be celebrating the spooky day with a special event named Razzlloween with a bone-chilling line up featuring D.J.´s Amable and Gato with dancers moving to the Halloween classic, Michael Jackson´s Thriller, on stage. And expect to be terrified by the venue itself. The clubs five rooms will convert to a Spooky Graveyard, Psycho Killer Basement and Bloody Kawaii. Doors open at 01.00h. Dress Code: Something Scary/Something Funny. To find out how to get on the guest list with Barcelona-Home visit the following link.
So put on your most frightening garb, grab a steamy handful of chestnuts, and get ready to celebrate the scariest night of the year in the City of Counts. And if visiting Barcelona on the last week of October, extend your stay to include All Saints´Day festivities. It´s a fantastic way to learn about Catalan culture and traditions on the day after celebrating a fun-filled Halloween with the family or partying all night with friends.