Barcelona: A fright night special

Author: Shree Magdani

Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. 

Barcelona is not often referred to as the ‘happening’ place for Halloween. But, what i’m sure you don’t know is that there are hundreds of events that take place in and around the city which are perfect for you if you are either wanting to party the fright night way, or to enjoy a family fun-day out. Since its growing popularity due to great commercial success, many locals either host parties in their homes or attend the many Halloween-themed events at local bars and clubs.  For one night, the city riddles with ghosts, witches and zombies. 

Better known as El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead or All Souls Day), Halloween in Spain is a three-day celebration that kicks off on October 31st with Dia de las Brujas (Day of the Witches), continues with Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) on November 1st, and culminates with Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd.

Ghost Hunting experience 2017

If you are 18+ and have a particular interest in exploring the city with a fear of the unknown, then this is perfect for you! Situated in the heart of Barcelona, you can put on your most wicked costume and channel the walking dead to discover the sinister secrets of Barcelona’s past.  You will start your journey in a city centre Bar where you will hear terrifying tales from the rich history of the Spanish port city. Then you’ll be given clues to hunt these ghouls and ghosts, along with a Stoke booze bag to be refilled time and time again with copious amounts of dutch courage in beer or sangria form while you embark on your Ghost Hunt. What more could you ask for? For more information, please check out https://stoketravel.com/trips/barcelona-ghost-hunt-halloween-2017

La Castanyada

A popular All Saints’ Day festival celebrated in Barcelona on November 1st, this is the perfect opportunity to sample some seasonable delicacies, such as chestnuts and traditional marzipan cakes.

When the sun sets, Barcelona’s bars and clubs come alive, promising a Halloween you won’t forget in a hurry. Get dressed up, stick your best vampire fangs in and dance the night away to themed music and live entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

The chestnut tree is one of the most popular festivals in Catalonia. Families gather around the fireplace and eat roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes, all drinking muscatel, a wine with a very sweet flavour. At present, you can find posts of roasted chestnuts in various parts of the city.

Useful words to get you through the festive period:

Halloween – Noche de Brujas
Pumpkin – La calabaza
Carved pumpkins – calabazas talladas
Vampiresvampiros
Ghostsfantasmas
Witchesbrujas
Zombieszombies
Skeletonsesqueletos
Trick or Treattruco o trato
Sweets and treats – dulces y golosinas

If you are interested in partying your fears away, check out http://barcelonaparties.com/clubs for all the best events taking place during the halloween period. 

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