Halloween is just around so it’s time to start preparing for the spookiest day of the year! While the stereotypical Halloween celebration in America is full of candy and costumes, the Spanish have kept Halloween on the scary side. You will see most people dressed up as something dead, monstrous or horrific. So, what exactly is a typical Halloween in Madrid and how can you make the most of this famous holiday? Take a look at everything Madrid will offer this October 31st!
1. Day of the Dead / All Saints Day
The Day of the Dead is really the holiday that started it all. This particular day is most known for being a Mexican holiday. But it’s also very popular in almost all Roman Catholic countries, Spain included. This is also known as All Saints Day (Día de Todos los Santos) and takes place the day after Halloween. This is a day where families and friends honour all the souls in their lives who have passed on.
Typically the people wear all black and visit the local cemetery, or the cemetery where loved ones are buried. You can buy traditional flowers and candles at almost any street corner on this day. After, which you can bring them to pray for and honor any lost souls in your life. In the afternoon, it’s typical for friends and families to gather together for a feast of traditional All Souls Day foods – like Huesos de Santo (sweet, bone-shaped marzipan) and Panellets (cookies made from almond and sweet potato, coated in pine nuts). If you want to do the Halloween in Madrid right, you have to participate in this ancient tradition!
2. Halloween Parties
There’s no better way to get ready for the Halloween festivities than starting off the night with a bang! Where better than at Nightlife’s Halloween Parties? To get the most out of this Halloween weekend, party with us on Monday the 31st! Visit Nightlife Madrid for details about tickets, hours and VIP experiences!
3. Terror Parks
City Card holders will get 50% off your tickets at Warner Park and Parque de Atracciones with our exclusive discount code!
Halloween at Parque Warner is designed for all ages. For the kids here are a lot of different fun shows, and for the brave ones there are three horror experience based on the movies IT and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Like last year there will also be a labyrinth that brings together all the best scenes from The Conjuring Universe, including “The Conjuring 1&2”, “Annabelle”, “Annabelle: Creation”,” The Nun” and now also “Annabelle Comes Home”.
The Parque de Atracciones has also a lot of spooky attractions during the month October. They have a lot of different shows for kids and adults. The park also has a frightening The Walking Dead Experience that won the LIMA Award for best international show, design and location during 2016. But it is important to keep in mind that The Walking Dead Experience is not included with the general entrance ticket. However you can purchase a ticket at the ticket office of the passage from 5,90 euros extra.
4. Halloween Fox in a Box Escape Room
City Card holders will enjoy 15% off at Fox in the Box with our exclusive discount codes!
Escape rooms are always exciting and give you a big adrenaline boost, but their Halloween themed ones will give you a major adrenaline boost! Fox in a Box has a lot of different escape room offers. But their Zodiak Killer and Zombie Lab rooms are perfect for Halloween!
5. Enigmatium Room
In for even a bigger challenge? Try the EnigmatiumRoom. Get together with your friends to solve an epic mystery in under 60 minutes. However, the fun starts long before you’re inside one of Enigmatium’s escape rooms. The game formally begins once you purchase your ticket and are given a clue to the location of the venue. Once you arrive, you’ll be given a backstory and clues on how to escape as you enjoy a dinner (complete with spooky actors and horror-inspired decor) among your teammates. It takes around 3 hours, and you can book the experience online with friends. Make sure to get your tickets before they’re all gone to maximize your Halloween experience in Madrid!
6. Amazing Halloween Costumes
City Card holder will save 10% off costumes at Fiestas Paco with our exclusive discount flyer!
Like most shops in the Madrid city center, you won’t be able to find massive department store sized costumes shops like you might back home. You might find some ridiculously overpriced costumes at El Corte Ingles but you’ll be better off looking at local shops. There is no shortage of costume shops all over the city for you to buy this year’s scariest costumes. You’d better start searching for a Halloween persona now! Halloween in Madrid is much spookier than in the States, so you’re most likely to find costumes focused on horror and gore. You will definitely be impressed with some of the costume creativity you will see! Some great shops to check out include Fiestas Paco, BarulloCompany, Menkes, Maty and Fantástica.
7. Day of the Dead Exhibition
Casa de Mexico is a center dedicated to share the beautiful history and culture of Mexico. This year, the museum will bring back their breathtaking Dia de los Muertos exhibit, which will allow visitors an inside look at this ancient tradition. The main showpiece, the altar of the dead, can be seen from the center’s large vestibule. But to fully immerse yourself in the secrets that this exposition holds you will want to get tickets and an audio guide.
8. Casa de los Horrores: Aranjuez
A quick train ride outside of Madrid, visitors will find the charming town of Aranjuez. This town will be dominated by Halloween-themed decorations and events all autumn long. In Aranjuez you can find one of the most immersive Halloween experiences in Madrid; enjoy an overnight stay complete with dinner, accommodation, breakfast and the spookiest 16-hour experience of your lifetime at Casa de los Horrores: Aranjuez.
If you choose the Escape House 1.0 experience, you’ll be tasked with following a series of clues to escape the Countess of Villamejor’s mansion in complete darkness. After you escape, you and your group are invited to spend time exploring the castle or enjoying the open bar before your sleep. Or, if you’d rather solve a different kind of mystery, you may instead choose the Cluedo 2.0 ticket option; with this ticket, visitors will enjoy a night of riddles, puzzles and an interactive game of Clue among actors dressed in horror-themed costumes. Your night will close with a dance in the Countess’s ballroom replete with karaoke, dancing, music and drinks (and, again, an open bar). Both experiences include an overnight stay and a menu of breakfast choices in the morning!
9. Spooky Route
In for a scary night route through Madrid? Get to know the spooky side of the city! Throughout the route you will interpret the ghost of the painter Diego de Velazquez. During the tour you’ll need to solve mysteries and follow clues to prevent your soul from going to purgatory. As you walk the streets of Madrid you will learn some terrifying true stories behind places and the mysterious secrets that hide in some of the most famous buildings.