Now I know traditionally Halloween is not a Spanish past time. In fact, check the internet for ‘Ghost Tours’ or ghostly anecdotes regarding the city, and you won’t find any! Well, maybe one, regarding the haunting of the Casa de América on Paseo de Recoletos. In fact even making enquiries with people from Madrid about ghosts, and such like, produces strange and quizzical expressions, often followed by; ‘Don’t those type of things scare you’?
Me encanta (I love) Halloween!!!! It has been my favourite time of the year since I was a child. In fact I wasn’t certain what celebrating Halloween would be like in Madrid, so it is now that I find myself missing the UK most; well, at least the part of the UK I was raised anyway. Now there is a place where autumn truly is autumn! This dramatic change of season, for me, adds a touch of atmospheric dark romance to the run up to Halloween. The fragile trees, the colder weather, heavy clouded skies, the rugged scenery and the dark nights all lend their hands perfectly to the Halloween theme.
Madrid is not rugged, not surrounded by old graveyards and churches, cobbled streets, ancient houses, dark forests, rivers, valleys, mountains or fields; so then how can I celebrate Halloween here?!
Well, I may not be going the whole nine yards and re-decorating the house as a scene from a Hammer House of Horror film, but I have managed to find one concession towards making my Halloween feel like home. It is the humble Pumpkin! Don’t laugh, it may seem pathetic and childish, but I love carving Pumpkins for Halloween. It’s a ritual I have held onto for seven years, and I don’t intend to let it slip this year! This one little thing gets me in the Halloween ‘spirit’; so I say thank you Carrefour for stocking them!
Anyway, so what else does Madrid offer with Halloween in mind, well, seems like the other element missing here is ‘the’ party. Of course, on this front there is no need to worry; Madrid does parties probably better than anywhere else!
So, today I have been hunting high and low, not for ghosts and goblins though, but for the locations of these suitably scary parties and themed events.
Parque de Atracciones – Casa de Campo, Madrid
This theme park throws annual Halloween-fests which run on until 4th November. The park and grounds have been suitably redecorated and is hosting a wealth of Halloween treats such as; music, street entertainers and shows. Also, ensure you take a stroll through Zombie Town, and pay a visit their four interactive fright night experience ‘Haunted Houses’; Horror Circus, Necronomicon, Hospital of the Dead and The Old House.
Extremauncion – outside of Madrid on the A5 (Highway) passed Navelcamero
A themed weekend of scary events in a remote location; Halloween dinner, drinks, a tour to set the ghostly scene, passage of terror in abandoned mansion, actors dressed to scare and camping out in a ‘haunted’ cemetery. It appears to be the complete Halloween experience in one, for a price.
The Halloween weekend will cost anything from; 70 – 80 Euros. Far cheaper if you just limit the experience to the passage of terror, seems to be roughly 6 Euros.
They do open every Saturday however, and the entry prices are not as steep ordinarily.
For their extra special Halloween-fest the dates are: 31st October to the 4th
November, and the price will be that bit extra.
In the evening the events are not suitable for children.
Enigmatium – Somewhere near to Plaza de Castilla
I say somewhere near Plaza de Castilla not to be facetious, but because two days before you are due to honour your reservation at the restaurant, you will receive the first clue as to where this restaurant is actually located.
The special Halloween events in this restaurant will be run 31st October / 3 and 4th November.
Check out their website for further details of the evening’s entertainment.
The Walking Dead Live (Zombies Laser Combat) – Esquivias which is 35km from Madrid A42 towards Toledo. http://www.iberikapaintball.com/paintballmadrid/paintballmadridhalloween.htm
There are limited places and ensure you wear Halloween costume as they have prizes for best dressed.
The price 49 – 69 Euros; this includes real-life zombie laser tag combat, open bar, dinner and extra after dinner surprises to test the attendee’s nerves.
Clubs and Festival:
Thriller Music Festival – Madrid Arena
Steve Aoki, Autoerotique, live PA by Army of the Universe, Ed is Dead and Julien Leik.
Tickets 22 Euros. Free drink for all who go in fancy dress, also competition for best dressed and the winner will receive 3,000 Euros.
Mondo – Calle Arlaban, 7, Madrid
31st October – DJ Hell
Siroco – Calle de San Dimas, Madrid
Music is usually; breaks, Electro-Pop, House
31st October – Fort Romeau, Hyman Bass, plus other guests.
Sala Lujuria (Creepy Halloween Party) – Leganitos, 7, Madrid
31st October – Ruben G / MadBass.Madrid, 1st Degree / HDK.Madrid
Nubdub / HDK.Madrid, Skaar / HDK.Madrid
Puerta del Sol and Irish Bars:
27th October Halloween Pub Crawl – pick up point Plaza Mayor
Start time is 22:00 at Tourist Information at Plaza Mayor.
Price is 24 Euros which includes; visit 3 bars and a club, free alcohol, VIP entry to the club, costume prizes.
Most Irish Bars in Madrid are holding some special event or another over Halloween; including fancy dress prizes, drink offers and special cocktails. Here are some of them below.
Dubliners – Espoz y Mina, 7, Madrid
O’Connell’s – (address as above)
O’Neills – Principe, 12, Madrid
I’m planning to do an updated version of this post, once I have sampled the fright night on offer here in Madrid. So with the Madrid party ethos in mind I intend to make the most of Halloween here this year, which will include donning the fancy dress, and taking a stroll around the streets to frequent the many bars. Then and only then will I truly know what my favourite day of the year is like in this crazy city!
!!!!!!Wishing you all a wonderful and happy Halloween!!!!!!
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