Halloween in Madrid

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  • Halloween en Madrid - Parque Warner
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Globalisation which characterises the 21st century brings together century-old traditions. Around 1 November in Madrid, there are now the typical sweets, such as saint’s bones , and fritters, as well as sweets and pumpkins, or bread for the Day of the Dead and  sugar skulls. Remembering loved ones is joined with zombies and dead people of all sizes and  elaborate Catrinas. Theme parks, restaurants, cultural centres... all join in this fusion of Spanish, Anglo-Saxon and Mexican cultures. Welcome to Halloween! 

The typical Spanish tradition

All Saints’ Day: flowers to the cemetery for our relatives

Cemeteries in Madrid are full of colour on All Saints’ Day. Special flowers are laid on the graves, niches and pantheons of loved ones. Paths and roads are full of life so as not to forget anyone on one of the most special days of the year. Walking through La Almudena Cemetery becomes a flowery journey through history, art and the final resting place of some of the country’s most famous personalities.

Saint’s Bones and Fritters

Asempas. Pastelerías artesanas de Madrid The traditional cakes of this festivity are full of flavours.  Saint’s bones filled with sweet egg yolk cream and fritters filled with cream are transformed into endless flavours and colours for all tastes, chocolate, coconut, yogurt, cream…

Children are the perfect excuse for adults to accompany them sampling some of these typical flavours. Don't feel bad for eating too much. Tradition has it that when you eat a fritter.... a soul is saved from purgatory!!!

Repostería tradicional - Buñuelos

Don Juan Tenorio

The tradition of performing the play by Zorrilla in theatres to mark the All Saints’ festivities is due to the fact that its final act takes place on this night. People from Madrid use this dte to remember “Oh, my angel of love, do you see, that on this secluded shore the moon shines clear and pure and one breathes more easily? In the neighbouring  UNESCO World Heritage City, Alcalá de Henares, where it has been performed in the Bishop’s Orchard at the Archiepiscopal Palace  for 35 years.

In the purest American style

The Amusement Park boasts the Old Cottage, its mythical passage of terror, which has frightened so many thousands of visitors. In 2022, it will continue to scare visitors, as will the terrifying experiences in other passages: Horror's Cinema Directors Cut, the sinister grave of Nosferatu, the macabre scenes full of zombies in The Walking Dead Experience (not included in the entrance ticket to the park); and the Asylum experience, set in a psychiatric centre, where the patients take it control of it.

Nosferatu - Parque de Atracciones

Furthermore, from the beginning of October until 1 November, the can enjoy the best Halloween with a special programme that they won’t want to miss for anything in the world.  Shows designed for children, such as Zombies Hop, The Band of the Dead or The Labyrinth.

The Warner Park also has a special programme to enjoy Halloween, in which the terror tunnels, such as the The Warren Files (The Conjuring Universe), bringing together the best sequences from films, and the La Llorona outdoor terror passage stand out. You can also visit the scare zone with the Ghost Town and Freddy Krueger: Another Nightmare shows. For children, there is the Animated Forest.

Ghost Town Scare Zone - Parque Warner

The Zoo Aquarium and Faunia parks have also prepared their attractions since the beginning of October until Halloween.

Trick or Treat!

The Sweet Space, paradise for chocolate and sweet lovers in the ABC Serrano commercial centre, is celebrating Halloween with HalloSweet. It is a special day to go round the centre dressed up and getting sweets in the classic trick or treat. 

Sweet Space Museum

Ghost Tour Around Madrid

Thanks to this tour, you will discover the legends and tormented spirits that roam around the streets of the city when night falls. Starting at 8pm in Plaza de Cibeles and ending at 10pm in Plaza de Santo Domingo, the route includes a visit to the Linares Palace, headquarters of the Casa de America, which has been the subject of a number of paranormal studies. The iconic House of the Seven Chimneys, whose walls and rooftops tell spooky tales will also be visited. 

Other areas of the city also have special tours to celebrate Halloween, such as Lavapiés and Huertas where the most sinister and terrifying stories of its alleys and hidden corners are revealed by Cuéntame Madrid.

The bravest souls can opt to visit the Cemetery Mystery, a route through La Almudena Cemetery, where you will discover the tombs of well-known people, along with frightening tales of crime and tragedy narrated by an expert guide.

Engimatium Room

In the centre of Madrid, it is possible to have an original dinner in a restaurant located in a former bunker from the Spanish Civil War. It is an experience and an escape room that lasts approximately 3 hours, where it is necessary to resolve enigmas and riddles to escape at the end of the evening.

Another fun activity for families with children is making a team and dressing up. Games include The Refuge, in which participants are taken to the past to experience a real story, and Around the World, in which a series of attacks is wiping major cities out.

La Casa de los Horrores

Located in Aranjuez, this rural house of terror is the best known in Spain, whose stories and activities have been reported in the media. It is a unique place thanks to its location and legends that surprise visitors.  It is an experience that includes a dinner with a free bar, show, karaoke, games and animation, enigmas and a diptych to resolve the problem.

Madrid Terror Escape Room

Located in the heart of Madrid, this escape room has more than 200m2 to participate in a terrifying and exciting experience designed for those who love being frightened and ingenuity in tense moments.  Its games, which also include a special session for families, which is less complicated, are Paranormal Experience and Horror Club.

Day of the Dead Mexican style

Frida Kahlo once said that she hoped that when she died, she would never return to the earthly world. However, in Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated in style because it is thought that the souls of loved ones return on this day and therefore, they are welcomed with their favourite food and drinks.  

Casa de México Day of the Dead

The Casa de México cultural centre has organised different activities to celebrate the Day of the Dead, an important date in Mexico in which the transitory return of deceased relatives and loved ones is celebrated. Films, workshops, performances or courses not only celebrate such an important date but they also invite you to discover a celebration that has become a national symbol.  

Furthermore, the MEGA altar of the dead with a giant 6-metre high Catrina and a skull with a diameter of 1 metre can be visited free of charge from October to November.

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