Halloween’s official date may fall on October 31st, but in Copenhagen, the highpoint of the ghostly calendar has been moved forward so as to coincide with the school fall break. Visitors to Copenhagen during mid-October can thus look forward to the City of Copenhagen’s annual Night of Culture, followed by a whistle-stop ten-day opening of Tivoli Gardens in the company of thousands of pumpkins.
A popular tradition in Copenhagen since it was first held in 1993, the citywide ‘Night of Culture’ or Kulturnatten is held each year on the Friday night before the schools take their fall break – this year falling on October 14th.
The Night of Culture kicks off around 6pm and lasts until midnight. Museums, libraries and shops remain open long after dark, kids get to stay up late to go behind the scenes at the museum, take a torchlight tour of the city vaults or enjoy a candlelit concert as the 250+ participating institutions aim for the odd and the atmospheric. Perennial favorites include the medieval market of the Royal Arsenal Museum and the chance to say ‘goodnight’ to the animals at Copenhagen Zoo.
A full program of Kulturnatten events can be found on the official website. A ticket (or ‘Kultur kit’) for all events (as well as free bus transport between sites) costs DKK 90 and is free for kids under 12.
Tivoli’s Halloween Season
It might confuse visitors from outside Denmark, but the Halloween season at pleasure gardens Tivoli doesn’t occur anywhere near the actual day, instead targeting the local kids’ break and running from October 14th-23rd. Dates aside, it’s a good excuse to open the doors of the pleasure gardens for witches, pumpkins and the suitably-attired Pumpkin Band, as well as the usual rides, booths and restaurants. Just scary enough to amuse the kids without spooking them, prizes from the local toy shop are up for grabs for the best costumes.
Image courtesy of Tivoli.