Spend Halloween in Madrid this year and you can join in on the holiday fun, Spanish style.
Admittedly, the spring season’s Carnival holidays are the annual time for costumed revelry in Spain, while in Ireland and the United States, that time is autumn’s Halloween on October 31. But in recent years, Madrid locals have embraced the Halloween holiday with secular fervor as another great opportunity to dress up in fun or macabre costumes and simply party!
Look for Halloween-themed parties at bars and nightclubs throughout the Spanish capital like Kapital, Olé Lola, The Irish Rover and, for their Voodoo Night, Areia. Don’t forget to wear a scary costume for the contests some places are having. As an additional stop, you might want to consider the possibilities of gothic-themed nightclubs like Saturday night’s 666 Gothic Club at Sala Wind and The Sideral Club.
Another option for spending Halloween, or any part of October, in Madrid is to go get scared at one of the local theme parks. Both Warner Park and the Madrid Theme Park (Parque de Atracciones) will have a whole month of Halloween-themed attractions.
Then if you want to make your own Halloween jack-o-lantern in the days before Halloween, you can find pumpkins for sale at a number of the local produce shops. For starters, try the one on the Plaza de Chueca.
[Photo: Antonio Tajuelo]