Dia das Bruxas in Lisbon

Halloween is an Anglo-Saxon custom of pagan origin with its roots in the ancient festival of Samhain, during which the Celts celebrated the end of harvest and the beginning of winter. In the British Isles, this celebration came to coincide with the Christian feast of All Hallows at the beginning of November, and was soon known as All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween. Over the years, it has been adapted to suit different cultures and is celebrated in many different ways.

In Portugal, children in costumes can be heard asking Doçura ou diabrura? as they knock on doors in the hope of receiving candy or chocolate, just as the trick-or-treaters in the United States or Britain do. However, the traditional celebration held the following day – All Saints’ Day – involves paying our respects to deceased family members by laying flowers on their graves and baking sweet cinnamon cakes.

Modern Lisbon is a fantastic blend of cultures and traditions, and October 31st in the city is always brimming with fun things to do.
In this post, we have prepared a selection of this year’s Halloween-themed activities that are most likely to make you work up a sweat!

Trek through Monsanto Park


Info: Parque Florestal Monsanto at 7.50 pm.
Insider tip: Enjoy the views on this spooky 11km walking tour, but make sure you don’t get left behind…

Halloween Run Party 2018

Info: Estádio Universitário at 9 pm.
Insider tip: Break witches’ spells and flee from the spooks on this 6km fun run.

Game Over Escape Rooms: a night of terror


Info: Rua de O Século 4B, Bairro Alto.
Insider tip: If you think you’re brave enough, try your luck at the escape room based on the horror movie Saw.

Chalet Biester


Info: Estrada da Pena, Sintra.
Insider tip: This mansion is the ideal setting for bone-chilling horror stories!

Therapy Sessions Halloween Party


Info: LX Factory, Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103, Alcântara, at 11 pm.
Insider tip: We love any excuse for a great night of dancing!

Halloween in Berlin: enough to make your hair stand on end!


At Halloween, ghosts and ghouls return to earth to teach us all about things that go bump in the night. We have prepared a selection of the best ideas for a spook-themed adventure in Berlin surrounded by the spirits of All Hallows’ Eve. There’s something for everyone to enjoy some terror-filled fun!

For younger spirits

Family day at the Botanical Garden


Where: Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Museum (Königin-Luise-Strasse 6-8, 14195 Berlin).
When: Sunday 28th October from 11:00 – 18:00.
Insider tip: Wear your spookiest costume for a day of scary stories, theatrical performances, workshops and tons of pumpkins and candy!
Event page: https://www.visitberlin.de/en/event/halloween

Terror at the zoo


Where: Tierpark Berlin (Am Tierpark 125, 10319 Berlin).
When: Wednesday 31st October from 12:00 – 21:00. The park will be closed to visitors from 19:00.
Insider tip: Don’t miss the family-friendly Familienroute walk for smaller kids at 12:00 or the bone-chilling Gruselroute at 17:30.
Event page: https://www.tierpark-berlin.de/en/tierpark-experience/events-calendar/event/calbase/program/event/2018/10/31/schaurig-schoene-schreckmomente-halloween-im-tierpark-berlin

For sporty spirits

Halloween-Run Berlin 2018 (5-10 km)


Where: Jungfernheide (at the water tower), (Heckerdamm 260, 13627, Berlin).
When: Wednesday 31st October at 17:30.
Insider tip: Get all the inspiration you need to run faster by picturing a huge spider or a menacing jack-o’-lantern chasing you along the way!
Event page: https://www.myraceland.com/en/germany/halloween-run-berlin/

For adult spirits

Legends, Lights & Art

Where: Osthafen Berlin (Alt-Stralau 1-2, 10245 Berlin).
When: Friday 26th October from 23:00 to 07:00.
Insider tip: Lights, ghosts and…action!
Event page: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/halloween-berlin-2018-legends-lights-art-tickets-49809513596

The Mystical Island

Where: Insel Berlin (Alt-Treptow 6, 12435 Berlin).
When: Saturday 27th October from 23:00 to 07:00.
Insider tip: This event is just the thing for anyone who loves art and terror. Enjoy the light show and glowing art installations in an old abandoned house on the river Spree.
Event page: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/halloween-2018-the-mystical-island-tickets-49788166747

The Real Halloween – Ghosts of a Lost Club

Where: Osthafen Berlin (Alt-Stralau 1-2, 10245 Berlin).
When: Wednesday 31st October from 22:00 to 08:00h.
Insider tip: Come to a “spooktacular” event at this renowned club and boogie the night away with the dancing zombies!
Event page: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/the-real-halloween-ghosts-of-a-lost-club-tickets-49887868959?aff=ebdssbdestsearch