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Halloween in Barcelona: what to do on October 31

Barcelona is known for its multicultural population. In this city we celebrate many festivities from all over the world! As a result, Halloween is celebrated in an unique way.

Catalonians know how to keep their traditions alive and have fun! From la Fira de les Bruixes and La Castanyada to parties all night… This city never sleeps. So here we bring you the best things to do in Halloween in Barcelona this 2019:

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Fira de las Bruixes in Sant Feliu Sasserra

Two hours away from Barcelona, Sant Feliu Sasserra holds the best kept magic secret of the region. Every year this town celebrates the Fira de las Bruixes. With live music, plays and decoration around the Plaça de l’Esglesia, they commemorate Catalonian witches. During the XVII century, more than 300 women accused of witchcraft were executed in the Catalonian region.

This traditional fira offers the locals and visitors different activities starting on October 31st. The party goes through all weekend. In the town you can also find the Centre d’Interpretació de la Bruixeria. In this place you can learn more about witches and their history in Sant Feliu Sasserra. The entry of the Centre includes a small tour around town as well!

Getting to this town from Barcelona is really easy. You can either travel by car or take a Renfe train in Sants station. Check the whole program of the Fira and get more information about hotels in Sant Feliu Sasserra here.

Ghosts stories tour by night in Barcelona

Barcelona’s gothic architecture and ancient streets hold many mysteries and stories about ghosts. This tour offered by Icono Serveis Culturals guides you through you the paranormal mysteries of the city. In this activity you will learn about exorcisms, haunted places and ghostly apparitions in Barcelona!

This tour that can also include actors to have a funnier experience. It is also based in Fantasmes de Barcelona, a book by Sylvia Lagarda-Mata.

The tour is two hours long and is done by foot. You can book a spot any night you want from 25 October until 24 April 2020 in this Ghosts night tour here with a 15% discount!

Poble Espanyol in Halloween

On November 1st Catalonian people celebrate the Día de Todos Los Santos (All Saints Day). This date honors the Catholic saints and is a public holiday in all country. The Poble Espanyol, an amazing architectonic museum in Montjüic Mountain, offers a lot of terrifying activities. This is the perfect plan for you if you’re travelling to Barcelona with kids, as it includes activities specially designed for them. The decorations in every corner will surely be fun for them!

The views over Barcelona that you can get from the Poble Espanyol are very appealing. This is a great place if you’re looking for the perfect selfie! Book a visit here.

La Castanyada

Every November, Catalunya prepares to celebrate La Castanyada. This is a very traditional festivity.

La Castanyada celebrates the chestnut harvest in several provinces in Spain. The bonfire prepared to roast the nuts becomes the place where neighbors gather to welcome the coming of Autumn.  There, they share wine, cider and pomace freshly distilled.

This holiday that is also celebrated in Portugal as Magusto. It fills schools, family meals and public fairs with Castanyes. This autumn fruit can be found everywhere around the street. Locals traditionally sell it in bonfires all around the city.

If you want to taste castanyes just take a walk around Barcelona on November 1st and you will find Castanyeras, the women who harvest the fruits, selling them in their traditional clothing.

As you can see, October 31st and November 1st in Barcelona are celebrations based on Catalunya’s traditions and history. This city is always evolving! Locals adopt other festivities from all over the world with no problem. Everybody here enjoys the holidays!