Budapest is getting more and more ‘halloweeny’. There are dozens of Halloween Parties in Budapest of all music styles (hiphop, rock, metal, R&B, house, electronic, punk, etc.), and there are other Halloween Budapest events for children and families too.
Ideas for the Halloween weekend (around October 31) in Budapest to get some Halloween atmosphere:
Halloween Lantern Festival on Heroes’ Square
A very viable tradition started back in 2009: people with Halloween lanterns unite on Hosok tere (Heroes’ square) in the chilly weather around the Hungarian Millennium Monument and place their handmade spooky, ghoulish, funny lanterns on display. Official website of the Budapest Halloween Lantern Festival. The date is usually a Saturday evening around Oct 31: TokLampasFesztival.hu
Halloween Lantern Festival on Vorosmarty Square
Halloween lanterns made from pretty plump pumpkins are also usually on display at Vorosmarty square M1 metro stop (in the heart of Budapest, close to Deak Square). Maybe the organisers are different. Official site: Halloween-Fesztival.hu
Halloween at the Budapest Zoo
The Budapest Zoo has a regular Halloween themed weekend around Oct 31, it could even be up to a week long Halloween workshop and fun series for children aged 2 – 14. Under 14 children can enter free of charge during the Budapest Zoo Halloween Festival. There are normally lots of pumpkins to carve and decorate, face painting, interesting exhibitions, 3D shows, etc. Watch out for the Haunted House in Budapest Zoo (coming soon).
Halloween Parties in Budapest
There are dozens of good Budapest Halloween parties of all sorts and location in the best bars and clubs of Budapest, so do keep your eyes open, and if needed, book a place in advance. The best party places will surely get crowded. You can expect to have parties at places like:
- Szechenyi Bath Halloween Party in Budapest
- Boat Party in Budapest at Halloween
- Instant Bar / Fogas Haz and other ruin bars and pubs in Budapest
- Durer Kert Metal Halloween Budapest
- A38 Ship / Music Club in Budapest
Halloween all year round in Budapest
There are some scary attractions / exhibitions in Budapest without featuring a banner with capital letters of HALLOWEEN on it. Some of the places that are worth a visit:
Nuclear Bunker, the Rock Hospital in the Buda Castle District: right under the Castle Hill, dozens of waxwork soldiers, doctors and nurses make a horror movie style, but actual ex military hospital come convincingly to life. Chills, and a proof for the theorem: reality is always the scariest. Not a playful spooky place, minimum recommended age is 12 years old.
Room Escape Games
Budapest offers dozens of well designed escape room games packed with puzzles and mysteries. These activities are great for couples, teams and families with various levels of frights and horrors, but one thing is sure: several of them are a great activity for about one hour, real life games, with sound effects, great visuals, and a team who needs to get out! Tick tock, you only have 60 minutes to stay alive. Not for the claustrophobic minds, yes for real gamers. Some of the games are absolutely family friendly (historical and fun), while others are downright scary like a haunted house.
House of Terror Museum
Cold war, secret police headquarters, old film footages, former rooms of communist interrogation? One of the gloomiest places in Budapest is the House of Terror, where again, history has exceeded the dreams of horror film makers. One of the top visited sights in Hungary, and an absolute must see for Halloween holiday makers.
Halloween in Hungary
Halloween has traditionally not been celebrated / observed in Hungary, but as our global culture shifts its valves, Halloween, just like Valentine’s Day, has set its creepy crawly feet in Hungary for good. Hungarians have long observed November 1 as the Day of the Dead, but it is a somber, sad, reflective family day and far from the colourful fun you would see on October 31 in western countries.
Now the fun is spreading slowly but surely.
There are more and more Halloween programmes going on in Budapest, as everyone likes the idea of dressing up and having a bit of a party and fun, kids and adults alike.
If you bump into something noteworthy, let us know in the comments below so that we can add it to our Budapest Halloween Events list.