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.
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 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.
Budapest Halloween with Kids / Adults
Ideas for 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, goulish, funny lanterns on display. Official website of the Budapest Halloween Lantern Festival: HalloweenFesztival.hu or TokLampasFesztival.hu
Halloween Lantern Festival on Vorosmarty Square
Halloween lanterns made from pretty plump pumpkins are also on display at Vorosmarty square M1 metro stop (in the heart of Budapest, close to Deak sqaure). Maybe the organizers are different. Official site: Halloween-Fesztival.hu
Halloween at the Budapest Zoo
The Budapest Zoo is organising 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 will be lots of pumpkins to carve and decorate, face painting, interesting exhibitions, 3D shows, etc.
October 28 and November 3, 2013
Halloween at Aquaworld Water Park for Children
A smaller scale Halloween programme at Aquaworld Budapest for families with kids – you can enjoy a lot of slides too. Jack-o’-lantern, black cat, mini wisp, everything what you need to Halloween.
Date: October 31 – November 2, 2013
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:
- Otkert (Ötkert Bar) in Budapest
- A38 Ship / Music Club in Budapest
- Instant Bar in Budapest
- Durer Kert Budapest
- Lukacs Bath Magic Party in Budapest
- Boat Party in Budapest at Halloween
Halloween menus at Budapest Restaurants
As clubs, bars and pubs, more and more restaurants in Budapest are getting the feel for Halloween events offering Halloween menu – some restaurants in Budapest feature special Halloween themed menus, like Araz Restaurant, and some more.
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.