TLDR? Celebrate Halloween in Medellin with activities such as pumpkin carving at Casacol’s properties!
Skulls, cobwebs, sweets, and good costumes are what make Halloween one of the most anticipated festivities of the year. And, in Medellin, the holiday doesn’t go unnoticed, either!
Halloween in Medellín is fun for both children and adults and is a great time to celebrate one of the most emblematic parties worldwide! Besides, it’s when you get an excuse to be someone (or something) else for a night!
Keep reading, and let me show you how to celebrate Halloween paisa-style.
History of Halloween in Medellin
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to celebrate Halloween in Medellin, let’s talk about the history of this holiday.
There is no concrete history of when this party began to be celebrated in the city. However, the festivities certainly haven’t always been part of Colombian culture. It wasn’t until the last thirty years that American ideas began seeping into Colombian culture and bringing this spooky holiday with them.
And of course, it’s not the only holiday to make its way to Medellin thanks to foreign influences! Oktoberfest is another holiday that’s recently taken off in the City of Eternal Spring!
Trick-or-treating in Colombia is known as triqui triqui. Still, just like in other cultures, in Medellín, kids go from door to door asking for candy.
What’s different about triqui triqui is that kids don’t ask for candy at houses. Instead, they swing by local businesses!
You’ll typically find that the most crowded places on Halloween are shopping malls, since that’s where kids find the most loot.
Get Dressed Up in Fun Costumes
Now that you’ve got a bit of background on Halloween in Medellin, let’s get into the fun stuff. How in the world do you celebrate the holiday during your trip?
One fun way to celebrate Halloween is to get your costume game on. Luckily, there are plenty of costume shops around the city where you can pick up a great ‘fit.
Here are a couple of places to grab costumes and costume supplies.
1. Dollar City
Dollar City has a short, basic list of costumes. However, they’re great if you need something last minute. On top of that, the costumes here are cheap.
Among its items you can find there are are hats, dark glasses and aviator pennants, cat ears, feather scarves, and tutu skirts.
You can also find different Halloween decorations in case you want to get your Airbnb or hotel room in the Halloween spirit! Of course, don’t worry about that too much as Casacol has got you covered.
There are more than 10 stores in Medellín located around the city in independent stores or shopping centers. Any of them will have the supplies you need.
As the name implies, you can find costumes at any time of the year without needing it to be Halloween. So, if you plan to attend a themed party, here you have a great place to gran some scary supplies.
The store has costumes of all kinds available, such as superhero, cultural, and animal costumes, among others.
At Halloween, shops and grocery stores join in the fun and stock up on sweets and scary decorations.
In Medellín, pumpkins have become one of the most traditional elements in Halloween. So if you are looking for a pumpkin perfect for carving, here’s where to find them:
Éxito Wow: Available in Poblado, in Envigado or Laureles.
Carulla: Found in Laureles and Poblado.
Jumbo: Located in various spots around the city and have pumpkins available for purchase online.
Regardless of where you go, you’ll have no problem picking up a pumpkin to decorate your home away from home.
Live It Up at Local Halloween Parties
There are plenty of places for you to attend a Halloween party in Medellin. Some of these events roll around every year while others are seasonal.
Here are a few places to catch a Halloween party.
Apollo 11 – Festival de Halloween
Find your best costume and get ready to have fun at the Apollo 11 Festival de Halloween!
This great festival will take place on October 29, 2022 at the Sky Center La Mayorista. You can bet on reggaeton as its main musical genre to ignite the event.
The star of the event and the most anticipated artist is the reggaeton singer Ñejo from Puerto Rico. He’s known for different famous songs and for his duet with the singer known as Dalmatian.
In addition to Ñejo you can also enjoy talented DJs and local artists.
La Tiquetera is in charge of ticket sales as well as box seats if you want to attend the event with a group of friends. Either way, tickets are selling out fast so it’s best to grab a spot while you still can!
There are a few haunted houses full of witchery for you to check out around Medellin. Listed below are a few that you don’t want to miss!
La Casa Del Terror
Located in the Plaza Arrayanes shopping center, La Casa Del Terror will be available until October 31. It’s open every day in the afternoons and runs until the evenings. It’s best to arrive early to avoid long lines.
If you have children, you will be pleased to know that on the 29th and 30th will be a fun kid-friendly event in the early afternoon. This is a good time to bring your little ones to enjoy Halloween fun without getting scared silly!
Would you like to visit a real haunted house? Well, the one designed by La Granja La Paturra is quite close to Casacol’s properties, and the spaces they’ve created to celebrate Halloween are incredible.
Just don’t visit the place if you’re not prepared to see in the dark things like coffins, chains, tombstones, and other spooky gadgets.
The activity runs from mid-day until late at night. But, if you arrive in the morning, you can just take a tour of the farm. The farm tour is another fall-feeling activity, and one that might be a bit more appropriate for little ones.
Okay, so Medellin doesn’t experience seasons the way you would in the Northern Hemisphere or Southern Hemisphere. But, that’s not to say you can’t treat yourself to all the Fall feels!
If you want to go on a hayride and cozy up around the campfire, there’s one place you might just want to check out. Here’s what to know and where to go.
Arví Night Park
If you’re pining for sweater weather and roasting marshmallows, it might be time to head out to Arví Park.
Arvi Park regularly puts on night events, which promise cultural exchanges, spooky stories, a campfire, and great food.
There are two options you can choose from if you want to attend this event:
Night tour: This tour includes a 3-hour tour with a guide, campfire, snack, transportation, and medical insurance, among others.
Night tour and camping: In addition to the tour you can add to the adventure, a camping night where you can enjoy the sounds of nature outdoors and wake up to the sun’s rays and the singing of the birds.
This special Halloween night is scheduled for October 22 and to purchase your tickets, you just have to register before October 20 on the park’s website.