TLDR? You can celebrate Halloween in Medellin at Casacol’s properties, such as the Marquee and Celestino here in Poblado!
It’s time to carve your pumpkins, prepare your most terrifying costume and stuff yourself with candy! Despite what you might think, celebrating Halloween in Medellin isn’t as different as it’s in America.
Also called Witches Night or noche de brujas, October 31th is a special day in Colombia. And, like the US, it’s all about costumes and candy.
Trick-or-treating is probably what Halloween is most famous for. Clearly, the goal is to get as much candy as possible.
In Colombia, kids go from door to door asking for sweets, but they also go to malls and candy stores. El Tesoro Mall is one of the favored places for locals to take children to fill their plastic pumpkins.
On Halloween night, the corridors of the mall will be dotted with small monsters, superheroes, princesses, dancers, and adorable animals asking for sweets and singing typical songs like:
Quiero paz Quiero amor Quiero dulces Por favor
I want peace I want love I want candy Please
In addition to being able to snag some sweets, the mall offers activities for kids. There’s face paint and arts and crafts for the little ones to enjoy! Not to mention the adults can window shop while the kids are kept occupied.
In 2022, the mall celebrates October under the sea. The theme is “Misterio Profundo”, and features a ball pool where children have to look for a lantern fish to win the game. Besides this exotic blend of Halloween and sea animals, you can take your kids to craft nights on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
On October 28th, 2022, from 7 pm to 11 pm you can don your best costume ready and enjoy some live music with DJ Pulpo! Keep in mind that this is an adult-only event. In addition to the disco, there will be a costume contest and telescope observation (weather permitting).
But, what about the little ones? On October 29th, 2022, from 3 pm onward is the Halloween party for children from 5 to 12 years. This event is family-friendly, meaning it’s great for those who are traveling with little tykes.
At the event, children will be able to make their own dinosaurs in a workshop. Then, they’ll get to enjoy a show at the planetary dome, where they’ll learn how scientists study asteroids by researching those which have fallen to Earth.
The gardens of the El Castillo Museum are another great place to take the little ones! The castle will be putting on a rendition of the musical “Un poco loco”, where children can interact with the best adaptations of the characters of the film Coco.
There will be contests and prizes for the whole family, including:
Skeleton dance contest
Award for the best costume
It will definitely be a new experience for children, with inflatable castles and mariachi shows in the garden. Get your face painted and break the piñata before treating your kids to a lunch of nachos and hot dogs.
Just remember you’ve got to pay for your ticket ahead of time and register your kids. You can do all this on the museum website.
The best Halloween party returns to Medellin on October 29th, 2022. Inspired by the space mission “Apollo 11,” this Halloween party will land in the city and come loaded with space reggaeton.
This urban music event promises to celebrate the spooky season with artists of national and international stature. A few of them include:
Mateo de Dios
Eagle Beat DJ
Make sure to purchase your seats on the terrace, of course. That way, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Medalloas you party the night away! The party will go from 5 pm to 4 am, so get ready for a long night!
I recommend using a rideshare app to get there, as this is usually a party where large volumes of liquor and cocktails are handled.
It’s hard not to think about parties when it comes to Halloween. Undoubtedly, the perfect place to look for a good nightclub or bar is Parque Lleras.
It’s surrounded by tons of places with vibrant nightlife where you can enjoy the music genre of your choice. Costume contests and discounts on spirits to the most creative outfits are some of the advantages of spending Halloween in the area!
Some of the nearest bars that will celebrate their Halloween party on October 31th are:
Whether you’re a party soul looking for a nightclub to show off your best costume or you just want to spend a day celebrating the season with the kids, in Medellin, there are plenty of places to do so.
Sure, Halloween might not be a historically Colombian activity. But, Medellin knows how to throw a pretty rocking party!
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