How to Celebrate Halloween in Medellin

how to celebrate halloween in medellin

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

Halloween hangout at a bar 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!

Triqui Triqui 

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

Costume shop with Halloween masks and decor

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. 


2. Megaoutlet

Regardless of whether you want to look cute, sexy, or scary, this store has everything to help you get dressed up for Halloween. 

You can ask for their costumes and ornaments on their Instagram page or scroll through the store’s Whatsapp catalog. 

Either way, Megaoutlet really is what its name says it is—a mega outlet for Halloween supplies. 

Address: Cl. 80 #65 81, Medellín, Antioquia.

3. Cachivaches

This costume store is located in Local 4180, in the Santafé shopping center

While their shop is full of costumes for children, make no mistake; there’s still a wide variety of costumes for adults, divided into costumes for women and men.

You can find superheroes, sports, historical, emoticons, and witches costumes. You can buy the clothes online or can swing by the shop’s physical location. 


Address: Carrera 43A, Cl. 7 Sur #170, Medellín, Antioquia.

4. Disfraces Deluna

Disfraces Deluna is a store that will deliver your costume right to your doorstep. This is a nice perk if you’re not looking to spend a ton of time shopping. 

Here, in addition to different types of costumes, you can find masks as well. Or, you can pick up other accessories and supplies to throw together something a bit more homemade. 


5. Para Toda Temporada

If you’re staying in Laureles, Para Toda Temporada isn’t too far away. 

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. 

Address: Circular 77 # 38 – 78, Medellín, Laureles, Medellín, Antioquia.

Enjoy Pumpkin Everything

decorated halloween pumpkin at Marquee hotel Medellin

It’s not Halloween if you don’t bust out the pumpkins! In Medellin, there are plenty of places to enjoy pumpkin-related activities. 

Let’s check out some of the best places to celebrate everyone’s favorite Fall vegetable!

Pumpkin Carving at Casacol Properties

One of my favorite things to do at Halloween is carving pumpkins. And, while you’re welcome to pick up a pumpkin at your local Éxito, there’s a far better place to do all that. 

Every year, Casacol’s properties host a pumpkin carving contest! The best part is, even if you’re a Medellin resident like me, you can still have fun and enjoy this activity. 

A few of the places where you can try your hand at pumpkin carving include: 

Regardless of where you go, get ready to get your game face on. The competition is no joke, and the winners of last year’s championship came up with some pretty mean designs!

Pumpkin Spice at Starbucks

Just like in the US, Starbucks puts out its Fall drinks for the spooky season. Of course, the menu changes each year, but a few Fall favorites you can always pick up include:

  • Pumpkin spice frappuccino
  • Pumpkin spice latte
  • Pumpkin spice cold brew with cold foam
  • Maple pecan latte
  • Maple pecan frappuccino

You can also customize the milk and toppings you add to your drink. It’ll transport you right back to the sweater-weather days of life in the US or Europe.


Pumpkins for Sale in the Grocery Stores

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

Local Halloween party from 2019 in Medellin

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!


Address: Cl. 85 #48 – 01, Itagüi, Antioquia.

Infection Festival

Scheduled to infect the City of Eternal Spring with good music, this event will be held on October 22, 2022, at the Sky Center La Mayorista. Don’t forget to get your costume in advance!

Infection Festival is a reggaeton party featuring national and international guest artists. On the set list are Puerto Ricans Yomo and Dalmata and paisa singer Juan Duque

To complete the list, rising artists such as Dj Sheby, Arbe and Nico Rivera are added. You can purchase tickets via the festival’s Instagram page or WhatsApp. 


Address: Cl. 85 #48 – 01, Itagüi, Antioquia.

Scare Yourself at a Haunted House

Haunted house in Medellin

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!


Address: Cra. 50A #36-90, Itagüi, Antioquia.

The Haunted House

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. 


Address: Via Parque Ecológico El Salado, Envigado, Antioquia.

Watch Halloween Movies and Plays

Cine Colombia movie theater in Medellin

Who doesn’t love a good round of The Nightmare Before Christmas or a Halloween movie marathon during spooky season?

If you want to scare yourself silly this year, there are a few places where you can watch some spooky movies and plays. 

Fantastic and Horror Film Festival in Medellin

Medellín’s Fantasmagoría festival will run until October 30. This is the fourth festival they’ve held, and is a place where you can enjoy documentaries, films or short films. 

This festival is scheduled to take place throughout the city, in places like the planetarium, Otra Parte, and Casa Tragaluz.  


El Club de Los Brujitos

If you have children, you don’t want to miss a visit to El Club de Los Brujitos. This play is based on Halloween, combining different animated characters that children love.

The event is scheduled for October 29 at the Laureles Theater. You can buy the ticket at La Tiquetera. 


Address: Transversal 39B, Cq. 2 #46, Medellín, Antioquia.

Get Outdoors and Enjoy ‘Sweater Weather’

Bonfire in Parque Arvi medellin

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.


Address: Via a Piedras Blancas, Medellín, Antioquia

Spend a Happy Halloween in Medellin

The city of eternal spring is always full of surprises, and Halloween is no exception. Get ready to enjoy a very Medellin Halloween!

I can promise it will be full of costumes and decorations that will make you enter Halloween mode.

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