You may have already heard (we do tend to mention it) but… Madrid is the life and soul of eeeevery party. We like to celebrate pretty much anything here; the start and end of the school year, San Isidro (our big festivity), New Year’s, Gay pride, our soccer team winning, a regular Saturday evening, or even receiving a WhatsApp from that guy or girl you like! Any excuse is perfect to get together, hit the streets, and have a wild night of partying in Madrid!
So, if we take all that and mix in one of the most popular and eccentric global holidays EVER, which, by the way, happens to fall on a four-day weekend this year, which means no school or work… YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE SHENANIGANS TO COME!
So, put on your most stylish straitjacket, do all the gorey make-up, grab your grandma’s old wedding dress, or get those wolf claws out… because it’s time for HALLOWWWWEEEEEN. Yassssssssssssss!!!
Everyone’s favorite terrifyingly awesome holiday has spread like a deadly virus throughout our city over the years. It’ll be hard to find a bar, restaurant or nightclub that hasn’t gone all out with their Halloween decorations! Many Spanish tourism associations claim that Halloween celebrations here in Madrid represent “the only festivity that keeps getting bigger, year in year out”. So, watch this space! We are a TOP Tourist destination for Halloween!
A FAIRLY NEW TRADITION
See, the original tradition in Madrid for this time of year was El Día De Todos Los Santos (All Saints’ Day). It was mainly a religious event, and it was also a little solemn -and not nearly as much fun-, when each family went to visit their deceased loved ones. Without a doubt, it´s a sweet kind of ritual, but nothing even remotely comparable to Halloween.
But all that changed when we got swept up by globalization and made Halloween another amazing reason to visit Madrid! Welcome Halloween!
*Foodie fact for these days of the year. Madrid’s typical snacks during Halloween days are buñuelos (kinda like fritters) and huesos de santo. They are two tasty pastries with enough sugar to keep Charlie’s Chocolate Factory afloat.
HALLOWEEN 2019: EVENTS IN MADRID AND HORROR PLANS
With all of this in mind, we shall proceed to give y’all a few ideas for some amazing plans, to help you make the most of this magical time of year in our fab city. There are soooo many things to do… Halloween honestly takes over the entire place, so let’s keep on!
Time for a little culture lesson mixed with some history, perhaps, and TERROR, naturally. A good start to your Halloween could be an exhilarating and mysterious walking tour through Madrid’s center. On the Black Legend of the Spanish Inquisition tour, you’ll hear some of the most terrifying stories of the holy tribunal, The Spanish Inquisition. During the Madrid Ghost Tour you’ll learn about the many ghosts of the city, such as the girl who cries at the Linares Palace or the headless man sitting in front of the Church of San Ginés.
You can also head to Madrid’s Amusement Park for some Halloween fun! The park will be themed between October 5th and November 3rd. If you like the thrill of fast rides and terrifying experiences in general… don’t miss out! The big news is that El Viejo Caserón returns this year! A scaring show that, after 25 years, closed for renovations and now returns to impress the most naïve people. What will they have prepared for us? If you fancy a bloodthirsty menu, you may want to join the Halloween dinner on the 31st.
Of course, don’t forget about Madrid’s Warner Theme Park! They take the cinematic experience of Halloween to a whole other level! For instance, their new passage of Terror is the only one in the world based on the 2019 movie “La Llorona”. It features new special effects, live actors and bewildering lights and sounds. They have also incorporated into Expedientes Warren show a scene from the newly released film “Annabelle Come Home”. And even the most classic ones persist, you can always meet face to face with Freddy Krueger!
Another plan to die for (get it?!) is the Madrid Movie Halloween games contest. Have a go at all the different scary trials that the ‘zombie sherpas’ set out for you in the center of Madrid. You have to go in costume and be willing to give it your all.. or you’ll be DEVOURED!!!
Between Tirso de Molina and La Latina (very close to Cats Hostel Sol!), you’ll find Dark Madrid, a house with a dark legend. For this year’s edition, they have prepared 4 different experiences: An evening of mentalism and destiny, a spiritual session, stories not to sleep told by the Occult-Hypnotist Professor, or an interactive game where horror and humor go hand in hand. If you like mystery, the unusual, the inexplicable… this plan is for you!
Taking it up a notch… If you really wanna go ALL OUT, head to Ciempozuelos. It’s a town about 45 mins by train from Cats Hostel, where they do a Survival Zombie experience. Picture this. A whole neighborhood overridden by crazy zombies who are out to get your brains and flesh! This post-apocalypse scenario is a perfect survival game that happens between 11.00 pm and 5.00 am. It’s fast-paced and panic-inducing! Only the quickest of thinkers make it through. Just avoid becoming a meal for the living dead! This would be on October 25th.
Fancy a ride? Why not jump on the Panic Bus?? Madrid’s classic Party Bus is transformed every year into your worst nightmare. You’ll be set three challenges by actors ready scare you to death. These challenges are a matter of life and death. Win or lose to close, you´ll end up in a nightclub… and, who knows, maybe howling at the full moon!
CATS, THE HALLOWEEN DUNGEON
But let’s get down to the important business! Cats Hostel Madrid Sol will always be your home away from home here in the city. Welcoming everyone is part of our genetic code. So when you take all of that and add a bunch of wicked people, an excuse to dress up scary and an opportunity to get LIT in the capital city of partying to the mix… The combination is quite TERRIFIC.
This is where things get serious (and spooky!). Each year Cats Hostel becomes the HOME of Halloween in Madrid 2019, by turning into a frightful dungeon of fun! This year’s edition calls for a legendary BLOODY FOUNTAIN. You guessed it right, it’s sangria of course. Just be warned that in between the fruit pieces you might find a finger or an eye. You know? (Some previous guests were a pain in the ass and we had to do something about it!)
We will work our socks off to make sure you are swept away by the spooky atmosphere. We’ll decorate to the max (a spider web here, a spider web there…), we’ll have the best tunes blasting so loud that it could wake even the dead, there’ll be freaking amazing costumes all around, and not to mention our Pub Crawl Madrid. But YOU GUYS, our wonderful travelers, are the best thing about our parties!!
Come join in the fun… IF YOU DARE. Muahahahaha.