While some argue that Halloween does not fall into the category of traditional Danish festivity, in recent years the season has become accepted and embraced by the Danes. Starting October, shops and establishments start to change its decor into halloween themed ones. Weeks before Halloween until November 1, parties are being held on bars, clubs and hotels around Copenhagen joined by expats and Danish locals. It’s a colorful festivity despite the cold weather and long darkness brought by the coming winter season, which makes it even more reasonable for people to go out and celebrate.

What to do in Copenhagen this Halloween 2017

Halloween in Tivoli Gardens. Photo by Mary Ann Basilio

Probably, some of you are looking for some good things to do during this spooky season. Last year, I wrote about my experience having visited Tivoli Gardens during halloween. This year, I want to make something different so I compiled a list of the things I have already experienced the past years, as well as the things that I have yet to do to help you on your search.

Photo by Mary Ann Basilio

Tivoli Gardens. This year, Tivoli’s spectacular celebration of Halloween features a record number of over 20,000 pumpkins, over 2,000 straw bales and numerous herbs and perennials, perfect for garden inspirations. Aside from the magnificent Halloween display, expect to be thrilled as well, as you take a tour inside the Tivoli’s Old Roller Coaster which houses “The Haunted Orphanage” this year. It will surely be a fun night experience with your friends and family, going in there and solving its 30 year old mystery and terrifying secrets. Apart from these and the usual halloween spiced-up Tivoli rides, there are also special events to watch out for. Experience the annual Monster’s Night Out happening on October 28, at 17:00, which parades zombies, monsters and other scary creatures, and the Trick or Treat happening on the eve of October 31. Tivoli’s Halloween specials this year is up until November 5. For more information about Tivoli’s Halloween Programs, visit their website here.

Halloween Parties. By mid-October, some of the companies, bars, hostels and other establishments all over Copenhagen hold fun Halloween Parties. If you are in for a cool halloween night out, prepare your costume and head to these places with your friend.

  • Generator Copenhagen – This hostel located just off Kongens Nytorv Square will hold a halloween party on October 28, from 20.00 PM to 13.00 AM. Entrance is free and you can get free halloween make-up by the make-up artists at the bar. Check out their website here. (Location: Adelgade 5-7, Copenhagen 1304)
  • Culture Box Halloween 2017 – Culture Box holds Culture Box Halloween 2017. Grab your tickets and experience monsters and other spooky creatures dancing to the music of Ena Cosovic, Bongo & Pusk and others. Visit their website at CultureBox or purchase your tickets straight here.  (Location: Kronprinsessegade 54, Copenhagen K. 1306)
  • Urban House Copenhagen – Urban Bar by Urban House Copenhagen will hold a Halloween and Rock & Roll party on October 27, from 20:00-24:00. They will be hosting a pumpkin carving contest with exciting treats to be given away by the Urban Bar. Check out their website here. (Location: Colbjørnsensgade 11, 1652 Copenhagen V)
Bispebjerg Cemetery. Photo by Hunbille
Visit the Cemeteries. If you’re in for some “spooky” adventure, then it may be a good idea to try walking around Copenhagen’s most beautiful cemeteries this halloween. Cemeteries like Assistens Kirkegård and Bispebjerg Cemetery might be a good place to find peace, be one with the nature and hunt for ghosts! With the weather these days, a short walk in a cold, cloudy afternoon in between tombstones indeed sounds a little spooky.
Dine and Drink at Kødbyen. Just 10 mins walk from Copenhagen Central Station lies Kødbyen, also known as the Meatpacking District in Copenhagen. It is one of the most popular places to go to in Copenhagen regardless of the season. Originally home to Copenhagen’s meat business industry, Kødbyen today offers a wide variety of diners and bars perfect for a friendly night out. Check out their website here for a full list of restaurants, hang outs and programs they might have especially this halloween.
Carve your own pumpkin decors. A very interesting thing to do when you’re really into halloween is to make your own personal halloween decorations. Local supermarkets sell pumpkins as halloween approaches, so it will be easy to buy a big one you can creatively play on. If you’re not too good at carving, you can also buy pumpkins in different sizes and other special decors.
Stock up on candies.  It won’t be real halloween without the treats specially for kids. A good thing to do during this season is to head to candy shops and buy a bag of mixed treats for you kiddos or simply yourself. My go-to place for candies and other chocolates is in Nørrebro along Frederikssundsvej, although candy shops can be anywhere around Copenhagen.
Go visit the Dyrehaven. Although Dyrehaven is outside Copenhagen, I thought I would share anyway my experience coming there during this time of the year. Take a train going to Klampenborg and get off at Klampenborg St. From there, you’ll reach Dyrehaven which is basically where Bakken is located. The nature is spectacular, with the leaves of the trees turning yellow, orange and brown and the animals being active due to mating season. But the long walk along the nature isn’t the best thing, though. If you have nothing else to do for the rest of the day, try staying until the sunset by The Hermitage Hunting Lodge. From there, wait a little bit more until it gets a little darker. With the light slowly fading from the sky, you’ll hear the howling of the mating animals and witness the nature being enveloped by darkness. Trust me, the experience was a mix of both eerie and Jurassic feeling. When you go there, make sure you have a local with you or a good GPS so you’ll know your way around. Also, please don’t disturb the animals by flashing lights on them or making noises.
Back view of The Hermitage Hunting Lodge in Dyrehaven.
There you go, people. I hope my list gives you a little bit of idea what to do during the rest of the halloween here in Copenhagen. If you have other suggestions about where to go and what to do, please do not hesitate to write on the comments section. Happy Halloween!

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