Celebrate Halloween in Budapest 2019! 26 October – 02 November 2019
If you're thinking about spending Halloween in Budapest in 2019, don't think twice. Halloween didn’t always use to be observed in Hungary – in fact, the Hungarian holiday early November (the Day of the Dead) is a somber, reflective day when a lot of families lay flowers on the graves of their loved ones.
Today, especially among younger people, Halloween is getting more popular every year, with tons of parties, events and special offers all around the Budapest restaurant-café-party-fun event scene. So just like Valentine’s Day, it is fairly new but by now has come to be loved and celebrated wildly.
So you can expect a bunch of Halloween-themed specials all around the city. The big party venues such as Instant or Dürer will have plenty on their plates (ask the staff at Maverick who will be happy to help you get around, and, of course, we're your hostel to come to Budapest). In this post, we look beyond the usual party circuit, from Dracula’s prison to Szechenyi Baths Spa Party and the Lantern Festival to help you find the most fun possible during your late October visit to Budapest.
Remember: November 1st All Saints Day is a public holiday in Budapest, Hungary. Shops, markets will be closed. Public transport services operate according to holiday schedule.
Budapest Halloween Lantern Festival: Pumpkin carving
Do you want to show off your carved pumpkin? You can do it on the chilly night of 26 October on Heroes’ Square at 7. This is a charity and free event that has been organized for 10 years – all participants are asked to bring some non-perishable food that the organizers collect and hand out to families in need. The occasion is a perfect treat for children.
Photo by David Menidrey
Halloween Boat Party Budapest
You can celebrate Halloween in Budapest in 2019 on a special way: a party on the Danube!! A terrifying boat ride on the Danube with a Halloween Party! If you are an adventurer and you are not afraid of the dead, it can be a great option to have fun with your friends. Here more information.
Yes, Budapest has a bunch of them, and many will host Halloween specials. Nightmare in Budapest, for example, offers a Halloween Nightmare edition between October 25- November 3. They also have a full-fledged Zombie Apocalypse treat to horror-lovers. (30 Rákóczi út 1072 Budapest, entrance from Nagy Diófa street). Also, over on the Buda side, described as “the week of dread”, between October 31 and November 3 the three-story Horror Festival awaits visitors. Their motto? “All you need to do is go all the way and fear”. (9. Belgrád rkpt 1056 Budapest)
Visit a Harry Potter pastry shop in Zelenák Sütiház
Zelenák Sütiház (57-61 Bécsi út, level -1) is a pastry shop turning 21 years old this year. To mark the occasion, between October 26-November 10, they turn into a Harry Potter-Halloween crossover sanctuary for fans of the series with a sweet tooth. Their specialty is pastries for people with various food intolerances/allergies, so you should visit even if you are allergic and usually find it hard to buy pastries abroad.
Eat Harry's favorites! Taste the Owl or Butter Muffin, Dumbledore Pie, the Golden Cike, Harry's Cake, Pumpkin Cookies, Witch's Glass. Drink a good pumpkin juice, butter beer, or ask in a funnel, chalice for ice cream. For those who haven't tasted it, you can try Bogoly Berti's All-flavored Dragee or the Snails, which are gluten-free and vegan at the factory. Plus, a special Harry Potter tattoo made just for the occasion is included in your gift as a gift. You can put it on the spot in a glittery or real-looking version.
For those who come in a "Harry Potter Magic" costume, they offer a 25% discount on all homemade delicacies.
Credit: Facebook @ZelenakSutihaz
Szechenyi Baths Spa Party Budapest
If you want to have a great Halloween party but you don't have costume... NO PROBLEM! Head to Szechenyi Baths for a Halloween themed pool party, and wear some spooky swimwear: Szechenyi Bath isthe most popular thermal bath in Budapest, and also Szechenyi Spa & Baths is famous for its night spa parties. Don't forget buy your tickets.
Ruin Bar and Pub Crawl Halloween
Being in Budapest on Halloween and not going to some ruined bar is a crime. You should visit at least Szimpla Kert, Budapest's iconic ruin bar. If you visit a ruined bar, you will be surprised. You can ask the Maverick staff for information about our pub crawl and ruined bars.
Credit: Liam McKay
Halloween Run – Blood Freezer Race
Do you like to meet other runners while you’re abroad? In Rottenbiller Park, the bloodthirsty vampires are already training to catch up … And underground, the sun doesn’t come down to destroy them, so they get more and more powerful. Are you in shape too? You still have time to prepare, but your days may already be numbered … It’s up to you to save yourself!
Date: November, Sunday 3, 2019 Start: 12:30 AM – 08:15 PM