Your guide to celebrating Halloween in Stockholm 2020- and where to get your decorations and costumes
Though not a traditional Scandinavian holiday, Halloween is a fan favorite these days among Stockholmers for both children and adults. Influenced by American culture, people get into the swing of things with costumes and cookies. With costume parties abound and special kids’ festivals, what’s not to love? But what should you do on Halloween in Stockholm 2020? And where do you get costumes, makeup, and other scary accessories? Here’s your guide to fun events and the best shops.
Last updated: September 16, 2020
The week of October 26 to November 1, 2020, it’s ‘höstlov’ – autumn break – and kids are out of school. Sandwiched between Halloween and All Saint’s Day (November 2), autumn week bursts onto the scene with children’s parties and fun themed events. Festivities tend to cluster around bars or museums or a costume party; then there’s the parade. But otherwise, there are no decorated houses or haunted houses or pumpkin patches, for the most part.
The trick or treat tradition is definitely here to stay, so if you’re in Stockholm at the end of October and beginning of November, get ready to both laugh and scream as you celebrate Halloween in our spooktacular city!
8 Halloween things to do in Stockholm 2020
Shockholm is the Stockholm’s grand annual Halloween parade, wherein the whole city dresses up in full ghastly spirit. Since its initial event in 2010, the parade has swelled to include thousands of Stockholmers all across town! Kicking off with a pre-party in Kungsträdgården, the parade goes through Old Town (‘Gamla stan’) and then back to Kungsträdgården, culminating in live entertainment and engaging activities for all ages. You can watch from the sidelines, or dress up and sign up for the costume awards – either way, it’s free admission!
November 3, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Climb aboard the Romantika cruise ship for the ‘Halloweenkryssningen,’ (Halloween Cruise) brought to the city by Tallink Silja Line Sverige. From Stockholm to Riga and back again, this themed cruise boasts Sweden’s biggest Halloween party with scary demons, vampires, ghosts, and evil spirits as well as a gigantic dance floor with mixed music and world-class shows. For kids 18 and up – and book early as tickets to this very popular event sell out super quickly.
Stockholm-Riga, November 2, 5 pm
Riga-Stockholm, November 3, 5 pm
For the ‘höstlov’ week, Gröna Lund transforms into a crazy and cozy Halloween carnival, for fearless kids from 2 to 99! The amusement park’s regular attractions are dressed up in Halloween decor, with pumpkins, witches, and ghosts haunting the premises, and special spooky environments like cemeteries and haunted houses filled with horrifying underground creatures, zombies, and scary clowns to just name a few. And don’t miss the brand new haunted house on water ‘Skeppet’ (The Ship). If you dare…
Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9, Djurgården
October 26 – November 4
Stockholm Ghost Walk
The Stockholm Ghost Walk is year-round but no better time to experience it than in the heart of Halloween season. Since 2008, they’ve guided visitors on haunted tours, and while there’s no guarantee you’ll spot a ghost the Stockholm Ghost Walk takes you around Old Town and Södermalm where you will find a heady mix of legend, lore, and horrible history. Nothing like an atrocity to keep you looking over your shoulder, right? Who knew Swedes were such a gory bunch?
The tour goes 90 minutes and takes you through the haunted history of Stockholm. And why not combine the ghost walk with a dinner package at great restaurants such as Gondolen, Aifur, Fem Små Hus, and Den Gyldene Freden to name a few.
See schedule on website
During the autumn break week, Nordiska Museet (Nordic Museum) gets in a scary and cozy mode. You can become a time detective, experience the exciting journey of light in the exhibition Nordic Light, listen to stories, or take the family tour. And if you visit the museum on November 29 or 30, don’t miss the chance to discover a unique and haunted side to the museum in the mysterious ‘Night at the Nordic Museum’ (recommended for children between 6 and 12 years old). It’s an exciting tour after closing time where the museum comes to life… Wearing a costume is optional, but if you’re going to do Halloween in Stockholm, you really must at least try to dress up.
Djurgårdsvägen 6-16, Djurgården
October 27 – November 4
This one is perfect for the kids (or the kid in you). During the fall holiday, Stockholm’s famed open-air museum Skansen is filled with fun and exciting activities with the theme ‘Fears of the past.’ You can listen to scary tales in the cottages, take part in craft activities, and meet the inhabitants of the historical old town. Free admission for children 0-15 years during the fall break.
Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, Djurgården
October 27 – November 4
The beautiful Drottningholms Slottsteater (Palace Theatre), built in 1766, is located next to Drottningholm Palace. During the fall break, you can enjoy a dramatized exhibition of the theatre. Together with the Authorized Ghost Hunter, you’ll look for crying, singing and dancing ghosts in the dark theatre. And the later on the day you arrive, the scarier the hunt will get…
Sockenvägen 492, Enskede
October 29 – November 3
If your tastes run more traditional, pay a humbling visit to Skogskyrkogården, a beautiful cemetery just south of Stockholm. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cemetery was designed by famed Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund as a green park of tranquility and refuge. Every year around All Saint’s Day, thousands of people flock here to remember departed loved ones, and to decorate the graves with candles and seasonal flowers. The five chapels will be open, and hymns and meditative melodies will play all weekend.
Sockenvägen 492, Enskede
Where to get your Halloween decorations and costumes in Stockholm
Located right in the heart of Stockholm’s busiest shopping street Drottninggatan, Butterick’s is for many a one-stop shop for everything you need for Halloween. Dazzle the mirror by trying all types of costumes, wigs, scary masks, and makeups and transform yourself into a skeleton, witch, ghost, zombie, monster or other ghastly ghouls.
Drottninggatan 57, Norrmalm
Partyland is a general party store, with goods like napkins, plates, and balloons. But come Halloween, it’s also packed with themed makeup, costumes, and decorations for all your spooky needs. With locations all over town – city, Farsta, Bromma, and Skärholmen to name a few – there’s sure to be one just a short metro ride away from you.
Regeringsgatan 20, Norrmalm
Feeling like your Halloween party needs a flash from the past? Second-hand favorite Myrorna, with shops all over Stockholm, has all your vintage and retro needs, from jackets with shoulder pads to dresses that shimmy. Pick up wigs, shoes, bags, jewelry and other accessories to complete the look.
Adolf Fredriks Kyrkogata 5-7, Norrmalm
Fleminggatan 89, Kungsholmen
Norrtullsgatan 9, Vasastan
Götgatan 79, Södermalm
Hornsgatan 96, Södermalm
Kolargatan 2, Hjorthagen
The name says it all: Beyond Retro, another nostalgic favorite, is packed with vintage, so matter if you plan on dressing up as a flapper, a hippie, or an elegant English gentleman you’ll probably find what you need here. It tends to be a bit pricey, but with the enormous amount of stock on hand, bargains are to be had. The worst that can happen? You end up shopping for non-Halloween related reasons and find that hard-to-find item you’ve always been looking for.
Drottninggatan 77, Norrmalm
Brännkyrkagatan 82, Södermalm
Smink och Perukmakarn
If you’re like some of us at View Stockholm, you take your Halloween costume a bit more seriously than the masses – and that means getting the look just right. How do you do that? By making sure your makeup is professional perfect. Smink och Perukmakarn is a professional makeup and accessory (think fabulous masks and wigs) store serving the theatre, film, and television community, but private clients who want a professional touch on your zombie or dead princess makeup are also welcome. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they will help you put your look together so well you’ll be winning prizes at the parade.
Kocksgatan 56, Södermalm
If you don’t want to put your own makeshift costume together, why not ask the professional costumiers in Stockholm? Independent Kostym has the largest collection of costumes for professionals in Scandinavia. Their store in Frihamnen boasts a whopping 1,600 square meters and 100,000+ costumes! Makeup? Dressing rooms? King Arthur breastplate? Fantasy robes? They have it all!
Palermogatan 17 (Magasin 5), Frihamnen
We wish you a fun (and scary) Halloween in Stockholm 2020! Boo!
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