Though not a traditional Scandinavian holiday, Halloween is a fan favorite these days among Stockholmers. 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?
The week of October 28 to November 5, 2017, it’s ‘höstlov’ – autumn break – and kids are out of school. Sandwiched between Halloween and All Saint’s Day (November 4), 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.
Here are 8 Halloween-y Things to Do in Stockholm 2017:
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 at Medborgarplatsen, the parade goes from Old Town (‘Gamla stan’) 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 4, 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Climb aboard the Isabelle 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 live DJ music, competitions, laser show, traditional spooky games, Escape Room and a Nocturnal Halloween Ball. For kids 18 and up – book earlier as tickets sell out super quickly.
Stockholm-Riga, November 2, 5 pm
Riga-Stockholm, November 3, 5 pm
For the week of höstlov, Gröna Lund transforms into a crazy and cozy Halloween carnival, for 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. When the clock strikes 6 pm each night, the creepy-crawlies come out – look out for zombies and scary clowns, and a spectacular fire show.
Lilla Allmänna Gränd 9, Djurgården
October 27 to November 5
Stockholm Ghost Walk
The 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 of Gamla Stan and Södermalm. Ask about their post-tour dinner reservations at the panoramic Gondolen restaurant. The tour goes 90 minutes and takes you through the haunted history of Stockholm.
See schedule on website
If you have older kids in tow, head to the Nordic Museum (‘Nordiska museet’) for a unique treasure hunt in the darkness. Your family will wear a headlamp and go on the hunt for skulls and other treasure. Wearing a costume is optional, but highly recommended! For two days, ÅF Lighting company transforms the grand historic building into a mansion out of Frankenstein, with spooky light installations and creepy special effects. Discover a unique and haunted side to the Nordic Museum – if you dare! Wearing a costume is optional, but highly recommended for full immersion. Recommended from 6 years old and up.
Djurgårdsvägen 6-16, Djurgården
October 30-31, 7 pm-10 pm
Drop by the Historical Museum (‘Historiska museet’) for a slightly more grown-up discussion on death and evil in culture. Theologian and guest speaker Philip De Croy will discuss our fascination with evil and monsters. You can also check out the exhibition on death and skeletons – recommended for ages 6 and up.
Narvavägen 13-17, Östermalm
Evil & Monsters:
Oct 30-Nov 5, 3-5 pm
Exhibition on Death
Oct 30-Nov 5, 11:30 am-4 pm
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
Join the folks from Stockholm Brewer’s Festival over at Nya Carnegiebryggeriet bar for a wild drinking night. Come dressed to impress at the costume contest, and go for the prize with the pumpkin carving contest. There are locally brewed pump cask beers and Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery – yum! The fun starts at 4 pm and goes on until midnight.
Ljusslingan 15-17, Hammarby Sjöstad
Where to get your Halloween decorations and costumes in Stockholm:
Pick up your costume at Butterick’s, a popular Swedish chain that’s been smack-dab on the busiest shopping street Drottninggatan for more than 100 years. Here you can buy for both parties and special events, and try all costumes in the store. Dazzle the mirror by trying all types of wigs, scary masks, and makeups and transform yourself into skeleton, witch, ghost, zombie, monster or other ghastly ghoul.
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 – there’s sure to be one just a short metro ride away from you.
Regeringsgatan 20, Norrmalm
Sickla Köpkvarter, Nacka
Bromma Blocks, Ulvsundavägen 185–193, Bromma
Skärholmen Centrum, Skärholmen
Vällingby City, Vällingby
Farsta Centrum, Farsta
Kista Galleria, Kista
Nynäsvägen 21, Port 73, Haninge
Feeling like your Halloween party needs a flash from the past? Second-hand favorite Myrorna 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
Storholmsgatan 29, Skärholmen
Tornérplatsen 30, Jakobsberg
Glimmervägen 13, Sollentuna
Sturegatan 36, Sundbyberg
Biblioteksgången 7A, Täby
Another nostalgic favorite, Beyond Retro is packed with clothes and costumes and accessories galore, everything you need to dress up as a corpse bride, flapper or hippie. The shop is decked out this holiday season in ghouly garb so look out for the grim reaper gloves and gothic bridal veil! They also stock their fair share of proper costumes, with bunny ears, zombie prosthetic masks, metallic chokers and more.
Drottninggatan 77, Norrmalm
Brännkyrkagatan 82, Södermalm
Smink och Perukmakarn
If you’re hoping for a professional touch with your zombie or dead princess makeup, head over to Smink och Perukmakarn on Södermalm. This is a professional makeup and accessory store that serves the local theater, film and TV community, but ask nicely and they’ll fit you out with some fabulous makeup or masks. This spectacular store on the corner has a huge selection of wigs, beards, mustaches and hair extensions.
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!
Magasin 5, Frihamnen
We wish you a fun (and scary) Halloween in Stockholm! Boo!