Halloween is enjoyed by people of all ages, and what better way to kick off the holiday season than by attending lots of events all over the city of Stockholm! Whether you are looking to join a parade or experience something a little scarier, Stockholm has quite a few Halloween events for everyone.
If haunted theme parks are your thing, look no further than Gröna Lund. For the entire fall break, Gröna Lund will be open for Halloween festivities suitable for all ages. The small area, or Lilla Området as it’s called in Swedish, will be geared towards small children and will feature scarecrows, pumpkins, witches, and the like. There will also be a small stage with a magical kids show to be shown twice daily. The big area, or Stora Området in Swedish, will cater to teenagers and adult visitors. This area will feature haunted houses, Skeppet, and freaky clowns, zombies and many more creatures creeping around the premises after dark. Do you dare to visit?
Nordiska Museet will be hosting Night at the Nordiska Museet for children between the ages of six and 12 to partake in. On the 29th and 30th of October, they will be able to visit and discover how the museum comes to life after dark by using a special map to navigate their way through the building and find the code to get out. What mysteries and experiences lurk throughout? Only time will tell. Tickets, which include the entry for up to two parents, are 150 SEK (£13) per child and can only be pre-purchased. The walk takes 45 minutes and strollers are not permitted.
Shockholm was first started in 2011 by native New Yorker Bill Schacht, who wanted to bring a bit of the American festivities to Sweden. Today, Shockholm is the largest Halloween parade in Scandinavia. The parade, which takes you right through central Stockholm, begins and ends at Kungtädgården. Shockholm has a fantastic interactive parade route that ends with an ‘after-shock’ or after-party. Dress up and bring the whole family along, for there will also be a costume contest at the start of the event. This year’s edition will take place on Saturday, the 3rd of November at 3.30pm. This non-profit event is free for all attendees.
During the fall break, children up to the age of 15 receive free entry into Skansen. However, a special activity will also be taking place during that time. Inside the cottage at Skansen, listen to spooky stories of a horrible disease spreading throughout the town. Between strange beings moving about, a chance to meet the residents of the disease-stricken town from the tales, and the opportunity to take part in a craft activity, this is the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon. The craft activity is 30 SEK (£3) per person while the admission for adults is 125 SEK (£11).
A more somber place to visit during Halloween is Skogskyrkogården, a famous cemetery and a UNESCO World Heritage site. During Halloween weekend, the Skogskyrkogården transforms as people from all over come to place candles and decorations for deceased loved ones. On All Saints’ Day, which is on 1st November, there are more staff on-site to help navigate around the property and music will be playing in neighboring chapels.
More suited for an older crowd, the Stockholm Ghost Walk takes you through the historic neighborhoods of Gamla Stan or Södermalm, depending on your preference, as you learn about history and old legends. For 90 minutes, you will hear stories of murders, executions, diseases, ghosts, and other horrors of the city. You must be at least 15 years old to participate and tours will be conducted in either Swedish or English, so be sure to sign up for the correct tour! However, the special Halloween tour will last only 60 minutes and is available only in English. Tickets cost 250 SEK (£21) per person and you are required to register for your tour in advance.