Halloween, or All Saint’s Eve, is becoming a popular day for costume parties and events in Italy. While the main holidays are still All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2, the custom of celebrating Halloween is starting to take hold in many Italian cities.
Halloween costumes and decorations are on display in shop windows and can be found in many stores. Children’s costume parties are mainly held during the day, but in the evening many nightclubs, bars, and restaurants now advertise special Halloween costume parties.
Urban Trekking for Halloween
Urban Trekking, calling itself “a sport for all”, holds special All Saints Eve walks in many Italian cities. These walks often include special night visits to medieval towers, crypts, dungeons, or castles. Some cities hold children’s walks during the afternoon, too. See Urban Trekking site for cities and details.
Halloween at Italian Amusement Parks
Italian amusement parks have special weekend events in October for Halloween culminating October 31. Near Lake Garda, Gardaland features Magic Halloween with a spirits’ parade and reduced prices for those dressed in monster costumes, weekends in October, and Movieland has Rock’n Halloween every weekend in October and is open until midnight on Halloween night.
Halloween Dinners in Restaurants
A few restaurants offer special dinners for Halloween, like this one in a remote castle in Liguria.
Halloween Movies in Italian Movie Theaters
Some Italian movie theaters are advertising American Halloween movies for Halloween, they have Italian sub-titles.
Mummies, Skeletons, and Spooky Places in Italy
Not just for Halloween, Italy has several chilling displays of mummies and bones in catacombs, churches, and crypts. These mummies have been naturally preserved and the displays can be a macabre sight, not recommended for young children. Find out where to see them in Mummies in Italy – Where to see mummies and skeletons. (About.com Guide)