Some people feel Halloween falls into the same category as Valentine’s Day – an old holiday, distorted by time and adopted by commercial companies to make money.
While it may not bear much resemblance to All Hallow’s Eve of yore, there are plenty of reasons to dive into Halloween. It’s fun, it’s a bit silly, and it’s a chance to talk about the things that scare us in an open, healthy way. Plus: candy!
One thing I miss most about living in the United States is the chance to dress up (always as a witch. I already wear all black – add a hat and I’m good to go) and hand out miniature-sized sweets to hordes of adorably dressed children. The cold air, the crunch of leaves, the chorus of “trick or treat!” when you open the door
Halloween isn’t really celebrated in Denmark, but there seems to be movement in that direction. I’m not mad about it.
Here are three ways to get into the Halloween spirit in Copenhagen:
Between 13 October and 5 November 2017, Tivoli amusement park is filled with Halloween decorations, market stalls where you can buy costumes and decor, and fun activities like pumpkin carving. Spooky, goofy fun that’s great whether you have kids or just want a little child-like wonder to spice up your autumn.
Getting your costume and decor in order isn’t hard; there’s lots of options all over the city. Luckily, most grocery stores sell pumpkins of all sizes, so you can always pick a few up with your daily groceries.
If you’re looking for more a pumpkin patch experience, check out Ventegodtgaard, a farm and orchard where you can pick your own fruits like apples and, through September and October, your own pumpkin!
Located in Lille Skensved, Ventegodtgaard is a bit of a hike outside of Copenhagen (35 minutes by car) but definitely worth it for some autumnal fun.
4623 Lille Skensved
Fri, Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Costumes, Decorations & Candy
Buy your skeletons, cobwebs, and crazy costumes at this party shop. They have several locations but the only one in Copenhagen is in Nørrebro. You can also buy online.
Nørrebrogade 110 – 112
2200 København N
Mon – Tues 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Fri 10.00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
First and last Saturday of the month hours are 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sure, you could buy bags of candy at Netto, but for the real Halloween fun, pick your own mix of pre-wrapped candies at a blandet slik (mixed candy) shop. What’s more Halloween than watching Hocus Pocus and munching on tiny snickers bars?
Nam Nam Slik is my favorite because there’s a bunch of locations throughout the city, the’ve got a great variety of candy and the prices are really low (expert tip: 20% off with a student ID!).
Falkoner Alle 63
Jernbane Alle 95
Have another way you’re celebrating Halloween in Denmark? Tell us about it in the comments!