Halloween in Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden

9 places
Halloween in Stockholm

Helena Öhman

In Sweden, Halloween is a fairly new tradition, adopted from American traditions. It is also well separated from the tradition of Allhelgona – but celebrated only a day earlier or later than the new Halloween, to honor those who have passed away. Even though Halloween isn’t huge in this city, there are plenty of good places to go for those who want to mix new traditions with old. This collection will guide anyone looking to prepare for a costume party, as well as the family, single, or couple. Pick and choose for a Halloween your way.

Sibiriens soppkök is a family owned business where all dishes are prepared from scratch and served in a welcoming atmosphere. The soups always follow the season, and the chefs cater for special requests and diets. Order some garlic bread, and perhaps a clam chowder or a pumpkin soup, at this place located not far from Odenplan subway exit in Vasastan.

This store is open all year round, and serves high quality stage makeup and wigs, as well as more budget friendly versions that are suitable for one-time events. Smink- och perukmakaren has been on the market since 1992, and are serious about their goods – as they can show certificates in several related organizations, and are the main distributor of wigs to the county council. But don’t be afraid to come here, even for smaller occasions; the staff will be happy to help!

Ugglan is located in the basement of a building in SoFo. Down here, you will find a quaint bar where beer is served, and room after room where dart, boules, air hockey, shuffle and board games and fuss ball are played by the hip Södermalm crowd. The place also rents out venues for private parties, fully staffed with a bartender, for those looking to host their own private event in the city.

Hötorget is the home of traditional market entrepreneurs who pick and sell local seasonal greens like mushrooms, raspberries, strawberries, and the like, as well as imported fruits and vegetables. In one corner, you will find the flower section, where it’s easy to get a good deal as the market is about to close down. Come by for a short but intense episode of markets made Swedish style.

Skokloster castle is one of many castles in Stockholm, that are open to visitors all year round. During the fall season, the castle arranges activities for children, including fire shows, book readings, and walks in the dark. Skokloster slott is built in baroque style between 1654 and 1676. It’s located on a peninsula about 7 Swedish miles from Stockholm by car, or with commuter train to Bålsta and a short additional bus ride towards the castle. It’s just in the outskirts of Stockholm, near Sigtuna and Arlanda, making it a good day trip upon arriving to the city.

Spritmuseum (Museum of spirits) is more than only a museum – it’s a venue for meeting, and tasting the spirits that Swedes like the most. Located on Djurgården, it is usually crowded with locals and tourists alike. The exhibitions take you through Swedes’ complicated relationship to alcohol, different types of parties and occasions, and the culture that surrounds it. Smell, taste, and visit a typical Swedish surrounding in the different exhibition rooms. Even if you’re not into alcohol, Spritmuseum will give you insights into the art and culture of Sweden, as seen form a liquor perspective.

Skogskyrkogården is a UNESCO listed sanctuary, mainly for its unique and beautiful landscape architecture, established from an architecture contest to build a new cemetery in Enskede (southern part of Stockholm) in 1915. For those who have yet to discover this place, it’s best described as a organic mystery that unfolds itself as you walk through it. The paths will lead you through pastoral landscapes, tree-lined meditation hills, and a dense grove of tall pine trees. This place is simply magical and beautiful.

Melt was opened by a Texan now living in Stockholm. It’s a ‘20s NYC bar, all in probation period style. Beer is served inside paper bags, and the punch in crystal glass bowls, best enjoyed from teacups (time appropriately to when probation made bar owners disguise their alcohol from the authorities). The atmosphere is soft, sensual and friendly. On occasions, you will see visitors dressed up in ‘20s style, while bartenders in tuxedos or time typical dresses lit candles and greet you for a drink by the bar. Order the champagne/cava menu to share with a friend, or have the owner happily tell you all about the drink menu and the story behind his bar.

Skansen is the home of local animals, a petting zoo, aquarium, as well as wild and tame exotic animals. The authentic old time environment shows you how Swedes lived in the olden days. Skansen is located on the island of Djurgården, which can be reached by bus, boat or by foot (bus, tram and boat accessible through the SL Access card/public transport system). This is bound to be a true family favorite, as well as a good spot to meet a friend, no matter your age.

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