Even though Halloween is not a big part of any Spanish tradition, it has gained a foothold here and in Barcelona you can find similar Halloween activities as in most of other significant European cities. People here don’t send their children wandering from door to door begging for candy but the costume shops are thankful for Halloween as people go in flocks to buy something extraordinary to wear for their Halloween parties. The non-Spanish population is particularly well presented in the celebration of Halloween but don’t think it only means something to the expatriates in the city. For the outgoing ones, the most famous clubs, such as Opium Mar and Shoko organize theme parties and who knows how many celebrations will take place in people’s homes.
The first day of November is a day off in Spain as it is the All Saints –day. Therefore it is a day to honor those who are no longer with us, and also to give yourself a good and nice rest after expressing your Halloween spirit until too late. It’s a tradition to go to church and visit cemeteries to tidy up your relatives’ graves and decorate them a little. The graveyards stay open a bit longer than usually.
Have a great Halloween with lots of sinister looking black cats and orange pumpkins and afterwards a nice and calm All Saints!