Celebrate Halloween in Budapest!
October 31 - November 1
Festivals, Parties, Programs
Although it is not a Hungarian holiday, celebrating Halloween is becoming more and more popular in Budapest and other parts of the country.
So if you happen to be here around the end of October-beginning of November and can’t live without all things Halloween, here are some tips on parties, festivals and other events.
TIP: If you want to celebrate the event like Hungarians do see the background information on All Saints Day/Mindenszentek down the page.Quick Links: Festivals – The Labyrinth – Halloween Party on the Danube – More Parties – Cafes, Restaurants
Venue: Heroes’ Square
Date & time: 28. October 2017. Saturday: 19.00 – 21.00
A charity event organised for couple of years now. Get a pumpkin lantern and some canned soups, pasta or other non-perishable food and come together with others on Hősök tere.
The food items go to a non-profit organizations, called Gyermekétkeztetési Alapítvány (Child Nutrition Foundation).
See more on the event’s website.
Pumpkin Festival in the Downtown Market/Belvárosi Piac, October
Address: Hold utca 13., district V.
Time: 09.00 – 16.00
The bright orange vegetable and the symbol of the holiday will be in the focus on the last Saturday of October in the Downtown Market in Hold Street.
- pumpkin carving for al ages with the help of professionals as well as pumpkin-inspired food on the eateries on the gallery.
- pumpkin cream soup by Sparhelt Restaurant
- pumpkin burger with pumpkin chutney by the newest place: Kandalló Market
- breaded, deep-fried zucchini in Buja Disznók
- strudel filled with pumpkin
- Kolbice – grilled baby sausages in a cone-shape bread – with pumpkin seed.
Really tasty local food, a bakery on the first-floor and quality produce, dairy and meat on the ground floor level.
Visit Dracula in the Labyrinth
- Entrance: Úri utca 9., or Lovas út 4/a in the Castle
- Getting there: by bus No. 16 or 16/A from Deák Square (M1, M2, M3 metro stations) or from Széll Kálmán Square (M2 metro station, tram 6 stop)
- Open: every day from 10.00 to 19.00, night tours by oil lamp start after 18.00
- Tickets: full price: 2 500 HUF, students/pensioners: 2 000, children up to 12 years of age: 600 HUF, family ticket (2 adults + 2 kids): 5 000 HUF
For a bit of thrill visit the Labyrinth in Buda Castle Hill where Dracula, the legendary Vlad Tepes was kept in prison in the 15th century.
The naturally formed caverns provided shelter for stone age man, then citizens of the castle district connected the caves in the middle ages forming a labyrinthine system.
It functioned as a bunker in World War 2 then it was a top secret military object in the cold war era.
Today it offers some exciting exhibitions that you can view at night by a light of a lantern if you aren’t scared of ghosts and other things that go bump in the night.
Halloween in the Zoo, 28. October – 05. November
Address: Állatkerti krt. 12., district XIV.
Date & Time:
Admission: free for kids under 14 years of age
The Budapest Zoo says farewell to this season with a special series of programs.
- Animal show feeding – every day
- Animals in Action: Animal show in the Csillagtér: 29. oct – 01. Nov, every day: 12.00 – 15.30, 02. – 06. Nov: every day: 11.00 – 14.30.
31. October: Halloween Playhouse in the Magic Hill/Varázshegy
- Giant memory game and amoeba game
- Craft workshops
- Family pumpkin carving
- Ghostly bowling
- Target throwing
- Skill games
- Face painting
Halloween at Fashion Street, October
Address: Deák Ferenc utca, next to the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, district V.
Event FB page
The most stylish street of the city will turn into a Halloween spot on Saturday evening with Carved Pumpkin Contest and Costume Competition.
Photos of the submitted works and costumes will be posted to the FB page of Fashion Street.
Note: Please bring your carved pumpkin to the event because there will be no place for carving.
Halloween Parties in Budapest
Clubs and bars prepare with freaking good parties for the holiday. Here are some of the best if you want to have a fantastic night around Halloween in Budapest:
- Date & Time: October 28. /Saturday, at 22.30
- Meeting: at 22.00 in Duna Palota (Zrínyi utca 5., district V.)
- Price: 23 EUR/prs with welcome drink & after-party in KRAFT club: free entry for ladies, drinks for men in amount of 1 000 HUF
Have Halloween fun on a party on the Danube!
Halloween theme decorated ship with welcome drink (a shot of poppy seed distillate/pálinka), great music and dancing, friendly people guarantee a terrific time.
The city’s night light reflecting off the dark waters of the river lands a mysterious ambience to the event. A two-hour sightseeing tour on the river.Book Program!
Photos About the Party
Metal Halloween on 29. October, 19.00 and DanceHalloween Madness vol. 2. on 30 Oct., 20.00
Address: Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21., district XIV.
This spacious club and garden bar in the vicinity of the City Park offers countless ways to chill out.
The large garden hosts cultural, family and lifestyle programs from spring till autumn.
The place has a large concert hall equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual technology, a smaller concert hall and Room 041 for mid-size concerts and parties.
Dürer Kert welcomes you with two parties – both in Room 041 – on Halloween weekend:
- 29. Oct/Saturday, 19.00: Metal Halloween, entry 1 000 HUF/prs, free if you come in costume
- 30. Oct/Sunday, 20.00: DanceHalloween Madness vol. 2: entry 1 000 HUF/prs, of which 500 HUF is consumable on drinks.
Zombie Free Party in Ötkert
Address: Zrínyi utca 4., district V. (Basilica neighbourhood)
Date: October, 2017. at 23.00
The centrally located Ötkert Club hosts a party on the last day of October with live DJ-s.
Halloween Party in Morrisons 2
Address: Szent István körút 11., district V.
Entry: free between 17.00-21.00
Morrisons 2 is an ideal place for a party conveniently located in the city centre: 6 dance floors, karaoke:
- Nu disco & deep house
- House room
Spooky Scary Halloween in Anker’t
Address: Anker’t, Paulay Ede utca 33., district VI.
Anker’tis one of the most popular garden clubs in Budapest located in a dilapidated building with a large inner garden near Andrássy Road.
There is food: burgers, grilled meats, salads and a wide variety of drinks.
The atmosphere is usually good so you can’t go wrong with it if you are looking for Halloween clubbing!
The Walking Drunks – The Downtown Halloween Party in BRKYN
Address: Kazinczy utca 48., district VII.
Admission: only for 18+, free for ladies and everyone in arriving in costume (till midnight), men: 2 000 HUF, ladies after midnight: 1 000 HUF
BRKLYN, a vibrant bar in the street food bar and pub filled Kazinczy utca, invites everyone to its party on 31. October, Monday:
- Special effects and decor,
- Captain Morgan welcome drink,
- DJ-s: Soulja and Mr.Pure G
Funzine Presents Hollywood Horror Halloween Party
Address: Fogashaz, Akácfa utca 51., district VI.
An exciting Hollywood-themed dress-up party in one of the quirkiest pubs in Budapest, located in a former dental clinic (hence the name “fog”means tooth in Hungarian).
Costume competition, raffle, live DJ-s, welcome drinks and crazy atmosphere ensure a fantastic time
Halloween in Gozsdu Court
Address: Király utca 13. – Dob utca 16., district VII.
The party centre of Budapest will have Halloween-themed programs for 6 days:
- costume ball
- DJ Slanki on Friday, 28. October at 20.00.
Most restaurants, bistros and cafes are preparing with Halloween inspired dishes.
Expect lots ofpumpkin, pumpkin seed, goose and duck prepared in various ways, cakes and desserts with poppy seed and walnut. Some tips where to grab tasty meal:
Food Truck Party in Gundel Restaurant’s Garden, 28- 30. October
Address: Gundel Étterem, Gundel Károly út 4., district XIV., next to the Zoo
Opening Hours: Sat-Sun: 10.00-22.00, Mon: 10.00-24.00
Admission: adults: 500 HUF, free for children under 14, free with daily Zoo ticket
Food trucks will fill the garden of the famous fine dining place, the Gundel over the Halloween weekend.
Gastro show with food specialties, lots of children programs, street musicians and party at night.
- Gundel Restaurant Creperie
- Meat & Sauce
- KOLBICE by kobe
- Low Cost Gourmet Trailer
- The Grilled Piggy
- Piknik UtczaBár
- Furgon Espresso Anywhere
Some of the programs:
- Face painting
- Pumpkin carving
- Monster tent
- Costume contest
- Muffin decoration
- Live music every day between 10.00 – 18.00, DJ after 18.00
Halloween Cocktail Party in KIOSK
Address: Március 15. tér 4., district V., Erzsébet bridge Pest end, tram 2
One of Budapest’s best restaurant invites you to a hilarious Cocktail Party with a special decoration, Halloween cocktails and menu.
For Families: Deak St. Kitchen, 29 – 31. October – Special Menu, Kids’ Activities
Address: Erzsébet tér 9-10., district V.
The restaurant of The Ritz Carlton Budapest 5-star hotel welcomes families with a holiday-inspired menu on the last weekend of October.
- Pear soup cognac and crunchy goat cheese balls
- Mangalica pork-chestnut ragout with barley risotto or a vegetarian option:
- Wild mushrooms-chestnut ragout with barley risotto
- Pumpkin mousse, orange, pistachio ice cream
- Breaded chicken breast with pumpkin puree
While you enjoy your meal the restaurant the kids can carve pumpkins with the help of the restaurant staff.
The Trófea Grill Restaurant – an all-you-can-eat place at several spots in town: for example the Király utca 32. restaurant is easily accessible in the city centre offers a special Halloween menu
All Saints Day (01. November: Mindenszentek) and All Souls Day (02. November: Halottak napja) in Hungary
On 1st November Hungarians commemorate all Christian Catholic saints that don’t have a designated holiday in the calendar.
The truth is that the early Catholic church had chosen this date (in 835 AD) to be a holiday to oppress the All Hallows day or Samhain celebrated all over the non-Christian Celtic world.
According to Celtic traditions, on Samhain the barrier between the world of the dead and the living gets thinner allow the two parts to communicate with each other.
Hungarian folklore (especially in the countryside) managed to preserve some of the pagan beliefs and traditions:
- no fancy costumes,
- no pumpkin carving and kids going house by house chanting “Trick or Treat”.
Hungarians go to the cemetery to honor and remember their departed family members, relatives and friends.
Cemeteries in Budapest are spectacular this time of the year: beautiful wreaths and bunches of chrysanthemums adorn graves, the light of candles flowing gently in the night breeze can be seen from afar.
TIP: Do visit the Kerepesi Cemetery at Fiumei út 16. in district VIII., the largest cemetery of the city and a resting place for many famous Hungarians,: politicians and other public figures, actors, actresses and so on. On All Saints Day cemeteries have longer opening hours:
Note: It is a public holiday so shops, markets, and most public institutions, restaurants will be closed.Related: More October Programs – October 23. Hungarian Revolution 1956 – November in Budapest – Christmas in Budapest – Public Holidays in Budapest