Halloween has emerged as a holiday in Sweden rather recently. However, it has become very popular since the early 2000s. By the beginning of November, days get dark, and Swedes fully embrace the occasion to dress up, party, light up some lanterns, and have fun. Children are especially happy to go to costume parties, light lanterns and run through the streets to scaring the passers-by. Many clubs and bars also host Halloween parties and special events.
Shockholm Halloween Parade in Stockholm (October 31, 2020, virtual)
Shockholm Halloween Parade is the largest Halloween event in Sweden and the whole of Scandinavia. It starts and finishes at Kungsträdgården, in the centre of Stockholm. The parade is usually held on Saturday closest to Halloween in the afternoon. Thousands of people in the most incredible, scary, fantastic, creative and stylish costumes gather at Kungsträdgården and parade through the streets or join colourful floats. The parade goes around Gamla Stan, down Skeppsbron until they return to Kungsträdgården. The procession is followed by a joyful festival with live entertainment, lots of fun activities and awards for the best costumes.
Halloween at Liseberg (currently closed)
Liseberg, the most popular Swedish amusement park located in Gothenburg, holds a special programme for Halloween festivities from mid-October to early November. Halloween at Liseberg is both frighteningly funny and exciting. The park offers a dozen of scary rides in the dark, playful scares, and nightmarish frights for grown-up guests. Little children can see Halloween autumn fun show in Rabbit Land and Liseberg Gardens, where the rabbits can't find candy because the path to the garden has been bewitched. Adults can check out Cirkus Bisarr or Skogen to test their nerves.
Stockholm Ghost Walk (September 30–December 19, 2020, on selected days)
Stockholm traces its history to 1252 has a lot of haunted places, dark legends and mysteries. You can learn more about them if you join a special historic Halloween ghost tour taking place in the old town – Gamla Stan, on Södermalm or the island Riddarholmen. The Halloween tour experience lasts for approximately one hour. Participants are recommended to take an umbrella and a raincoat. There are also regular Historical Ghost Tours that last 90 minutes and are available year-round. The groups meet at Järntorget.
Autumn break – The Mystery of the Town Quarter in Skansen (October 24–28, 2020)
As the autumn gloom takes over Sweden, the famed open-air museum Skansen invites families for the Autumn Break with the theme "The Mystery of the Town Quarter" You will get a chance to listen to some spooky tales in the cottages, participate in craft workshops, and encounter the creepy residents of the disease-stricken town. Restaurants and cafes in the museum will be serving fiendishly delicious food. See history come to life at Skansen.