Greeks may not have heard of Halloween until a few years ago, but they seem to have taken to it with relish. Why? For many reasons: (1) They’re always up for a good party; (2) It gives them reason to get more value-for-money from their fancy dress costumes from the Apokries (Carnival) in February; (3) It matches the current miserable mood brought on by the economic crisis so it may be no coincidence that Halloween got popular just as Greeks got poor; (4) They may have started it with death festivals that took place in ancient Greece! (5) There’s even a Christian link as Halloween – or Hallowed Eve – is the date when the Greek Orthodox church prays for the souls of the deceased.
The goal of this list, however, is not to ponder over why Greeks turn to zombies, vampires and a whole array of costumed merrymakers who do little trick or treating but, nonetheless, manage to scare the bejesus out of each other. This year is no exception with Greece abuzz with parties and other events that make use of the “Ochi” (No) public holiday/long weekend to say “Yes” to putting the hell back in Hellas.
Here are some scary suggestions for this year’s Halloween.
1. HALLOWEEN MURDER MYSTERY
Guests are invited to the wedding of the year at 20:30 on October 28 in a M**der mystery role-playing game with a Halloween twist. Book in advance so that you can be allocated a role to play for which you’ll need to be dressed in character. Actors mingle with guests at Evita Bloo’s wedding.
The Murder Mystery takes place at Espairos, 155 Patission Street, Athens, tel. +30 6970675448.
3. LIL’ MONSTERS BALL
6. HONEST TATTOO WALK IN DAY
7. SKINS PARTY – HALLOWEEN EDITION
8. HORROR OVER ATHENS II (HALLOWEEN PARTY)
This is the 6th Chemical Circus parties taking place in Athens featuring spooky themed music at Methodia (cnr of Konstantinoupoleos and Agiou Orous streets, tel +30 210-345-8605), an already dark venue that will be transformed into a huge catacomb filled with carved out Jack’o’Lanterns and other decorations and treats. Plenty of spooky/horror prizes for winners of drinking games such as brain pong.
9. A SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN
A Spooktacular Halloween Night at six d.o.g.s (6-8 Avramiotou Street, Monastiraki) kicks off at 21:00 on October 31 and runs through to November 1 at 07:00.The event includes a Horror Photo Booth, Labyrinth Basement and Haunted Piano as well as many other spooky surprises. From headless horsemen to Edward Scissorhand, the 5th Halloween party at six d.o.g.s. promises to be the best yet.
10. ST. CATHERINE’S BRITISH SCHOOL
St. Catherine’s British School (77 Venizelou Street, Lykovrissi) presents its annual Halloween bash on November 5, 16:00-19:00. Expect a haunted house, trick and truck or treat, magicians, story-telling, arts and crafts, food and drinks and many more spooky surprises that culminate into one big fireworks display.
11. CREATIVE PUMPKIN CARVING WORKSHOP
The pumpkin art workshop allows kids, to decorate their pumpkins and take them home in time for Halloween.The Pumpkin art workshop (corner of 1 Kalymnou & 56 Panos Street, Vári) is for kids 2-7 years old and takes place at 11:30, Sunday, October 23. Pre booking is essential and bookings end on Wednesday 19/10/16. So book your place now by calling at +30 213-029-2280 or email us at email@example.com. Price per child is 10euro.
12. FRIENDS CORNER
Friends Corner in Glyfada is hosting its annual Halloween bash with spooky music, plenty of activities for the kids, and delectable refreshments and snacks for all. The party is open to members and non members alike. Dress up and join the fun at 10:30 on Sunday, October 29!