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La Castanyada and Halloween Activities for Kids in Barcelona 2021

(Note: This post has been updated for 2023. For the latest version click here.) As the nights get longer and the weather cools, it's starting to feel a lot like autumn in Barcelona. If you've been living in Catalonia for awhile, you may be familiar with La Castanyada, the traditional fall festival celebrated on November 1st, All Saint's Day.

On this public holiday, people gather with their families and friends to celebrate. Traditionally, they eat roasted chestnuts (castanyes in Catalan) and one of our favourite sweet treats, panellets, which are small cookies of different varieties made with a marzipan base. Although Halloween has not historically been a big part of the Spanish holiday calendar, it's growing in popularity, with more events popping up every year. Below is a round up of some fun kids' activities we've found around town to celebrate this festive season. Ciutat Vella

Tembo Family Club (@tembofamilyclub) Description: 'Tembo Halloween Party' with face painting, photo call, snacks, games and more

Ages: 2-6

Date: October 30, 5-7:30pm Eixample Cocoa Cafeteria (@cocoa_cafeteria_bcn) Description: 'Truco o Trato,' festive brunch events with face painting, music, raffle, costume contest and more Date: October 30, 10-1pm (ages 0-2) & October 31, multiple times (ages 3-6) Dinamo Kids (@dinamokidsbarcelona) Description: 'Castaween' activities, including visual projections, cinema and stop-motion workshops and trick or treating Dates: October 30, 5-7pm & November 5, 7-8:30pm El Cau (@elcau237) Description: La Castanyada sensory workshop (morning) and visit from La Castanyera (afternoon) Date: October 29, 11-1:30pm and 5-7:30pm Escola Comunica't (@escolacomunicat) Description: Spooky 'Halloween Workshop' in English, with costume party, games and crafts. Ages: 4-12 Dates: October 22, 5:30-7pm & October 29, 5:30-7pm First Page English School (@firstpageschool) Description: 'Halloween Party' with sensory activities for children ages 2-5 and spooky activities for primary school children Date: October 30, 5-6:30pm (ages 2-5) and 6:30-8pm (ages 6-12) FunTalk (@funtalkbarcelona) Description: 'Halloween Party' with trick or treating, spooky workshops, flourescent room, face painting, dance party and more Ages: 5-12 Date: October 29, 6-8pm Smileroom Kids & Parents (@smileroombarcelona) Description: Music, photo booth, sensory experiences, spooky activities, trick or treat and more Dates: October 30, 10-11am (ages 0-3) & 4-5pm (ages 3-5) Gràcia La Teatreria (@lateatreriabcn) Description: Costume party, tunnel of terror and halloween workshops Ages: 2-13 Dates: October 29, 5-7:30pm & October 30, 10:30-1pm

Mamá Canguro (@mamacanguroecocrianza)

Description: 'Panellets & Castañeros' (Oct 29), 'Vermut & Smile Halloween' with Aquí y Allá (Oct 30), 'Halloween Family Day' with My Little van Gogh (Oct 31) Dates: October 29-31 Les Corts

Kids&Kafe (@kidsandkafe) Description: 'My First Halloween Party' (Oct 27), 'Halloween Glow in Light Parties' (Oct 30 & 31) Ages: 0-7 Dates: October 27-31 Montjuïc Poble Espanyol (@pobleespanyol) Description: Tunnel of terror, costume contests, family spectacles, photocall and castanyes Dates: October 2 - November 1 Sant Martí

Escola Esclat (@escola_esclat) Description: Kids' Halloween workshop in English

Ages: 5-9 Date: October 29 5:30-7pm Espai Granada (@espai_granada) Description: Spooky cupcake and cookie-making workshops with Food & Event Kids Date: October 30, 11-12:30pm & 5-6:30pm

Life in 360 Barcelona (@lifein360barcelona) Description: Panallet-making workshops Date: October 30, 11am (Castellano) and 4pm (English) Little Yellow Daisy (@kimlylittleyellowdaisy) Description: Open air Halloween workshop - kids will make glow-in-the-dark masks and spooky lamps Ages: 3+ Date: October 30, 11am

School Attitude Languages (@schoolattitudelanguages)

Description: A Halloween-themed mini casal and photoshoot with photographer Cathy Dupré Ages: 3-8 Dates: October 25-November 2 Stephy's (@stephysbcn) Description: Costume party with face painting, games, Halloween show and photos Date: October 30, 5-9pm

Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

Casita Club (@casitaclubbcn)

Description: 'Halloween Workshops' with trick or treating, face painting, crafts and more Dates: October 30-31

Parc d'atraccions Tibidabo (@parctibidabo) Description: 'La nit de les ànimes,' a terrifying new show from Hotel Krüeger Ages: 8+

Dates: October 2 - November 1 Peek A Boo (@peekaboo_bcn) Description: Trick or Treat Halloween event, with haunted house, games and more, in partnership with Straws n' Berries (@strawsnberriespicnics) Dates: October 31, 10-12pm & 1-3pm Pose & Play (@poseandplaybcn) Description: Private Halloween photo sessions and party bookings, costume rentals and a pop-in open house event on October 29 Dates: flexible Universo Montessori (@universomontessoribcn) Description: Crafty Halloween event, with family yoga, pumpkin decorating and panellet-making workshop Ages: 1-9 Date: October 30, 10-1pm

Multiple locations Artes Marciales MAC (@artes_marciales_mac) Description: 'Halloween Party' with games, costume contest and dinner Date: October 29, 9pm-12am Music Together (@musictogetherbarcelona) Description: Special Halloween-themed family music workshops Ages: 0-5 Date: October 25-29

Rupits Art (@rupits_art)

Description: Fall-themed creative sensory sessions and a castanyes workshop with L'avió de paper (October 27-29) Ages: 10 months-6 years Dates: October 27-30 Outside Barcelona

Cal Trilla 1902 (@caltrilla1902) Description: A local farm with pumpkin patch and decorative gourds for sale Location: El Prat de Llobregat

Catalunya en Miniatura (@catalunyaenminiatura)

Description: Daytime Halloween events for the whole family and a nighttime Scream Park for older kids in partnership with Scary Valley Dates: now - November 7 Ages: 3+ Location: Torelles de Llobregat

CatVana Learning Centre (@catvana_lc) Description: Halloween Craft Workshop (October 23, 2-4pm), Halloween Stay & Play party (October 30, 10-12pm) and Halloween Camp, with science and engineering activities and outdoor games (November 2-5, 9-1pm) Location: Sant Pere de Ribes Dynami - El Teu Centre (@dynami.elteucentre) Description: La Castanyada sensory workshop, encouraging little ones to experiment with sweet potatoes, potatoes, chestnuts and leaves Date: October 28, 7:30pm Ages: 9 months - 3 years Location: L'Hospitalet de Llobregat

Granja Aventura Park (@granjaaventurapark) Description: 'Castahalloween' - the adventure park is offering special activities this month, including storytelling, Halloween-themed tattoos and roasted chestnuts Dates: October 16 - November 14 Location: Viladecavalls Gymboree Play & Music Sant Feliu (@gymboreesantfeliu) Description: 'Gymboween Costume Party,' with special Halloween workshops, music, free play and more Dates: October 28, 5:15-6:30pm & October 29, 5:15-6:30pm Location: Sant Felie de Llobregat

La Jungla Family Café (@lajunglafamilycafe) Description: 'Jungla Monster Party' with face painting, trick-or-yoga, create-your-own-monster, costume party and photo call Dates: October 31, 5-8pm Location: Sant Feliu de Llobregat La Vie en Papier (@lavieenpapier) Description: Halloween lettering workshop Date: October 16, 5:30-7pm Location: Sant Just Desvern Mamis Barcelona (@mamisbarcelona) Description: Halloween decorations, music, costume party, snacks and more Date: November 1, 5pm Location: L'Hospitalet de Llobregat Partyfels (@partyfels_castelldefels) Description: Halloween crafts workshop, October 24, 10-2pm and Halloween Party, October 31 from 5pm Location: Castelldefels

PortAventura World (@portaventuraoficial) Description: A festive Halloween-themed atmosphere and special seasonal shows like 'La Muerte Viva' Dates: now - November 14 Location: Tarragona

Are there other events we missed? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll add them.


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