Break out your Michael Myers mask, ready your plastic jack-o-lantern, and schedule your next dentist appointment. While Halloween is celebrated on October 31, Buenos Aires is getting spooky early this year, with tricks and treats for revelers of all ages.
Here are some of the activities on tap across the capital this weekend and beyond.
Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hippodrome, Avenida Libertador 4096, Palermo
Families are invited to visit the Argentine Polo Ground at the Hippodrome in Palermo this weekend. The event will feature live music, bouncy castles, and other inflatables for both children and adults, as well as a vast array of food stands. Offerings include select dishes from Narda Restaurant, Ribs al Rio, and Pepe Parrilla, along with hamburgers from Williamsburg, pizzas from Madre Pizza, and Israeli cuisine from Benaim. Entry is free and open to the public, but entrants are encouraged to celebrate the occasion, so don’t forget your costume!
Haunted Villa Urquiza
Saturday October 28, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, October 29, 3:30 p.m.
Congreso 4977 and surrounding streets
Who says you can’t trick or treat in Buenos Aires? On Saturday and Sunday, the Business Association of Villa Urquiza will be turning the neighborhood into an immersive Halloween experience with its very own “walk of terror.” More than 40 businesses will be decorating their windows and offering candy to children on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The list of businesses participating can be found here. Then, on Sunday at 3:30 p.m., there will be an “afternoon of terror” for kids featuring monsters, group dances, and a costume contest. These events are free and open to the public, and the latter includes a complimentary merienda (snack). The party begins on Congreso 4977 in Villa Urquiza and extends for several blocks in different directions.
El Galpón de Tacuara
Saturday, October 28
Honduras 5560 in Palermo
If you’re looking to paint the town, the brewery Galpón de Tacuara is throwing a Halloween party on Saturday night, with 2×1 specials on select beers and cocktails after midnight. Discounted brews include Blonde, Honey, Witbier, Irish, Scottish, Oktoberfest, Porter, Jengi Ale, and Jim Morrison, along with mixed drinks like Fernet and Coke, Campari and orange juice, Cynar Julep, and Caipirinha with Vermouth. You can dance the night away to pop music and participate in a raffle for different prizes, while those who come in costume will be automatically entered into a contest for the best Halloween getup. Entrance is free, but the drinks are not, so remember to bring your wallet.
Saturday, October 28
Avenida Caseros 467, San Telmo
On Saturday night, the Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar Virgen will be having its own celebration, complete with decorations and costumed waiters. (Think Halloween meets Day of the Dead.) The event will feature an in-house DJ, who will begin spinning at 10 p.m. There’s no set end time, but expect the bash to go well into the morning hours. Diners can enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine with creative touches from chef Manu Malacarne. Head bartender Federico Aguirre will also be preparing Halloween-themed cocktails to honor the occasion. Seating at Virgen is limited, so call in advance for reservations.
Patio de Los Lecheros
Tuesday, October 31; Friday, November 3
Donato Álvarez 175, Caballito
Fortune favors the bold at Patio de Los Lecheros, where costumed patrons can earn a discount on their meals the night of the 31st. Bartender Jony Bermúdez will be serving “The Pumpkin,” a Halloween-themed cocktail consisting of Aperol, cherry brandy, passion fruit, syrup, and tonic water, along with a variety of other inventions and concoctions. Happy Hour extends from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the evening will feature live music from Eve Romano, who was the runner-up on the TV show Canta Conmigo Ahora this year.
The party will resume on Friday, November 3, with a live DJ set, a drag show, and a costume contest offering cash prizes. First place will receive AR$100,000 (approximately US$290 at the official exchange rate, US$106 at the MEP dollar exchange rate), second place AR$50,000, and third place $25,000.
Club de la Birra
Tuesday, October 31, 6 p.m.
Presidente Roberto M. Ortiz 1871, Recoleta and Pedro Goyena 60, Caballito
Wednesday, November 1, 6 p.m.
Corner of Márquez and Fleming, San Isidro Hippodrome
Club de la Birra will be Halloween-ing at its Recoleta and Caballito locations on Tuesday, October 31, and at its San Isidro bar on Wednesday, November 1. Offerings include a themed “smashburger” whose bun is dyed black with squid ink and served with triple-cooked french fries. You can wash this monstrosity down with a Caipi Halloween of vodka, lime juice, berries, and artisanal beer, served with edible “teeth.” Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first 10 patrons will be treated to a free cocktail.
Fright night in Chacarita
Sunday, November 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Complejo Art Media C, Corrientes 6271, Chacarita
One neighborhood over, Festival C Pibe, a musical collective that performs rock concerts for children, will be giving a Halloween-themed show at the Complejo Art Media C cultural space. The event will include educational activities, creative make-up stations, a reading corner, a circus area, and live music. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes. Individual tickets cost AR$5000 (approximately US$14 at the official dollar rate, US$5 at the MEP dollar rate) and can be purchased here. Discounts are available for larger groups, while children under the age of 3 are welcome free of charge.