Greeks may not have grown up with the spirit of Halloween, but in recent years the idea has caught on. How could it not? The scary spirit of Halloween matches the spirit of gloom and doom in the country. So while Greeks may not be out there tricking or treating, they are definitely joining in the spirit of zombies, ghoulies and vampires. The growth of the occasion is further helped by the fact that October 28 is a national holiday for “Oxi” (No) day, when Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas said “No” to the entry of Italian forces to Greece.
So as Greeks celebrate “No,” they also say “Yes” to a few scary festivities on the side. Here’s a top 10 list for Halloween activities this long weekend.
1. HALLOWEEN MURDER MYSTERY
Those who attend Evita Bloo’s wedding at Espairos (155 Patission Street, Athens, tel +30 6970675448) are given a role to play. So put on your character dress and join in the fun at 8:30 p.m. on October 28.
2. THE MOST EMBARASSING HALLOWEEN PARTY EVER
Those who have Eighties photos of themselves with puffed shoulder sleeves and pink lace know how scary the decade was. Attend the Eighties-styled celebration that pays homage to the likes of Freddy Krueger, Corpse Bride and the death of disco at Death Disco (cnr of 16 Ogygou and 24 Lepeniotou streets, Psyrri, near Monastiraki Square) at 10 p.m. Saturday October 29.
3. LIL’ MONSTERS BALL
Let’s not forget the little ones with the Lil’ Monsters Ball at the Hard Rock Café (52 Adrianou Street, Thisseion) from 11 a.m.-11 p.m on Sunday, October 30. Call +30 210.3245170.
4. FEAR OF THE WALKING QUEERS
The LGBTQ community of Athens did not want to be left out of the celebration with their own homophobia-busting Halloween party on Saturday, October 29, in an event at the LAB (4 Avissynias Street, Athens). Admission free.
5. ALL THINGS DARK
An audiovisual homage to mystery kicks off with a fashion parade and continues with short films and DJ sets at 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 at Romantso (3-5 Anaxagora Street, Athens, tel +30 216-700-3325).
6. HORROR OVER ATHENS II (HALLOWEEN PARTY)
The 6th Chemical Circus party in Athens features spooky themed music at Methodia (cnr of Konstantinoupoleos and Agiou Orous streets, tel +30 210-345-8605), with great catacomb-styled decor complete with Jack’o’Lanterns and other displays.
7. A SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN
A Spooktacular Halloween Night at six d.o.g.s (6-8 Avramiotou Street, Monastiraki) starts at 9 p.m. on October 31. Enjoy the Horror Photo Booth, Labyrinth Basement and Haunted Piano as well as many other spooky surprises.
8. ST. CATHERINE’S BRITISH SCHOOL
St. Catherine’s British School (77 Venizelou Street, Lykovrissi) opens its doors for its Halloween party for kiddies on November 5, 4 p.m.-7 p.m . As usual, there will be a haunted house, trick and truck or treat, magicians, story-telling, arts and crafts, food and drinks and many more spooky surprises.
9. HALLOWEEN AT THE RANCH
Why celebrate one day when you can do a couple of weekends? The children’s camp, The Ranch (Sofiko, Corinthia), opens its doors to families wishing to celebrate Halloween in a cowboy-styled setting over two weekends from November 4-6 and November 12-13 with special spooky games and horror films as well as the usual fun facilities available at the camp.
10. HALLOWEEN FRIDAY
Young and old are invited at the Kafeneion (140 Monastiriou Street, Academias Platonas) from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. to celebrate Halloween with all sorts of events including a screening of Frankenstein Junior at 9 p.m. So put your scariest costume on and join in on the fun.