Things to do this Halloween in Budapest

Date: 21 October, 2017
Things to do this Halloween in Budapest
Halloween is just around the corner, so you might be wondering what’s happening in Budapest over the Halloween weekend; well there are lots of things to do as the city embraces the opportunity to have some ghoulish fun! Here’s just some of them…

Halloween Fesztiválra

October 28-29, 1146 Budapest XIV. kerület, Dózsa György u. 37.


Halloween festival in Budapest 2017


Right next to Heroes’ Square, this is a free event celebrating all that’s great about Halloween – dressing up in costume, games & entertainment, and food & drink. There’s delicious street food, wine bars, beer barrels, pumpkin carving, live bands, and DJs. Time to start thinking about your costume!

Pumpkin Lanterns

October 28, 2017, 19.00 – 21.00

In Heroes’ Square you can stroll among some incredible pumpkin carvings ranging from your standard ‘creepy triangle eyes & jagged teeth’ efforts, to remarkable works of art of incredible detail.


Bud Pumpkin1


This is a free event too, and with a really great cause at its core as people are not only invited to display their own pumpkins in the square, but also encouraged to donate canned foods to a local charity dedicated to feeding poor children. So, here’s a nice way to both participate in local culture and really make a small but important difference to somebody’s life this Halloween – grab a pumpkin and a can or two of non-perishables when you’re passing the market, get carving, and pop along to Heroes’ Square in the evening!


You can also learn lots about Heroes’ Square and surroundings on our free walking tours of Budapest, every day with unbeatable local guides.

Pumpkin Festival in Downtown Market

Belvárosi Piac, Hold utca 13, district V

Where better to get your pumpkin than the famous Downtown market where, on Saturday, the 28th, Halloween is celebrated with all things pumpkin; pumpkin carving lessons, pumpkin soup, pumpkin burgers, pumpkin-filled strudel and more pumpkin-based fare to complement the usual fantastic and tasty local food produce here in this vibrant and wonderful market.



Visit the labyrinth that once held captive the real Dracula

Vlad III, otherwise known as Vlad Tepes, Vlad the Impaler, and the real Dracula, is a character whose legacy is still well known today as a gruesome and fearful one.

Vlad the impaler dracula budapest

Beneath Buda Castle lies an extensive system of cellars, caves, and tunnels – a labyrinth which was once imprisoned Vlad in the 15th century for a number of his formative years. As if the association with one of history’s most feared and monstrous blood-thirsty maniacs didn’t already give this labyrinth enough creepy credibility, the dark and narrow stone hallways are eerily atmospheric, with installations throughout evoking a sinister sense of the macabre – making it a perfect Halloween thing to do in Budapest!



You can explore the Buda Castle complex with us on our Free Tour of Budapest. The tour finishes in the complex, so it’s the perfect opportunity to visit the labyrinth after the tour.

Ghost Tour Budapest

There surely isn’t a more ideal time to take a ghost tour of Budapest than at Halloween. You’ll slink through the old cobbled streets of Pest with a witch, well a professional actress & tour guide in the role of a witch, who’ll terrify & entertain you with dark true tales of black magic, witchcraft, vampires, strange unsolved mysteries, and scary legends of Budapest.


ghost tour Budapest



Of course, Budapest locals don’t need an excuse to party, but Halloween is certainly a great reason to have fun, and we don’t let it go by without some celebrating. Many bars, ruin pubs, and clubs will embrace the Halloween spirit – people dressing in costume, live music & DJs, Halloween decorations, and even Halloween cocktails.


Halloween pub crawl night in Budapest


You can’t go wrong with the Generation pub crawl for an unbeatable night out in Budapest – Free beer, free shots, party games beer-pong & flip-cup, exclusive drink specials & discounts, like-minded drinking-buddies, and lovely local guides; it’s the best way to experience our exciting nightlife with fellow travellers this Halloween, and save a lot of money too. You can even return as many nights as you like for free, once you still have your wristband on - sweet!


That's it guys & girls, we wish you a fun time this Halloween in Budapest.


Let us know in the comments if you're visiting Budapest this Halloween, and if you haven't booked accommodation yet, get 5% off all these great hostels in Budapest as standard when you book online. No tricks, just treats!

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