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Celebrate Halloween in Gothenburg with spooky activities


Best tips for children and young people

Are you looking for spooky activities in Gothenburg during Halloween? WE have gathered the best tips for the whole family to enjoy! Did you know that the tradition of Halloween originates from Ireland? It’s become a very popular holiday in USA, but also here in Sweden. It is often confused with the Swedish traditional holiday ”Allhelgona” (roughly translated as “All saints”). The shops are filled with spooky decorations such a spider’s web, pumpkins, skeletons and ghosts to decorate homes and gardens. Children dress up in scary costumes and visit the neighbours for tricks or treats. Do you enjoy scary things? Read our best tips of things to during Halloween!

Cosy (and a little bit scary) with Alfie Atkins

During Halloween little ghosts, spiders and bats move in with Alfie Atkins and his friends at The Alfie Atkins Cultural Centre. They have daily theatre performances and book readings – with just a little bit of spook!  

Recommended age: All 
Price: 95 SEK (for children above 1) 
Available dates: Open all days – booking required

Escape House for teens

Together with friends or family you will get locked in one of the escape rooms - The Casino Heist, The Asylum or The Chapel. Will you make it out in time? Find clues, items and riddles and use your creativity to solve the puzzle and break out before time is up! An exciting challenge!

Recommended age: From 12 years  
Price: 175 SEK (for teens aged 12-15) 
Available dates: Open all days – booking required

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Make your own spooky pumpkin lantern

Making your own pumpkin lantern is a crafty activity that is fun for the whole family. Perhaps everyone can’t do everything, but it’s easy to get everyone involved in one element or another along the way. A pumpkin can have many different expressions – happy, sad, angry or scary.  What do you want yours to look like? Here is our guide of how to carve a pumpkin and what tools that are best suited to the job. 

Tasty snacks – roasted pumkin seeds

Don’t throw away the pumpkin seeds that you scoop out of the pumpkin.  Rinse and dry them thoroughly, place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and roast in the oven on 175 °C for 20-30 minutes. A healthy and tasty snack!

Handy tools

  • Paper cut-outs for your design  
  • Pen 
  • Sharp knives – preferable two different sizes  
  • Spoon or ladle
  • Candles  

Step by step instructions

  1. Start by carving off the top of the pumpkin to create a lid. If you angle the knife slightly the lid won’t drop if the pumpkin shrivels.  
  2. Scoop out any fibres and seeds with a spoon or ladle.  
  3. Create your own (or use a ready-made) cut-outs for the pumpkins face. Draw contours for eyes, nose and mouth.   
  4. Use the knife to carefully saw and carve along the drawn-on contours and press out the loose pieces.  
  5. Light a candle inside, preferably battery-operated flameless candles to reduce the fire risk. 
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