Berliners do not need an excuse to dress up in costumes. However, many have started to embrace Halloween in Berlin over the past few years. Read on for Archer Relocation’s tips on how to spend your spooky day.
Trick-or-Treating in Berlin
Since Halloween in Berlin is now more of a celebrated holiday, you will find that the larger, commercial streets in family-friendly neighborhoods like Charlottenburg, Prenzlauer Berg and Schöneberg are a scene of children running from store-to-store in masks and costumes. In particular, the Späti owners have taken to this evening and are usually quite happy to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters. Kastanienallee in Mitte/Prenzlauer Berg, Winsviertel in Prenzlauer Berg and Akazienstraße in Schöneberg are just a few of the many neighborhood streets where you can find some Halloween buzz.
It’s also a good idea to have a little candy on-hand at home if you have children living in your building. We were quite surprised last year to open the door and find some little ghosts greeting us with a “Trick or treat!”.
Get in the spirit for Halloween ahead of the holiday! Radio Teddy will host a family Halloween party on Sunday, October 28 from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. at Kosmos in Friedrichshain. The event promises 2,600 m2 of kid-friendly fun with bouncy houses, Halloween crafts, and a Halloween disco. Don’t forget to dress your little ones in costume!
What better way to spend Halloween in Berlin than at the Tierpark with (sometimes) spooky, furry friends. Families will have the option to take the ‘Familienroute’ through the park starting at noon on October 31st, which will include Halloween-themed stands and less frightening attractions. If your kids are keen, stay on for the darker fun that starts at 5:30 p.m. that evening. Highlights after dark will include a ‘Gruselroute’ (Spooky Walk), Dungeon show and laser light show.
Spend Halloween in Berlin with the folks that know how to do costumes best — Filmpark Babelsberg. Just a short S-Bahn ride from the city, your little ones can enjoy pumpkin carving and scary face painting early in the day. Filmpark Babelsberg is even offering free admission to all children under the age of 16 from 10:00 a.m. until noon, provided they are wearing a full costume and are accompanied by a paying adult. As expected from the movie production pros, it will get a bit darker after 3:00 p.m. For those energized by all things scary, there will be a Ghost Parade, a haunted warehouse and a chance to visit a bewitched hostel.
Halloween in Berlin would not be complete without a ghostly train ride through one of Berlin’s many green spaces. Trains will leave from the Wuhlheide Hauptbahnhof starting at 5:00 p.m. on Halloween evening. Who knows what kind of ghastly creatures will be your fellow passengers? After your train trip, there is an opportunity for roasting marshmallows and sausages. You can and must purchase tickets ahead of time on the website.
Why not make your kids work for their trick-or-treat candy? Halloween Run Berlin invites you to a Bambini, 1.5km, 5km, and 10km run starting at 5:30 p.m. on October 31st at the Waldhochseilgarten Jungfernheide. All children that run will be rewarded with a bag of candy and a medal. If that is not enough activity, there will also be pumpkin carving and scary face painting.
Costume Shops for Halloween in Berlin
If you have no time to browse Pinterest and make your own costumes, then visit these Berlin stores for a quick Halloween costume fix.
Read on other ideas from the online travel site, Culture Trip, to keep your children engaged throughout the autumn in Berlin.