Traditionally, Icelanders don’t celebrate Halloween. It’s one of those holidays that has been slowly creeping into the culture due to the hegemony of American media and entertainment. However, in a country that quickly becomes dark and cool in the autumn months, celebrating Halloween is an excellent way to enjoy the naturally spooky atmosphere. Some kids have even started trick-or-treating here in Reykjavík.
Let’s take a look at some of the best events happening in Reykjavík.
3. See a Scary Movie
Iceland’s independent and hip cinema, Bío Paradís, has a few options for those looking for a fright. You can see Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street the Sunday before Halloween, October 28 at 8 pm.
On Halloween night, you can choose between a live recording of Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Miller or the Director’s Cut of The Exorcist. Both start at 8 pm, but Frankenstein is also playing on October 29 and 30.
2. Halloween Horror Show at Háskólabío
This event takes place in the University of Iceland’s theatre and features singers and dancers from Iceland. It’s a Halloween cabarét filled with songs, laughs and a couple of scares. Shows take place on October 26 and 27 at 8 pm. There is also a matinee at 4 pm on October 28. This event is perfect for the whole family (children six and up).
1. Dress up And Head Downtown For Reykjavík’s Infamous Nightlife
Some bars will be celebrating Halloween and some won’t. However, you’ll have a great time making your own little Halloween pub-crawl and popping into each place to the bemused looks of the other patrons. You might get a prize, a drink or just strange looks. Either way, it’s not a bad way to enjoy a night on the town.
Always remember to have a safe drive home and never drink and drive.
Have fun out there, boils and ghouls.