Halloween in Argentina isn’t as established an event as it is in the US or UK: there are no trick-or-treaters plaguing our streets in tiny ghost costumes equipped with little bags waiting for expected donations of sugary treats. There are no Halloween decorations running up and down every supermarket and store, with tiny pumpkin fairy lights crammed into every shop window. Despite this lack of consumerism hitting Argentina (which I am kind of delighted with, tbh) Buenos Aires does have quite a few events which tune in to this holiday, where you can dance away your worries dressed as Cat Woman with no shame.
Our top picks delve from crazy club nights at Niceto to Día de los Muertos celebrations. Read on.
Fiesta Plop! – LGBTQ+ Eleganza
This colorful Halloween celebration also coincides with the twelfth anniversary of legendary club night Fiesta Plop!; so this loud, bright and wonderful evening at Teatro Vorterix in Colegiales is back with not one, but two, reasons to celebrate! This is a classic porteño night which will not disappoint. It also is not restricted to people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community; it’s a place of complete freedom where everyone is welcome and where you can wear what you want and dance the night away with whomever you want.
Fiesta Piso Compartido at Niceto
This is the fifth Halloween bash organized by Fiesta Piso Compartido and is one of the biggest parties in the city, held at the famous Niceto Club. Come together with 1,200 other people for one of the best nights of the year: get ready for a truly weird and wacky experience, some of these costumes are too real to handle (see the creepiest clown possibly ever above, who will constantly haunt my dreams). Basically, it’s time to ditch the basic catsuit you had laid out, and get creative for this wild night!
Festival de Disfraces
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Posted by Weekend Tour on Thursday, October 4, 2018
This is a whole Halloween Tour coordinated by WT (Weekend Tour), which for those who are slow to pick things up by their names, is a company that organizes weekend excursions around Buenos Aires. This is the fourth year that they have put together a day jam-packed full of Halloween festivities, and they have gone as far as to hire professional actors playing Halloween characters (!). If you’re in the mood to get a little wild and probably not go to bed until the sun comes up, this is the fiesta for you.
The tour has free bars at slop-fest favorite Chupitos, and then 50 percent off at boliches around town. It will also include a party bus, jello shots, and beer pong, ending up at Bayside and Crobar. Now, while most might scamper at the phrase “organized fun,” this run of the show just might change your mind.
WT Halloween | Saturday, October 27 | AR $700 | Facebook Event | Reserve your spot: 11-6928-9244
Open Air Film Screening of Halloween (1978)
Crepas Cinema Club Palermo offers a variety of spooky Halloween films in Buenos Aires on a rooftop in Soho, from The Shining to A Quiet Place, but you cannot miss the 40-year-old cult classic Halloween by John Carpenter that follows 6-year-old Michael Myers who murders his family on Halloween night and then admitted to a psychiatric hospital. It is a damn creepy flick and is perfect to channel your classic Halloween vibes.
Crepas Cinema Club | Gurruchaga 1791 | Tuesday, October 30 – 8-11 PM | AR $150 or AR $340 for crepe, drink, and film | More info
Chicken Bros Party
Chicken Bros is always a hilarious night out in Buenos Aires, and their Halloween event appears to be similarly amusing. Pop in from 6 PM – 1.30 AM for ‘spooky’ sauces on your chicken, costume competitions and a free fireball shot on your entrance. The winner of the best Halloween costume wins a free dinner for four people (!), so it’s definitely worth shimmying on that Little Mermaid Costume you have somewhere. The special sauces also sound ridiculous: there’s Ghost Pepper BBQ which is a spicy pepper sauce with a sweet surprise, and the bizarre-sounding Chipotle Carolina Grim Reaper Dry Rub Wings.
Chicken Bros | Thames 1795 | Wednesday, October 31 – 6.30 PM – 1.30 AM | Free Entrance | More info on their Facebook Event
Monsters of Frankenstein Exhibit at the National Library
This exhibition at the National Library is perfect for the Mary Shelley fans among you, or really for anyone that doesn’t fancy downing Smirnoff at a club night. In this exhibit, you can commemorate 200 years of the novel Frankenstein by the 18-year-old female phenom, as it includes posters, film fragments, children’s books and texts by Shelley’s mother and father.
It opened back in July and will carry on until March 31, 2019; however, it is a perfect time to get freaked out by this literary classic which has inspired a whole genre of creepy fiction and films.
El Monstruo de Frankenstein | Biblioteca Nacional – Agüero 2502 | All week from 7 PM | More info
Alucination Halloween with Kolsch
On November 2, Crobar will host a crazy night where legendary Danish DJ Kölsch will be playing alongside Londonground and Matías Sundblad. This will definitely be a night to remember, as it isn’t very often Rune Reilly Kolsh, the techno and house extraordinaire, graces the Buenos Aires club scene.
Alucination con Kolsh | Crobar – Av. Cnel. Marcelino E. Freyre | Friday, November 2 – 12 PM- 7 AM | Facebook
Día de los Muertos Night
Now, Día de los Muertos is not Halloween: there are different traditions that come from completely different cultures. However, this event could not be missed out on our list, as it is starting to be one of the more culturally-aware aspects of the important celebration in Mexican culture. This particular event (the second of its kind) is probing at how we understand the issues of death.
There will be a wide variety of events including readings, talks, and community altars that intend to educate the population on the sensitivities of death. There is also live music, workshops, and artisanal markets. The event in San Telmo starts at 4 PM and carries on well into the evening, ending at the stroke of midnight. This is definitely one not to miss and is appropriate for all generations!
Celebración de Día de Muertos | Humberto Primo 380 – San Telmo | Friday, November 2 | 4 PM – 12 AM | More info here