Guide to Halloween 2018 for kids and adults in Rome.
Rome embraces the ghoulish festival of Halloween - still a slightly foreign concept in Italy - a little more each year with Halloween-themed events and spooky shop-fronts becoming increasingly popular.
If you are looking for the perfect Halloween costume, masks, make-up and accessories head to Studio 13 on Piazza Cavour or Profondo Rosso on Via dei Gracchi - both in the Prati district - but best not to leave it until the last minute as you may have to queue down the street just to get in. If you are seeking a more bespoke look, check out Rome's vintage boutiques.
There are always fancy dress parties in the city's night clubs and live music venues such as Lanificio 159, Room 26 and Ex Dogana while other Halloween events include Il Borgo delle Candele at Borgo Ripa, Halloween Nights at Alcazar Live in Trastevere or Dracula Party at Angeli Rock in Ostiense.
There are also fancy dress parties on the night of 31 October at many of the city’s expat pubs such as the Abbey Theatre near Piazza Navona, Finnegan’s and Fiddler's Elbow in Monti, and Scholars Lounge near Piazza Venezia, as well as at American-style diners such as the Hard Rock Cafe on Via Veneto.
Rome has special Halloween events for children at the Bioparco on 27 October; scary Halloween nights at the Zoological Museum (for ages 9-13); family-friendly events at the Halloween Open Day at Mercato Testaccio; and plenty of Halloween fun at Luneur Park in EUR, or theme parks such as Rainbow Magicland and Cinecittà World to the south of Rome. Those over 14 might enjoy the new Halloween horror movie, showing in English at the Lux and Barberini cinemas, 40 years after the release of John Carpenter's 1978 classic.
As an ancient city, Rome also has some authentically scary sites such as a spine-chilling visit to Via Veneto’s Capuchin crypt. Finally, check out our Halloween recipe which features pumpkin, obviously.
This year Halloween occurs on Wednesday 31 October, followed on Thursday 1 November by All Saints’ Day, or Ognissanti, a public holiday in Italy.