How to celebrate Halloween in Rome

Guide to Halloween 2019 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 don't 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 Alcazar Live in Trastevere, and 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 the Hard Rock Cafe on Via Veneto.

Rome usually has special Halloween events for children at the Bioparco and Zoological Museumand plenty of Halloween fun at Luneur Park in EUR, or theme parks such as Rainbow Magicland and Cinecittà World to the south of Rome.

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 Thursday 31 October, followed on Friday 1 November by All Saints’ Day, or Ognissanti, a public holiday in Italy.