Costume planned, spider webs stretched across doorframes and pumpkin carving kit ready for action? Whatever your levels of Halloween-organisation, we have you covered with where to celebrate it. The striking, the frightening and the outright mad this October 31, 2019. Break out your jack-o-lanterns and scary stories for the ultimate Halloween in Florence.
Family Fun and Children’s events this Halloween in Florence
For little ones excited by the mystery and thrills and adults “reluctantly” donning fancy-dress (we know you’ve been planning for months!) these are the perfect family events for all the clan.
I Viaggiatori del Tempo
The theatre company I Viaggiatori del Tempo host a terrifying travelling show each year. Thrills, giggles and certainly lots of fun, minimum age for the event is 6 years old and will take place at Villa del Cento Camini, Artimino, Carmignano on October 31 and November 1. www.viaggiatorideltempo.it
Halloween run at the Parco delle Cascine
A 4km fun-run for adrenaline seekers and Halloween fanatics with prizes for the best fancy-dress. Grab the whole family and get yourselves to Piscina Le Pavoniere at Parco delle Cascine for 8pm on October 31 for a hair-raising dash through the park. See www.halloweenrun.it.
Halloween party at Maiano farm
Labsitters have organised a fun and frightening festa at Fattoria di Maiano. For children aged 3-5, there are Halloween themed cookies, monster stories and games. For those aged 6-9, there is a torch-lit walk to the Tea House for scary stories, snack and games. See www.labsitters.com for details.
Children’s Lending Library Halloween Party
October 26 from 4-6pm, come and join the fun at the annual CLL Halloween party! With a haunted house, face painting, books and toys for sale, this is a treat for all. 4 euro for members, 7 euro for non-members. Accompanying adults and children under 2, free. See here for more info.
Halloween Party at The British Institute of Florence
The firm favourite for both adults and children, ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler will be read on October 31 at 5pm. The spooky story-time will be followed by making Trick or Treat candy bags. Dressing-up encouraged! For children aged 0 to 4, but all ages are welcome. Open to members of the library or a day card for 6 euro. Email email@example.com.
Monster Mash Halloween Party
October 31, monsters, witches, and their ghoulish pals come together from 7-9pm, hosted by OU, via San Domenico, 78, Arezzo. For children from 6-10 years and their families, this free entry event features halloween themed drinks, games, activities, face painting and ‘Trick-or-Treating.’ Click here for details.
Halloween Concerts in Florence
Iris Céilí The Irish Festival – Special Celtic New Year
Iris Accademia Danze Irlandesi group delight with dancing performance and music by Willos’ Irish folk band to celebrate the Celtic New Year (Samhain in Irish). 8.30pm Aperitif dinner, 9.30pm Concert. 30 euro for aperitif, dance and concert, 15 euro dance and concert at Hotel Baglioni Relais Santa Croce, Sala della Musica, via Ghibellina, 87. See www.irisdanzeirlandesi.it. Folk music group: www.facebook.com/willostrad
Rocky Horror Live Concert
Over 30 artists perform the Italian version of the classic show, with songs in english. The thrilling event will be hosted at Teatrodante Carlo Monni, piazza Dante 23, Campi Bisenzio from October 31 to November 2, book at www.ticketone.it.
Halloween Parties in Florence
Brain Shake AC/DC tribute
Lattexplus Halloween night
Dance till you drop at La Limonaia, via Pisana 77, with music by Jackmaster and Matisa. Best costume wins ticket for the next Lattexplus party. See www.lattexplus.com.
The Red Garter Halloween party
Makeup artist and official photographer at this special event with Live Karaoke show, Happy Hour until 9.30pm and DJ until closing. Details at www redgarter1962.com.
The Family Party – Halloween al Tasso
Eclectic DJs come together for the pagan New Year. Held at Ostello Tasso, via Vallani, come from 9pm to hear the deadliest sounds this Halloween. Featuring DJs Michelle David, Edoardo Florio di Grazia, Icicles and Sea Basses, Coqò dj, Lorenzo Hugolini and Gimmi Giamma Dj show, entrance costs 5 euro. Registration to be part of the ACSI club required, click here.
Halloween Tours in Florence
Florence Inferno Halloween Tour 2019
Thrill seekers unite for a Halloween Tour through Florence’s historical centre in the search of medieval ghosts and mysterious alleys, with whispers of the scariest Florentine stories. Visit the Badia Fiorentina and its mysterious bell tower as well as locations mentioned in Dan Brown’s Inferno, discovering little known secrets around town. Prizes for the best costumes, so make sure to go all out! Meeting at 8pm at the staircase of Badia Fiorentina Church, via del Proconsolo 15, Florence. See www.florenceinferno.com.
Walk through Florence as a family (children aged 6-10) and discover the fables and legends that will spook and thrill. The tour is geared towards families with children aged 6 to 10 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult and the tour departs at 6.30pm. Duration about 1h30. Cost: 10 euro per child (up to 2 free companions). Info and reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more info.
Something a bit different (and a bit spookier) comes to the Mercato Centrale this Halloween. Join in a treasure hunt throughout the stalls and be prepared for some surprises!
See www.mercatocentrale.it for more details.