If you’re like the majority of the Atlas staff, you basically live for Halloween. Wearing a costume here isn’t what you’d call obligatory, especially since Halloween is an imported holiday, but every year it gains more and more steam as a steady stream of masked revelers pour into night clubs and onto the streets ready for both tricking and treating.
Party organizers are cashing in on themed party nights, theatrics, cinema, dinners, and more— this year there are some exceptional events going on about town, so start your planning early to be sure you don’t miss out. Here’s what’s happening this Halloween, October 31, 2019.
15h – 17h
MOVIE | “Joker” Screening at Cinema City | 4,99€
Today’s as good as any for a film, so why not watch as Arthur Fleck seeks to connect with society but realizes that he is a joke himself, living in constant agony and suffering as he struggles at night to become a stand-up comedy artist. Here’s your chance to see Joaquim Phoenix at his finest and most maniacal while you munch on popcorn.
19h – 22h
FAMILY FUN | Noite Quase nada Assustadora de Halloween at the Kids’ Museum | 9€
If you’re looking for a fun family program, come to the “Almost Scary Children’s Museum Party” where kids (three to eight years) will mask up and parade through the history of Portugal with some scares in the middle and a snack at the end. There’s required registration, so email [email protected] if you and your kids want in.
19h – 21h and 22h – 24h
MURDER MYSTERY | Detective Game in the Abandoned Palácio Mendia in São Bento | 20€
Let’s say, hypothetically, a Count has been murdered in an abandoned palace in central Lisbon and there are eight rooms to investigate. Do you think you have what it takes to solve this mystery? Was it your wife? The Marquis? The daughter? The Butler? This interactive game will require you to confront the suspects directly, decipher clues and of course find out whodunnit. Might want to brush up on your Portuguese for this one if your powers of deduction are a bit shaky.
20h – 22h
MOVIE SCREENING | The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Topo Chiado | 12€
In this cult Halloween classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet who are stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”
20h – 22h30
MEXICAN DINNER & DANCE PARTY | Fiesta de los Muertos at Fábrica Braço de Prata | 20 € / 2 people
The dead are believed to visit their relatives, and this feast is inviting you for a lively visit. The food, the cakes, the party, the music, and the sweets are Mexican favorites made to honor the dead with dancing, flowers, candles, incense, Catrinas and Charros, and a long lineup of masterful DJs promising to help you dance the night away.
21h – 23h30
THEATER | “Chicago” at Teatro Trindade | 14 – 22€
Set in the wild 1920s, Chicago tells us the story of two vaudeville rivals accused of murder. Velma, a nightclub star, is sorry for killing her husband and sister after catching them together; Roxie, an ambitious chorus girl, ended up behind bars for killing her lover. Both use the services of Mama Morton, the chief of the prison guards, and cunning lawyer Billy Flynn, to create a media frenzy and prepare for their big return to the world of showbiz.
22h – 8h
MUSIC FESTIVAL | Halloween LX Festival 2019 at Pavilhao Carlos Lopes | 15 – 100€ (VIP)
As chills and fears violate your senses, this music fest is here to exorcise your demons, monsters, skeletons, slugs, and leeches with holy water blessed by the devil himself. LXMUSIC is throwing one hell of a creepy party that promises to be full of surprises laid out to a soundtrack of some of the best artists in town. Go get funky and bring all your exorciseable demons with you.
22h – 8h
ELECTRONIC MUSIC | Brunch Electronik Halloween Party at the Centro Congressos de Lisboa | 25€
The CCL Pavilion will turn into Electronik-In The City Brunch for their third-annual Halloween party with 10 hours of music featuring the best electronic music from superstar acts like Nina Kraviz, Colin Benders, Paranoid London live, Speedy J, The Advent live, 2jack4u live and Ruuar. Come incognito and get ready to shake your stuff.
23h – 6h
COSTUME PARTY | Generalista Halloween Party at Metropolis Club | Free until 1h
With prizes for the best costume and a promise of witchery and good tunes, Lisbon’s favorite alternative ’80s and ’90s club might be just the right spot to haunt this Halloween. Grunge is back in…haven’t you heard? Just take one look in the window at H&M!
23h – 4h
DANCE PARTY | Spooky Tones Swing Party at Fábrica Braço de Prata | €7,50
Show up dressed up like a hepcat and get ready for a night of swinging surprises at this annual American swing ball courtesy of the folks at Swing Station. Admission gets you into the building, which will be hosting a few different theme parties all worth checking out.
23h – 6h
CLUB PARTY | Dia de Muertos at Titanic Sur Mer | 10€
This special night is dedicated to Dia de muertos with a Balkan vs. Cumbia party featuring Farra Fanfarra and Astros de Mendoza from Mexico City. What better way to get spooky than to boogie down by the Tejo to some good beats with some friendly revelers? Plus, that Dia dos Muertos costume and the leftover face paint from last year won’t just go to waste.