Denmark is famed worldwide for its cosy, warm and friendly atmosphere – and the ‘hygge’ is at its best during the chilly Danish autumn and winter, making it the perfect time to visit. But at Halloween, the cosiest country in the world transforms for frights and fun. With pumpkins galore in the heart of Copenhagen, ‘Brick or Treat’ at LEGOLAND® Billund Resort, and spookily terrifying parties at haunted castles all over the country, an autumn trip to Denmark wouldn’t be complete without immersing yourself in these Halloween-themed experiences.
Halloween in Copenhagen
Copenhagen’s beautiful and iconic Tivoli Gardens will be dressed up for Halloween this autumn, with 20,000 pumpkins creating a wonderfully warm autumnal atmosphere along with spiders, scarecrows, magical creatures and thousands of lights. Halloween in Tivoli is for everyone, whether it’s a family day out to enjoy the thrill of the rides, a delicious dinner for two, or to simply soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful Gardens. As the evening comes to a close, music, lights, smoke, fire and lasers illuminate Tivoli Lake for a show that is not to be missed.
While in Copenhagen, why not experience the frightfully terrifying Carlsberg Halloween Party on 27 October? Situated in Carlsberg’s old brewery, the ghosts are coming out of the deepest, darkest corners of the cellars at Visit Carlsberg, with everyone invited to meet them at the Halloween party to end all parties. Grab a scary Halloween costume and join the party!
Tivoli Friheden Aarhus
Located in the heart of Marselisborg Forest in Denmark’s second city Aarhus, Tivoli Friheden will be transformed into the home of witches, ghosts, monsters and hundreds of spiders from 14 October until 22 October. As night falls, experience the beautiful lighting and an extra creepy atmosphere in the amusement park. Restaurant Friheden will also be hosting a special Halloween evening buffet on 18 October and 21 October, hosted by witch Grufelia and offering delicious Halloween-themed dishes for the whole family.
LEGOLAND® Billund Resort
LEGOLAND® Billund Resort will be transformed for Halloween from 7 October until 5 November. The park will be full of ghoulish LEGOLAND® creatures and impressive LEGO® Halloween decorations. Join the ‘Brick or Treat’ tour round the park and meet funny, crazy (and a bit scary!) Halloween creatures on your way, or creep into the giant pumpkin made of more than 100,000 LEGO bricks. LEGOLAND will be decked out with pumpkins, skeletons, ghosts, mummies and spiders to create a Halloween atmosphere everywhere. From 14–22 October and on 28 October, the is open until 9 pm. Selected amusements will be open until 7.30 pm, and when darkness falls, the park will be illuminated by fantastic lights.
Spooky events at haunted castles
Valdemar’s Castle, a stunning palace on the island of Tåsinge near Svendborg, in southern Denmark, will have a series of spooky Horror Nights from 29 September until 4 November. With several ‘horror zones’ to explore – everything from a war zone to a horrific hospital and mysterious dark forest – be prepared to be scared! There is also ‘The Mind-Blowing Horror Show’ starring Martin Castor, an international show hypnotist with a scarily sharp ability for modern psychological entertainment, mentalism and mind reading.
Esrum Kloster, north of Copenhagen, is hosting an All Saints Evening on 4 November, where guests will be transported to the dark Middle Ages. The darkened monastery will be filled with vivid lights and eerie soundscapes. Enjoy snacks and nibbles while you explore the monastery and walk alongside the souls of the dead. Perhaps even encourage them to let go of this world and move to the ‘other side’.
From 14 October to 22 October, Egeskov Castle, between Odense and Svendborg, will be hosting fun and spooky treasure hunts for children aged 6–12. Meet mysterious creatures and witches as you make your way through a quest to help Count Dracula find his way back to the crypt where he belongs. Egeskov will be decorated for Halloween with pumpkins all over the gardens. The castle grounds also offer holiday cottages for rent and a free campsite.
On 31 October, enjoy All Saints’ Eve at Gammel Estrup – the Old Estrup Manor House Museum located in beautiful natural surroundings 40km from Aarhus. This special night will feature ghost stories by candlelight, atmospheric tours of the dark cellars and the chance to walk through beautifully illuminated paths in the Baroque garden.