Halloween events and Castanyada in Barcelona
Celebrations for fans of the Catalan traditional and the Halloween you grew up with
All Saints' Day (1 Nov) and the evening before are known as the Castanyada, after the traditional treats of castanyes (roasted chestnuts) - consumed along with moniatos (roasted sweet potatoes) and panellets (small almond balls covered in pine nuts). The imported tradition of Halloween has grown in popularity of late, and there are now several celebrations around town. Tots Sants (All Saints') is also known as the Dia dels Difunts (Day of the Dead); the snacks switch to white, bone-shaped ossos de sant cakes. Thousands visit local cemeteries over the weekend to sprinkle the graves with holy water, leave flowers, hold vigils, and honour and pray for the dead. Whether you want to take part in traditional Catalan festivities or slap on some scary makeup, we've got a line-up of things to do to enjoy the holiday.
The American Society of Barcelona invites you to don your scariest, sexiest or most hideous costume and get down to the Fahrenheit Lounge Club for a Halloween costume party that features live music, free welcome drinks, food and drink discounts, and a prize for the best costumes. ASB Board Member Conrad Williams and The Sassy Mutts will be setting the mood by playing your favorite rock, reggae and pop tunes followed by DJ extraordinaire Erick.
The online project of concert recordings in the Tots Sants studio presents a live concert with three of the project participants that the studio invested in during its first months of existence: the singer-songwriter Leonmanso, debuting in Barcelona; Nothing Places, the project of drummer Emilio Saiz with drummer Xavier Molero; and the premiere of Mi Capitán, rock supergroup led by singer and guitarist Gonçal Planas with hints of Love of Lesbian, Standstill and Egon Soda.
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