You may think that there is no such thing as Halloween celebration in Ukraine at all. Well, partly this is true as you won’t find any day called that in the calendar, however, there are certain traditions connected with this date. «Destinations» rounded up a list of Halloween celebrations around Kyiv.
These days more and more Ukrainians (especially the young ones) celebrate Halloween. So, the big question is “what can you expect from Halloween in Ukraine?”
It’s a long time tradition in NY, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, and this year at last, Kyiv will have its first Halloween Parade. Join the spookiest procession of Zombie Parade on October 30th. It will start at 1:30 PM at Yaroslav Mudryy monument («Zoloti Vorota» station). The parade is supposed to gather all the eager Halloween fans in the spookiest costumes. The rout of Zombie Parade will include Sofiyivska Square, Andriyivsky Descent, Kontraktova Square, Poshtova Square and pedestrian bridge. These are the exact locations where all the Halloween madness will spill to the streets. So dress up in your best Halloween costume, work on your Halloween makeup ideas and get ready for a ghoulishly good time. One can have a zombie or vampire make-up done just before the parade at one of the pop-up make-up stations near Yaroslav Mudryy monument.
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«12 Months Zoo» (79, Verbna street, Demidov Village) will be hosting fun Halloween themed weekend for the whole family on October 29th and 30th. The special program is called «Halloween Movie Party». Guests will be entertained by spooky host Drakula. There will be scary movies screening, numerous contests and quests as well as delicious Halloween themed dishes at the local food-court. The central square of the zoo will offer a stylish Halloween photo zone full of jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs, candles and spiders for spookiest Halloween selfies. Tickets cost UAH 150 for adults, UAH 50 for kids under 120 cm height and free of charge for children under 3 years old.
On the 30th of October 2016, in the heart of Kyiv, at the crossing of Pushkinskaya and Proreznaya streets, there will be a real holiday of the pumpkins.
In Kartata Potata Cafe you can try different dishes with pumpkin: bread, muffins, soup and even ice cream! Anyone can get to know everything about pumpkin carving and to buy a pumpkin!
At the festival you can meet with our favorite vendors, to purchase their products and to drink pumpkin beer. Adults and children can visit culinary and creative workshops in non-stop mode. Moms will compete in the crack of pumpkin seeds, and the dads - in lifting pumpkin weights. There will be “an area of fear” equipped with scary attributes! Come on, do not be afraid!
Admission fee for the whole family (2 adults and kids) - UAH 100
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Numerous restaurants, clubs and bars in Kyiv will have Halloween Parties on October 29th, 30th or 31st. Many of these parties are costume parties, so choose a costume which is going to be scary and recognizable, then prepare yourself for a lot of frightening and spooky fun. One of the major capital’s Halloween parties will traditionally take place in «Chateau Mystique» (Yevheniia Kharchenka St, 39, Kiev) club. Halloween Private Party promises top-notch musical line-up, spectacular costumes and creepy quest for all the guests.
There are loads of Halloween nights out in Kyiv with things to do around Halloween ranging from the traditional apple bobbing Halloween games to full on dance till you drop fancy dress Halloween parties. And the restaurants will be getting out the cobwebs and altering their menus to add a Halloween flavor. Just check the Facebook pages of your favorite Kyiv venues to see what they have in stock for Halloween.
You might be that bit too old to go out trick or treating on Halloween, however you can bet that there will be plenty of Halloween events in for you to get involved in.