Albufeira promises “most frightening Halloween ever”

Albufeira will not be a place for the faint-hearted this weekend as the town is promising to put on its “most frightening Halloween ever”.

According to the local council, all kinds of “ghosts, witches, monsters and ghouls” will be roaming the town’s main streets at night between October 29 and 31.

The town’s Praça dos Pescadores beachside square will also host a free concert by Moonspell, one of the most successful metal bands to ever come out of Portugal, on October 30.

“In fact, there is no other band in Portugal that symbolises the spirit of this season better than Moonspell,” the local council says.

Local businesses and restaurants will also join the celebrations with bone-chilling Halloween decorations.

While described by the local council as a “relatively recent custom” in Portugal, Halloween celebrations are “attracting more and more fans, from children to adults, who at this time of year dress up and celebrate the occasion with many scares and fun tricks.”

Street entertainment will take place every night at Avenida Sá Carneiro in the town’s Oura bar district from 8.30pm to 11pm between Jardim do Montechoro and Praia da Oura.

Downtown Albufeira will also be turned into a ‘scare fest’ on Saturday with “ghosts, witches, goblins, dragons and giant spiders” haunting the streets, and a “Tunnel of Horrors” at Largo Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco and a “Haunted Tunnel” on Rua 5 de Outubro, near Praia do Peneco.

Festivities will continue on Halloween night with a “phantasmagorical parade” planned for 7pm followed by performances by Grupo Al-Fanfare and Associação Soul at Largo Engº Duarte Pacheco from 9pm onwards. Also planned is a Jack-o’-Lantern contest to hail the “most frightening pumpkin of the year”.

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