Albufeira unveils three-day Halloween programme
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Albufeira unveils three-day Halloween programme

Halloween is becoming more and more popular, Albufeira mayor says

Witches, zombies, fire eaters, werewolves and other frightening creatures are going to “invade” Albufeira as part of the town’s Halloween celebrations.

“From October 29 to 31, Albufeira is inviting residents and tourists to join the Halloween celebrations programme, a tradition which despite not being of Portuguese origin is gaining more and more fans amongst children and adults,” the council says in a statement to the press.

The festivities will take place between 7pm and midnight at Largo Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco, Rua 5 de Outubro and Avenida Sá Carneiro, which will be spookily decorated and populated by several “frightening characters”.

There will be a “Tunnel of Horrors” to explore, several contests to take part, street entertainment and live music, face painting, “phantasmagorical parades,” a “Spooky Run” and several surprises, the local authority promises.

Among the highlights are parades on Saturday, October 29 at 8.30pm to select the most original carved pumpkin and the best Halloween costume at Largo Engenheiro Pacheco, followed by a street theatre performance by Associação Satori, which follows the legend of the ‘Enchanted moura’, a supernatural being from Portuguese and Galician folklore.

On the same evening there will be a performance by DJ Serginho at 10pm on Rua 5 de Outubro, where local barmen will also be serving Halloween cocktails.

A live performance by KIDS (Karen’s International Dance Studios) is planned for Sunday, October 30 (time still to be confirmed).

Festivities continue on Monday, October 31 at 7pm with a “phantasmagorical parade” in Albufeira’s downtown area which will feature a cast of terrifying creatures, accompanied by the live music of Banda Al Fanfare.

This will be followed by a Spooky Run, a Halloween-themed run taking place at 8pm and featuring two routes (4km and 7km) to choose from. Participants can register online.

The run will be followed by a hot wings competition at 9pm, hosted by Piri Piri & Co, and a performance by Diébe Band at Largo Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco, after which DJ Henrique Pontes will take the stage at 11.30pm. Another DJ, Miguel Filhó, is also due to perform at 10pm on Rua 5 de Outubro.

Elsewhere in Albufeira, the town’s famous Oura bar district will also host a Halloween programme, with all kinds of bone-chilling events taking place between 8.30pm and 11pm from October 29 to 31.

Local mayor José Carlos Rolo has stressed the importance of Halloween to local businesses, helping bolster the local economy during the low season.

“This is yet another initiative that confirms that Albufeira is greatly attractive all year long and that Halloween, despite not being originally a Portuguese tradition, is here to stay,” he said.

By Michael Bruxo