Halloween at Tivoli is well under way, and as I’m slowly trying to experience each different season if it coincides with when I’m there for work, I went along last week one evening to see what it was like.
As far as themes go, this was my favourite so far. At Easter and summer the gardens were beautiful, particularly with the cherry blossom and daffodils, but Halloween goes beyond the scary and is more of an autumn garden.
Pumpkin patches are everywhere, hay bales and farm carts are overspilling with them in all shapes and sizes, scarecrows are stood in amongst the gardens, and all the trees have gorgeous golden and orange colours.
With kids I can see why you’d visit through the day, so they can enjoy the rides, shop novelty Halloween toys and costumes, give the giant witches couldron a stir, and munch on toffee apples from one of the sweet stalls.
For adults I’d recommend going early evening, so you can enjoy both the last of daylight and see it all lit up in the evening. There’s plenty to enjoy if you don’t fancy any of the rides, or if you’re there without kids.
Get a hot glögg to warm you up as you go around. This traditionally Swedish hot drink is very similar to mulled wine but with various alternative mulled spices, and often has raisins or almonds in the bottom of the glass. I’ve tried some and it is a lot stronger than mulled wine, but smells just as heavenly.
Admire the autumn colours of the Japanese garden, that reflects on the dancing fountains and giant lake. This area is brimming with life in spring and summer, but is much more peaceful at this time of year.
There are opportunities to stock up on your winter warmers from one of the little shopping huts. Nowhere does them quite like Scandinavia, unsurprisingly with the climate, and they all the thick woolly gloves hats scarves and jumpers are really good quality.
If you’re not one for carving pumpkins yourself there are many varieties on sale, both real and fake and they look pretty impressive lighting up as it gets dark.
The decorations all around the park are eye catching, from giant spiders weaving webs on the side of the huts, to pumpkin lanterns and eerie looking ghost lights floating through the trees. It all makes for a much more fun Halloween atmosphere than trick or treating around the streets.
There were the beginnings of the odd Christmas decoration stall, which were so cute with little houses for candle holders, stag decorations and jars filled with fairy lights. True Danish hygge at its best and I wish I had space in my luggage as I could have bought loads ready for my new flat next month.
If you don’t fancy the strong glögg, an Irish coffee might be more up your street, and you can find the cosy Irish bar up the area of the park done up like an old fashioned Danish street. The smell of cinnamon and hot chocolate fills the air and for the first time this year it really made me happy it’s winter.
If the sweet treats and fast food from the huts in the park aren’t for you, there’s plenty other food options in one of the park restaurants, or Tivoli food hall which has endless choices.
If you get the opportunity to visit Tivoli in October when it’s open for Halloween you absolutely have to. They really get into the autumn and Halloween spirit, in a much less tackier way than you’d expect. I say that every time as in theory that is probably what people expect from a theme park.
Wrap up warm and an early evening visit to Halloween at Tivoli is very enjoyable under the twinkly lights and dancing shadows cast by the lit up pumpkin lanterns. After seeing it I really hope I’m there in December when it’s open for the Christmas season.
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