Guide to Halloween in Puerto Rico: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Halloween in Puerto Rico
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Puerto Rico, an unincorporated United States territory located between the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands, celebrates most of the same holidays as the mainland U.S. does. Even though October is the low tourist season in Puerto Rico, there are plenty of things to do in honor of Halloween. The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico hosts many epic events, parties, ghost hunts, haunted houses, and more, particularly in the capital of San Juan, the biggest city.

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House of Phobia

House of Phobia

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To get seriously spooked this Halloween, head to House of Phobia from October 3 through November 3, 2019, at San Patricio Plaza west of San Juan in Guaynabo. In 2019, the seasonal theme is a "Lucky Deadly Seven." In this attraction presented by Party City PR and Malta India, brave visitors will face their seven worst fears in history as they embark on a terrifying route through the haunted house.

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Nightmare at the Club

Enjoy hits from the 80s and 90s played by one of the best-known DJs of Puerto Rico at Nightmare at the Club held on October 26-27, 2019. The evening event takes place at Fort Buchanan, a U.S. Army installation in Guaynabo. It's open to people ages 16 and up (with valid identification). Buy tickets in advance and carry masks with you until you have entered the event in order to be easier identified at the door.

If you're on the northern coast of the island in early October, get creeped out at the Chambers of Terror Haunted House the evening of October 4, 2019, also at Fort Buchanan. The event will feature entertainment for children and adults from bounce houses to bumper cars and inflatables.

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Have Fun at La Concha Resort

La Concha Resort

La Concha Resort

La Concha Resort in San Juan's Condado is one of the coolest beachfront hotels in Puerto Rico and transforms into the fun Maze of Wonders on Halloween night (the dress code is sexy). On the spooky holiday, the hotel will have live entertainment in three of its venues, including local musicians and DJs. You'll also find magic shows, special drinks and appetizers, and more. The hotel offers retro-style rooms, two outdoor swimming pools, and a casino that's always open.

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Full Moon Spooky Mansion

At Plaza Las Américas, the largest mall in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico's first indoor mall, located in the Hato Rey neighborhood of San Juan, there's always something fun going on for families and individuals. From October 12 to November 3, check out the Party City Full Moon Mansion, a family-friendly haunted house that will put you and your kids in the spirit through the surprises that await, from Spooky Mini Golf to the 13 Doors of Horror.

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Chase Ghosts in Old San Juan

Old San Juan, Old town alley at dusk

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Old San Juan has quite a history; on Halloween, you may want to do a little ghost-hunting. The fortifications were designed to inflict heavy casualties on opposing armies. It was a military-fortified city which saw its share of pirates, bloody battles, and shackled prisoners—the latter used to be led up San Sebastián Street to the Plaza de Armas, one of San Juan's main squares. So of course, there are ghosts here too. From the El Morro fortress to The Hotel El Convento, some of the most famous structures in Old San Juan are said to be haunted.

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Paranormal Nights

On Thursdays though Sundays from October 3 through November 3, 2019, get your fright on at Paranormal Nights, a haunted house. Your encounters with ghosts, zombies, and the like will leave you with chills. Paranormal Nights is adjacent to the Don Frappe restaurant and juice bar in Anasco. This Puerto Rico municipality located on the island's west coast is curiously dubbed "La Ciudad Donde los Dioses Mueren" (the city where the gods die).

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Soul Screams

While there may be a variety of haunted houses in Puerto Rico, there aren't many located in a 1930s mansion turned into a museum. If you're on the southern coast of Puerto Rico between October 5 and November 2 and hoping to celebrate Halloween with a thrill, head to Soul Screams. This beloved haunted house in its eighth year is presented by Party City. The museum called El Museo Castillo Serralles—overlooking the large city of Ponce and its nicely preserved old town—is a worthwhile stop of its own. On this very hill scouts often looked out for ships that might attack the city. 

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Become a Vejigante on Halloween

Traditional vejigante masks, Old San Juan

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One fun way to enjoy Halloween in Puerto Rico is by following one of the local traditions. If you want to do something creative with your costume, you could go trick-or-treating or to a holiday party dressed as a Vejigante (or dress your child as one). These folkloric demons are integral characters in Puerto Rican culture, and they're interesting to look at. The typical mask of the Vejigante is beak-shaped and horned (the number of horns varies); to complete your outfit, you'll need a colorful cape.

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