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Quoted from Blue Season, If Bali didn’t have tourism, the Balinese people probably wouldn’t know what Halloween was. If you ever find yourself stuck in an explanation about Halloween try this: Explain to the Balinese people that Halloween parties are like the Quoted from Blu Season Bali, crazy parties in Bali the night before Nyepi. Nyepi is the Hindu New Year and the most important day in Hinduism. The night before Nyepi the Balinese go crazy with “Oga Oga” (scary floats) for the reason that they want to frighten the evil spirits away. On the day after (Nyepi, 9th March 2016) you need to stay in the house and be very quiet; otherwise, the evil spirits will come back and will possess you. You can compare these crazy and scary nights with the Halloween nights.
However, Halloween is a typical Western Tradition. For the Balinese people, Halloween has nothing to do with their religion. Due to growing tourism and the big western influence, Bali has started celebrating Halloween in some way. The international restaurants and hotels are getting crazy about Halloween and are starting costume parties with great prizes for the scariest Halloween costume. The most famous parties always take place on the Saturday before Halloween. Hard Rock Café, for example, celebrate a whole Halloween Day!
If you search for a scary Halloween costume go to a famous dressmaker. The dressmakers in common touristic cities know this western tradition. Just show them a picture of the costume you would like to have (and maybe bring them the material as well if it is something special) and they will tailor it for you.
If you want to score a scary face into a pumpkin you should not search for a normal pumpkin. Try to buy a ‘labu parang’ – it’s an Indonesian pumpkin with the shape of the common known pumpkin – although the color is a little bit different.
The great thing about Halloween in Bali is that if you find the right place to celebrate it is definitely a great experience. For the reason that Halloween has nothing to do with the religion of the Balinese people they find themselves enjoying this night a lot. They feel more relaxed because it’s not a part of their religion; so there is no need for them to be serious that night.
What’s about you? Are you a Halloween fan? Have you ever celebrated Halloween in a scary costume in Bali?
Or looking for tips on how you can spend Halloween night in Bali?
Here’s our pick based on
Whilst Halloween is celebrated on the 31st of October, this year some parties take place before or even after – so make sure to pay attention to each event’s dates. From Jimbaran to Seminyak there’s a Halloween party near you. Here’s our top picks 2019’s Halloween Parties in Bali quoted from Now Bali.
UNIQUE Rooftop and Bar (Jimbaran)
Halloween in Bali – Unique Rooftop AYANA
Welcoming Halloween season with a warm embrace, vibrant Jimbaran rooftop destination, UNIQUE Rooftop Bar, has come up with an exciting HALLOWEEN’S Day of the Dead Party to celebrate Día de Los Muertos, Mexico’s most colorful holiday.
From 31 October – 2 November 2019, put on your best make-up and costume, Give a toast to your loved ones, past and present, and indulge in the exotic Mexican cocktails as you dance to the groovy tunes by the live band.
Motel Mexicola (Seminyak)
Halloween in Bali 2019 – Motel Mexicola Dia de Los Muertos
The island-famous Motel Mexicola Halloween Party, celebrating The Day of the Dead! On 31 October 2018, 6 pm-3 am, Motel Mexicola takes on an all-new theme – “La Momias de Guanajuato”.
Motel Mexicola is famous for going full-on when it comes to their party themes and this won’t be any different. This year the ’Las Momias de Guanajuato’ (or mummies of Guanajuato), will come back to life for one night only at Mexicola just to haunt you!
Top that with food, plenty of drinks, pre-hispanic dancers, an Aztec show and of course DJs and you have yourself an epic Halloween party. Win the famed Best Dressed competition and receive a prize(s). No one is not dressed up for this ultimate Halloween Party in Bali.
OMNIA Dayclub Bali (Uluwatu)
Elevate your Dia de Los Muertos experience at OMNIA Day Club Bali on the cliffs of Uluwatu, featuring the most recently sought-after names in the dance music industry: KRYDER.
On 2 November 2019, OMNIA is mixing up their usual Swim into Saturdays with a Day of the Dead theme, where endless sunshine, clifftop views, tequila cocktails, and Mexican cuisine will take over this stylish day club. Music will be playing at the OMNIA Main deck from 11 am to 8 pm, before the after-party takes over in the lounge under Sake no Hana 8 pm onwards with ‘Sake & Sound’.
Halloween in Bali 2019 – Uluwatu Hatch 2
Get ready for a huge Halloween party in Uluwatu, Bali, as the new kid on the block ‘Peace Love and Hatch’ show everyone how to get the party started.
On October 31st at 6pm, Hatch will present terrifying fire performers, special spooky cocktails, tarot card readings, and prizes for the best dressed prizes girls and guys.
From 6 pm DJ Latex will be laying down the ultimate spooky doofy doo! AND it’s free entry.
SugarSand Beachside Bar & Restaurant (Seminyak)
Halloween in Bali 2019 – SugarSand Seminyak
If you’re not one to dress up on Halloween and would prefer comfort over sweaty costumes then SugarSand Beachside Bar & Restaurant is where you should be this Halloween.
On Thursday, 31 October 2019, and Friday, 1 November 2019, SugarSand will be hosting SugarSand Moonlight Cinema. Catch your all-time favourite Halloween classics in the indoor dining area of SugarSand. The first movie will start at 6pm and will screen favourite Halloween movies suitable for all ages, while the second screening will show cult-favourite horror/thriller movies (18+) starting at 9 pm.
Quench your thirst with exclusive Halloween cocktails and mocktails for only IDR 100,000, and don’t forget to grab your snacks at the popcorn station. Early bookings are encouraged as there are limited seats available.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort (Nusa Dua)
Halloween in Bali 2019 – Sofitel Cucina
Who says kids are the only ones who get to enjoy treats on Halloween? Enjoy a wickedly good time as Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort has prepared grand feasts to welcome the pumpkin season.
On Sunday, 27 October 2019, warmup for Halloween with a sumptuous brunch at the celebrated Cucina Restaurant.
Choose any of the packages and enjoy several benefits that come with it, including free dining for kids under 12 years old, free access to La Villa Des Enfants Kids Club.
So if you need also Villas in Bali for your accommodation, we got you covered! For an early bird to last-minute deals that you can get. Happy Halloween!