I just love when amusement parks go all in on seasonal themes.
Earlier this month I visited an autumn decorated Disneyland in Paris, and last weekend I went to the amusement park Gröna Lund in my hometown Stockholm which had gone all in on the theme Halloween. I published a lot on my insta-story during my visit at Halloween at Gröna Lund and got a lot of questions about it so I thought I would summarize it all in a blog post!
Gröna Lund has been a distinct part of the Stockholm skyline since it opened in 1883 and I think most people associate it with the summer, I know I do since I even worked at Gröna Lund one summer a few years back! In the last couple of years, Gröna Lund has made huge investments to keep the park open during the kids autumn break from school in week 44 and here is everything you need to know before your visit!
The Child-Friendly Side
Gröna Lund is divided into two parts, one child-friendly side with attractions for the smaller kids and one thrill side with attractions for older kids (and adults, hello!). On the child-friendly side this year, all attractions had changed names to more spooky ones (Flygande elefanterna (=the Flying Elephants) became Mumieelefanterna (=the Mumie Elephants) and Veteranbilarna (=the Veteran Cars) became Spökbilarna (=the Ghost Cars) and there were just SO MANY PUMPKINS EVERYWHERE! I’ve really been longing to visit a pumpkin patch this year and let just say that those cravings where met, haha.
Things you can’t miss:
🎃 The smoke filled pumpkins at the entrance, talk about setting the bar high right at the start.
🎃 Buying a pumpkin filled with popcorn. You might not want one at the start of the day, but after seeing everyone walking around with one your going to fall for peer pressure. (Don’t machine wash it when you get home though, talking from own experience, hehe.)
🎃 Face painting next to the Small Stage for the younger kids.
🎃 Take thousands of photos of all the pumpkins.
🎃 The pumpkin-shaped shop which sells Halloween themed souvenirs.
🎃 Cirkuskarusellen (=the circus carousel), mostly because it’s over a hundred years old and used to be dragged by horses, a really historical peace of Gröna Lund!
The Thrill Side
Dividing the two sides is a passage that is usually filled with games and shops, but now it had turned into a dark and spooky corn plantation which really showed that we were leaving the child-friendly autumn market and was stepping into a thrilling Halloween-zoon.
Most of my favorite rides like Fritt-fall, Insane, Ikaros and Jet-line where still opened and the rides themselves gives a great thrill, but we had our eyes set on the many haunted houses which they had built on the Thrill Side. There were a total of 7 haunted houses and one ghost ride so we had plenty to do besides riding the usual attractions. Just a tip: if your planning on going on any of the high rides, make sure to dress properly because it gets COLD 100 meters above sea level in October, haha.
Things you can’t miss:
🎃 Skeppet (=the ship), a ghost ship where you walk in small groups through narrow corridors where evil things hide in the pitch black darkness. A guy who walked in our group got so scared he ran into a wall, haha.
🎃 The Mexican Square which had gone full-on Día de Muertos.
🎃 Olustiga Huset (=the Unfunny House) which is usually called Lustiga Huset (=the Funny House) has now been overtaken by murderous clowns. My coulrophobia was really put to a test in here, haha.
🎃 Have a look at the area behind Insane where they are building new attractions, one for 2019 and one for 2021.
🎃 Motel Hell/o which is a haunted house that they have built on the Big Stage with a not so friendly Motel staff.
🎃 The Zombie Zone, unfortunately, we walked in there while it was still light outside (I think it’s much scarier when it’s dark), but hey, I got to limbo under a zombie and that’s not something you do every day.
Halloween at Gröna Lund after Dark
As the sun set and the small kids start to go home, the “evil creatures” from all the haunted houses leave their assigned places and starts to roam free all around the park. No one is safe anywhere and I even had a ghost standing behind me, breathing in my ear while I was queuing for one of the rides. Talk about spooky!
Things you can’t miss:
🎃 Pretty much just roam around, as usual, the scary stuff will come to you even if you like it or not!
🎃 Going on the high rides, it’s super cold but the view of Stockholm after dark from above is really worth it!
Quick facts about Halloween at Gröna Lund
Location: Lilla Almänna Gränd 9, 115 21 Stockholm
Price: A package with entrance fee + access to all rides and ghost houses costs 395 SEK online, it costs 425 SEK if you buy the same package at the park
Opening hours: Opened October 26 – November 4. Times vary so make sure to check out the current opening hours at gronalund.com
Who should visit?
If you’re either into Halloween, getting scared or going on rides you should totally visit Gröna Lund this week!