The popularity of Halloween in Costa Rica depends on the year. As more bars start to use it as another way to host creative events it seems to gain traction. And while you won't find the elaborate costume options like in the USA, you will probably encounter more creativity with homemade costumes.
We have compiled a list of our top Halloween-related parties happening in the downtown area including family and gay friendly!
Friday October 27:
Skull and Rock Halloween Party at Taberna Club Aleman (Los Yoses):
Live music starting at 10pm, Night Buffet from 9 am to 12mn
Aniversary Party at Colonia Tovar (Barrio Escalante):
If you are looking for some festivities without a crazy bar scene celebrate Colonia Tovar’s Anniversary with Venezuelan arepas and discounted Costa Rican craft beers.
Noche Ancestral (Downtown):
The Jade Museum will open it's doors for this interactive nighttime event where you can learn about Costa Rica's Indigenous culture. There will be Maleku indigenous dances, Barrocan Music Concert and guided tours. Starts at 5:00pm and ends at 9:00pm, with the last chance to get in at 8.30pm, $13 international visitors.
Halloween Pool Party at Me Extraña Thrift Store (La California):
Beach Party! If you are looking for an intimate event filled with an artsy crowd you won't be disappointed. Guaro-lemonades are free. Cover is 1000 colones. Starting at 8 pm.
Saturday, October 28:
Los Cuchillos at El Sótano (Barrio Amon): - Top Pick Music
Nothing says Halloween like surf rock! Pin-ups and gore! Thematic shots and drinks. Cover is 6000 colones and it starts at 8pm
Zombie Parade 2017 starts at Parque Morazán: - Top Pick Family
This is a can’t miss activity! The parade starts at 6 pm, you can go with or without costume, or on bike and it’s family friendly!
PopPop Costume Party (Barrio Mexico) -- As You Are - Top Pick Unique
PopPop is as underground as it gets. Inside this warehouse turned bar one can take advantage of full self-expression, Halloween or otherwise. The owner takes great care to not let guests take photos. This creates a safe space for exploring a night of alter personalities that maybe we are too timid to share in day-to-day life. PopPop is where you go when you want to experience an environment free of social norms. Halloween guarantees to take already great parties to the next level! Gay friendly.
DNCFLR at Steinvorth (Downtown):
Steinvorth’s Halloween party is unique in this historic space and the DJs of DNCFLR are so fun! This is about dancing and good, scary vibes. Cover is 5000 colones, starts at 9 pm.
Halloween Party Monster at Club Vertigo (Paseo Colon):
San Jose's most professional club will have various music shows throughout the night, as it will have two separate stages. Parties here easily end around 6a.m. Cover: 15,000 colones with costume, 20,000 without costume.
Halloween Pub Crawl by Carpe Chepe:
this Halloween pub-crawl is a great option if you want to check out a variety of different parties happening in the city. Tour cost: 15,000 colones with include: Cover: 4 bars + 4 shots + 1 hour of Open Bar in La Carreta, the party bus. There will be experienced guides and private security. The meeting point is Craic Irish Pub at 7 pm
Fiesta Unicornio: BruJAJA at El 13 (Barrio Chino): Unicorn Party!
This party will be filled with amazing, over-the-top costumes competing in their famous Costume Contest and with Dino Real, one of San Jose's most colorful artists as DJ. Gay friendly. Cover: 3000 with costume, 4000 without costume. Starts at 9 pm.
Aguizotes Gastro Pub (Barrio Escalante)
A creative dining experience with a special menu based on Costa Rican scary folktales
By Stacey Auch.