October Fun in Costa Rica – Celebrating Beer and Halloween

October in Costa Rica means a lot of rain and loads of fun for Costa Ricans and visitors alike.   This year, the 4th edition of the Oktober Beerfest will take place from October 15 until October 16 where beer enthusiasts will get to experience 170 different types of beer along with live music and some tasty German food!

Oktober Beerfest in Costa Rica The Oktober Beerfest in Costa Rica got its start when the Costa Rican Craft Brewers Association decided to create this event to help find THE Tico Beer flavor of choice.  Since Costa Rica has over 40 microbreweries and growing, the Oktober Beerfest has grown into an annual event that draws more and more people and companies on a local and international level every year.

This year’s Oktober Beerfest is being held at Viva Park in Alajuela, which is a 20 minute drive for those who have real estate in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica.   For those who do not a house in Alajuela or live close by, some transportation not including private and public one will be available.

This year event organizers are expecting a whopping 14,000 people to take part in this festival which is 2,000 more than the previous year.  The event will start this Saturday from 11am to midnight and Sunday from noon to 10pm.  For more information, you can visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OktoberBeerfestCR

Of course, not everyone is a beer lover and let’s face it, Oktober Beerfest is not a family friendly event.  However, Halloween in Costa Rica is an event that the whole family can enjoy.

Halloween in Costa Rica Halloween in Costa Rica is not the Halloween that is celebrated in the United States, Ireland, the UK and Canada where kids go house to house trick or treating while wearing a costume.  In Costa Rica, it is referred to as the “Día de la Mascarada”.

Día de la Mascarada in Costa Rica started out originally as an adaptation of Carnival which was brought over by the Spaniards.  As the years went by, the tradition started to fade away until the Ministry of culture decided to establish an annual parade called the Dia de la Mascarada Tradicional Costarricense in 1996.  Many people do celebrate in their own way and make Halloween decorations at home in Costa Rica for their children to enjoy.

You will see more involvement in for this event in Barva de Heredia, Escazú and Cartago because these cities are known for having a lot of artisans that focus on making these giant masquerades and supporting this tradition.  A masquerade is like a giant helmet that represent different characters from mythological ones  like “La Giganta” and “el Diablito” and “la Calavera” to presidents, soccer players and other popular people in Costa Rica.

This year, the majority of the events for the Día de la Mascarada will take place on the 30th of October which is a Sunday.

Costa Rica Zombie ParadeIf you are looking for a family event in Costa Rica for Halloween try going to the Mascaradas para Ninos y Ninas that will take place at 10am in the Parque la Libertad in Desamparados on the 29th of October.  is a free event that is bound to entertain your family.

Desamparados will also be having their parade in San Antonio De Desamparados which also starts at 10am.

Another event that should be fun is a work shop for making haunted food for Halloween by Estudio Gastronomico, a culinary schooI that will hold this event on October 28 from 6pm-9pm.  The cost is 20,000 colones per person and includes dinner.  For more info for this event call them at (506) 2234-0840.

There is one event that families with older teenage kids may enjoy that is called the Zombie Parade.    The event takes place this year at the Parque Morazan from 6pm to 9m where zombie lovers dress up as zombies or zombie survivors for a walk around downtown San Jose.

For adults, you will of course find that many bars will be holding some kind of Halloween event complete with costume contests, music and more.

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