As in many other South American countries, Halloween is a big deal in Colombia. Parties took place across the country, and even offices weren´t exempt with colleagues coming into work fully made up in fancy dress. In Bogota, there is one place where Halloween gets taken to a different level though – Andres Carne de Res in Chía, about an hour outside of the capital. This restaurant hosts more than 2,000 people and is always packed between Thursday and Saturday, and Halloween was no exception. We couldn’t give this party a miss, so we jumped in a car with a few Colombian friends and headed out to join the party.

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With some of my colleagues in the office

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The German-Anglo-Colombian Halloween crew

Andres Carne de Res in Chia is a crazy place. Everywhere you look you find another little trinket, with many of the decorations being made from recycled material. It is like a huge masterpiece of art. The food at the restaurant is excellent too, and more importantly a good base for night of countless beers and unholy amounts of aguardiente, a local firewáter similar to Ouzo.

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Andres restaurant always has some kind of performance or show taking place and during their Halloween party, they had dance groups dressed up as snakes, medicine men, or tribal groups to go along with the night’s theme of voodoo. Some of these actors really spooked me out. One minute you were innocently sitting at your table and then out of nowhere a person dressed as a snake would appear and stare right in your face.

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By far the best part of the party was the costumes. I have never seen such creativity. There was everything from the main character of the film Hangover, to Corona beer bottles, to the whole Super Mario Cart team. With hindsight my costume of a German girl was not that original – partly because dressing up as Germans seems to be a thing here in Colombia, and partly because, well, I am a German girl. Chris’ costume of Robin the Boy Wonder was also quite popular for men and women alike. 🙂

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When the dance groups weren’t performing, the remaining guests were free to dance away to typical Colombian music from Merengue, to Salsa, and Vainata. If you happen to be in Bogota for Halloween next year, I can highly recommend the party at Andres. We certainly had a fantastic time!

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Practical info:

  • Address: Calle 3 N° 11A – 56 , Chia
  • How to get there: The easiest way to get there if you haven’t got your own car is to rent a driver for the night or book a taxi. Some tour agencies offer package tours to Andres including transport as well.
  • Entrance: 60,000 Colombian Pesos (for Halloween)
  • Don’t forget to reserve a table: andrescarnederes.com

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Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

32 Thoughts on “Happy Halloween from Colombia

  1. Loved the light decoration, so colorful and the fact that it was made from recycled material sounds great. Men dressed as snakes and tribal groups sounds freaky to me too not sure how long it would take it 🙂

  2. A Colombian friend sent me pictures from outside the Andres Carne de Res in the city and I was also struck by the creativity of the costumes. Colombians really seem to go all-in!
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    • Tammyonthemove on November 6, 2016 at 12:04 pm said:

      They do indeed. In fact it was funny as there was literally one or maybe at a push just two people who hadn’t dressed up and you could tell they felt a bit awkward…and of course they weren’t Colombians!

  3. what amazing costumes, you really do look as if you had a ball! Great photography
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  4. Wow these costumes are crazy. Just one more reason why I need to head to Colombia.

  5. It’s always fun to see how people celebrate in other countries. Looks like Colombia knows how to party!

  6. I’m sure you guys had so much fun!
    Love the costumes and even better is the unique and recycling décor of the bar, great!
    Colombia is on the top of my travel list, I’m going back to South America next year and hope I can make to this beautiful country.
    Cheers,
    Nat
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    • Tammyonthemove on November 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm said:

      Good luck making it to Colombia on your travels, Nat. The trouble with South America is that there’s just so much to choose from travel-wise!

  7. Happy Halloween, though belated!

    Loved to see those scary faces & costumes, especially that snake one. We don’t have Halloween that popular as in west but it’s fun.

    Loved that recycled material were used. I know you had fun! 🙂
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  8. Looks like everyone had a blast for Halloween! It was interesting to seel how many people had identical costumes. I was in Mexico for the Day of the Dead celebration and it was huge.
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  9. Wow, those costumes are amazing, Fantastic! What a fun experience, would love to celebrate Halloween there and dance the night away!

  10. The decor is really kick ass and so vibrant and attractive.Must have been a hell of a night witnessing people adorn a variety of costumes.
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  11. Aaaaah… now I understand my Colombian friends; they always have a huge Halloween party:) I thought it’s just an American thing:) LOL

    I can’t wait to visit Colombia…

    • Tammyonthemove on November 13, 2016 at 10:38 am said:

      It is actually really popular in many South American countries. I had some great Halloween parties in Bolivia, Peru and now Colombia. People take their costumes very seriously here which is great!

  12. What a great party! This is something i would love to do and leave the kids at home! I keep hearing more and more about Colombia on blogs all over the place! I NEED TO GET THERE!
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  13. Lovely pics! Looks like a lot of fun!

  14. What a bunch of great costumes. Absolutely love Halloween one of my favourite times of the year. It must be so awesome to celebrate Halloween another city. Great post.

  15. My expression of gratitude to your greetings,well in behalf of my country Happy Halloween and enjoy your trick or treat!
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  16. Great place to celebrate Halloween

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