Halloween in Malta has seen a rise in popularity over the last couple of years, with more and more people getting into the spooky spirit. Maybe it’s the pressure many have felt from films and TV series, or maybe it’s Maltese people’s love for sweets, but whatever it is, it sure seems to be working.
No other place on the island does it quite like Swieqi and Pembroke, and this year saw the central towns go all out one more time. Between the Barthets’ haunted house and people out in the streets, here’s what went down in the area for Halloween last night.
People of all ages dressed up, and soon, the streets were full of creepy (and just plain cute) costumes
This was not the first Halloween residents were taking part in
“The costumes aren’t quite as cute as the first year we started!” one post read
The many language students in the area also took to the streets, no doubt impressed and inspired by the residents’ dedication
Of course, everyone was out to get treats, and there were tons of them in dozens of households
The treats kept coming, and so did the adorable costumed trick-or-treaters
Meanwhile, Pembroke was also getting ready for some trick or treating of its own.
Soon, the streets were filled with adults, children and some of the coolest costumes and Halloween decorations on the island… including ghosts hanging from lampposts!
“Next year will be bigger and better,” Pembroke mayor Dean Hili wrote on Facebook last night. “The residents of streets like Triq San Ġorġ Preca are the ones who deserve the biggest kudos. They came up with the idea themselves, worked tirelessly on the event, and even financed most of it.”
“I wholeheartedly support something like this,” Hili told Lovin Malta. “We suffer from not having much that ties us as a community in Pembroke, so any activity that generates this sort of interest and brings people together should be applauded and supported.”
“We weren’t anticipating that many people to be honest,” the Pembroke mayor told Lovin Malta. “But we’ll gear up again and prepare ourselves better as the success will undoubtedly attract even more people next year and we need to be ready. It was great to see all the smiling faces; it’s another carnival for the children after all, and we need to make sure we protect their innocence and let them enjoy themselves”.
Pembroke mayor Dean Hili with the Night King straight out of Game of Thrones, both looking cool as ice