What's On: October 31st - November 7th

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What's On: October 31st - November 7th

Halloween fun and an international film festival are the big events hitting Stockholm this week. We cast our eye over the capital and the rest of the country for the best activities to check out this week.


Halloween hits Sweden this week and it's becoming all the more popular. We met up with the man behind "Shockholm", a series of events celebrating the holiday, which ends with a massive parade on Saturday through the streets of Stockholm. 

"The potential for Halloween to grow in Sweden is huge but you can't compare it to how it's celebrated elsewhere just yet," American Bill Schacht told us.

For ten days, Globen is transformed into a giant pumpkin. Photo: Shockholm
But perhaps costumes and ghouls aren't your thing. Maybe you prefer to spend time watching movies that were made abroad...
If so, it's your lucky week, as the capital is hosting the 25th International Film Festival which will see LOADS of cool films, and a guest appearance from Uma Thurman, who'll be picking up the Stockholm Achievement Award.
And if you're thinking of taking part in a pub quiz this week (see our events calendar below for details on where to find one), it could be worth knowing that Thurman is part Swedish.
Uma Thurman, star of Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. Photo: TT
But it's not all about Stockholm. There are (rather early) Christmas markets opening for on Thursday in Mårbacka, Värmland, providing festive treats for all of you who simply can't wait. Fun fact: It's the home town of Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf (that pub quiz should be even easier now).

In Gothenburg, there's a fair slice of music on offer including electric pop duo The Knife. In Malmö you'll find events including theatre performances of Dr Zhivago and Romeo and Juliet.

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