As the floorboards creak and owls hoot, it’s clear that Halloween is just around the corner. And don’t we all love a good fright on October 31st? Incidentally, Halloween is also the day when Bitcoin celebrates its birthday. So, if you’re planning on going all out and turning up the ‘scare factor’ on the spookiest night of the year, why not do it with Bitcoin?
Bitcoin’s Halloween Birthday
The Bitcoin whitepaper was published on October 31, 2008, by the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, which makes many people wonder whether the Halloween release was intentional!
All the metaphorical teachings from countless Halloween myths point towards two main concepts: new beginnings and the death of old customs. Maybe by releasing Bitcoin on this day, its creator wanted to symbolise the birth of a new financial system, bringing new opportunities and new freedoms, a world free from the shackles of legacy financial systems and income disparity. Over the years, the coin has given central banks, bureaucracies and large companies their fair share of nightmares, quite living up to its Halloween birth.
2019 has been good for the coin so far. From its deep slumber through a large part of 2018, the cryptocurrency’s price surged to the $10,000 level, hitting fresh new highs in June 2019. There were likely around 25 million Bitcoin users globally by the end of 2018.
So, October 31 calls for a double celebration this year. And, what better way to celebrate Bitcoin’s genesis than getting to spend Bitcoin on its 11th birthday? So, let’s check out some hotspots, where you can have some Halloween fun, in exchange for Bitcoin.
Did you know?
Halloween has its own cryptocurrency, Halloween Coin (HALLO). Ranked 2328, based on its market cap, HALLO can truly scare its owners with near-zero market capitalisation. It is currently trading at $5.82e-7!
Get a Cab and Pay in Bitcoin
If your costumes are too out there for the average passer-by, get an UBER ride to reach your party or a restaurant of your choice. Thanks to Bitcoin’s Lightning Network, now you can make UBER payments with the crypto. Fold, an app designed to facilitate Bitcoin payments, made some big integrations on its platform in December 2018. UBER rides can be purchased on its platform with Bitcoin. You simply need to select the fiat currency amount, send your Bitcoin and then take the ride to wherever you want to go.
The Halloween Parade at Portsmouth, Hampshire
Lovers of the macabre might be familiar with the Portsmouth Halloween Parade, held each year on October 31, 7 pm onwards. Known for its contribution to social causes, the parade marches forward, rain or shine, full of people in colourful costumes, dancing and walking their way towards downtown Portsmouth.Close to the parade is the crypto-friendly wine bar, La Maison Navarre, located in Downtown Portsmouth on Bridge Street. So, after you’ve had your fill of the parade, why not get some Bitcoin-sponsored French wine to celebrate?
Did you know?
May 22 is known as the “Bitcoin Pizza Day,” since it was on this date in 2010 that the first BTC transaction took place in Florida, when a man bought two Papa John’s pizzas with 10,000 BTC. This was a big milestone in the adoption of the cryptocurrency.
Attend the Largest Halloween Party in Zurich
Get ready to dress up at your scariest best for the “Biggest Halloween Party in the Town.” Yes, it’s in Zurich, which is possibly the most beautiful place to get a fright in! The venue for this event is Restaurant Escherwyss, at Hardstrasse, and tickets are available online. The party promises some great music, including RnB, Raggae, Hip Hop and more, played by leading DJs. They say they have something special lined up for the ladies!
Travelling to Switzerland and don’t have a place to stay? Pamper yourself at The Dolder Grand Hotel, in the lap of the Swiss Alps. The hotels started accepting Bitcoin payments in April 2019. Halloween at the Alps can be a whole new experience and a memory that you can cherish for the rest of your life. The best part is that Zurich is known for its many Bitcoin ATMs!
Celebrate Halloween the German Way
Halloween might not be a typical German tradition, but they have their own way of celebrating the spookiest night of the year. The night becomes a horror bonanza when you celebrate it at Burg Frankenstein! This is the oldest and largest Halloween event in the country. Located about 236 km from Luxemburg, this event is scheduled for October 26.
While on the topic of Frankenstein, you might want to also check out the Halloween fest at Frankenstein Castle, situation on top of a hill overlooking the city of Darmstadt. This one will be held on October 25. This castle is famous as the oldest haunted house in Germany.
Wondering why we’re so keen on sending you to Germany this Halloween? The German National Tourism Board accepts cryptocurrency payments, especially Bitcoin, since March 2018. So, when you use one of their partners to book travel or accommodation in Germany, you can use your cryptos. And, if you’re in Berlin, don’t miss visiting Room 77, the pub where you can pay with BTC.
See the Twisted Circus Halloween Festival 2019, London
Why should the partying stop on November 1? If you’re still in the mood for a good fright, don’t miss what has been dubbed the “UK’s most terrifying Halloween festival,” the Twisted Circus. Scheduled for November 1 and 2, at the Clapham Grand, this is a must-see circus with some crazy characters, death-defying acts and music that provides the perfect background.
After the show, take that Bitcoin-accepting UBER ride over to Soho and check out the amazing range of beers at Brewdog. The pub has been accepting crypto payments, including in BTC and BCH, since 2018.
So, this year, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get your cryptos out of their virtual crypt and give you a “frightfully” memorable Halloween!