Love it or hate it, the spookiest week of the year is around the corner and Halloween in Malta has become a BIG deal the last few years.
We now see numerous events held across the island over the last week of October, house parties galore and ‘mass’ trick or treating in various residential areas (with certain households going to town in their decorative efforts) on the day itself. Yes, Halloween in Malta has turned into a large scale celebration.
It’s a far cry from when Halloween on this little island was nothing more than a few children wanting to mess around with makeup/dress up slightly on October 31st or events at the American Embassy and the International School!
Of course this means that more and more shops are providing a range goods to help both young and old enjoy Halloween in Malta to the full.
Whether you’re a newcomer to Malta who needs a entire range of Halloween goods or an ‘old timer’ like me who just needs to add a few bits to their existing stock of paraphenalia of costumes and decorations:
It’s good to know where to go the in the run up to the spookiest week in the calendar. So I’ve compiled this handy list of 10 shops that will help you get ready for Halloween in Malta!
Shops are listed alphabetically by geographical location
1). Spells, Attard 21421172
Spells is one of Malta’s best-stocked toy/stationery shops, housed over four floors. You’ll not only find idea items for trick or treating but also a decent range of tableware and decor. A loyalty card offering 10% discount is also available.
2). Ta Lira, Iklin (superstore) and various locations
Ta Lira (Malta’s equivalent of the common pound store concept) goes all out for any major occasion and Halloween is no exception. Costumes, trick or treat items and more, at seriously affordable prices.
3). Lidl, Mosta (superstore) and various locations
Depending on the year (sometimes it’s hit and miss), the quality of Lidl’s Halloween items can be hard to beat. Although some of the stores on this list have a larger range of Halloween goods, Lidl often sells items not found elsewhere (at better prices) and of course has the sweets/food side covered too. It’s also rather convenient being able to pick up your Halloween bits and pieces along with your weekly grocery shop!
4). Once Upon a Time, San Gwann 21385006 / 79993226
A party supplies and rental store, this is probably one of Malta’s better known stockists of Halloween items, alongside Mecca. Their Facebook page claims their range of Halloween costumes is MASSIVE (yes in capitals) and they offer items from decor and tableware to outfits and accessories.
5). Flying Tiger, Sliema
Reminiscent of quirky stores that popped up in the UK such as the now long gone Covent Garden General Store, Flying Tiger is a haven for people who like Scandi style design. This store is well worth a visit (although you may want to leave the kids at home as they will go NUTS in here and beg you to buy the entire shop). These folks have some unusual goods in specially for Halloween you’re unlikely to find elsewhere, that are sure to make you smile.
6). Mecca Carnival and Toy Centre, St Pauls Bay 2157 3278
One of Malta’s oldest most established toy stores, Mecca has pretty much everything covered in terms of dressing up for Halloween from costumes to wigs to makeup as well as accessories. The layout isn’t open or bright and airy like some of the stores listed but more of an old curiosity shop packed from floor to ceiling. It’s worth a visit and it’s highly unlikely you’ll come away empty-handed!
The following may or may be useful and you may need to call in advance to find out what they have:
7). Toyland Mosta 21411152
8). Bow and Ribbon Naxxar 2141 0382
9). Bemania, Mosta 21419580 / 79373214
10). Party Time,, Rabat 2740 2205
Additional Places to consider:
- It’s also worth considering actual clothes stores such as Kiabi in Burmarrad and Qormi as they often offer outfits for special occasions or at the very least sell accessories near the checkouts.
- The supermarkets in Malta have come a long way since only selling sweets for Halloween. Toys, masks, decorations and table decor are now available at certain of the larger stores such as: Smart Supermarket and Pama. It looks like Greens Supermarket, Ibragg are getting in on the act although judging by how they wrote this board, it looks like they may be selling something else 🙂