After Tivoli closes for the season in September, it temporarily reopens for two special occasions: Halloween and Christmas. Last year we somehow missed the bazillion posters advertising the dates for the Halloween opening, and we missed it. Turns out the temporary opening is just for the week of the fall school Holiday, and not at Halloween. This year we were on the ball, and the girls made it to Tivoli not just once, but twice.
On Saturday, October 10, I took Eden, Cate, and Cate’s friend Johanna, to Tivoli for the day. It was cool, not too cold, and partly sunny. The girls rode all the rides they wanted to ride multiple times. A few rides they skipped, like Det Gyldne Tårn (The Golden Tower), a free-fall ride, and Vertigo, a new ride where you’re in a plane that goes around multiple times in vertical loop while also rotating. Eden & Johanna (Cate’s friend from Estonia) really liked the Monsoon, but to her great disappointment, Cate was literally millimeters too short to be allowed to ride it.
Tivoli does the seasonal decorations well, and for Holloween they go all out: pumpkins and scarecrows everywhere; a parade with a Prince and Princess Pumpkin; pumpkin lights; a small haybale maze; tons of holiday themed shopping. See the photos here. It was interesting to compare Tivoli at Halloween (one of the oldest amusement parks in the world) and Disneyland Paris at Halloween (an amusement park based in some part on Tivoli). Tivoli has real pumpkins, real scarecrows in cloth shirts and actual hay. Disney: well…a bit more plastic.
In any event, the girls liked it so much they went a second time during the October break. This time with Eden’s friends from Brazil. On their own. On the bus to downtown Copenhagen. And back. In the dark. And they paid for much of it with their own money!
Rachelle was a little worried; however, 7 year old kids routinely take the Metro to school on their own here. There’s a different cultural norm, and honestly it does feel that incredibly safe.
Needless to say, they made it home, perhaps a little cold, but thrilled to have gone to Tivoli twice in one week.