Halloween in Amsterdam: things not to miss
As one of Europe’s most creative and forward-thinking cities, Amsterdam sure knows how to do Halloween. Come October 31st, the streets will be flooded with excited, costumed revelers seeking some spooky fun to kick off the evening, before heading to clubs to dance the night away at epic debaucherous parties. From ghost tours and horror movies to eccentric costume extravaganzas, these are the best things to do in Amsterdam this Halloween.
Amsterdam Halloween Festival
Dating back to 2000, Amsterdam Spook’s annual Halloween festival and costume party is a highlight of the city’s calendar. Expect one week of imaginatively twisted performances, creepy outfits, horror movies, and professional make-up workshops. These year’s intimate event will take place at Amsterdam’s night theatre Paleis van de Weemoed, and will include a multi-course themed dinner, a memorable Halloween show, and a kick-ass costume party.
Ghost Walking Tour
There’s no better time to learn about Amsterdam’s ghouls, witches, and demons than Halloween. Both scary and educational, a guided ghost tour around the city will take you to some of the most spine-chilling locations, following in the footsteps of Black Christopher, Anne Frank, or Helena, the capital’s most famous phantom. There are plenty of options to choose from, but the Amsterdam Ghost Walk experience, which is accompanied by a professional storyteller, is said to be one of the most original and authentic.
Every year, throughout the month of October, Amsterdam Dungeon becomes the Home of Halloween. There will be lots of exciting shows taking place here between 26th–31st October 2019, featuring professional actors, special effects, and thrilling decors.
Put on your creepiest outfit and join the Amsterdam Halloween Party at WesterUnie, a hot industrial nightclub in the heart of Westergasfabriek. Already in its 11th edition, the event is bound to keep you roaring all night long with a brilliant lineup of local artists, from Kris Kross Amsterdam to Man With No Shadow to Primo Disco.
Haunted Halloween at the Museum
Covering four floors of bizarre exhibitions, Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Dam Square will keep the entire family entertained this Halloween. While the day is reserved to trick or treat and magic shows, after sunset, adults will be treated to thrilling activities and 5D spooky movies in the onsite moving theater.