Spooktacular Halloween events in the Netherlands

Spooktacular Halloween events in the Netherlands

October is here again and that means time for epic Halloween parties with spooky decor and elaborate costumes. If you love to party and are inspired to get into full costume, then take note! All over the country, no matter where you are in the Netherlands, you can find Halloween events to go to, so it's time to use your imagination and dress to the nines.

For families and kids, the school holidays are a time for getting out and about and celebrating like there's no tomorrow, so get your kids ready for their most memorable costume party yet!

Halloween celebrations take many shapes and forms and fall on various dates, but since this year's Halloween (October 31) falls on a Thursday, what better day to get decked out in your most ingenious attire than Saturday, October 26? We've put together a few spooky and thrilling Halloween happenings.

Halloween events in the Netherlands

Here are some of the most exciting and monstrous Halloween events happening in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Halloween 

  • Saturday, October 26
  • 10pm until 6am
  • WesterUnie, Westergas, Amsterdam

WesterUnie, inside the Westergas in Amsterdam, is the venue of choice as Amsterdam Halloween celebrates the 2019 edition, entitled A Japanese Horror Story. In terms of costumes this year, think of Japanese horror stories like The Ring, The Grudge and many other eerie and spooky tales to make your skin crawl. Now in its 11th year, Amsterdam Halloween is renowned for elaborately scary costumes and a really authentic horror-themed night out.

Crazy Sexy Cool Halloween Festival

  • October 26,
  • 4pm to 11pm 
  • Zuiderpark Rotterdam

Zuiderpark in Rotterdam transforms into a place where no Halloween costume is too bizarre or too racy. At Crazy Sexy Cool Festival, you could come across any kind of scary monster, zombie, superhero or red-hot supervillain. There are scare zones and safe zones, so whether you’re up for a freaky, creepy night out or prefer to chill in your costume, this place has got it covered.

Fantasy Fest

  • October 26-27
  • Broodfabriek, Vormerlaan 12, Rijswijk

Looking for Halloween inspiration? Then head on over to Fantasy Fest in Rijswijk near The Hague, where you'll find performances, costumes, an exhibition and a market, to get you ready for Halloween. Here's you'll find yourself in a one-stop-shop for fantasy, cosplay and magic from other realms.

Halloween Spooky Days at Walibi Holland

  • October 5-27
  • Until 11pm at weekends
  • Walibi World amusement park, Biddingshuizen

Each weekend for the rest of October, you can freak out in the houses of horror at Walibi World amusement park in Biddingshuizen, which stays open until 11pm on these nights of quivering fear.

Walibi World becomes a world of terrifying haunted houses for Halloween Spooky Days the daytime version of the already popular Halloween Fright Nights. Enter a scary and thrilling park of menace, mystery and terror! You don’t need to experience this nightmare alone – take your nearest and dearest, your close friends and family or your colleagues. NS is currently offering combi-tickets for transport and entry

The Garden of the Drinking Dead - Halloween by Jarmusch

  • October 31
  • 5pm-11.30pm
  • By Jarmusch bar and courtyard, Rotterdam

Looking for somewhere to go in downtown Rotterdam this Halloween? Then get into your Halloween getup and head to The Garden of the Drinking Dead, the courtyard at the hip and happening bar By Jarmusch.

The usually lush green garden will temporarily transform into the courtyard from hell, teeming with "Bloody Bites" and "Spooky Drinks" as well as surprise acts and ghostly groovy tunes. There will be prizes awarded for best costume, in the category of individual, duo and group costumes, so get busy putting your scariest costume together!

West Friesland Halloween Fair

  • October 19-20
  • De Gouwe Stek Campsite, Bovenkarpsel

West Friesland Halloween Fair is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, so it promises to be bigger and better than ever! The Halloween fairground consists of 50 tents across 4.000 square metres, full of face-painting, games and other activities, welcoming children and their parents for a scare and a half.

Opening times are 1pm-10pm on Saturday, October 19 and 11am-6pm on Sunday, October 20.

Halloween fun at Center Parcs 

  • October 12 until November 4
  • Various Center Parcs throughout the Netherlands

Children will be in their element this Halloween, with face-painting, performances and blood-curdling stories - the perfect scare before bedtime!

This family Halloween celebration at Center Parcs is the ideal ghostly way to celebrate Halloween if you have children and are looking for somewhere nice to spend some time during the autumn school holidays. There will be a costume parade through the park, and the Market Dome will be full of Halloween decorations, ready for the spooky disco.

Children can have their faces painted or get a glitter tattoo to add to their costumes and there will even be a pumpkin carving workshop, so come prepared with the kids (and adults) in fancy dress and enjoy this family occasion.

Don't miss out on the most spooktacular Halloween events in the Netherlands

No matter where you are based, you don't have to miss out on the fun! There's something for everyone in all corners of the Netherlands this Halloween. Whether you plan to party all night long or bring your kids to celebrate the spooky Halloween traditions, there's something for all ages.

Enjoy a scare and a half with some Dutch ghost stories

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Rachel Deloughry


Rachel Deloughry

Rachel is a writer, editor and digital content creator, passionate about the arts, culture and lifestyle.

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BigMat 06:42 | 15 October 2019

I'd like to my family to a proper Halloween dinner with the classic american Halloween menu. Anyone knows a restaurant in Amsterdam that organises such event?