The Dutch don’t do Halloween like the rest of the west, after asking one entire Dutch person, they said, “We have Sint Maarten” with a sinister undertone. After a 23 minute long explanation and several diagrams, I understood how to carve a pumpkin, but I was still no closer to discovering this elusive Sint Maarten and what he’d done with Halloweeen.
In an effort to bring All Hallow’s Eve back to the Dutch, and after some serious sleuthing, I had a suspect and a list of things to do this Halloween in Amsterdam.
So, if lighting a lantern, going from door-to-door singing songs for sweets, and sucking the blood from innocents (I’m on to you Sint Maarten) isn’t for you and you’re in need of Halloween plans, we’ve got you covered. From parties in the city’s best night clubs to horror movies, ghost walks, and family-friendly fun – here’s how to spend Halloween 2019 in Amsterdam.
Attractions and Oddities
Stay late at Amsterdam Dungeons
The Dungeons are open late this Halloween. You can stay until 02:00 on October 26, and until 22:00 on October 31! Better still, there’s a new show to see while you’re there. Walk through the gallow fields, where bodies hang, ravens roost, and rats crawl. Cover your nose from the smell of rotting flesh and watch out for a lone figure who stalks the galgenveld at night.
Stop a zombie outbreak at the Bajes Experiment
Leave your heart conditions at home for this one. The Bajes Experiment is a Resident-Evil style, post-apocalyptic scare theatre in Amsterdam’s Bilmerbajes.
Contact with the scientists of The Cure Foundation, who were working inside the complex on a humanity-saving antidote, has been lost. Now it’s down to you to take on an immersive and interactive rescue mission. Descend into the dark cellars of a former prison, as you try to elude its zombified lost souls. Just don’t touch the infected if you want to make it to Sinterklaas!
Learn the city’s haunted history on a ghost walk
If you’re looking for a more haunting experience this week, Amsterdam has its very own ghost walk and a cool October night is the perfect time to hear some of Amsterdam’s oldest tales.
Suspend your disbelief at Ripley’s Halloween
Thursday, October 31
If you want to see some of the world’s greatest oddities, then you can’t go wrong with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! With some 500 exhibits across five floors and 19 themed galleries – including shrunken heads – it’s the perfect way to celebrate our weird world.
This Halloween, you can save 50% when you come wearing a costume and kids will get a bag to trick-or-treat throughout the museum!
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for?
Check out even more attractions at tiqets.com
Amsterdam horror movie nights
Wondering where in Amsterdam you can watch scary movies in the cinema this Halloween?
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) at Pathé
Thursday, October 31
Johnny Depp is being haunted by different things these days, but back in 1984, Mr. Krueger was in his dreams like a dog at a disco. You can catch Freddy’s first foré into clueless teenagers’ dreams on Halloween night at Pathé theaters around Amsterdam.
Rocky Horror at Q-Factory
Thursday, October 31
They were aliens? What? I guess it makes more sense. I thought they were just a bunch of friends who owned a house. But if they were aliens, how’d they even get the house?
If, like me, you paid little attention to Rocky Horror (except for dancing the Timewarp), then you can catch it again at Q Cinema along with live actors and a ton of audience participation. There’s even Transylvanian bingo! Don’t dream it. Be it.
Mr. Horror’s Halloween Horror Show
Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27
Pathé has teamed up again with Mr. Horror for another dose of shock treatment. On Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 cinema-goers can catch four films in a Halloween horror marathon. You’ll find this event in Pathé cinemas across the Netherlands too!
Ready or Not at Pathé Tuchinski and Pathé Arena
Hide and seek turned manhunt. A bad-ass bride is confronted by her new husband’s family in a game she’s got to survive.
The Lodge at Pathé Tuchinski and Pathé Arena
A soon-to-be stepmother and her fiancé’s two distrusting kids are trapped in a blizzard after finding out a dark secret.
Little Monsters at Pathé Tuchinski and Pathé Arena
This comedy horror is every teacher’s worst nightmare – or dream. A kindergarten school trip has turned into a zombie apocalypse, but Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) can’t bring herself to tell the kids it’s not part of their day out.
Bloodline at Pathé Tuchinski and Pathé Arena
Evan (Seann William Scott) is a social worker who’s just had his first child. After hearing countless tales of kids suffering abuse at home, he decides to take justice into his own hands. But where’s the line between vengeance and bloodlust?
Halloween club nights in Amsterdam
A Japanese Horror Story – WesterUnie
Saturday, October 26, 2019
A Japanese yōkai is haunting WesterUnie this Halloween. Kuchisake-onna, a beautiful monster with a smile that’s slit from ear to ear, will be partying hard in the Dam and she’ll want to know how she looks. If she asks you if you find her beautiful and you answer incorrectly, you’re in danger. The only way to play it safe: act like you aren’t interested, or give her hard candies. If only all of life’s problems could be solved the same way.
Festival of the Dead – The BOX
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Celebrate Día de Los Muertos early at The BOX and get ready to shake your tail(bone). After a sellout tour in the UK in 2018, the party will be bringing its giant pageantry puppets and even bigger sounds to Amsterdam West on October 26, 2019.
Dress for the occasion and rock out with your coccyx out. Delight your senses and expect a circus atmosphere with aerial acrobats, pyrotechnics, and dancers decked out in sugar skull makeup.
Helloween Bal Masqué – Paradiso
DJs, bands, and GoGo ghouls are all in Paradiso this Halloween.
There are live sets from DJs Ir. Venderghoul, Dr. Serhat Oguz, and Ms. Zammmbraahhg! And gruesome garage rock from The HelloWeeners who are conjuring sounds from the psychedelic ’60s. Made up of members of Dutch bands PAUW, T-99, The Spades, Maison du Meilleur, and MOOON, this phantom of the past is sure to delight.
If you want to throw on a Halloween costume, now’s the time. There are prizes for the best dressed – it looks like the venue’s desperate to see a Kinky King Kong, so if you’ve always dreamed of throwing BDSM gear onto a gorilla costume… well, carpe diem.
Looking for something stranger this Halloween?
Check out our list of Haunted happenings in Old Amsterdam, from ghost stories to grisly tales that really happened.