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 and Costume Party

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 theme is Toyland, and for the costumes, anything, from Barbie to Chucky, goes.

Ghost Walking Tour

Amsterdam Ghost Walk

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.

Amsterdam Dungeon

Amsterdam Dungeon
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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 6th–31st October 2017, featuring professional actors, special effects, and thrilling decors.

Horror Movie Marathon

Get into the Halloween spirit with a frightening movie night at the beautiful Pathé Tuschinski Cinema. This will be the setting of Mr. Horror’s Halloween Horror Show 2017, an all-night movie marathon full of blood, zombies, and legendary serial killers. Screenings include Jigsaw, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, and It Stains the Sands Red.

Monster Ball

Amsterdam Halloween Party at WesterUnie
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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 9th 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. This year’s party is called Monster Ball, and anyone – from 007 to Dracula – is welcomed.

A Mokum Halloween Story – Memoirs of a Dead Geisha

A Mokum Halloween Story
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Held on October 26th at Warehouse Elementenstraat, one of Amsterdam’s top party venues, A Mokum Halloween Story – Memoirs of a Dead Geisha promises a hell of a night in chilling Oriental-themed surroundings.

Obscene Halloween

Obscene Halloween

For a truly sexy and spectacular Halloween experience, Amsterdam style, join the eccentrically-dressed crowd at Akhnaton on Saturday, October 28th. Obscene Halloween party combines top DJ’s, dramatic decor, and extravagant attires right in the heart of the city. Let your darkest fantasies and fetishes fuel your creativity, and express your true self shamelessly. The dress code allows anything from pagan sex gods to vampire queens to satanic burlesque babes.

Haunted Halloween at the Museum

Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Amsterdam
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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.




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