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Tips for Halloween 2023

Trick or treat! This year the spooky spirit is taking over Amsterdam with a whole host of Halloween parties, events and fun activities for young and old. Make your Halloween scarier than ever with our tips!


Home of Halloween in The Amsterdam Dungeon

In collaboration with The Amsterdam Dungeon

The Amsterdam Dungeon is pulling out all the stops for a month of horror suited for all daredevils aged 10 and over. Spooks and terrors beckon you into the depths of the basement for an unforgettable Halloween adventure. All who dare to walk through the doors have a chance to win a prize.

Until October 31 | The Amsterdam Dungeon | from €23,-

Amsterdam Catacombs Escape Room

Discover the dark secrets beneath the (un)holy ground of the Posthoornkerk. Venture into the catacombs for a mix of interactive theatre, actors and a classic escape room where you literally come face to face with your worst nightmares. Are you ready for the scariest escape room in the world?

Open daily | Amsterdam Catacombs | from €150

A Miss Rouge Nightmare – Halloween Week

A nightmare or, perhaps, a dream? Enter the spooky Halloween Week at Bar Rouge and enjoy (almost) daily entertainment, a mysterious menu and unexpected discounts. For example, on Thursdays you get a 50% discount on cocktails and on Tuesdays a 50% discount on sushi rolls and pornstar martinis.

Thursday 26 to Tuesday 31 October | Bar Rouge

The Horror Experience

Code red! A scientific study has gotten completely out of hand and now a dangerous virus is threatening to break out. Will you be able to find the cure in this terrifying adventure?

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October | UP Events | from €19.95

Nighttime climbing on Halloween

What’s Halloween without an adventure filled with climbing and scrambling in the darkness? Be careful as you walk through the woods on Friday, terrifying surprises await you at the Amsterdam Forest. On Saturday you can also experience what it is like to climb high under the starry sky during the Night Climbing event.

Halloween climbing on Friday 27 & Night climbing on Saturday 28 October, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM | Klimbos Fun Forest, Amsterdamse Bos | from €26.95

Spooky Halloween Pole and Dance

Get ready to twirl under the moonlight because during the Halloween Pole and Dance competition you can show off your best dance moves dressed a ghost or spider. Put on your best Halloween costume (but make sure you have good grip) because the best costume will win unlimited pole and dance lessons for a month!

Saturday October 28 to October 31 | Dance For Your Pole 111


Halloween Specials bij Melkweg

The Melkweg opens its doors this year for no less than 2 Halloween specials. During High Tea Amsterdam: Trick of Tea, the whole night will be filled with drum and bass. Document One, T&Sugah and Ekko & Sidetrack, among others, will play the best dance tunes this evening. More of a fan of hip-hop and R&B? Then you've come to the right place, as Encore also organizes the Halloween Special the very same evening. Choose your party, put on your scariest outfit and show off your scariest dance moves.

Saturday October 28, from 11:59 PM | Melkweg | High Tea Amsterdam & Encore

Twerk or Treat

It's impossible to stand still with afrobeats and amapiano playing through the speakers. It’s no surprise, then, that during Twerk or Treat you can go all out and win a prize. The best-dressed man, woman and couple win a cash prize. So get your twerk on and go for the win.

Saturday October 28, 11:55 PM – 5:00 AM | GoodVibes Amsterdam | from €12.50

P60 Halloween

A costume contest, speciality drinks and danceable tunes. Café P60 immerses itself again in Halloween atmosphere where, in addition to enjoying spooky cocktails, you can also make the dance floor as terrifying as need be.

Saturday October 28, from 9:00 PM | P60 Amstelveen | free

Amsterdam Halloween

Westerunie is haunted for the 14th year in a row. Talk about a streak of bad luck! With the most famous artists such as The Partysquad, Benny Rodrigues and Melvee bringing the beats, this big nighttime horror party will be one you will never forget.

Saturday October 28, 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM | Westerunie, Westerliefde & Westergasterrein | from €31,-

The Halloween Cruise

Skyline view of Amsterdam's waterfront facing the Ij River, with A'dam Toren and Amsterdam Eye.
Image from Bogdan Lazar via iStock

Board a terrifying cruise through the night, right under the stars! This luxurious cruise has 3 party locations that are completely themed. Put on your most impressive costume and dance the night away as you sail through the darkness.

Saturday, October 28, 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM | departure point: Amsterdam Central Station


Pumpkin carving

Image from Lukasz Niescioruk

When you think of Halloween, you probably think of pumpkins. Carving these orange gourds is an absolute must. Who will create the most beautiful pumpkin? And the most terrifying?

Tuesday October 21 to 28, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Pluktuin Amstelveen | €14.50 including pumpkin, snacks and drinks, and an extra surprise

The Witches Exam

In the spirit of Halloween, a fun party will pop up at Pluktuin Amstelveen: The Witch Exam. Seek out the magic and let your inner witch emerge. The little ones come dressed as witches and wizards, drink the special magic potion and, if they’re studious, go home with a real magic diploma.

Sunday October 29, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Pluktuin Amstelveen | 4-10 years | €12.50 per child

Children's Halloween party

Face painting, horror crafts and scary snacks. During the theme party, the little ones show their scariest side. Will your little one be the best dressed?

Wednesday October 25, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | OCCII Children's fun | 3 to 9 years | from €5,- 

Horrors in the canal house

Image from Fleur Lagerwerf

Children can spend an evening spooked in the Canal Museum during special ghost tours and treasure hunt (duration: 20 minutes). And don't forget to wear your scariest Halloween outfit (for extra bonus points). Do you dare step inside?

Saturday October 28, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Canal Museum | 6 to 12 years | free for children, registration required

Family concert: Halloween

Frontview of the Concertgebouw at the Van Baerlestraat.
Image from Jan de Ridder

Led by the haunting sounds of Stravinsky and Grieg, the children go on a spooky journey. A story full of ghosts and witches, told by chief witch Melissa Drost in Dutch, to the enjoyment of both the little ones and their caretakers.

Sunday October 29, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | The Concertgebouw | from €25,- | from 6 years