Halloween in Amsterdam
In a year where nightmares from the past have come back to hunt us, Halloween is the perfect occasion to remember that having a good fright can be fun too. Even with many of the usual festivities cancelled, there are plenty of options to celebrate the spookiest holiday.
The Netherlands may not be the birthplace of Halloween, it sure has embraced it. Usually events can be found throughout the country, from theme park Walibi’s Spooky Days and Fright Nights to many a small town, kid-friendly Halloween tour. As there are fewer options this year, we made you a list of things that are still possible.
Home of Halloween
The Amsterdam Dungeon is one of the scariest places in the country, especially during Halloween. The Dungeon is located near Dam Square, on the site of a 16th century cemetery, which was once a site of public executions, including the burning of thousands of suspected witches during the Spanish Inquisition. Some people believe these tortured souls still haunt the square and the surrounding streets. This year, leading up to and during Halloween, the Amsterdam Dungeon has extended opening hours, extra shows and a goodie bag for visitors brave enough to come by. Tickets are available in the shops, not online.
Want to question reality? At Ripley’s Believe It or Not it’s up to you to believe what you see. From real human shrunken heads to torture equipment, you will find it all at Ripley’s. Spread out over five floors you’ll discover bizarre stories of rare artefacts, play around with optical illusions and interactive mind games, whirl through a space tunnel and observe Dam Square from a bird’s eye view.
The streets of Amsterdam
The pragmatic Dutch may claim not to believe in ghosts but the city has it’s fair share of haunted places and ghostly residents, aside from the afore mentioned Dam Square. All you have to do to find them is go outside and walk through the city. For instance, there is Helena on Ghost Alley, or Spooksteeg, who was cursed by her own husband on her deathbed (for murdering his first love, her own sister) in the 18th century. And the blood of condemned prisoners is said to have flowed through Blood Street (Bloedstraat) as it ran down from Nieuwmarkt to the canal.