Every year, Halloween is becoming more and more popular in the Netherlands. The event is officially celebrated on October 31, but most festivities take place during the whole weekend or even week.
But why do we celebrate Halloween? Once 31 October was the New Year’s Eve of the Celts. Later this Celtic celebration was mixed with the Christian All Souls Day, which is celebrated on November 2. In the 9th century, Christians went by the doors to beg for bread. This results in ‘Trick or Treat’. Around the same period, Catholics celebrated All Saints’ Day (on November 1) and All Souls’ Day (on November 2). The name Halloween was born from these celebrations. Halloween is in fact a derivative of All Hallows Eve, the evening before All Saints’ Day. In the Netherlands, children mainly do St. Maarten (on 11 November) to pick up sweets.
Topsitters has listed a number of fun activities around the Halloween celebration for you. Her we go:
Cut out & decorate pumpkins at Day Foodbar Amstelveen
Children can decorate pumpkin with beautiful figures and faces. Day employees will cut these out. Participation is € 2.50 per child including a glass of limo and a snack. Dads, mums and and caregivers can enjoy tea or drinks. https://www.facebook.com/events/402312157384508/?ti=icl
Saturday 26 October you can participate in Halloween climbing at Fun Forest in the Amsterdamse Bos! ps://www.amsterdamsebos.nl/boskalender-0/2019/26-10-halloween-klimmen-fun-forest/
Halloween Spooky days at Walibi for Kids
For our mini thrill seekers, Walibi is putting on special Spooky Days around Halloween. A special daytime event for kids (6+) who love Halloween. In addition to all the spectacular attractions at this rollercoaster theme park, they offer spooky and scary entertainment. www.walibi.nl
Try a witches’ potion at the Elsenhove farm between Amstelveen en Ouderkerk ad Amstel! If you survive that, you can hollow out pumpkins, listen to creepy stories and be scarily Face painted! https://www.elsenhove.nl/halloween-activiteit
Zomerbloem pluktuin, Nes a/d Amstel
Are you a witch or wizard? Find out at the Flower Picking Garden. Here you can do your witch exam to test this. An annual event which guarantees a spookily great day out with diploma if you pass all the exams. https://www.zomerbloemenpluktuin.nl/halloweenfeest/
Do you dare to walk through the pitch-dark corridors of the fort? Meet the spirit of Pampus! Fort Island Pampus is organizing a Halloween party for families on Saturday 31 October. https://www.pampus.nl
Kinderpretpark Juliana toren
On all opening days from October 4 to October 27, it is a tiny bit creepy at Kinderpretpark Julianatoren. https://www.julianatoren.nl
Natuur speeleiland Haarlem
Children are taken along with the ‘Halloween friendly’ fairy-tale stories. During this evening the children are taken into the story: Halloween and the Rakkers of the island. www.natuurspeeleilandhaarlem.nl
Cobra Museum Amstelveen
During the special exhibition Intense Mexico, children can create their own Mexican fantasy figure on the 23rd and 26th of October 14:00 – 16:00. Instead of Halloween, the Mexicans celebrate Dia de los Muertos to celebrate and honor their loved ones in the after life. Tickets need to booked in advance. https://www.cobramuseum.nl
Spooktacular Event (by Amsterdam Mamas)
It’s the 9th year that Amsterdam Mamas is organizing this Spooktacular parade at the Beatrixpark in Amsterdam-Zuid. Children can come all dressed-up as their scariest alter-ego. The parade finishes around the paddling pool where the children can play, jump on the bouncy castle and https://amsterdam-mamas.nl/events/spooktacular-2019
Get creative at Ginger & Ale
During the Autumn holidays Ginger & Ale organises lots kids activities starting at 11am. For Halloween they have special themed activities, such as pumpkin carving, baking spooky cookies, face painting and a bouncy castle. https://gingerandale.nl
Spooky tour at Landal Greenparks Miggelenberg (veluwe)
Landal Greenparks is organizing a daily spooky tour from the October 24 till October 31 at 7 PM. Everybody is welcome to join, also if you are not staying at the park during these dates. For more info please check the website; www.landal.nl/parken/miggelenberg.
Lots of Spooky fun around Halloween!