Do the Dutch even celebrate Halloween?

Do the Dutch even celebrate Halloween?

DanaCalleja

I know I can ask Tjeerd this stuff, but he’s likely to make up some elaborate lie that I’ll buy hook, line and sinker and the next thing you know I’m wearing wooden shoes and singing “I’m a Little Teapot” in the middle of the town square. So, I’m asking you: Do the Dutch celebrate Halloween?

I want to know because it looks like the bus will be spending Halloween weekend in Amsterdam and I’m wondering what we can look forward to. What should we do? What shouldn’t we miss and what we can take a pass on?

I’ve only been in Amsterdam once and was on my own, so I can pretty much promise you that I didn’t hit the highlights. Or the lowlights. What I want to do is experience the city and have some fun while I’m at it. Oh, and I need suggestions for things that I can convince at least one other person on the bus to do with me so that if I end up in jail, someone knows where I’ve gone. Not that I’m planning on ending up in jail. I’m just sayin’.

So give me your suggestions. Tell me your stories of Amsterdam – the ones you can share without too much embarrassment!

Oh, and have a great weekend!

Comments
  • Anonymous
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    Yes and No, It all started with the US citizens in Amsterdam ,and slowly the dutch are joining them The last 5 or 6 years Halloween starting to be celebrated, but mainly in the larger cities,It is not as generally celebrated as it is in the USA. Because of the substantial number of US students and US expats living in Amsterdam, there are a decent number of Halloween parties in Amsterdam, mainly in the Club scene see for example the following links: http://goamsterdam.about.com/od/eventsfestivalsholidays/p/halloween.htm http://www.boomchicago.nl/en/news-and-images/latest-news/?i=8376 This one is in dutch, so maybe Tjeerd can translate it for you: http://www.kroegenweb.nl/halloween.php (The Boom Chicago party is one of the largest parties) At some places there are also childrens parties during the day on 10/31 and 11/01, but only sporadic. Rob.
  • Anonymous
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    Here is aditional link: http://hardrockcafe.nl/live2/eventDetails.aspx?LocationID=51&eventID=34990&MIBEnumID=3
  • Anonymous
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    Formally no Halloween in the Netherlands, however more and more Halloween parties taking place in cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam et cetera. So don t expect kids trick or treating, but probably some parties here and there. Really can t give any advice on what else to do, except the highlights :) And the party at the Hard Rock cafe can be fun as well of course.
  • Anonymous
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    Hi Dana, If you believe Bill O Reilly, Amsterdam is the cesspool of corruption and crime , so ending up in jail might be a hard thing to do. If you want to experience Amsterdam in a nice way, rent a bicycle (fiets), go to a museum (Anne Frank), eat a herring (haring), take a boat tour (rondvaartboot). In the Netherlands, Halloween is not celebrated at all. So if you want to see pumpkins, you should head for one of the Irish pubs (loads) or the hard rock cafe (one). Have fun! --Jason van Haard
  • Anonymous
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    Don t forget to have french fries with mayo...it is a big thing there.Also a visit to the sex museum is always a good halloween treat :)
  • Anonymous
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    Well, there was that one time in Amsterdam when Moss and I got so drunk that Moss lost his glasses...
  • Anonymous
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    Hi Dana, our kids loved their first American Halloween last year, they are a bit worried this year thanks to the 'great' TV commercials on Halloween 2... That, and that daddy will not be here this time, has them worried :-)

    Amsterdam has a lot to offer, you'll completely forget about Trick or Treating,I'll find out if Ajax are playing :-)
  • Anonymous
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    Hi,

    There is something thats like Trick or Treating, but that happens on Nov 11, we call it St Maarten, but the idea is the same, Kids going door to door in costume, singing a song and getting candy.

    Rob.
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  • Anonymous
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    Halloween has become really popular in Amsterdam over the last 10 years. The best costume party in Amsterdam is at Boom Chicago. HUge crowd, lots of VERY cool costumes.
  • Anonymous
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    Halloween has become really popular in Amsterdam over the last 10 years. The best costume party in Amsterdam is at Boom Chicago. HUge crowd, lots of VERY cool costumes.