Halloween for the Family in Europe

October 31, 2017

Europe is full of Halloween festivals and ghostly attractions, making it the perfect place for celebrating the spooky season. If you’re thinking of a trip to Europe with the family this Halloween, take a look at our top destinations for inspiration.


Amsterdam Spook, the city’s huge Halloween festival, has been going on since 2000, getting bigger and more elaborate every year. The festival covers many events throughout the city across several days, culminating in a Halloween costume party on the day itself. There’s an all-night horror movie marathon, a candy-based kids’ party, and a makeup workshop to get yourself suitably dressed up. It takes place from 25 to 31 October.


This beautiful Belgian city is brimming with ghost stories and crooked alleyways, making it a perfect spot for a Halloween adventure. There are plenty of guided ghost tours around the city, and some fantastically atmospheric bars and restaurants to spend an evening in. For kids, the Historium puts on special exhibits during the Halloween period highlighting the darker parts of Bruges’ past, from witch trials to plagues.


While Paris is known for its beauty and romance, there’s a sinister side to the City of Light. Go beneath its streets to discover the eerie catacombs and their vast collection of bones, moved there after the city’s cemeteries began to overflow. You could also visit the Museum of the History of Medicine, housing the oldest collection of weird things in jars in Europe. For the kids you also have an abundance of Halloween events going on at Disneyland® Paris, with the whole place decked out for the spooky season, and plenty of Disney villains to meet.


Speaking of Disney, Copenhagen is home to the place that inspired the original Disneyland® – Tivoli Gardens. This magical theme park in the middle of the city gets decked out in autumn colours and spooky decorations for Halloween every year. This year there will be literally thousands of pumpkins decorating the park, and a parade of monsters will march through the city streets. There’s also a market filled with sweet treats and spooky souvenirs, and of course all the fantastic, and in many cases historic, rides and attractions to enjoy.



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