I’ve always enjoyed Halloween. I’m not fond of being scared, but I do love dressing up, so I was disappointed that the holiday isn’t that popular here in the Netherlands. Maybe everyone gets their costuming energy out around Carnival. Fortunately for those of us who do like Halloween, it is catching on, especially over the border in Belgium. Here are a handful of events in the region:
Foire d’octobre Liege: Not strictly a Halloween event, this large festival and fairground hosts a Halloween parade for children and parents on November 2nd at 5 pm. There are gifts and prizes for registered participant. When you’re not marching or watching the parade, you can ride the many rides at the fair or sample some of the local food. Foire d’octobre Liege will be open from now until November 15th.
Spookstad Bokrijk: From October 30th through November 1, visitors to Hanger 58 in Bolrijk (BE) can explore a haunted town, complete with witches, horror stories, and ghosts. Hanger 58 sounds like an interesting place, with an “old town” built in 1960 to encapsulate the evolution of architecture from the late Middle Ages to the 19th century. Tickets cost 10 euros per person and are slightly cheaper online.
Fenix Halloween Party: For adults, Fenix Poppodium in Sittard is hosting a fancy dress dance party for Halloween on October 30th (10pm to 3 am). The cover is 5 euros.
Halloween at Kasteelpark Born: Kids can come dressed as witches and wizards to Kasteelpark on October 31st from 1pm to 4pm to celebrate the holiday. The witches of Theater Netwerk will be making spells and potions and a real bat specialist will also be there to teach kids about bats. You can participate in the Halloween activities for the cost of admission to the park.
Halloween Walk, Lummen: Families are welcome to join this 3,5 km Halloween hike and a big bonfire. The hikes run continuously from 6:30 pm to 9 pm and start at the St. Ferdinand Sports fields in Lummen (BE). Children can participate for 3 euros and adult admission is 5 euros.
Halloween op de Dijk: Visit Tongeren on October 30th and 31st from 5pm to midnight and enjoy pumpkin decorating, ring dances, food, and a 200m tunnel of horror. Admission is 1 euro.
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This article was originally published at Maastricht Region to Live.