Halloween in NRW
Where ghosts and monsters celebrate
From a Halloween run or creepy book reading to creating horror ceramics, the event organisers in NRW 2019 have been very creative when it comes to Halloween.
Horror in the theme park
Movie Park, Bottrop
The Movie Park in Bottrop was the first theme park to bring this Irish-American tradition to Germany. The Halloween Horror Festival 2018 will take place from 3 to 6, 10 to 13, 17 to 20, 25 to 27 and 31 October and from 1 to 3 November. Here, Halloween fans can also enjoy the scariness of additional horror labyrinths. The Movie Park also invites visitors to Halloween shows produced specially for the event, as well as open-air “Scare Zones”.
Fort Fun, Bestwig
At Halloween, Fort Fun in Bestwig in the Sauerland region turns into “Fort Fear”. Here, on 19, 20 and 26 October 2019, in Misty Ville, you can expect to meet lowlifes and riff raff of the most bizarre and nasty kind: unscrupulous crooks, creatures possessed by voodoo magic and embittered Indian warriors live here, and play according to their own, sinister rules. Only the bravest visitors will dare to come here.
Zoo safari park Stukenbrock
From 31 October to 2 November 2019, in the zoo safari park Stukenbrock in the Teutoburger Wald forest, visitors will be met by the undead, werewolves and grave candles. The programme includes a freak show and a horror fair. Children can carve pumpkins during the day, or get lost in the maize labyrinth. Once dark sets in, the horror programme begins for older children and adults.
Halloween in the Zoom activity world, Gelsenkirchen
On 1 November 2019, from 6 to 10 pm, witches, spirits and vampires take over at the Zoom Erlebniswelt (Zoom activity world) in Gelsenkirchen, and prowl through the fascinating animal world. Fire artists and other scary surprises await visitors. Costumes are definitely welcome!
Horror labyrinth, Bottrop
Here, in Germany’s largest horror labyrinth (“Grusellabyrinth”), you can get your dose of horror all year round. However, at Halloween, the organisers go one step further. For an entire six weeks, from 27 September to 17 November 2019, the Halloween Weeks will offer particularly scary experiences. The Schacht 13 (mine shaft 13) puts a particular strain on the nerves. Here, you can experience a horror trip 1,000 metres underground.
Castles, palaces, old towns
Ghost night, Satzvey
At Burg Satzvey castle in the Eifel region, the ghosts are abroad at Halloween. Here, this scary and wonderful event is celebrated not only on 31 October, but also on 26 October 2019. On the castle lake, the ferryman silently greets his guests, while in the spirits’ saloon, celebrations continue until dawn. There are supervised activities for children, including making Halloween masks.
Halloween on land and on the water
Halloween in the zoo, Cologne
At Halloween, on 31 October 2019, fire-eaters, witches and other mythical creatures turn Cologne zoo into a chamber of horrors. “Owl hags” tell fascinating stories about the hunters of the night, and bats can also be seen. There’s a labyrinth and a puppet theatre for children.
Ahoi-Party Happy Halloween, Cologne
Halloween is celebrated on the water. Under the motto “The finest quality horror”, the Ahoi party ship will leave the dock on 31 October 2019 in Cologne - with two DJs and a large number of party lovers in costume on board.
Guided tours and Halloween runs
Death and the devil, Münster
Another sinister and demonic guided tour, with “Death and the devil” as its theme, is offered in October and November 2019 in Münster. Among other things, the “Leichenbitter”, or “funeral bidder”, tells stories of bone crushers in cemeteries and gives advice on how to protect yourself against demons.
Halloween run, Duisburg
The Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord the Duisburg North landscape park, invites visitors to a special run at Halloween. On 31 October 2019, you can put on a headlamp and run through the dark park, which is otherwise lit only with flaming torches. Scary figures, spirits and other horrific surprises make for an even creepier backdrop along the way, and naturally, the other costumed participants also contribute to creating a sinister atmosphere.
Halloween guided tour in the Kluterhöhle cave, Enneptal
Visitors to the Kluterhöhle cave can join guided horror tours from 26 to 28 and on 31 October 2019. The Kluterhöhle becomes a crime scene, and the main suspect is the son of Jack the Ripper, who suddenly turns from being the hunter to the hunted. A particularly scary version of the tours is available to adults aged 16 and above, and in a less extreme form for children aged 6 and above.