Only a few years ago, many North American expats still found late October in Germany somewhat bland. Kids in North Germany were still trick-or-treating on New Year’s Eve (the so-called 'Rummelpottlaufen') and All Hallows was little more than a regular workday. Through American movies and TV shows, however, Halloween slowly found its way into German culture.
In effect, Hamburg’s chilly October nights are now regularly haunted by many a ghost, vampire and zombie. Spooky costumes and decorations like the indispensable jack-o-lanterns have been heartily adopted by people in Germany. What’s more, every year in autumn, Halloween-themed dinners, movie nights and parties attract plenty of people — often granting costume discounts. Hamburg Dungeon expands its already scary-good array of shows by a special Halloween treat and Ballinstadt Emigration Museum hosts a child-oriented ghost-and-candy hunt.
The unassuming visitor might be surprised to see many parties taking place on 30 October: a day too early. This is no coincidence. 31 October is an official public holiday in Hamburg, which means that most people won't have to get up early for work ... Below you'll find some spooky parties that usually take place, but keep in mind that most parties in 2020 are cancelled for public health reasons. Consider this list inspiration for 2021!
east Halloween Ball 2019
Welcome to (B)east Hotel! Witches, trolls and other creatures dance the night away, while east's infamous potion masters mix up the most potent of elixirs to keep the party going. Fallen angels, hounds of hell and creepy inquisitors round off the spooky mood.
30 Oct 2021 (TBD), from 9:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. with dinner
Beiss Mich 2019
Did you know there's a portal to hell right underneath City Hall, where countless creatures of darkness roam free? At 8:00 p.m., the scariest night of the year begins with Beiss Mich inside the catacombs of City Hall, where DJs spin freaky tunes until late at night. If you like, you can prepare yourself with a 3 course Halloween dinner before venturing into the abyss. Until 9:00 p.m. there's a 2-for-1 deal on drinks. Moreover a professional body paint artist will transform a model into a terrifying yet beautiful creature, and just like any year, guests can compete for the constume contest prize.
Parlament, Rathaus Hamburg
30 October 2021 (TBD), from 8:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. with dinner
Große Freiheit 36 transforms into the scene of sleepless nights and terrifying creatures. On three foors, DJs put on different styles to get those skeletons moving.
Große Freiheit 36
30 October 2021 (TBD), from 10:00 p.m.
The Night of Horror & Polonia Party
Prepare yourself for two hot and wild Halloween parties at Club Hamburg in the famous Reeperbahn area. Despite the Poland-themed Polonia party on Saturday, every guest is welcomed in with an appropriately themed drink after which they can chase out evil spirits by dancing to charts, house, dance classics and hiphop tunes.
October 2021 dates TBD