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 have already been announced for October 2018.
east Halloween Ball 2018
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. This year's theme is "HORRORWOOD: Where nightmares come true".
Tue 30 Oct 2018, from 9:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. with dinner
Beiss Mich 2018
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 SHOCKMODEL constume contest prize.
Parlament, Rathaus Hamburg
Sat 27 Oct 2018 and Tue 30 October, from 8:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. with dinner
Halloween in the Enchanted Forest
You thought fairy tales were for children? Think again! On 30 October, it won't be Hansel and Gretel who'll be lured into the witch's lair. Große Freiheit 36 transforms into the scene of sleepless nights and terrifying creatures. Tunes by DJ Matt Nautique and Yann (E.Q.T.) will haunt guests throughout the enchanted forest. In fairy tale cemetery in the basement, DJ Claus puts on gothic, wave, industrial and EBM beats to get those skeletons moving.
Große Freiheit 36
Sat 3 November 2018, from 10:00 p.m.
HALOween-Party - Creatures of the Night
Creatures of the night, pay attention! This year, the night club experts of Halo and the themed attraction experts of Hamburg Dungeon have joined forces to create a fantastically terrifying HALOween party. In a mesmerising decor, Halloween fans will be able to explore several floors with different themes - all equally spooky, of course. DJs Matty Menck & Paul Kold will deliver electronic beats on the main floor, while Big Lary serves up bloody beats on the HipHop and R&B floor. Costume-wearing guests will be treated with a free shot, and may even win a prize!
Tue 30 Oct, from 11:00 p.m.
Das Grauen kehrt zurück
Prepare yourself for a hot and wild Halloween party at Club Hamburg in the famous Reeperbahn area. 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.
Fri 26 Oct 2018, from 10:00 p.m.