Happy Halloween! on a glass plate , where Cosette is standing behind, in between jaws teeth.
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Fun at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Halloween

Halloween isn’t a holiday that’s originally celebrated in The Netherlands. But more and more events with an Halloween theme are popping up in The Netherlands. We love going to one of these events each year and a few years ago we celebrated Halloween at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Amsterdam. We had a blast.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Halloween

The whole Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum was decorated with cobwebs and other creepy things. This added extra to the Halloween sphere for us. Without the Halloween decorations the museum is already bizarre, but this made it extra special. We came dressed up for Halloween, all 3 of us. This gives you a 50% discount on the entrance fee.

Being funny. Yuri doung the same as the strange statue next to him. A man who has swollowed almost his whole mouth.
Being funny

Kids aged 5 till 15 get a bag to collect candy throughout the museum. Candies were everywhere. Yuri took a few candies on each spot. On some places he had to reach in the cobwebs to get the candy. So not all the candy was easily reachable. In the lounge they served Halloween drinks and donuts.

Getting candy between the cobwebs
Getting candy between the cobwebs

Facts

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums are all over the world. The first permanent one opened in St. Augustine, Florida in 1950. We’ve also been to the Ripley’s Maze in Gatlinburg during our 21 day road trip from New York to Orlando. Ripley’s Believe It or Not draws millions of visitors each year worldwide. The odditorium in The Netherlands is in Amsterdam, our Capitol and one of the best cities for shopping.

Yuri searching for candy, between the cobwebs. He's in a display with huge shells.
Yuri searching for candy

The odditorium is on the Dam square, a historic square and a landmark of The Netherlands. It’s a 10 minute walk from the train station. On 2000m² over 5 floors, there’s more than over 500 artifacts and weird & bizarre stories to discover. They display rocks from outer space, bizarre statues and real shrunken human heads.

A shrunken head on a stick in a leaf, behind glass.
A shrunken head

It’s a museum exhibition, but you can touch almost all of the stuff on display. This weird museum is hands on and fun for both kids and adults. There’s a tunnel to walk through which spins and has all sorts of colors. We had a lot of fun for a few hours and Yuri had a bag full of candy at the end.

The tunnel at Ripley's Believe It or NOt. Blue and pink stripes. Paul standing in the middle.
The tunnel at Ripley’s

Where to stay

A hotel we like to stay at when visiting Amsterdam, is Van der Valk Schiphol. It’s not in Amsterdam, but close enough for us. Parking is easy here and the hotel has a swimming pool.

Where to eat

Amsterdam is full of restaurants, so everyone can find somewhere to eat. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Amsterdam has a lounge on the top floor, where you can get some coffee and a pastry. While enjoying this you can also enjoy the view on Dam square.

A transformer in cobwebs. It's really large, Yuri is looking up with his head in his neck.
A transformer in cobwebs

Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a fun place to spend Halloween.

We recommend it, for a fun family time. We went on October 29th in 2017. This year (2020) it’s on Halloween itself from 10am till 4pm.

Address:

Dam 21

1012 JS Amsterdam

Opening hours:

Sunday till Friday: 10am – 8pm.

On Saturday: 10am – 9pm.

Want to explore more festivities in The Netherlands? Check out our blogs about Kingsday and the Dickens Festival.

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