Halloween and its history

Come celebrate Halloween in historical Delft

Pumpkin carving In de buurt Delft – ANP. Source: In De Buurt Delft

A Celtic origin

Halloween, a celebration which began over 2000 years ago originating from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who originate from the areas of Ireland, the United Kingdom and Northern France celebrate on November 1 their new year. This ritual began as lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to scare off the ghosts. This day marked the beginning of a cold, dark winter, which was often associated with death.


Honoring saints

In the 8th century, November 1 was designated by Pope Gregory as the time to honor all saints. Saints Day commemorated the traditions of the Samhain, which was later known as Hollows Eve and later on as Halloween. Over time, this tradition evolved into a day of festive gatherings, trick or treating and donning costumes.

The Celtic Connection, from myth to tradition by Ariella Ulliano 29 October 2002. Source: Italia Medievale

Pumpkin carving In de buurt Delft – ANP. Source: In De Buurt Delft

Le Freak Show – Delft

Bierfabriek Delft was never this spooky yet

On 29th October starting at 22.00h, the Bierfabriek will be hosting a Le Freak Show. Free entrance, so come and dance and enjoy a beer! Bierfabriek is located at the Burgwal 45-49.

More information: https://www.bierfabriek.com/delft/agenda/freaky-nachtfabriek/


Halloween Party – Delft

Scary surprises for children in the botanical garden

On 25th October, from 17.00h-21.00h at the Botanical Garden in TU Delft (Poortlandplein 6) there will be a Halloween party for children of 5-12 years old. Enjoy with your children a scary photobooth, carve some pumpkins, see scary ghosts and roast some marshmallows. Adults pay 6 euros entrance fee.

More information: https://www.tudelft.nl/evenementen/2019/botanische-tuin/oktober/halloween/

Your Royal Stay in Delft


Wanting to combine a day in Delft and Halloween?

Feel free to contact us and get a frightening 10% discount only while it lasts!

Don’t forget to pass by our reception at Koornmarkt 72 for a sweet, scary treat… if you dare!


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