Behold Guillermo del Toro’s mesmerizing monsters at Cinematek
Whose movies better to shiver at during a night of universal terror than the Mexican maestro of the macabre? Cinematek is screening two Guillermo del Toro films back to back on Halloween. Kicking off the night of horrors is The Devil’s Backbone, a ghostly tale in which young Carlos ends up in a haunted orphanage. Del Toro has often referred to the intimate film as one of his personal favorites. The main act – because how could it not be – is Pan’s Labyrinth, a wondrous fairy tale steeped in darkness, with monsters as beautiful as they are terrifying.
Monday October 31st, 7pm (The Devil’s Backbone) and 9pm (Pan’s Labyrinth)
Take the family on a creepy treasure hunt at the Museum of Fantastic Art
If there’s any place in Brussels monster lover Guillermo del Toro would feel at home in, it’s probably the Museum of Fantastic Art. Filled with oddly shaped skeletons, otherworldly creatures and even a mummy cyclops, it’s the perfect place to go on a spooky exploration as a kid – with mom or dad at a safe distance, of course. The museum has created a riddle specially for the week surrounding Halloween and little heroes who manage to solve the mystery of the lost skulls will earn their official sorcery diploma.
Saturday October 29th – Sunday November 6th, 11am-5pm
Museum of Fantastic Art, Rue Américaine 7, Brussels, Belgium, +32 475 41 29 18
Brux’hell at the cultural center of Jette has made it a habit to pull out all the stops for Halloween. Every guest is encouraged to don the most eccentric outfit they can think of in order to reel in first prize at the costume contest. You can have the bejesus scared out of you in the haunted house or experience shivers of real-life horror running down your spine when walking through the mini museum of serial killers. Eclectic Belgian bands Thorax and Romano Nervoso will get the party going before the DJ takes over to guide the vampire- and zombie-filled dance floor through the night’s darkest hours. All of this to say that Brussels’ version of hell doesn’t seem too bad.
Monday October 31st, 6:30pm
Test-drive your costume at the horror parade in Evere
Starting off the Halloween cheer a little early, the cultural center of Evere is inviting all families to get together in their scariest attire ten days before Halloween. After a spooky story the whole group will take to the streets for a horror walk around the neighborhood. It’s the perfect occasion to try out your costume before the big day, to check if your ghost is believable enough or your vampire make-up up to snuff.
Friday October 21st, 6:30pm-9pm
Catch a wicked show at Chez Maman
One for adults only, La Nuit des Mauvaises – or the Night of the Wicked – at Chez Maman is sure to have your eyes rolling out of your sockets. Always a place where you can count on a healthy dose of extravagance, Brussels’ hallmark drag cabaret will be turning up the volume even more on Halloween night. Since maman and her ladies will be possessed by demons and all sorts of other nasty creatures, mortals of the faint kind better steer clear.
Monday October 31st, 11pm