It is just over a week until our annual Spooky Buggy Parade, which this year is sponsored by Baby Jogger. So it felt like high time we put the details from last year on the web.

Halloween is not a Dutch tradition and, although Halloween-themed activities are becoming more common in Amsterdam, last year we still felt that there wasn’t really anything for the whole family to join in with, from tiny to adult. We also wanted it candy free for our littlest members.  

So in true Amsterdam Mamas tradition, we created our own! It came from an inspired discussion with our then Events Coordinator who constructed the whole idea and brought it to life in an unbelievable two weeks. On a crisp, but not too cool Sunday before Halloween, our families (around 40 in total) assembled at the two meeting points at either end of the Vondelpark for 10am. Some of them had dressed up as a family, some had just dressed the kids and the buggies. Everyone was up for a good time.

We coordinated the groups by phone and set off at the same time to our meeting point at the Groot Melkhuis in the middle of the Vondelpark. The older kids ran ahead as we strolled as a big group. It was a lovely morning to walk through the park and get chatting to other families. At the Melkhuis we were able to set the children free in the large play area while we warmed up with teas, coffees and hot chocolates. What a sight to see, the Amsterdam Mamas getting spooky in the park!


This was such a hit with our families that we are doing it all again this year on Sunday the 28th of October 2012 at 10am.  You can find the event details on Facebook. We are very grateful this year for the sponsorship from Baby Jogger which means that our post-parade meeting point this year will be at the Kinderkookkafe.

Will you be getting spooky with the Amsterdam Mamas this year at the Spooky Buggy Parade? Fun for the whole family. See you there! 

Emmy Coffey McCarthy

Emmy McCarthy was the Director of Stichting Amsterdam Mamas. She is a Mama, Entrepreneur and Connector on a never-ending quest for balance in her life.