On October 31 it is back , at least in the US. While the preparations for the most creepy day of the year are going on there, we in Germany are looking rather relaxed on the last day of October, aren’t we?
Where is Halloween coming from?
For many people, Halloween seems to be a strange trend imported from the US. In fact, this has been a Christian feast from Ireland, according to scientists. “All Hallows Eve”, ie. All Saints’ Day, was brought to America over the great pond some day. There the cult developed itself to dressing up and that children run from house to house getting sweets.
Anyone who goes back in time alittle bit further will find that the Celts already celebrated a similar feast. On the last day of October, they celebrated “Samhain”, the farewell to the summer and the welcome of the winter. That night the spirits of the deceased should return to earth.
Halloween in Germany
In Germany this festival became more and more popular for years and had its great breakthrough in the late 1990s. Nevertheless, as a child I was never running around by the neighborhood getting sweets, at least not on October 31st. However, Halloween parties, creepy food and costumes have become a part of Germany. But still,, this festival is not celebrated as much as in the USA.
Where can I celebrate Halloween in Germany?
If you want to celebrate Halloween, you will easily find a party nearby. For those who need something more spooky, there are a few tips for this year.
The Grusellabyrinth in NRW offers visitors a gruesome adventure in 16 show and labyrinth sections. The labyrinth is suitable for children from 8 years, but in fact many adults have fun at this attraction.
Ghost hunts, deliciously eerie food and seances can be experienced at the “Spucknacht“. If you want to experience a special kind of Halloween, you should be over 16 years old. Costumes will be appreciated.
Halloween has been celebrated on Frankenstein Castle for 40 years. For a whole night long nightmares become true for young and old. Even America’s breakfast television has already reported on this castle.
For those who do not celebrate Halloween, it is recommended to have a few candies ready in case children should ring the door. If not, you can also keep them until Nikolaus (or eat them yourself).
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