Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween in die Schweiz

Today is Halloween. This year we are in Switzerland and we are finding the Swiss don't really do Halloween - at least not the way Americans do (which is not necessarily a bad thing.) Maureen's school has some Halloween activities, but then again, it is an International school. They had a 'Halloween Disco' for the Middle School kids last Friday. (She opted not to go in lieu of watching Stranger Things 2 on the day it came out on Netflix.) They are also having a 'Trunk or Treat' activity for the Primary Students tonight. This is when the kids dress up and trick-or-treat in the school parking lot with the car trunks open and parents handing out candy. A little sad if you ask me.

I have yet to see a Halloween decoration on a house here in Zug. There is a small display of Halloween merchandise in the Coop City grocery store: 










 And a bar just outside the Bahnhof has this going on:

















On the Switzerland English Forum listserv there is a multiyear thread about Halloween in Switzerland. Prior to 2014 there were almost no Halloween activities in any part of Switzerland. From 2014 - through today there are more and more posts about Halloween activities happening around the country, though the most are concentrated in the Zurich area.

Yesterday, one person posted some interesting insights into how various holidays and traditions like Halloween came to be celebrated in Switzerland:

















So it looks like it is a slow build of momentum for Halloween to be popular in die Schweiz, but we Americans are ready just in case we get any trick-or-treaters:
I wonder what we will do with any leftovers?












Even Smidgey is getting into the Halloween spirit:
She's trying to chase a cat - who I think might be laughing at her outfit.



















The entire canton of Zug has tomorrow, Wednesday, 1 November, off for All Saint's Day. (Read here about the Catholic's influence on Switzerland, especially canton Zug.) My poem is based on what some may be recovering from on the day after Halloween:

Halloween Hangover

one too many trips
to the candy bowl

pick, pick, pick

today I feel sick -
my belly aches
ick, ick, ick!

©2017, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

6 comments:

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    1. Thank YOU, Joe, for reading and commenting on my blog. I appreciate it. =)

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  2. Fun to hear and that the tradition is growing. Could it be another excuse for candy? Love your Smidgey all dressed up! I'm sitting & waiting now for the doorbell! Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Hope you had lots of Trick-or-Treaters! The Swiss need no excuse for candy - they love their chocolate. And unfortunately for my waistline, so do I. =)

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  3. OK - the Toblerone is for Halloween...huh? Huh?
    Some of us know better Ms.Magee!

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    1. You got me, Dave. The Toblerone were purchased before Halloween, but what better occasion to share them than this holiday? Unfortunately we got no knocks on the door...what to do with the leftovers? =)

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