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Trick-or-treating in Switzerland?

Do kids go trick-or-treating in Switzerland?
I mean door to door like they do in North America.

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Re: Trick-or-treating in Switzerland?

It depends. In our neighborhood they do.
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Re: Trick-or-treating in Switzerland?

We had just finished explaining to our kids this afternnon that there was no trick or treat in Switzerland when our neighbor stopped by to ask if our kids would go trick or treating with them....so ask around!
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Re: Trick-or-treating in Switzerland?

Here it is a very very recent thing - in rural areas it is almost unheard of and many elderly people just would be startled and possibly frightened by this, Where we lived in the UK we had large groups of teenagers trick and treating who were quite menacing and would egg and flour your door if you didn't give them money. I used to make cup cakes to give- and those older kids would just thrown them in the hedge.

Must say I just hate Halloween- especially the rampant commercialism of it all. Tesco, etc in UK is full of costumes, masks, etc, for weeks before. If kids make their own costume and politely trick or treat- then that's fine.
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Re: Trick-or-treating in Switzerland?

Apparently yes. I had two groups of seven year-olds turn up on my doorstep last night!
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Re: Trick-or-treating in Switzerland?

Never been bothered by trick or treaters on Hallowe'en in Switzerland.

The joys of living on an upper floor of an apartment block - no need to answer the door.


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Re: Trick-or-treating in Switzerland?

They did around here but it was organised by the village committee. We had a note in the vletter box a couple of weeks ago saying the local kids would be going round between certain times on a certain day and if we were happy for them to knock we should leave a sign (a lighted candle, pumpkin, lantern etc). They came round in small groups and sang a little halloween song (obviously learned at school) to earn their treats. It was all very well organised but the song did get a bit annoying after the 10th rendition I have to say.

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They did around here but it was organised by the village committee. We had a note in the vletter box a couple of weeks ago saying the local kids wuld be going round between certain times on a certain day and if we were happy for them to knock we should leave a sign (a lighted candle, pumpkin, lantern etc). They came round in small groups and sang a little halloween song (obviously learned at school) to earn their treats. It was all very well organised but the song did get a bit annoying after the 10th rendition I have to say.
God bless Swiss efficiency
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They did around here but it was organised by the village committee. We had a note in the vletter box a couple of weeks ago saying the local kids would be going round between certain times on a certain day and if we were happy for them to knock we should leave a sign (a lighted candle, pumpkin, lantern etc). They came round in small groups and sang a little halloween song (obviously learned at school) to earn their treats. It was all very well organised but the song did get a bit annoying after the 10th rendition I have to say.
I think that's a great idea to let the neighbors know. Prevents startling people and disappointment for the kids if people have nothing to give. I used to get annoyed with the constant doorbell back home but now I miss it.....grass is always greener.....
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Re: Trick-or-treating in Switzerland?

Last year we had 4/5 kids in a group. My Swiss partner says " ha ha we have something for you...". Kids faces light up in expectation. She offers them an apple or natural yoghurt. Kids troop away faces downcast. Hilarious We have not had any since. Word got around.
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Last year we had 4/5 kids in a group. My Swiss partner says " ha ha we have something for you...". Kids faces light up in expectation. She offers them an apple or natural yoghurt. Kids troop away faces downcast. Hilarious We have not had any since. Word got around.

The natural yoghurt is a great one, (In the past I've gotten everything from bible verses to toothbrushes). However we were taught in school at a young age, never to accept apples such fruit as there was a risk of tampering with such items. Now whenver I see someone giving out apples or something like that....child-predator is the only thing that goes through my mind.
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However we were taught in school at a young age, never to accept apples such fruit as there was a risk of tampering with such items. Now whenver I see someone giving out apples or something like that....child-predator is the only thing that goes through my mind.
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Last year we had 4/5 kids in a group. My Swiss partner says " ha ha we have something for you...". Kids faces light up in expectation. She offers them an apple or natural yoghurt. Kids troop away faces downcast. Hilarious We have not had any since. Word got around.
At least in CH the kids won't egg and flour your door, car or drive, or smash up your plants or scratch your car (most of the time)!
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At least in CH the kids won't egg and flour your door, car or drive, or smash up your plants or scratch your car (most of the time)!

hehehehe--that was my next comment on the topic. A good part of halloween is the tricks (and the vandalism). Although morally wrong and in most cases very poor-social taste, if someone gives out 'bad candy' they can be prepared for a good egging and destruction of any pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns in the vacinity.
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Re: Trick-or-treating in Switzerland?

thanks for the thread - very useful!
coming from a country where halloween isn't an issue I thought we would be spared, but my 10-year-old son just came home from school asking if he can go trick-or-treating with his friends. my immediate reaction was a shocked "of course not!", for all the reasons above + I'm afraid of the dangers:
door to door? in the dark?! wo knows what kind of people will open the door and how they will react?

at the same time of course I don't want him to be the only one who isn't allowed to go, nor to prevent him having fun and socialising...
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However we were taught in school at a young age, never to accept apples such fruit as there was a risk of tampering with such items. Now whenver I see someone giving out apples or something like that....child-predator is the only thing that goes through my mind.
Yeah I grew up with the razor blades in apples story - did you??
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Yeah I grew up with the razor blades in apples story - did you??
That is just an urban myth. There never was a razor blade in an apple or we would have heard about it in the news.

LOL@cricketer, that's hilarious!
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