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Halloween in Zurich?

Hello All,

I'm too much of a newbie to post this question in the social section.

I'll be moving to Zurich on the 30th of October and I'll be bringing my latest Halloween costume with me. My question is, what does Zurich do on Halloween?

And would anyone be interested in organizing a group to participate in the Zurich Ghost Walk that evening?

http://www.ghostwalk.ch/default.htm
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Old 25.10.2007, 21:13
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My question is, what does Zurich do on Halloween?
I don't think there's anything traditional here on the 31st. The local kids have picked up on the trick-or-treat possibilities in the last few years although they're not very innovative with the tricks. Shaving foam in the letter box is their limit.

Last Halloween my youngest daughter and her friends got dressed up as witches and I chaperoned them at a discreet distance while they did their treating. All the folks who answered the door seemed to understand what was going on and were friendly and generous enough, given that it's something alien to them.

The pre-teens don't make much effort and for them it's just another way to goof off. They are just about old enough to have taken part in the annual Zürich "Schulsilvester" (trans: school New Year's Eve) when it was traditional to run riot, let off fireworks, shaving foam, etcetera, in the early hours of the last school day of the year.

Disclaimer: I'm an English native and my knowledge of real Halloween extends to Wikipedia reference-linkBobbing_for_apples and Jamie Lee Curtis
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Re: Halloween in Zurich?

Domenick,

I was wondering the same thing, was anything going on for Halloween in Zurich? I'm too new to the forum, and will have only been in town for a few weeks, so I can't organize something. (sorry, a bit too ambitious).

But, I did notice the ghost walk, looks interesting. If there are enought people interested in it, we could get a group rate, then just go to some place to have a few drinks afterwards. The 31st is a Friday night so it would be perfect.

Anyone interested in the Ghost Walk on the 31st or even better organize a costume party!
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Re: Halloween in Zurich?

erm...a duh...note to self, check date of orginal post......anyway, a year later. Still interested in what is going on for Halloween 2008 and any takers on the Ghost walk?
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Re: Halloween in Zurich?

I don't know about the Ghost Walk but some friends and I dressed up last year and went out to a club that serioulsy turned out to be a rendition of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Next", we honestly thought the mental institution was bussed in for the night. It certainly was interesting but we won't be making a reappearance this year.

If anyone has anything going on in Zurich I would love to hear about it as Halloween is the bestest holiday of the year.
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Re: Halloween in Zurich?

The Ghost Walk is fun and you learn alot of fun things about Zurich... but not terribly scary.

Trick or treating is sometimes arranged by neighbours for children (expat), otherwise it's no big deal here. BOO!!!

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A group of friends and I are planning to have a big barbecue in my garden. We are already making animal masks, one of the lads has acquired a pig's bladder, and one of the girls has agreed to let me wear her finest frock so I can be Maid Marian. A local carpenter is busy making us a hobby horse, and we've managed to persuade a medical school (shan't name which one) to let us borrow the hand of an executed criminal for the evening. Contributions of straw and wicker are very welcome.

Also, if anyone knows of a Christian policeman who'd like to come and join us for our celebrations, please get him to pm me. Oh, by the way, he must be a virgin, too. Can't really go into the reasons here, but trust me...
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Re: Halloween in Zurich?

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A group of friends and I are planning to have a big barbecue in my garden. We are already making animal masks, one of the lads has acquired a pig's bladder, and one of the girls has agreed to let me wear her finest frock so I can be Maid Marian. A local carpenter is busy making us a hobby horse, and we've managed to persuade a medical school (shan't name which one) to let us borrow the hand of an executed criminal for the evening. Contributions of straw and wicker are very welcome.

Also, if anyone knows of a Christian policeman who'd like to come and join us for our celebrations, please get him to pm me. Oh, by the way, he must be a virgin, too. Can't really go into the reasons here, but trust me...
You are something else Monsieur Dougal !!!
Besides, the pig's bladder I know very well. We used that all the time together with a devils custom. Well it was more a gang of lads doing this ... the bladder hang on a stick and they went after whomever they wanted to get even with and just beat them up ... a little fun thing to do during carnaval !!!
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I'll talk to my local policeman but I am pretty certain he would be interested. I would be willing to wager that he meets all of your criteria. I'll have him shoot you a pm. Here's a photo:
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I'll talk to my local policeman but I am pretty certain he would be interested. I would be willing to wager that he meets all of your criteria. I'll have him shoot you a pm. Here's a photo:
Sergeant Bruce Sparkle is unfortunately not available, as he has been "reserved" by Senator Larry Craig for an indefinite period of time.
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Re: Halloween in Zurich?

Ghost walk sounds awesome, I would like to join.
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Here is the link for the ghost walk: http://www.ghostwalk.ch/
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Sergeant Bruce Sparkle is unfortunately not available, as he has been "reserved" by Senator Larry Craig for an indefinite period of time.
They both apparently have a "wide stance".
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Re: Halloween in Zurich?

Unfortunately, Halloween is not that much of a big deal here. There are parties but you have to look for them. As it's a Friday this year, there may be more going on.

In Zurich the first week in November is usually reserved for "Räbeliechtli", which is much, much tamer.... Swiss parents that I know, aren't really interested in celebrating Halloween a few days before the Räbeliechtli processions.
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Re: Halloween in Zurich?

why should we/ch folks do that? its not a custom here, never really was.
theres is no fastnacht or an equivalent to germany karneval thing in US and thats ok as it is no custom there. would be dead boring if i couldnt really tell anymore where i live when all would be american (ok, originally celtic) customs.
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why should we/ch folks do that?
Why shouldn't we?

Back in England, living and working in a proper multicultural area, I got to party every few weeks, with Diwali, Christmas, two Eids, Chinese New Year, May Day, Halloween, Easter, New Year's Eve, Midsummer Night, and so on... It was brilliant!

Now I'm in Switzerland, I enjoy the Swiss festivals, but that's no reason not to celebrate everything else.

I'll take any excuse for a party!
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why should we/ch folks do that? its not a custom here, never really was.
theres is no fastnacht or an equivalent to germany karneval thing in US and thats ok as it is no custom there. would be dead boring if i couldnt really tell anymore where i live when all would be american (ok, originally celtic) customs.
I agree. Customs should be preserved in their original settings. For me, in the UK, Bonfire is the big event. Sussex Bonfire Societies are aiming for UNESCO World Heritage status to protect them for the future.

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I agree. Customs should be preserved in their original settings.
No more Christmas trees, or Santa Claus with Reindeer in England? No more Hallowe'en parties? No more Diwali fireworks in Leicester?

What a depressing thought...
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...and we can cancel the next Highland Games in Switzerland, too.

Not to mention that Irish thing on the Toggenburg...

Or the Albanifest in Winterthur.... (OK, I might not be entirely serious with the last one...)
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I agree. Customs should be preserved in their original settings. For me, in the UK, Bonfire is the big event. Sussex Bonfire Societies are aiming for UNESCO World Heritage status to protect them for the future.

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exactly. otherwise it becomes iflationairy. i think having a oktoberfest copy in san diego or tokio is ridiculous. think about your own customs but dont do bad copies of them anywhere else. its boring. carnival in rio is unique and levante a gaper and groper parade.

sussex bonfire cant be set the same way here, so if you wanna do it, go back when its about time to have it in sussex. your right, mate.
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