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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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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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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
Halloween has no tradition in Zurich. The teachers however used Halloween to replace "Schulsylvester" when the government abolished the Schulsylvester.
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