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Old 30.10.2013, 19:23
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Boy, you sound like a party a minute, there...let me guess, your favorite Dr. Suess book is the Grinch




Good thing you didn't grow up in our neck of the woods - there was egg throwing and tp-ing of trees/houses (toilet papering) and other juvenile behavior on Halloween. Once in a while, something possibly did get broken. Oh, and the smash the pumpkin game was a popular one!
No, I only read Cat in the Hat. I never saw any more of his books. Guess he wasn't popular in my part of the country.

In my neck of the woods, if you didn't get a treat you just accepted it and went to the next house. Doing "tricks" was an unspoken no no. But then we had respect for other people's property in those days.
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Old 30.10.2013, 19:36
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

Trick or treating is part of American culture, and hasn't exported at all well, when it comes to the Euroyobs' idea of tricks.

It should have remained in the US, where limits are defined from past generations.
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Old 30.10.2013, 19:37
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No, I only read Cat in the Hat. I never saw any more of his books. Guess he wasn't popular in my part of the country.

In my neck of the woods, if you didn't get a treat you just accepted it and went to the next house. Doing "tricks" was an unspoken no no. But then we had respect for other people's property in those days.
Oh no, we always got treats! Egging, tp-ing etc. was extra, kindof like the cherry on top . Really, not much harm done with those gags!
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Oh no, we always got treats! Egging, tp-ing etc. was extra, kindof like the cherry on top . Really, not much harm done with those gags!
My parents house once got egged in a racist attack - cleaning egg off that lovely knobbly façade paint used in Switzerland is a right royal pain and making people spend several hours cleaning your "gag" off their house is not harmless in my book.
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

It's just another thing for stores to make money from after all. If they couldn't it would have died a death decades ago. It's the only reason it's being promoted over here and years earlier in the UK. Marketing gimic, pure and simple.
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It's just another thing for stores to make money from after all. If they couldn't it would have died a death decades ago. It's the only reason it's being promoted over here and years earlier in the UK. Marketing gimic, pure and simple.
Just like Christmas, then?


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Old 30.10.2013, 20:19
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Just like Christmas, then?


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Yep, just like.
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Old 30.10.2013, 20:31
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My parents house once got egged in a racist attack - cleaning egg off that lovely knobbly façade paint used in Switzerland is a right royal pain and making people spend several hours cleaning your "gag" off their house is not harmless in my book.
No, things like mail boxes and maybe car windshields got egged. Or people . Actually, now that I think about it, it was more just throwing them down the road towards your pals...

Obviously, an egging done as a racist attack is something different - certainly nothing I have ever heard of.
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Old 30.10.2013, 20:39
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It's not a holiday/event here. November 1st is a religious holiday (All Hallows Day in UK, All Saints Day here in Switzerland) in some cantons - Fribourg is one and also Zug - therefore there are special church services on the evening of the 31st October as well as on 1st November. So no, Halloween isn't a done thing here. Expats may be having parties, but that's about it. And the Swiss certainly won't take kindly to you knocking on their doors expecting sweets!

If you want to do Halloween, go to America.
1st November is no holiday in the Protestant Cantons, only in the Catholic ones. In Zürich, Halloween made serious progress among school-children when Zürich teachers realized that they could well use it as a replacement for the gone "Schulsylvester" but among adults it rather is a Hallo-What ? affair

But the first Sunday in November, this time 3rd November, is the Reformation-Sunday with special church services, and when the battle hymn of Protestantism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9VVxAJJFwg "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" is celebrated. but it of course takes place on a Sunday

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It's just another thing for stores to make money from after all. If they couldn't it would have died a death decades ago. It's the only reason it's being promoted over here and years earlier in the UK. Marketing gimic, pure and simple.
This is true. Damn Americans also tried to export Arbor Day, Casimir Pulaski Day and Talk like a Pirate Day but they there were such poor money makers they just never really caught on...
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Old 30.10.2013, 21:03
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aw. it's a fun time for letting kids be kids and for those adults who enjoy it to take pleasure in that... pretend you're not home i totally understand that if you aren't into it- but i don't see it as an importation so much as filling a need for (finally) a bit of festivity and enjoy of children ( and fun!) in a way-too-serious culture.

it's okay i like to give goodies and i really love seeing them come to the door excited and happy to dress up. it's one of those things i'm happy to see here- and it seems (at least here) some others are too.
Amaraya, as much as I love you, I think you are only getting Trick or Treaters because you live right in the center. I have lived here through 4 Halloweens and have not had one nipper yet. I have had candy on hand but have ended up giving it away to my friends' kids in November. So, it's not ALL of Lausanne, maybe just in the center.

Bottom line, it's not really done here, maybe just in certain select areas. Check first before you get your kid all dolled up and excited that they are going to rake in a bunch of free candy!
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1st November is no holiday in the Protestant Cantons, only in the Catholic ones. In Zürich, Halloween made serious progress among school-children when Zürich teachers realized that they could well use it as a replacement for the gone "Schulsylvester" but among adults it rather is a Hallo-What ? affair

But the first Sunday in November, this time 3rd November, is the Reformation-Sunday with special church services, and when the battle hymn of Protestantism "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" is celebrated. but it of course takes place on a Sunday
I did say a holiday in some cantons. The OH has to work because he's employed in Vaud canton which is Protestant so no holiday for him.
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But the first Sunday in November, this time 3rd November, is the Reformation-Sunday with special church services, and when the battle hymn of Protestantism "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" is celebrated. but it of course takes place on a Sunday
It is also Diwali, but I believe any celebrations are low key in Switzerland.

back on subject, absolutely delighted last year, are door bell rang, 6 to 10 children speaking Swiss & dressed up, yes had sweeties.

This year have a special fright-mix bag of sweeties.
we do have a school and gym in our road, so guess they are used to seeing us.
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I did say a holiday in some cantons. The OH has to work because he's employed in Vaud canton which is Protestant so no holiday for him.
Sure. But I got the impression that many might being misled. And YES, Vaud is fairly strictly protestant, while Fribourg/Freiburg is as Roman Catholic as the Vaticano

And sure, Mr Zwingli lost the war in Kappel, but Mr Henri Dufour conquered in 1848/49
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

While not the traditional trick-or-treat-Halloween, I bring an event to take the kids to. The English Bookshop has 50% off tomorrow if you show up in costume. Kids in costume get some sort of gift. Note: If your kid shows up in costume, but you as an adult don't, you get a scary present but not the 50% off. SO you can dress up with your kids.

Coincidentally - who'd have guessed it? - The Uncanny Book-Club will be there in as big a force as we can muster (at least four people) in costumes. We'll be doing our Halloween there and buy a lot of books.
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Amaraya, as much as I love you, I think you are only getting Trick or Treaters because you live right in the center. I have lived here through 4 Halloweens and have not had one nipper yet. I have had candy on hand but have ended up giving it away to my friends' kids in November. So, it's not ALL of Lausanne, maybe just in the center.

Bottom line, it's not really done here, maybe just in certain select areas. Check first before you get your kid all dolled up and excited that they are going to rake in a bunch of free candy!
give me your addy and i'm sending my child to you! no we've lived in 3 different hoods but all not far from the center and we've seen trick or treaters. and enfantines do it in many schools. but tomorrow, we'll come to you!
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

They're doing it here - and we are hardly central or cosmopolitan.

Very sweetly we had a neighbour come round to explain it to us (we just moved in a few days ago) so I stood at the door and listened patiently while she explained what you do at trick or treat and for halloween generally. Tee hee.

I have a good stock of sweeties - and there better not be any tricks played on our brand new house or I'll teach the local kids a thing or two about trick or treating ....
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strangely we get kids a day or two before, on halloween and a day or two after though
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

The vast majority of people at my office (in the US) are working from home tomorrow, so that they can avoid crazy commutes and be home on time to take their kids trick or treating.

I will be ready with vampire fangs and lots of sweets when the trick-or-treaters show up.

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The vast majority of people at my office (in the US) are working from home tomorrow, so that they can avoid crazy commutes and be home on time to take their kids trick or treating.

I will be ready with vampire fangs and lots of sweets when the trick-or-treaters show up.

Happy Halloween!
THIS is why the Zürich teachers embraced Halloween. In the old days we woke people up on Schul-Sylvester at 5.10 in the morning Brother and me, after having been on the road between 4 and 5.30 silently got back into our room then to be woken up by the parents at 6.00
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