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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

A little humour from your dental hygienist:

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Enjoy! Happy Halloween!
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

We I came here I didn't expect Halloween to be observed in Switzerland. So I was surprised when special sections of the supermarket began featuring costumes, candy and decorations. Kids do trick-or-treat around Fribourg.
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Old 31.10.2013, 10:25
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Happy Halloween!

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We I came here I didn't expect Halloween to be observed in Switzerland. So I was surprised when special sections of the supermarket began featuring costumes, candy and decorations. Kids do trick-or-treat around Fribourg.
It is a fairly recent thing that has - I presume - happened because we see so many Halloween-movies on TV and shows like The Simpsons have very famous and very awesome Halloween-themed episodes. And they didn't really fit in anywhere. So some crafty marketing executive came up with the idea to put the leftovers from Fasnacht, the Swiss version of Halloween where you scare away winter by dressing up, into the stores. People bought it. Thus, we suddenly had Halloween, too.

At first, nobody really knew what to do with it. Because we know the movie-version, right? Vandals were the first to pick up on the destructive appeal of the day and so it was "that day where everybody's an asshole and destroys all the things" at first. This year, and to an extent last year, they're making it into something fun.

Okay, they're still trying to find what that fun actually is. The English Bookshop has gifts and special offers as well as scary somethingorother, there's the obligatory seventhousand Halloween-parties where nothing really gets celebrated other than the fact that it's a weekend and "we might as well have a party". But it's currently in a very interesting place, as a cultural institution as we get to invent something.

The Uncanny Book-Club (this book-club me and two friends founded in summer) is trying to do something along the lines of Gaiman's idea of All Hallow's Read where people trade books. But before we really leap into action, we'll show up at a bookshop in costume. It'll be fun.
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

About an hour ago someone rang my doorbell. Strange, i thought. I went out there to find 3 little girls all dressed up and they broke into a simultaneous chant in schwiizerdütsch when i opened the door.. (something akin to ¨trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!¨? ) I have no idea what they said...can anyone help out?

It was a shame, i wasn't expecting any trick or treaters at all. I didn't have anything to give them

Next year i'll be ready and the kids will be spoiled with sugar....

PS To those of you who hate halloween simply because it is an american pastime (although not really, it was originally british i thought...), you need to relax. Don't let your anti-american tendencies get in the way of dressing up in costumes and having fun
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Old 31.10.2013, 20:00
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

next time just give them a couple of francs- that's what a lot of people do around her. most of the time the kids here are just happy to get something
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

he he he!
got my water pistol ready for those little buggers
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PS To those of you who hate halloween simply because it is an american pastime (although not really, it was originally british i thought...), you need to relax. Don't let your anti-american tendencies get in the way of dressing up in costumes and having fun
True, it was originally a Pagan/Christian festival in Britain, but the US adopted it and removed the important points in order to commercialise it. Witch (see what I did there ) it must be said they did quite successfully, and now their version seems to be the de facto.
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

It's actually done here more and more every year, which is great. We love getting all dressed up, just gotta get another wig. My neon pink one got confiscated
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

This evening we had about fifteen groups of kids come calling.

All were dressed in halloween costumes including face paints etc and some groups consisted of about ten kids so quite a lot in total!

Luckily we had ensured we had enough sweets to go round.
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

We had lots of groups. Some with parents and some on their own. The people at the end of the road hosted a halloween fondue and all the adults stood about in the front garden chatting whilst the kids spooked around.

By all accounts very pleasant.
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We I came here I didn't expect Halloween to be observed in Switzerland. So I was surprised when special sections of the supermarket began featuring costumes, candy and decorations. Kids do trick-or-treat around Fribourg.
What I have seen this evening both in the house and on the road has shown me that Halloween has arrived here, even if it is, for the time being, a children festival. But the kids had lots of fun.

The supermarkets of course realized swiftly that lots of parents buy Halloween stuff for the children, just to keep the kids happy.
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

I am pleased to report that trick-or-treat-ing appears to be on a steep decline in the Zuri Oberland.

Last year every child in the village called round in 10 minute intervals from dusk to 10pm. This year we bought a jumbo pack or nasty M-Budget sweeties to hand out and only one pair of little girls turned up the whole evening.

I have a sneaking suspicion that I was spotted buying the sweets in Migros earlier this week and word got round...
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

In our area it is picking up, besides the groups my kids were with (which was over 10-15kids-which in our little town equals a calss size ) we got 3 separate groups of kids...last year we had none. I like the idea of an adults fondue - idea for next year. I hosted a little party for the kids and even decorated a little. I even dressed up a bit - gave my neighbors a good laugh - nothing too elaborate, sortof a let's see what I have in the house and go with it.

Today is a holiday here so that makes it nice to be able relax the next day.

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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

Harmless fun eh:

http://www.bluewin.ch/fr/infos/faits...tes-fribo.html

They should be made to pay for the damage they caused.
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Harmless fun eh:

http://www.bluewin.ch/fr/infos/faits...tes-fribo.html

They should be made to pay for the damage they caused.
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Dozens of people took advantage of the Halloween night to cause damage in several localities in Fribourg. Some of them were hooded. Some of them attacked passers-by throwing eggs and flour, but nobody was injured.

Malicious acts took place in Freiburg, Villars-sur-Glâne Guin Estavayer-le-Lac, Sugiez, Avry-sur-Matran and Tatroz, police said on Friday. There is no estimate of the cost of the damage.

In the cantonal capital, dozens of people threw stones and eggs at windows and vehicles. Fourteen cases of this kind have been recorded in the town so far.

In Zurich, the police had to intervene against the excesses associated with the party up to forty times. Damage identified in the city, mainly due to eggs, has been valued at several thousand francs.
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

Was it this egg throwing about?

We had our shutters firmly down and lights off in previous years due to egg-throwing.
(removing congealed egg from shutters etc whilst up a ladder isn't fun).

We decided to give it one more chance this year with a pumpkin in the window and other decorations with spiders, cobwebs etc.

As I mentioned above, it was a great success and all the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
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Re: halloween-where to trick or treat

Halloween is to Switzerland what circumcision is to Saudi Arabia. Wrong act in the wrong country and out of place.
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Halloween is to Switzerland what circumcision is to Saudi Arabia. Wrong act in the wrong country and out of place.
... except that most (all?) Saudi men are circumcised.

I can't stand Hallowe'en either, but it's worth remembering that All Saints' Day was alien to Switzerland once upon a time. There's no reason why foreign customs can't be adopted, but not in the absurd way these kids seem to be doing it.
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Halloween is to Switzerland what circumcision is to Saudi Arabia. Wrong act in the wrong country and out of place.
True. But lots of fairly well-established events around the world are due to an influx of foreigners. These events then get adopted and enjoyed by the locals over time.

For example, the Nottinghill carnival, Father Christmas, Christmas trees, Easter eggs etc.

I hope Halloween gets really in here so I don't have to see Christmas decorations and Christmas food for sale in Migros and Coop in October
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