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Pumpkins?

Lidl aren't doing pumpkins this year for Halloween (yes I know it isn't Swiss).

Does anyone know where I can get one or two so I don't need to drive around looking?

My kids think Halloween is better than Christmas. They have been talking about it since the summer.

If they don't shut up, I'm going to ship them off to the U.S.

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Old 28.10.2021, 18:22
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Lidl aren't doing pumpkins this year for Halloween (yes I know it isn't Swiss).

Does anyone know where I can get one or two so I don't need to drive around looking?

My kids think Halloween is better than Christmas. They have been talking about it since the summer.

If they don't shut up, I'm going to ship them off to the U.S.

Thanks!
I saw some Halloween-like pumpkins in my coop yesterday (Winterthur). Maybe they have them near you as well. They also had some Halloween candy and decorations.
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Re: Pumpkins?

I’ve never understood Hallowe’en. All year we tell our kids to be cautious with strangers and never, ever, ever accept candy from them.

Then on one day each year we celebrate a pagan festival and send our kids to mingle with strangers and gorge on sugar.

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Old 28.10.2021, 18:29
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Re: Pumpkins?

Take them for a day out here https://www.juckerfarm.ch/hoferlebnis/juckerhof/. I think there's one in Rapperswil too (?). It was a must go destination for us when our children were young. Cheaper than unaccompanied minor flights to the US.
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Old 28.10.2021, 18:32
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Re: Pumpkins?

How far are you willing to go?

I just picked up a nicely shaped carving pumpkin at a road side stand on the main road from Schindellegi to Einsiedeln, one of those with an 'honor box'. The stand is at the pull-off on the left side just before the light that is the turn towards the Spital end of Einsiedeln.

CHF 12 for a pumpkin big enough to make a 'dezent' showing.. which means small by American Jack-o-Lantern Standards.

I've also seen them at Coop in Seedamm last week. Not sure what is still available.
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Lidl aren't doing pumpkins this year for Halloween (yes I know it isn't Swiss).

Does anyone know where I can get one or two so I don't need to drive around looking?

My kids think Halloween is better than Christmas. They have been talking about it since the summer.

If they don't shut up, I'm going to ship them off to the U.S.

Thanks!
Well, my kid is still doing halloween this year (age 27), just doesn’t go trick or treating any more. Have also noticed that there are no pumpkins outside the supermarkets here this year - maybe due to lack of demand last year during household visiting restrictions?

We always got ours from the https://swissfamilyfun.com/juckerfarm/
(Daughter still has this year). Is not in Luzern, but could be fun as a family trip if your kids are so crazy about Halloween (cheaper than shipping them back to the US).
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Old 28.10.2021, 18:39
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Take them for a day out here https://www.juckerfarm.ch/hoferlebnis/juckerhof/. I think there's one in Rapperswil too (?). It was a must go destination for us when our children were young. Cheaper than unaccompanied minor flights to the US.
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(Daughter still has this year). Is not in Luzern, but could be fun as a family trip if your kids are so crazy about Halloween (cheaper than shipping them back to the US).
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Re: Pumpkins?

I drove all around our region without success yesterday, there just aren't any to be had. Normally the Hofladen around here are full of them
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Old 28.10.2021, 19:07
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I’ve never understood Hallowe’en. All year we tell our kids to be cautious with strangers and never, ever, ever accept candy from them.

Then on one day each year we celebrate a pagan festival and send our kids to mingle with strangers and gorge on sugar.

Lunacy
Ain’t America grand? Seriously. We were never allowed to have the treats that weren’t still in their wrapping, or that didn’t have a label on the bag identifying the maker of home made treats. In the 1980’s, I lived right outside New York and we’d go into the City for the Greenwich village parade…some of the costumes were amazing.

Yeah sure, it;s commercialized, but it has sparks of creativity, and chocolate.
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Old 28.10.2021, 19:11
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Re: Pumpkins?

The rule in our village is that the kids are only allowed to go to houses with carved pumpkins outside. They go in groups and everyone knows where everyone else lives.


If there aren't any pumpkins, it's going to be tricky this year.
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Old 28.10.2021, 19:13
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If there aren't any pumpkins, it's going to be tricky this year.
That's why they say trick or treat.
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Old 28.10.2021, 19:15
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That's why they say trick or treat.
Two things about Americans (written in jest).

1. Fun traditions.

2. They feel the need to explain every pun or joke!
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The rule in our village is that the kids are only allowed to go to houses with carved pumpkins outside. They go in groups and everyone knows where everyone else lives.
“Ain’t” Switzerland “grand?” Younger kids I know around here only go with friends in the immediate neighbourhood - often it’s also discussed with neighbours beforehand if they may ring or not (live near the city center). And they are usually also accompanied with a parent.
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Re: Pumpkins?

Around here each and every supermarket sells all kind of pumpkins: to cook, to carve, the decorative kind… Migros even has special carving packages with a nicely round pumpkin and some stenciled scary faces to choose from.
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Re: Pumpkins?

I take my son trick-or-treating here each Halloween (with the exception of last year due to the pandemic). We go out in our village (18:00 - 20:00). As I understand it, you have to look for the jack-o-lanterns to know which doorbells to ring (at houses). And when it comes to apartments, people are supposed to put some kind of sticker on their mailbox to signal that they are handing out candy.

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Like ennui, I also noticed some Halloween pumpkins for sale in our Coop the other day (Volketswil). There are also sometimes "farmer's carts" set up along the roads,with pumpkins for sale. We'll be carving ours this Saturday.
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Re: Pumpkins?

I do not remember the name of the farm, but if you are driving from Zurich to Stein am Rhein Near the town of Stammheim there is a farm that sells big pumpkins. My wife made me drive their two weeks ago and pick up some.
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Ain’t America grand? Seriously. We were never allowed to have the treats that weren’t still in their wrapping, or that didn’t have a label on the bag identifying the maker of home made treats. In the 1980’s, I lived right outside New York and we’d go into the City for the Greenwich village parade…some of the costumes were amazing.

Yeah sure, it;s commercialized, but it has sparks of creativity, and chocolate.
Halloween decades ago in my picket-fence surburbia was a magical time for kids. Costumes were home made, and goodness, we got creative! Even my dog wore a costume - she went trick or treating with us, dressed as a cat.

I don't remember any of the vandalism that we unfortunately see here. It's a shame that somehow the worst bits got exported to Switzerland. I understand the 'bah humbug' response to Halloween here, given how it has been interpreted. It's just a shame that that the wondrous excitement we kids enjoyed way back when can't be re-created. Maybe the magic was of the time as well as the place.

Now I'm getting über nostalgic. Off to dig the old photo albums out of the cellar...
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Now I'm getting über nostalgic. Off to dig the old photo albums out of the cellar...
Also just fished mine of my daughter and her friends from years ago out of the cloud attic )
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First prize for "costume" !!*

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