Halloween has been a popular holiday in the USA for many years, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that it started to become popular in Germany.
The Halloween Lovers
Some Germans have embraced the tradition of Halloween, particularly those living in bigger cities. For just over two decades many German children get dressed up and roam the streets receiving treats or performing tricks. Some Germans enjoy watching the children walk the streets dressed up and buying lollies for them. Particularly retailers have benefited from the increasing popularity of the holiday as Halloween has been reported to bring in over 200 million Euros in revenue in Germany every year – department stores and costume shops sell scary costumes and supermarkets sell themed lollies.
The Halloween Averse
Whilst some Germans have embraced the tradition, there are others who don’t enjoy the holiday and state that it is very ‘un-German’. In some areas of Germany, such as Dahlem, a western suburb of Berlin, there are thousands of children trick or treating and households spend up to $150 on lollies to make sure that they have enough for all. Some of the residents refuse to spend this much money on lollies and are angered when the children pull a trick, such as throwing eggs at people’s houses or putting fireworks in their mail boxes. Part of the reason why some Germans don’t enjoy this holiday is also because it is only two weeks away from St. Martin’s Day, a day where children walk the streets with lanterns, sing songs and receive a treat in return – many Germans ask themselves why children should receive lollies on Halloween when they give nothing in return?
Whether you’re a Halloween fanatic or aren’t a real fan of it – Germany has you covered. If you enjoy the holiday you can dress up, decorate your house and buy lollies for all, or even head to the famous Burg Frankenstein near Darmstadt and enjoy the spooky show. If you don’t enjoy the holiday, the easiest thing to do is to put a polite sign on your door asking children not to ring the doorbell.
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