Halloween in Europe

Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 04:46 PM
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Halloween in Europe

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I was wondering where in Europe is the best place to spend Halloween? We are trying to stay within the England-Italy-France-Ireland-Spain countries?

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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 05:08 PM
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Are you asking because you want to go trick or treating or celebrate in some way, or because you are looking for nice weather in that time frame?
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 05:27 PM
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Not trick or treating, more for a young adult couple. Something festive in the lines of parade,fireworks,street shows that kind of thing.

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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 06:10 PM
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Halloween is a much bigger holiday in the US than in most places in europe. You might be able to find something - but it's not really celebrated publicly most places.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 07:28 PM
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I've been in Ireland many times for Halloween. I've seen parades, lots and lots of people (adults and children) in costume, going to parties and pubs. I thought it was a much bigger deal than in the US
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 10:58 PM
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Germans will dress up but there's no trick or treating. If you want a big Halloween celebration, go to the U.S. or find a pocket of American expats that are doing something.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 11:12 PM
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My experience in Germany is exactly the opposite: the kids go trick or treating, but that is the extent of the celebration. Some of the discos and clubs might offer something, though.

No parades, fireworks or big public celebrations though, at least in my corner of Germany.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 12:03 AM
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Halloween isn't really a big thing in the uk either...at least in my experience in London. You may get groups of young people going out clubbing or on pub crawls dressed in fancy dress (what we call dressing up) but its nothing like what we had in Canada when I was growing up.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 12:06 AM
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@greenway: I have heard that trick or treating is becoming increasingly popular but I have not seen it in my area.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 12:23 AM
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Halloween was a brief fad in France for two years about ten years ago, after it was explained to them (at least those who do not follow American pop culture through the horror film industry). It has not disappeared from all but the most diehard expat places, and nobody misses it.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 12:24 AM
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 01:08 AM
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You wouldn't even know it was Halloween in England (apart from a few kids out trick or treating - which, like Kerouac said about France - is a fairly recent craze that is on the decline). Defitiely no parades, fireworks, public celebrations - just no tradition of this in England.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 01:26 AM
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A bigger celebration in the UK and something unique to the UK is bonfire night, in and around November 5th. It's a 400 year old celebration of the foiling of a plot to blow up Parliament and the King.

Up and down the countries, local government and community groups put on public firework displays and huge bonfires. The most famous of these is in Lewes in Sussex, where there is a huge parade through the dark streets, but events happen up and down the country.

Bonfire celebrations happen either on the 5th, or the nearest Friday and Saturday nights, so if you're in the UK around then, I would thoroughly recommend it. You can find event listings here: http://www.skiddle.com/bonfirenight

Around here, Halloween is just for kids and isn't that big a deal. A few pubs might put up some cobwebs and sell oddly coloured beer and that's about it.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 03:11 AM
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Forget Spain the day after we have a public holiday to celibate "Todos los Santos". Flowers are put on graves of your relatives. Nothing more.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 04:08 AM
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Nothing is more frightening than Germans sunbathing in Speedos. (No particular day.)
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 09:30 AM
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Bigaleinstein.... You obviously haven't seen geraldo's tweet....
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 09:41 AM
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You are obviosuly correct since I do not know who Geraldo may be and I do not have a Twitter account. So I shall remain in blissful darkness.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 09:55 AM
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Forget looking for a connection to Halloween and look at what interests you normally. Halloween celebrations in Europe is not a way to decide which country to visit.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 10:02 AM
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You are blessed big al... Geraldo is Rivera... Didn't need a twitter account, but I have gouged my eyes out.

I thought Hungarians in speedos were the worst. I was wrong.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 10:07 AM
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Years ago we stayed at the Gellert in Budapest so I only saw Hungarians naked not in their Speedos.
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