Looking to find out if Halloween is celebrated in Germany?

The short answer is: Yes and no.

In Germany, Halloween is not as deeply rooted in tradition as in some other countries like the United States. 

Also from personal experience, Halloween was not a major event in our childhood but we do see that Halloween is gaining popularity.

Nowadays, in some places children also go door-to-door for „Trick or Treat“ and collect sweets. However, throwing toilet paper or eggs is definitely not well-received here. There are also events and (private) parties organized around Halloween in several amusement parks and locations across the country.

Three carved pumpkins on a front porch and fall leaves are next to them

When is Halloween in Germany?

Halloween is celebrated on October 31st in Germany, just like in many other parts of the world. However, the 31st is actually “reformation day” (Reformationstag), a public holiday in some of the states in Germany. 

Shops and stores begin stocking Halloween-related items well before the date, offering a wide range of costumes, decorations, and party supplies. For decorations, your best bet would be to visit Müller, Karstadt, Galeria Kaufhof, or DM.

In some urban areas, such as Berlin, households and streets begin showcasing Halloween decor in the days leading up to October 31st. For example, there is the „Halloweenmeile“ on Wilmersdorfer Straße in Berlin. A rare exception is the small town of Esens in Lower Saxony, which calls itself the „Halloween capital of Germany.“ 

The oldest event (since 1977) is at Castle Frankenstein, where you can experience a thrilling Halloween atmosphere with spooky decorations, actors in horror costumes, and various entertainment options.

Since Halloween is not as popular in Germany as it is in the United States and coincides with “Reformationstag” and “Allerheiligen”, you might experience varying levels of enthusiasm towards Halloween in Germany.

Additionally, the day after Halloween, November 1st, is All Saints‘ Day (Allerheiligen), which is also a public holiday in some states such as Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saarland. This public holiday is considered as a „silent holiday“ meaning dance events and loud music are prohibited on this day. In Bavaria, for example, this restriction applies from 2 AM to midnight. Moreover, almost all stores in the affected states are closed on this day.

And on November 11th, there is St. Martin’s Day, when children go from house to house with lanterns singing songs in exchange for treats.

Are there any German Halloween traditions?

Since Halloween is not very common in Germany, there are no established „real traditions“ in Germany.

Most people who celebrate Halloween in Germany have been influenced by US-American TV shows and adopt those customs and traditions. Adults often take part in these celebrations by attending themed private parties. 

In recent years pumpkin carving has become increasingly popular. You can find pumpkins on display at markets, and many people take pride in crafting designs to display in their homes.

Additionally, there is a Kürbisfest in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart. Although it is not related to Halloween, this pumpkin festival is worth checking out if you are interested in pumpkin art. 

What is Halloween Called in Germany?

In Germany, Halloween is referred to as “Halloween” just as in English. The name remains the same, there is no translation.

Final thoughts: Is Halloween celebrated in Germany?

In recent years, Halloween has gained popularity in Germany, although it hasn’t reached the same widespread adoption or deep cultural roots as in the United States. 

For those seeking the full Halloween experience, visiting an amusement park with professional staff and elaborate haunted houses is highly recommended. These venues offer a highly immersive and festive Halloween atmosphere, ensuring you’ll enjoy the spooky experience you’re looking for.

If you’re interested in discovering the best Halloween events for both adults and children in Germany, keep on reading here: Best Halloween events in Germany.

Have fun – if you dare to visit!

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