Originally a pagan and religious ritual, latter day Halloween celebrations have conquered the world. People love to party in Germany and Halloween has become a great opportunity, although most aren’t aware that they are celebrating the visit of their ancestors souls to earth.
Trick or treating is not such the craze in Germany that it is in the United States so doorbells tend not necessarily to be rung. The shops however, are full of fancy dress for those who love to dress up in costumes and various articles with which to decorate the home.
The young especially like to party on the evening of October 31. Many themed parties take place at home and in selected clubs.
Pumpkins have become very popular here too, with many varieties on sale. Enormous cheap ones for sculpturing can be found in many supermarkets, while delicious specialties are available on local farmers markets and in food stores.