Friday October 24th, 2014
Within the last few years Halloween has steadily became more and more popular in Switzerland. No wonder as it’s so much fun – and so sweet, literally!
Here are some Halloween events that I found around Lausanne:
- Scary night at the Castle – Château de Chillon. Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 from 5pm. CHF15 (no reservation needed). Beautiful light show and hundreds of beautiful owls. More info.
- Children’s Costume Parade in Château-d’Oex. Saturday, 25 Oct 2014, starts at 11am. Pumpkin carving (CHF5), storytelling and costume parade. More info.
- Pumpkin festival at CPO-Ouchy. Saturday, 25 October 2014 from 4pm. Pumpkin carving, face painting, costume photo, dance, pumpkin soup and more. Free entry, open for public. More info here.
- Pumpkin festival on Saturday 25 Oct in Bretigny-sur-Morrens and Echallens, and on Friday 31 Oct in Penthaz. Note that the shops in Echallens will give candies to trick-or-treaters on Sat 25th between 9am-2pm! More info. (Thanks Nikki)
- Children’s Halloween Party at Coop City St. François and Au Centre (St. Laurent), at the restaurants. Wednesday afternoon, 29 Oct 2014. Face painting and pumpkin carving. Children younger than 7 years must be accompanied by an adult. More info here. Note: I went to this event last year at Coop Au Centre and it was chaotic as the space was limited and there were just too many people! I hope this year they will be more prepared.
- Halloween à la Villa romaine de Pully (for 7-12yo). Wednesday, 29 October 2014 from 2-5pm. CHF10, registration required 021 721 38 00 or activitesmusees(AT)pully.ch
- Halloween Dance Party for everyone who loves to dance. At Dance Evasion in Cugy on Friday, 31 Oct 2014, from 6pm. Free event, open for public. It’s a potluck party so don’t forget to bring food to share! Registration obligatory! More info.
- Halloween Party on a spooky mini train! Le mini train de Pully, 1-2 Nov 2014. More info. (Thanks Megan)
- Costume party and shows at Signal de Bougy. On Sunday, 2 Nov 2014 from 10am. Free. More info.
Do you know other events I haven’t listed? Let me know!
If you love close to Geneva and neighbouring France areas, see this post on Geneva Family Dairies.
And finally, about the “Trick or Treat” in the neighbourhood:
In case you wish to give treats to children, you can leave an obvious Halloween decoration in front of your house, or stick a note on your apartment bell/door that you participate. This way they won’t hesitate to trick or treat you. Note that the Swiss sometimes move the Halloween to a day more convenient to them (i.e. Saturday), however as this year it will fall on a Friday, I think you will have the scary visitors only on Halloween night.
And for those of you accompanying your little ones trick and treating, keep in mind that Halloween trick or treating is not much done here in CH, so don’t keep their expectation high. It is becoming increasingly popular though, I know that we ALWAYS had kids ringing our door in when we lived in Epalinges (for 8 years) and then here in a small town (the last 3 years). And when we lived in Epalinges, we usually received a note in our mailbox that we could stick onto our mailbox on Halloween night, to let the kids know that they were welcome to ring our door.
Last year my kids were a little ghost and a witch (photo below). This year they asked for a stegosaurus and a bat. I make the costumes myself so wish me luck
Btw, does anyone know what the kids here say when trick or treating? Wikipedia says it’s ” Farce ou friandise ? ” (link). Or I think many just say ” Bonbons, s.v.p. “?