Friday October 2nd, 2015
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 10 October 2015 from 17:00. CHF15 (no reservation needed). More info.
- Pre-Halloween Party at Ballon Müller in Villars-Ste-Croix, Thursday 15 October 2015 10:00-16:00. Free. More info.
- Children’s Costume Parade in Château-d’Oex. Saturday 24 October 2015, starts at 11:00. Pumpkin carving and costume making (each CHF5), storytelling and costume parade. Registration necessary. From 5y with presence of parent/adult. More info.
- Pumpkin festival at CPO-Ouchy. Saturday 24 October 2015 from 16:00. Pumpkin carving, pumpkin soup and more. Free entry, open for public. More info here.
- Children’s Halloween Party at Coop City St. François and Au Centre (St. Laurent), at the restaurants. At Coop Au Centre on Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 14:30-17:00 and at St. François on Saturday 31 October 2015 11:00-17:00. Face painting and pumpkin carving. Children younger than 7 years must be accompanied by an adult. More info.
- Le CSCE fête Halloween – Ludothèque Le Dé Blanc in Ecublens. Friday and Saturday 30-31 October 2015. For children and teens in the area, registration/membership required. More info
- Special Halloween English Club – l’écoline in St. Sulpice. Saturday 31 October 2015, from 9:00-10:30. Registration required. Chf25 for a family (max 3) – More info
- Halloween à l’ArchéoLab – Villa romaine de Pully (for 7-12yo). Saturday, 31 October 2015 from 14:30-17:30pm. CHF10. I couldn’t yet find the info online, but I believe registration required: 021 721 38 00 or activitesmusees(AT)pully.ch – Venue info
- Halloween Party on a spooky mini train! Le mini train de Pully, 31 October and 1 November 2015. Kids wearing costumes ride for free! More info.
- Halloween in Leysin. Saturday, 31 October 2015 18:00-22:00. Free, with sweets hunting (<12y) and walking a scary forest (<12y). More info.
Do you know other events I haven’t listed? Let me know!
If you love close to Geneva and neighboring France areas, see this post on Geneva Family Dairies. The post is from last year, but many links may still work for this year’s events. I bet they will soon publish an updated version too, so check their blog regularly.
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 one, so that you will have the scary visitors only on the night.
And for those of you accompanying your little ones trick-or-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 (2003-2011) and then here in a small town (from 2011). 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. We usually started around 18:30 and finished in an hour. But teenagers still rung our door until 21:00.
Two years ago my kids were a little ghost and a witch (photo below). Last year a stegosaurus and a purple bat, and this year my son has asked for no other than Lightning McQueen! Let’s see how this mama will do…
For those of you looking for costumes, check your local ludothèque for cheap rental. La Paternelle in Bussigny also rents thousands of costumes.
If you decide to buy, simple costumes are always available in the larger Coop (City) and Migros. My personal favorite for online shops is Confettibox. But if you google “deguisement Vaud” you’ll find many hits. Or go a bit further to Ballon Muller. If you have something really specific, don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to order even from abroad or DIY!