Within the last few years Halloween has steadily become 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 15 October 2016, 17:00-23:00. CHF15 (no reservation needed). More info.
  • Autumn Party and Children’s Costume Parade in Château-d’Oex. Make-your-own-costume and pumpkin carving for children on 24-29 October, and Costume Parade on Saturday 29 October 2016. Registration required. From 5y with presence of parent/adult. More info.
  • Pumpkin festival at CPO-Ouchy. Saturday 29 October 2016 from 16:00-20:00. Pumpkin carving, pumpkin soup and more. Free entry, small fee for games, open for public. Note that they are also looking for volunteers to run this event. More info.
  • Halloween LEGO® Workshop – Bricks 4 Kidz in St. Sulpice. Saturday 29 October 2016 10:00-12:00, 4y+. Chf35/child. More info
  • Halloween Party on a spooky mini train! Le mini train de Pully, 29-30 October 2016. Kids wearing costumes ride for free! More info.
  • Halloween Party at Signal du Bougy. Sunday 30 October 2016. Face painting (registration required), show, parade and mini disco. More info.
  • Halloween at Swiss Museum of Games in La Tour-de-Peilz. 29-30 October 2016. More info.
  • Witch Hunt at Place les Mercier, Flon-Lausanne. Monday, 31 October 2016.  Also face painting, cupcake workshop, etc. Free, except for professional make-up service. More info.
  • Halloween at Maison Cailler in Broc. Monday, 31 October 2016. Free entry for all who wear costumes, and free chocolate for children wearing costume. 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.

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. weekend).

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.

Three years ago my kids were a little ghost and a witch…


The year after a stegosaurus and a purple bat…


and last year my son has asked for no other than Lightning McQueen! (And while I thought that my DIY version looked great, 4-yo was not 100% pleased as he originally wanted one made of box, but I opposed to it as our neighbors’ houses have many stairs thus it would be dangerous to walk around with a box).


This year 8-y.o. wanted a simple ghost costume (thank goodness) and 5-y.o. wanted a police costume (which I am working on).

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!

Happy Halloween!