Will I be able to get pumpkins in Germany?
Yes! Pumpkins and squash abound in the farming region of Germany during the months of September and October (though by Thanksgiving they are gone). In fact, I’ve seen more variety of squash here than in the states which is funny to me since the Germans don’t eat as many of them as we do. They eat spaghetti squash and butternut and not much else. Pumpkins are only used as decorations for Halloween which is beginning to catch on both here and in the Netherlands. Look for the local vegetable stands on the side of the roads for the best selection and a sign that says “Kurbiss zu verkaufen.” Kurbiss means pumpkin, but seems to cover most large squash.
While Halloween is not traditionally German, the locals are catching on, especially in this area with so much US influence. Chances are, you’ll have a handful of German kids knocking on your door. In my village, one of the Americans was kind enough to ask around the community and make a map of all the participating houses. That was fun. For those in smaller villages or if you’d like a more “American experience,” head over to Schinnen’s Trunk or Treat.
The best stands?
For younger kids…
- Schinnen’s Trunk or Treat is always a hit though it get crowded. Do go early especially if you are not participating with your “trunk” as you may not be able to park on base.
- If the weather is nice, head down to Pumpkin Island to pick your pumpkin and play. There’s a carving station, corn maze with trikes to ride through it, hay forts and pirate ships, coffee, hot cocoa, pumpkin soup, and pumpkin cake. Lots for fun for families. 2,50 entrance fee. Open until Nov 2. about 45 minutes from GK. http://www.pumpkin-island.de/
- MoviePark Germany is known for their creepy Halloween celebration, but they do have a child-friendly celeebration as well. Check it out! [Read this before going]
For older kids and adults… (creepier parties)…
- If you’re looking for a Halloween party out of the US loop, check out the Burg Satzvey. Only 45 minutes from GK, it has a Halloween celebration every year. See their website for more info: http://www.burgsatzvey.de
- MoviePark Germany does a haunted park every year that is extremely creepy. Amusement park and scary stuff? Could be a winning combination for the bravest of you. :) This year (2013) they are having a Walking Dead maze, so all you zombie lovers should be happy too. There is an area for small children too. There are some important “survival” tips that are important. Please read this before going.
A really creepy dinner party…
- If you’re willing to drive about 2.5 hours south to Burg Frankenstein just south of Darmstadt, you can celebrate Halloween with style at a really interesting place. The celebrations run from 19 October through 4 November and include both late night adult parties and fun-filled family days. Look for a link for “gruseldinner” on the website. There are wonderfully themed dinner parties with Frankenstein, Dracula, and even Jack the Ripper scheduled all year, not just Halloween.