While this celebration of all things ghoulish and creepy isn't celebrated on such a grand scale as it is in the United States, Halloween has become increasingly popular in Germany over the past decade. German children have discovered the delights of dressing up in funny or spooky costumes to practice the fun tradition of trick-or-treating. In Germany the children yell "Süßes, oder es gibt saures!" which means, loosely translated, "Sweets or there'll be something sour." Same concept. Same consequences! Many German candy manufacturers such as Haribo manufacture special Halloween gummi bears however German children are more likely to receive chocolate shaped liked pumpkins and ghosts, rather than candy.
Halloween is also becoming increasingly popular among young adults. Whilst too old to trick or treat, the younger crowd like to throw Halloween parties similar to those in the US. A very popular beverage that is served on Halloween is hot apple punch and cold "blood punch" made out of grape juice, rum and lemon juice served in a carved out pumpkin. Like many other countries around the world, Germans have their own special Halloween snacks and dishes for example spicy deviled eggs or pumpkin soup. Try our delicious pumpkin soup with salami