Living in Germany for more than 5 years introduced me to the Pumpkin. Yes, this giant, round veggie, orange, sometimes, bloody orange, sometimes yellow and spotted, comes also in crazy shapes is the star of Autumn here.It is the main highlight in October, especially in Halloween.Without it, Süßes oder Saures is not complete!
German words “Süßes oder Saures? ” became like a new culture for us. It means ” Sweet or Sour? “ , a little tricky though cuz normally, I grew up with the concept of Halloween where dressing up, and wearing costumes makes it enough to have a spooky feel. But here in Germany, it is something else.Since I have a kid, we have learned to embrace this special tradition that my fellow neighbours here in Bavaria are doing.Children dressed themselves in their costumes, with make up or masked-on, carrying a basket and knocking on doors, asking for candies or sweets., but then, they also loved the sour ones!
Many Kindergartens host a Halloween Party for kids during this time, just before the Herbstferien (Autumn break) begins. Specially Halloween spooky baked goodies are prepared for the feast, and some with games and everything.
With us here in Bavaria, it is very common and most children loved doing it. If your child is not doing it then he/she might be left out.My daughter´s first costume when we moved here was a Pumpkin.I think every baby looks adorable with a pumkin costume!
But then, October won´t end without the sight of the Pumpkin. Picking up your Pumpkin is one of the exciting thing to do as a family. It´s size, shape and built is really important. We have tried getting it directly from a farm, supermarket, or a Vegetable Shop ( Gemüse Hof) where they also have different varieties!And then the fun begins…
We love eating “Kürbis” as well. I baked Pumpkin pies, and made pots of Kurbis suppe (Pumpkin soup) and shared to our neighbours. It is such a warm food during the grey, gloomy autumn days here.
I remember carving our first Pumpkin with a normal knife. After looking up in Internet for few inspirations, I finally got a hold of it. Around our neighborhood, every porch, balcony, and entrance hall is decorated with a pumpkin or two.Our city is quite international and I am glad that we are living in such an open neighbouhood. I have read that in some parts of Germany, people are not so open about giving sweets to children ( especially now, probably because of the Pandemic!) and opening their doors to strangers. Some even chose to close their windows and lights for not to be disturbed!
Last night, we finally displayed our Pumpkin in the front porch with it´s lights and everything. We are happy for the result, my daughter loves it and carried it with delight! My daughter had a Halloween party with 5 other kids from our neighbours where all of them dressed up , ate a Halloween feast, and then made rounds in the streets asking for sweets or sour candies…we even offer to give cucumber pickles to prank them!
After the Pandemic, and long Corona restrictions, people over here are striving to live a normal life once again. Last night, I have seen so many families with their little children doing this and all smiles as they knocked on doors! Children are screaming with delights and not bothered by the cold, walking with torches and just singinging happily!
Here´s a part of the song text that they sing while knocking on people´s doors..
” Wir sind die Gespenster,und klopfen an die Fenster.Wir klingeln an der Türen, dass all Angst verspüren!Habt ihr etwas zum knabbern? Dann woll´n wir weiter flattern! ”
This Post is inspired by Jude´s Life in Colour : Orange
Do you celebrate Halloween? How was it?
Until then, Tschüss!
4 thoughts on “Life in Germany :Süßes oder Saures?”
Not something I have ever taken part in, to be honest I dislike the whole commercialism and tackiness of Halloween. It does seem that your celebrations are more modest and fun for the children, though it surprises me that Germans have adopted the trick and treat aspects which seems to have come from America. Your pumpkin is excellently carved and that is a sweet photo of your lovely daughter. Thanks for joining my orange month Christina 🧡
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Yes over here it’s very low key.It’s more for the children and since they are also on break from school there’s nothing else to do.