Holiday Backlash Germans Cringe at Rise of Halloween

Halloween is barely two decades old in Germany, but it's swiftly become a wildly popular holiday among children and adults alike. Retailers say it's now a vital source of revenue. Still, not everyone is getting in the spooky spirit.
Von Rupert Neate und Nicholas Connolly
Some Germans complain about the Halloween boom, and the crowds of costumed trick-or-treaters that have come with it.

Some Germans complain about the Halloween boom, and the crowds of costumed trick-or-treaters that have come with it.

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