How Halloween Came to Germany

Some 15 years ago, the Americanized version of an old pagan holiday was largely unknown in Germany. Now it's big business

Most in Germany have never heard of Dieter Tschorn. And even fewer will be particularly concerned by the fact that he isn't planning on dressing up for Halloween this year. But if one is looking for an explanation as to why millions of other Germans will be carving pumpkins, putting on costumes, and begging for candy door-to-door, Tschorn is a good place to start. After all, more than anyone else, he is responsible for Halloween's existence—and growing popularity—in Germany.

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