Amok Mama: Half-hearted Hallowe’en



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The 'Lantern'-thing...

... It's like the American thing, but older. Like everything else in Europe:'s_Day

Mike more than 9 years ago

@Gina Sophia

Gargh! Grammar? Spelling?

Mike more than 9 years ago

The lantern thing

Hey, I never really knew what the lantern thing was all about! I hate commercial Halloween, too. It's a shame, because I grew up in the sixties in America when everyone had homemade costumes and nutty parents who sat out on their porches in zombie, witch or scarecrow costumes and tired to scare us all to death as we walked door to door. Lot of real fun.

Helena more than 9 years ago


WOW, I really can't believe that there are so many people who can't find this humorous. I'm American and just spent my first Halloween in Berlin and I found it incredibly amusing, albeit very different. I personally love your writing style: it's caustic and precise, and the others who bashed you obviously don't understand the concept of English stylistics, i.e., repetition, etc. Whether I or anyone else agrees with your opinions or not, just as in all art, people must open their eyes to see it and even if they find it ugly, they must still appreciate it as art, which is what people who have previously posted are incapable of doing, seeing as how they are completely incompetent. Thank you for this piece. I want more!

Zak Mojito more than 9 years ago


I respect everybody's different style of writing but this just feels like a rant. You live in Berlin! Your telling me that you work for an English written magazine and out of all the employees you can't find one "American" to show you how fun Halloween can be? If this is what you sound like, you should be lucky you got a single mentos.

California guy more than 9 years ago


"So, I do like shopping centres.
And McDonald’s. Also Pizza Hut. And Starbucks." - yeah, and that ss what you´re writing like: absolut uninspiring.

Gina Sophia more than 9 years ago

Hallowe'en v Bonfire Night

The Americanised Hallowe'en in Berlin is as aesthetically distasteful as Bonfire Night is just wrong, wrong, wrong. Evil celebrations when the clocks are turned back! Interesting to see that Guy (via Occupy The Steps of St Paul's) has got off the Bonfire and is causing some local difficulty in the Church of England.

dalry_scum more than 9 years ago


Agh! Exberliner. Please stop publishing this woman's unfunny, inarticulate rants. They're not remotely entertaining.

ella more than 9 years ago


not American. People keep saying that, but's it's untrue. And Lanternenfest is very nice, you killjoy. What was in your tea this morning?

Maurice T Frank more than 9 years ago

Whta is this?

This is a seriously depressing article...not in the least entertaining. Keep rants like that to yourself, if you want to just get rif of aggression, open your kitchen window and shout it out. But don't write it down.

Isa more than 9 years ago

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