While Halloween is not a traditional Swiss holiday, in recent years, more businesses are jumping into the cauldron and creating events for people to get their ghoul on. Although it is one of this writer’s favorite holidays (who doesn’t like to dress up and become someone else for a night?), we realize it isn’t everyone’s preferred brew. Have no fear, here are several events in Zug on and around Halloween to test the waters.
Spend Sam Fuin at the Buonas Castle
The municipalities of Risch and Roche once again invite all to autumn festivities on the Buonas peninsula. Sam Fuin is an old Celtic festival that takes place outdoors. It marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, or the darker half of the year. Look forward to food, drink, Irish music, children’s stories, fire spells and mystic sounds in a medieval castle setting. From 17:00 - 22:00 pm. We recommend travelling by public transport - there is no parking available. Free shuttle bus between Rotkreuz Bahnhof Nord and Risch Dorf from 16.30 to 22.30, every 30 minutes or as required, as well as bus no. 53 - also free of charge.
Scary fun until the wee hours
According to the folks at Chollerhalle Zug, the Halloween Circus Festival 2019 on October 31st is the biggest in Central Switzerland! The hall will be decorated in appropriately creepy Halloween style and the music selection is varied: House, Open format, Tropical Reggaeton, RnB and Hip Hop. Guests will be able to meet their favorite stars. Amazing 3D Visual effects, a photo wall and more await. This event is for ages 16 and up, with doors opening at 21:00. The party is promised to last until 4:00 am. Plan to buy tickets early as it sells out fast!
The place where people (er..ghouls) meet
Dress up and join other like-minded revelers at Mr Pickwick Pub. Cushy Number will be live on stage, playing a mix of their best, and possibly dressed to kill. On October 31st, they hit the stage at 20:00 pm. Spend a memorable Halloween in costume the Celtic way.
The creeps come out at night
On Halloween night, expect it to be legendary at Lounge & Gallery. With a Sweet & Sour theme, the decorations will be especially dramatic to convert Dammstrasse into „the Damned“ street. Costumes are encouraged and guests must be 18 and over. The festivities begin at 22:00, but HOOO knows if you will want to leave- the music will be a mix of R&B, Club hits, Mash-up and Open format! Entry fee is CHF 15.00 and reservations can be made here.
Day of the dead
Be different and celebrate Dia de los Muertos instead at Spago Restaurant and Bar. From 22:00 on October 31st, the latin themed space promises dancing through the darkest night of the year. DJ Rodrrox will be spinning the beats and a costume award ceremony takes place at 24:00. Each person who is dressed up will receive a free Halloween Gruel-Shot and a chance to win a voucher worth CHF 50.
It’s Criminal: two locations in Zug will take to a night of crime!
On October 25th Tisch+Bar Shopping Restaurant will host a murder mystery dinner. Art dealer Renato Ritter invites you on a culinary journey through the Table + Bar Shopping Restaurant. The highlight of the evening is the visit of the famous author L. A. Bowling. She is to exclusively present her new book, which will only be on the market in two weeks' time, to a selected company. But it won't be long before an uninvited guest appears. Things go wild and there is a fatal incident. CHF110 for a ghastly meal including wine, water and coffee and the chance to convict the murderer. (This is a German language event)
When night falls on Zug, the library becomes a crime scene! On October 31st from 19:00 the Zug Bibliothek will host three well-known crime authors: Monika Mansour, Judith Stadlin, Stephan Pörtner and Michael van Orsouw. The authors will take guests into the world of crime and evil with their short thrillers. Patricia Draeger’s accordion sounds will add to the eerie atmosphere. Refreshments for the soul are provided. Register here. (This is a German language event)
Photos: Stadt Zug and Gemeinde Risch