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Europe hosts spooktacular events for Halloween

Halloween gains ground in Germany every year. Whatever your pleasure, be it a stroll through an autumnal landscape or having the wits scared out of you in a creaky castle, you’ll find seasonally appropriate fun. Here is a roundup of Halloween outings:

Hassloch: Holiday Park dons the fitting Halloween look in October. The park promises spooky fun appropriate for all ages. On Oct. 27 and 31 and Nov. 3, the park stays open until 9 p.m. Park entry costs 26 euros for those taller than 4-feet, 3-inches; 6 euros for those between 2-feet, 9-inches and 4-feet, 2-inches; and is free for those shorter than 2-feet, 8-inches. Find details at www.plopsa.be/holiday-park/en/event/happy-halloween.

Kaiserslautern: The Gartenschau is the site of a Kürbisfestival that runs through Oct. 31. This year’s theme is “Underwater,” and you’ll find more than 30,000 pumpkins artfully arranged in the forms of fish, dolphins and mermaids. Entry costs 7 euros for adults, 3 euros for ages 6 to 16, and 17 euros for a family pass good for two adults and children. Find more at http://tinyurl.com/cohk9 (German only).

Ludwigsburg: The gardens around the city’s residential palace are the site of a pumpkin exhibition incorporating an impressive 450,000 specimens in more than 500 varieties through Nov. 4.

Mayen: Genoveva Castle (Genovevaburg) in the Eifel region holds a Middle-Ages Witches and Magicians Market Oct. 27 and 28. Children can enjoy hands-on activities and pumpkin carving while adults browse the stalls. Entry is free. Read more at ttp://tinyurl.com/cok9oft (German only).

Mechernich: Burg Satzvey, in the Eifel region, will have its share of ghosts and spooks Oct. 27 through 31. Castle gates open at 6 p.m. Attendees can experience a labyrinth of horrors, fire artists and the tricks of magicians. Live bands playing medieval music add to the atmosphere. A disco opens at about 10 p.m. From 6 to 10 p.m., a special children’s hall hosts children in supervised activities, such as arts and crafts and mask painting while parents enjoy adult-oriented scares elsewhere. The cost is 15 euros for adults, 12 euros for ages 6 to 12, and free for those 5 and younger. Find details at http://tinyurl.com/d5ljwml (German only).

Monschau: This city in the Eifel region turns its Old Town into a Halloween landscape Oct. 26 and 27, when ghosts and monsters come out to play. Guided tours depart from the marketplace at 7 p.m. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/cg5z6tf (German only).

Rust: Europa Park gives a nod to Halloween through Nov. 4. By day, take in the autumnal decoration of pumpkins, cornstalks and apples; toward evening, be scared by the goblins and witches that take over the park’s streets. The park is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry costs 37.50 euros for adults, 33 euros for ages 4 to 11, and is free for ages 3 and younger. The entry price includes rides and shows. Find details at www.europapark.com.

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Karen Bradbury has lived and worked in Europe for more than fifteen years. She has called Moscow, Copenhagen, Rome and now a small wine-producing village along the Rhine in Germany home. When she's not working, whatever the season, she's probably traveling.

Email: bradburyk@estripes.osd.mil