I tend to agree with Sakatayana - every year there are more and more turnip lanterns grinning at me in the street
every year - whether for Martinsumzug / Halloween / Autumn.
It seems to me like a kind of fusing of the cultures - while this can bring in variety, the "melting pot" does sometimes have the effect of it being the same everywhere.
So on the one hand there are more occasions to party, on the other hand - I would love to hear from other pons community members on how they view the cultural supermarket
The Halloween aspect seems to have come in through the Kindergarten:http://www.kindergarten-seiten.de/halloween.htm
Anyway, it's probably time now to start a thread on Christmas