Halloween Reveler Spooks Train Passengers | News and current affairs from Germany and around the world | DW | 29.10.2007

Visit the new DW website

Take a look at the beta version of dw.com. We're not done yet! Your opinion can help us make it better.

  1. Inhalt
  2. Navigation
  3. Weitere Inhalte
  4. Metanavigation
  5. Suche
  6. Choose from 30 Languages


Halloween Reveler Spooks Train Passengers

A German Halloween reveler dressed as a blood-splattered zombie caused more than his fair share of frights when panicked passengers on a train mistook him for a murder victim and called the police.


Wonder how the passengers would have reacted to this?

Maybe it had to do with the fact that celebrating Halloween is a relatively recent phenomenon in Germany despite the ghoulish festival's roots in Europe. Passengers on a regional train in Bad Segeberg in northern Germany had certainly never heard of it when they mistook a Halloween reveler for victim of a bloody crime.

The man in question was lying in a drunken stupor, dressed in a spooky costume and seemed to have what looked like blood smeared on his hands and face. The horrified passengers called the police after they failed to revive him.

Officers and a first aid team called to the scene soon cleared up the confusion after they shook the 24-year-old awake.

Halloween Festival auf Burg Frankenstein

Witches and ghouls feature in Germany's Walpurgisnacht festival too

"He explained he was coming from a Halloween party in Hamburg and that his wounds were part of his gory outfit," a police spokeswoman told news agency dpa.

A paramedic scrubbed the makeup off the man's face and he was allowed to continue his journey.

"Bad Segeberg is in a rural area and Halloween isn't very well known there," the police spokeswoman said. "So people weren't expecting anyone to be dressed up in the train."

DW recommends