Why do we have school on Halloween

Halloween 2021 - where is a public holiday?


About Halloween

Halloween is an originally Irish custom on the evening of October 31st. Today, in German-speaking countries, too, children in disguise take to the streets on Halloween evening to demand "Trick or Treat". Halloween 2021 falls on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Where is Halloween a public holiday? *

Halloween is celebrated on the date of Reformation Day. That is why Halloween is a public holiday in the following federal states.

BrandenburgNational holiday
BremenNational holiday
HamburgNational holiday
Mecklenburg-Western PomeraniaNational holiday
Lower SaxonyNational holiday
SaxonyNational holiday
Saxony-AnhaltNational holiday
Schleswig-HolsteinNational holiday
ThuringiaNational holiday
Baden-Wuerttembergschool free
other German federal statesnot a holiday
Austrianot a holiday
Switzerlandnot a holiday

Halloween falls on Reformation Day and was a public holiday in Germany only in 2017 as an exception in all federal states. Reformation Day has been a regional holiday again since 2018: In the new federal states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, October 31 is a public holiday and therefore non-working. There is no school on Reformation Day in Baden-W├╝rttemberg. In Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, Reformation Day has also been on an equal footing with Sundays since 2018.

October 31, 2021 is not a public holiday in Austria and Switzerland.

When is Halloween 2021? *

Halloween 2021Sunday 31 October 2021
Halloween 2022Monday, October 31, 2022
Halloween 2023Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Halloween 2024Thursday October 31, 2024

Halloween is celebrated on October 31st each year. In 2021, Halloween falls on a Sunday. The dates for the following years can be found in the list.

*) All statements without guarantee. See also disclaimer.