Happy Halloween.

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This is a pumpkin I actually carved. 3 years ago. That’s how long it’s been since we carved pumpkins for Halloween. Pathetic, I know. I really like the idea of carving pumpkins, but every year – unless we have someone talk us into it – we usually keep postponing until all of a sudden… “oops, it’s Halloween. Too late!

I admittedly have mixed feelings about Halloween. I really like the fall decoration and jack-o-lanterns and I love little kids getting dressed up, but I am not much of a costume person myself and there aren’t any kids in our neighborhood (no trick-or-treaters… which also means, no leftover candy! I see that as a good thing) and so every year, I am a little bit hemming and hawing when Halloween comes around. Our office is disappointingly boring when it comes to celebrating any holidays (I did consider just coming as a “Red Sox fan” today and I did wear my Boston sweater, but nobody noticed. Haha.)

J loves Halloween, mostly for the scary movies (which I, however, am not a fan of), so it can get tricky around here (← see what I did there?). I want to see “Hocus Pocus” and J wants to see “Halloween 2”. Compromising on this one is hard. We’ll see who wins this battle tonight.

Like every year, I need to mention that the (Catholic parts of) Germany  should be celebrating, too, because “the term Halloween, and its older spelling Hallowe’en, is shortened from All-hallows-eve, as it is the evening before “All Hallows’ Day” (also known as “All Saints’ Day”)” (Wikipedia) which we celebrate in Germany on November, 1. So,  it only makes sense that Halloween should be celebrated in Germany (and believe me, these days, Germany has undoubtedly adopted Halloween traditions like carving pumpkins and scary movies, as well as the opportunity to throw parties and get drunk!), especially considering that  the next day is a holiday  and people can nurse their hangovers. How very convenient.

So wherever you are and whatever you do tonight/tomorrow,

have a spooky Halloween.

  1. I am not a big fan of Halloween either. I love the kid aspect but as an adult I do NOT enjoy dressing up. At all. I live in an apt building so I don’t get trick or treaters either – I would enjoy it if I did! So I spent my night going to a spin class which was SO small. There were only 3 of us! i know people will bring their leftover candy in today but I am hoping to stay strong and resist it!

  2. I was never a huge fan of Halloween until I had kids – now I like dressing them up and taking pictures of them :) Topher loves trick-or-treating (and I love eating the candy he can’t have!) … This year we also went to a Harry Potter themed party at a friend’s house – it’s the first time I’ve dressed up since high school!

  3. I actually like the idea of Halloween as well, but it has been years since I/we actually dressed up and went to see the parade here or went out to a party or a bar. And believe it or not, but after all these years in the US I have never carved a pumpkin. One of these days I guess… haha.

    I heard too that Halloween becomes more and more popular in Germany, which is great, but what doesn’t make sense to me is children going trick or treating and then going around the same neighborhood just a few weeks later for St. Martin to get candy. A little overkill…

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