Sunday, November 1, 2009

Lots of treats and a few tricks....

Yesterday we celebrated Halloween in a more American fashion than British fashion....
The British do not embrace Halloween like the Americans do. Trick-or-Treating has begun over here really in more recent years, and even at that, it is only a handful of children who find their way around the neighborhoods for candy. The costume selection in the stores is pretty dismal and most costumes here tend to focus around witches, cats, or vampires. The aisles and aisles of candy at the local Target stores do not exist over here, although I understand the selection has grown again in more recent years.
We attended a Halloween party last night at another American family's house, so we did celebrate with a costume party, haunted house (aka a haunted garage), and even Halloween games for the kiddos! 
First the treats started on Friday when we received a wonderfully delicious sugar filled box from my mom in the mail! It was a GREAT surprise and American candy is always a welcome "evil" in our house, most especially since we cannot buy any of these treats over here! Thanks mom for spending the crazy amount of money to ship a box full of candy to us...
More treats for the party we attended on Saturday...I baked my grandmother's "smiley face cookies" and turned them into little jack-o-latern cookies. 
Popeye (aka Scott) downing his can of spinach before we headed out to our Halloween party. Sadly, we forgot to have Popeye take a photo of Olive Oyl so I cannot share my costume with you from last night...
At the party, a bit of the British traditions were followed, as the kids participated in a donut eating contest. The donuts were tied on a string and then the strings was tied onto a pole - the kids stood below and had to eat the donuts off of the string as fast as they could without using their hands! 
Popeye supervised and aided in the crazy donut eating contest....
Hope you had a Happy Halloween too! 

1 comment:

notfromaroundhere said...

I was going to be an American Cowgirl for a Hallowe'en party and kept being asked by locals why I was not going to be "scary" so apparently out idea of dressing up is not the same as their Hallowe'en visions. They scoffed at our ideals and just called this "fancy dress"