Our Halloween celebrations felt so unusual this year — mostly because they were contained to about a 12 hour period. Hah! When we live in the U.S., we pull out our Halloween storage boxes on October 1st. We like to read favorite Halloween picture books and spooky stories by candlelight each evening. We decorate the house. We have school parades, and church trunk-or-treat parties, and of course, trick or treating on Halloween night. The kids plans their costumes for weeks! By the time November 1st comes, I am definitely done with Halloween.

But here in France, this is how it played out. We pulled out the Halloween storage box on Halloween morning. We decorated the house. We decided on costumes (based on what was in our costume box and around the house), and we hosted two small Halloween parties. We also had about a dozen trick-or-treaters stop by! Around 10:00 PM we were finished with the festivities, and we put away all the Halloween stuff away this morning. It felt so strange!

Here’s a little report on the costumes and parties:

Our two-week school vacation is still going on, so there was no school. Flora’s party was from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. We had gouter (the official afternoon snack period), which included French pastries and American candy Ben Blair brought back from his trip to Chicago.

After gouter, the kids played games — wrap the mummy, bobbing for apples, and pumpkin patch balloon stomp. And we also took photos throughout and had them playing on the TV as a slideshow. Everyone wore a costume.

Oscar invited a few friends over from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. We served dinner — a non-spicy version of our chili (with baguette instead of corn bread). Then the kids played board games, watched Nightmare Before Christmas in French (here it’s called The Strange Christmas of Mr. Jack) — and also decided they wanted to do the mummy wrap and bobbing for apples. : )

After everyone left, we were all wide awake and still in the mood to hangout, so we decided to watch Inception. But by 11:00, we were suddenly exhausted and cut the movie short so we could sleep.

Olive dressed as The Dude from The Big Lebowski.
Oscar dressed as a mummy. (I made this costume when we lived in New York!)
Betty dressed as Ms. Peacock from Clue.
June dressed as a werewolf.

It was interesting for me to see how Halloween in France has changed over the last six years. It’s definitely more popular than it was the last time we lived here. For example noticed two stories with a section of Halloween supplies (there were none when we lived here before!). And we saw more trick-or-treating too — though I’m sure this is partly because we live in town now, instead of out in the countryside. We had trick-or-treaters starting at about 2:00 PM, and going until about 9:00 PM. But it was maybe only a dozen total over those hours. Still, it was fun to hear the knock at the door! Instead of “trick or treat”, the kids here say “un bonbon our un sort”.

And that’s a wrap for our Halloween 2019!

How about you? What was Halloween like at your house? Any especially fun costumes this year?