Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Original Halloween Cuteness (by Mallory)

It's mid-October now.
School has been well underway for a month and a half now and we're heading into the two-week long "Toussaint" holiday.

But my kids aren't thinking "all saint's"- they're all about Halloween.

It's definitely NOT a French thing.
In fact, many people here are actively Halloween-hostile.
Which is weird.
I think it comes from the multiple attempts that French shops have made at promoting the foreign holiday in order to push merchandise. The efforts were such blatant attempts at culturally invasive money-grubbing that it turned many people off.
And, frankly, France doesn't need Halloween.

My kids and I always have a big party for our friends because we're American and like to enjoy this fun holiday that I grew up with.

But I'd really rather not see French people doing Halloween parties. They try to make you eat pumpkin soup and they don't know what candy corn is.
It's just sad, really....


oreneta said...

Ahh, and I'm trying to get out of the Halloween party this year, I've managed to talk Youngest into a sleepover with a few friends, but I may luck out completely and another family may be doing a party...then we'll have a mini-Halloween fete ourselves.

Joy said...

I found it odd that there was trick or treating in the tiny village we stayed at the other year. (And yes, the merchandising was blatant in the larger grocery stores.) I am glad to be in Canada, and we can do Halloween up right! In fact, our Parents for French group is hosting a Halloween party, en français, on the 30th.

I adore Mallory's Halloween art!! How are you, Beth?

Beth said...

If it were just me, I'd probably skip the party this year, but luckily I have my three girls to plan and throw an awesome Halloween bash.
As for how I am...I'd say that I'm just kind of hanging on, really.