What kind of country doesn't do Halloween?!?
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Halloween started with a costume party for the kids at Church. Coffee and Donuts was like smorgasboard city! It was a neat way to get a feel for the local treats.
We were not going to give up on Trick or Treating in the evening -- even though many of the houses we hit were completely unsuspecting, we had a wonderful time. "Suesses orta Sauter" is what our American Swiss friend contrived for the kids to ask. Sweet or Sour. It worked! It was amazing to see the Swiss generosity from some of these Swiss families, one even doling out portions of homemade sweet bread, others digging for a bag of cookies or pretzels to share. Not to say that all of the Swiss were friendly. The small village we were in must have thought that our costumed gang of 8 kids were quite the entertainment. Boys with water baloons were spotted on more than one occasion.
Read more about the loot we collected and the fun we had on Kayley's blog...
Missing the Brandywine Spooky House, we also went on a Ghost Walk Tour of Zurich for Devil's Night. Read Brian's Blog for the scoop on that.
We also went to the International School's Halloween Party on Thursday. It definitely satisfied our wishes for an American style Halloween. There were treats and soda and hot dogs and a haunted house and a disco, and TRUNK or Treating(our trunk was all decked out with a cottony spiderweb) in the parking lot
It was great fun. Almost every kid there had a costume from Toys R US, the biggest place to find any Halloween stuff there. The Smith kids were dressed rather low key. Kayley was a cat (thanks to some cool ears from claire's). Serena was a groovy chick, then a mime on Sunday. And Alexander, who wants nothing to do with costumes this year, was persuaded to wear a pirate outfit for the party (because he got to carry a homemade cardboard sword), and a superman cape on Halloween.
Serena's pumpkin got carved on snake day, and our 7 year old neighbor, Katja got to participated."Why do we have to do this?" she asked when we had her scooping slime and sorting seeds. It's for fun, and its scary, and well, I didn't really have a great answer...
Katja had plans to attend her first Halloween Party over the weekend. I asked her what her Swiss friends will do for the party. "Oh," she replied, "we will eat much sugar!"
I think she has a pretty good grasp on the holiday