Halloween is approaching fast - an American tradition held high in the USA. Even us Swedes are more and more adapting this commercial event that it is in the US. The decoration, the parties, the costumes and the trick or treat hunt for candy.
But as all commercial events there is plenty of business around it and fun to watch and enjoy. This pumpkin patch happened this Friday night. The kids had a great opportunity of great fun with horseback riding, and jumping castles. The last event of the evening was to go on a tractor with wagon out into the woods on a trail decorated with spooky ghosts, spider, cats and other carractors associated with Halloween. The kids were exited and at the end of the trail we reached the bon fires and hot dogs and marshmallows. Unfortunately, the evening turn soon pitch black and non of us, the kids or I, enjoyed standing there on a field in the woods having no other light source than the small bon fires and the stars up high in the sky. We all wanted to go home at that point!
Decorating with pumpkins are important and one can find pumpkins in most stores to decorate. We did it last year home in Sweden and I think they turned out pretty good. Now when we are in the original country of true pumpkin carving we plan to become professional at it.
The kids and I do look forward to the trick or treat event on October 31st. And since we have our grandmother visiting we are planning to engage her to dress up in a costume too and come out and trick or treat with us. The whole family accept for husband has chosen the costume and we are every thing from witches to pirates to death... I had a suggestion for my husband but he has not really responded to it yet... hmm wonder why?!
It is fun to go shopping for these costumes, my god, there are more than plenty to choose from. Our costume store Buttricks in Sweden stand quite small in comparison.
This is the first time our kids will experience the complete Halloween tradition as it is celebrated. And I think our kids will like it a lot. Especially the hunt for candy (trick or treat part)... and lots of candy too (like we need more of it). I can already now see how the Americans stack up with KILO bags of candy when shopping. I have decided to wait for the purchase of the candy until the last minute otherwise there will be a high risk of us eating of it before the actual trick or treaters will nock on our door. But the "100 dollar store" - Costco, will have plenty to offer us consumers and get prepared for this last day of October.