French Sabbatical

My family's year in France…

Day 123 (31 October 2010) – Halloween in Nantes

First, let me just say that we are back home in Nantes, having arrived just over an hour ago. And what an odd feeling it is, to have been in Paris just a couple of hours ago and now be “home.” No multi-hour flights, no having to go through customs, and no jet lag. We’re home and we are all content.

Shortly after getting home, I spotted this little boy across the street trick or treating with his mom. Having heard that it was unlikely we’d have any trick or treaters, I dashed across the street to invite them to come over to our house. So picture this. You’re a French kid dressed up for Halloween and a crazy American comes up to you and invites you to come ring his doorbell. What would you do?

I tried to explain that in the U.S. the kids ring the doorbell and then say, “Trick or treat.” This boy was having none of that. Not only do I think he couldn’t understand a word I was saying, I think he was having a hard time breathing under his mask. He still went away with 2 packs of Skittles, Halloween candy we stashed away just in case someone showed up.

UPDATE – We just had three more trick or treaters ring our bell. Still no “Trick or treat” but they did greet us with a “Bon soir.” And let me just say these were no little kids. They reminded me of some of those old PSCS teens who liked to show up at our house on Halloween…

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October 31, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

4 Comments »

  1. Happy Halloween! My friend who is in Switzerland for two years says that Halloween is frowned upon there, much to her unhappiness. (They’re having a Halloween party for ex-pats anyway.)

    We trick-or-treated at work on Friday, and will be heading out in a few hours to make the rounds of the neighborhood here. The boys have plenty of candy already, in my view, but…never too much, to their way of thinking! 😛

    Comment by Stacia | October 31, 2010 | Reply

  2. Glad you are safely home. We had no trick or treaters here but saw a few at lunch. We celebrated Olivia’s birthday after her basketball game. We also saw Tammy who came home to surprise Olivia. And we had a last lunch with Stephanie who leaves for Spain tomorrow morning.

    Comment by Granny | November 1, 2010 | Reply

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