Austria doesn't technically celebrate Halloween even though it seems like there is a lot of Halloween stuff around. But there are no trick-or-treaters, no small bags of candy at the grocery store, no haunted houses. I saw a lot of advertisements for Halloween parties at bars and restaurants, so maybe it's the adults that enjoy Halloween here. Some of the people in our class are planning to meet tonight for a party in the city. The party starts at midnight and goes until 4 a.m. Thanks, but I think I'll be in bed. Tomorrow is an official holiday (All Saints' Day), so everything will be closed.
Yesterday we hosted a small party for the kiddos. They watched "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and decorated pumpkin cookies. I think the kids had fun, but it was pretty weak compared to the parties in the U.S. I tried to get a photo of everyone in costume, but it's tough to get five kids and a dog to sit still long enough to snap a photo. This is the best I could do -- out of focus and no one is looking at the camera!
We left Sharkdog's shark costume in OKC because it's too small for him. So he was a witch this year. You can tell that he is really enjoying this, can't you? I bought this costume (which consists of a hat and a cape) for him last year because I liked the idea of Sharkdog in a cape. But the cape just isn't as billowy as I had imagined. The hat is still cute.
Original photos here:
1. shark witch 3, 2. shark witch 2, 3. shark witch 1