It’s just about 5 pm here and in America, you really wouldn’t have expected to see any trick-or-treaters out yet. But this is still a relatively new holiday in France and I have the feeling it’s going to mostly disappear, at least the way we mostly know it in America.
I was just out picking up a couple of things from the fruit and veggie store and the Vival market. I didn’t expect many kids to show up at the fruit store, but Loic at the Vival said he has only had one kid come in so far.
The first year we were here, we did have a pretty good number of kids come around to the house. Last year I don’t think we had any. This year I didn’t even buy any candy. Somehow, I don’t think you can suddenly create a tradition where one never existed.
This week is a big vacation week here, which could account for part of it. So many people are on holidays elsewhere that I don’t think it occurs to them to go door-to-door in a place that isn’t “home.” And I get the feel too that parents aren’t crazy about the idea of their kids going around asking strangers for candy. It’s just not really “done” here.
It may be different in bigger villages or in cities. Also, if this had been a weekday, some of the kids from the nursery school would have been brought around to the shops by their teachers. But right now, the streets are pretty dead, and not in a Halloween kind of way!
I DID however, have my own spooky surprise. As I was walking back home I heard a voice behind me. I looked and there was no one there! Then, the voice told me not to be afraid! That made me even more afraid!! But it turned out to be one of our crazier residents who was standing in his window talking to himself then to me! I think that’s as close to Halloween as I’m going to get this year.
Ciao for now.