Ideas for Celebrating Halloween Abroad?

published Oct 7, 2014
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Just look at this kid. He loves Halloween. With dressing up and candy coming together in one glorious evening, it’s his favorite holiday. But this Halloween we’re overseas, and there’s not a pumpkin in sight. Readers, help! How would you celebrate Halloween abroad?

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Dressing up isn’t so hard— we’ve got a few costumes in the toy box, and I can always make one. And the local green grocer sells an “American pumpkin” for an exhorbitant amount of money that I can justify, just this once.

But it’s the trick or treating, the fun of heading out from door to door that I feel saddest to miss. Every year the day before Halloween, we do a “trunk and treat” at my husband’s work (where parked cars in the parking lot decorate their trunks and fill them with candy) and the night of, our entire giant apartment building, and the building next door, is full of kids knocking on doors and filling up baskets.

I can hardly replicate our “back home” experiences here. But perhaps there’s some magical alternative out there I haven’t thought of. Is there a way we could still go trick or treating, without Halloween-celebrating neighbors?

Have you celebrated Halloween in a non-Halloween time zone before? Share your suggestions below!