Happy Halloween

It is Halloween, which is not a big deal here in the Czech Republic at all. We did carve some pumpkins this morning -me, my daughter, and her cousin – and this evening we’ll do sort of a haunted house thing and give away some candy, just for a few little kids in the building we know, but I’m not allowed to make my costume TOO scary, because one little girl, who is not yet two, might freak out a bit.
I know many Americans over here, and some say they are nostalgic for things like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Dr. Pepper, and I really don’t get it. (until about a year ago, Oreo cookies were on that list but they sell them here now) Every place you go, they have some interesting things to eat and drink, and it’s not really a deprivation to go without something you’re used to for a little while.
But, I do miss American Halloween, a bit. The candy, the costumes, and the endless jokes and puns about ghosts, and ghouls, and monsters, werewolves, zombies, etc… It’s a part of autumn.
Here, they have Dušičky (souls), which will be this Saturday, but it’s just a day to go to the cemetery and lay wreaths on the graves of your dearly departed and not really much in the big laughs department at all. It’s a nice thought, but not nearly as entertaining as Halloween.
I think the Mexicans have the right idea with Dia de los Muertos, which combines the two concepts.

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