Halloween has long been among my favorite holidays, if not my favorite holiday of all. What’s not to love about dressing up and getting free candy?
The holiday as we celebrate it in the US is not really “done” here in Singapore. There are a few token efforts–some candy and a few costumes in the grocery stores, and the random display or product here or there. I’ve heard rumors of trick or treating in “Little America” (the neighborhood by the Singapore American School) but I have not verified these rumors.
Knowing this would be the first Halloween where Elanor would be old enough to get into the holiday, I made a point of picking up decorations, mixes (cupcakes and pumpkin cookies), and plates/cups/etc when we were home. I also picked up a costume for her (she’ll be Rapunzel, of the Disney variety) while we were home. I didn’t pick up anything for Rhiannon because….well…she wasn’t supposed to be out of the oven yet. Luckily, my brilliant friend Aimee suggested I dress Rhi up as a frying pan (this only makes sense if you’ve seen “Tangled”), a very easy to make costume that I’ll be able to easily pull together.
Over the last few days Ellie and I decorated the house.
After a disastrous attempt at having Elanor “help” me clean out the pumpkin, I decided to just follow in my mom’s much wiser footsteps and just gave Elanor a marker to draw on the pumpkin. On the plus side, I did scrape out the pumpkin on my own and have seeds to roast and pumpkin meat for muffins. Next year we just draw on the solid pumpkin and call it quits.
I have no idea what we’ll actually DO on Halloween. Last year Toys R Us was doing face painting, and I’ll need to keep an eye out for activities that Ellie might enjoy. But I really hope that we’ll manage to do a visit home over Halloween in the future. While in general I focus on all the benefits of living abroad and the new experiences that Ellie and Rhiannon will have…missing out on trick or treating on a crisp fall evening, the leaves crunching under their feet as they run from house to house acquiring candy is one that I feel sad that they are missing out on.