Sunday, October 31, 2010
Prima designed the pumpkin on the bottom- no idea where she got the idea. Isn't she amazing? The top one belongs to ghosty boy; he gets one every year.
I think it's rather sad that Halloween is not really celebrated in Switzerland.
Unlike the winter holidays, when people tended to retreat to their immediate or extended families, I remember Halloween being a time when everybody went out and rang doorbells, and lots of lonely people in my neighbourhood seemed to really look forward to it. Shy people could interact and be part of the community in a non-committal, non-threatening, peripheral kind of way. I used to wonder why the old ladies on my street seemed so thrilled when we rang the doorbell. As a kid I couldn't see what was in it for them. We came and took their candy away! I remember thinking, "What crazy old ladies! They can buy a whole bag of mini-Mars Bars, and then they give them away! They should just not answer the door, and eat all the goodies!" I like to think I've changed a bit...
Happy Halloween, everybody. It's the day we all give our ghosties an extra hug.