After a two-year hiatus of not having a normal Halloween out here in New Jersey and many parts of the East Coast due to a freak snow storm (2011) and hurricane (2012), we finally got to celebrate Halloween the traditional way. There were some drizzle and light rain but we still all got out and went trick or treating. The girls were so excited and could not focus the night before Halloween, let alone breakfast and getting ready for school. I still do not know how the teachers were able to make the kids focus in school before the Halloween parade and party.
Halloween is such a fun American tradition. The decoration, the costumes, the candy, the camaraderie among the kids are just some of the fun part. There really is no other country that celebrate Halloween the same way. In France, the Philippines and many parts of the world with a Christian heritage, it is not Halloween that is celebrated. It is a religious holiday called All Saint’s Day on November 1st. Of course, it does not have the same tone or spirit as Halloween does here.
As tired I am now as I write this post, I am glad that we celebrated Halloween on October 31st and not a week or two later. It gives the kids a sense of normalcy. I say this guiltily knowing many people have not fully recovered from Hurricane Sandy and that these concerns are what we call first-world problems.