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29 October 2012
We've been prepping for Halloween around here. This is our fifth Halloween spent outside of a country that truly celebrates the holiday. And, while we've bobbed for apples, dressed up in costumes, eaten donuts off of hanging strings, read Halloween jokes, carved pumpkins (when we could find them-- which was only one year out of the five!) and made Halloween treats over those years, I'm still at a bit of a loss as to how to create a Halloween experience that feels somewhat authentic.

But, you know what? My kids may not be celebrating Halloween in the way I did as a kid, but I think they're having a pretty good time. As you read this post, they'll be eating candy, racing around in costume and sharing in the excitement that is Halloween as a young child.

In the last couple of weeks we've created ghosts and pumpkins for our back kitchen window and created candy corn cupcakes.


And, yesterday, I lent each child my camera for a few minutes and asked them to snap a truly 'spooky' picture in celebration of the day. So, without further ado, here are the spooky moments, captured by the kids, in our home. First up? A spooky chandelier-- taken by the youngest who is approaching the two-year-old birthday mark. (Frankly, I think this is his daily view and he just got lucky in pointing the camera the right direction!)


And, here's a truly horrid scene. My six-year-old son snapped a photo of his computer while he was taking a look through the Ben & Jerry's flavor graveyard. (We recently finished a school unit on the economic cycle. The flavor graveyard provided a fun way to talk about what happens when the supply for a product decreases.)


My eight-year-old daughter captured two black cats that like to hang out in our garden. Truthfully, they are kind of creepy....

Wishing you all a truly fun and spooky Halloween. May the tricks be minimal and the candy plentiful!

5 comments:

Margaret said...

This sounds way more fun than a Halloween here! Love the cupcakes and the scary cats. :)

Jenny said...

Happy Halloween Shelby! I agree with the commenter above. Your Halloweens sound like more fun than ours in the U.S.

Selia said...

Happy Halloween! Thanks for the Ben and Jerry's tip. I'm going to use it for our Halloween day at school this week.

Traci said...

First time commenter because I'm confused! LOL! Your 5th Halloween outside of a country that celebrates? Have you been overseas for that long or just happen to be on vacations during Halloween? Your blog doesn't look to be five years old or I've missed some posts (which would make me very angry since I love your blog)! What am I missing? :^0

Shelby from anewbohemia.com said...

Hi, Traci! We've been overseas longer than this blog has been alive. Previous to living in Eastern Europe, we were in Thailand. You can read about that adventure on my other blog--Loving Rice (the link is on this page under the heading 'around'). Thank you for the compliments, for reading and for commenting!

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