Being a stranger in this country, although quite assimilated, Halloween doesn’t cease to surprise me. Halloween is a foreign concept to many Europeans even though it is making its way recently and becoming more popular across the pond. Obviously, coming from a culture that celebrates exactly the next day in calendar – the day of the dead, Halloween, by comparison seems to be rather trivial.
But as a mom I had to make a conscious choice to allow Halloween to slowly become one of our family’s favorite traditions. This decision was a well thought of and definitely took some adjustment on my part. Nevertheless here we are this year, trick or treating and doing it the way everybody else is.
So what am I grateful for? As I was following my two fairies tonight I was able to observe how people are polite to each other. They expect little “trick or treaters” and are delighted to hand the candy out to them. I was pleased to be able to make some small conversations with them and I felt welcomed and comfortable. People opened their homes for my children and passed some of their kindness onto them. I basked in that warm cozy feeling of being welcomed by total strangers. Not what I expected at all but surprisingly pleasant.