Halloween in India

As a way to celebrate with our friends back home this year’s Halloween, AND since we are “in the future”, we are sharing ‘our Halloween the India Way.”

I am not a big Halloween person and even though I thought about bringing something to celebrate it, I decided we were just going to miss it and try our best to be OK with it.

But thanks to our friends Chip and Laura and their girls who did the exchange last year here at the same school, they knew what would mean that ‘we’ (Siena and Lucas) would be missing Halloween this year.

They were thinking ahead of time (way ahead than us!) when they sent us a huge box filled (mostly) with candy and Halloween decorations.  Plus few jars of refried beans and peanut butter.

We can’t really thank them enough.  For the beans and food, but also and especially today, for thinking of us back in September and preparing us (with candy and decorations) or this Halloween we were going to miss.  And it was so much fun to have a little bit of home.

And together with these fabulous treats, we have received two Halloween cards and a letter from our friends back home.  Thank Lisa, Kelly and family and Glendie!  It’s been really fun.

At 8:30 pm we got ready to leave our house and go to the Sixth Class House in the Junior’s school.

But we did a stop before that, at Popeye’s house to do a “reverse trick or treat”!

We shared our candy and treats with them.  And talked a little about what is Halloween for us.

So when we arrived at ‘their house’ they were still playing during their free time.

And it’s not only us who want to thank Chip and his family, it’s all the boys in the 6th class at the School too.  As they said when we were handing out the candy and talking about the holiday, I quote “please thank them from all of us too.”

They haven’t met Chip and his family, because they are new students to the school this year, but they were all very thankful and so grateful for us being there sharing tonight with them.

We gave ‘them’ the candy we had — instead of doing the “normal” trick or treating evening.  It was great fun!

Everyone was so fascinated by the fireman and the witch hats and the pumpkin buckets, that we left them for them to use and play.  They were so happy about that as well.

They were all so happy to celebrate something new for most of them.  I feel that after spending a whole week with them in a camp (more on that later this week) we’ve gotten to know them a lot better and them gotten to know us as well.

It was a great week to spend together and today, celebrating Halloween with them, was a fun way to thank them for their friendships and to end the week with them.

Walking home after a Halloween evening, without costumes left, nor a bag or basket filled with candy, but with just one piece of candy in Siena and Lucas’s hands.  But our hearts filled with happiness for having shared a little bit of ‘us’, with our new friends Siena says “this was really fun”.  Good night everyone and Happy Halloween!

PS: OK, you can see the short video we made for Chip and his family of when we received their box over a month ago.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGqxfgN2bkY

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8 Responses to Halloween in India

  1. Chip Moreland says:

    This is awesome! Thanks for the post. I am not a Halloween fan either but the girls are and last year Claire would break down in tears(in July) before we left about the fact they were missing Halloween. She came up with one of the most articulate reasonings I have ever heard. The actually night of dressing up and being with friends late along with sugar overload is of course great for a kid. But what she liked best was having a pumpkin filled with candy for the month of November and each day when she’d go to pick out a piece for dessert, she would rustle around for the best piece. Sometimes you end up not taking the best piece and saving for later. That is what she loved and was going to be sad to miss last year. When my friend Dhruv showed up in Delhi with Costo Halloween candy he was king:) You just can’t replicate good US Halloween Candy!! Like you guys they found reverse Halloween was just as fun. I am also glad to hear that you guys went on the trek with the boys! I was worried you didn’t go or they didn’t do it. That’s how we became close with the now 7th grade class and Niharika and Kartiki.

  2. Amy Jo says:

    Happy Halloween friends! We thought of you tonight (and often). We missed spending the evening with you. I’m glad to hear that you found a way to celebrate. Everyone looks like they had a fabulous time. Miss you!

  3. julie says:

    That is such a great story! You all will be talking about this for years to come. John Harlan always says, travel is hard — but it makes for GREAT STORIES. :) I thought of calling you last night but I didn’t want to wake you up. Looking forward to more photos and tales!

  4. Oh thank you Julie for keep checking on us both virtually (blog) and (long distance) personally (Skype). Funny… one of the things we love as a family is telling stories. Mark has lots of them and as we were planning and applying for this trip we kept thinking “we want to have some funny stories”… and we have them! Funny ones, hard ones (I’m sure will be forgotten sooner than the other ones), crazy ones, and who knows what else we’ll get to live.
    Hope your Halloween was a fun one. We are thinking of you all.

  5. Monica says:

    Marce , tambien te mandé un saludo con una calabaza para Halloween …. ¿ Conocen esta festividad allá ? ¿ Cómo tenían tantas cosas para celebrar , gorros y golosinas ?

  6. Hola mama. No. Todos estos dulces y las decoraciones y los gorros, todo lo de Halloween, lo mando un amigo de de San Francisco. La verdad es que no los conocemos en persona, pero son la familia (ella es la profesora) que vino el anio pasado a este colegio de intercambio, igual que Mark. Asi que se acordaron y nos hemos hecho amigos por email, telefono, el blog, por el simple hecho de estar pasando las mismas vivencias. Super entrete!!! Se pasaron. Puedes ver un video que grabamos cuando recibimos la caja que nos mandaron… lo contento que Siena y Lucas estaban. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGqxfgN2bkY

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