My son’s friend went trick-or-treating with his sister last weekend (because in Sweden, Halloween is 2 weeks for some reason).
The Swedes are still learning how Halloween works, which leads to some strange things ending up in the treat bag. On this occasion, the boy and his sister knocked on a door belonging to an old woman. She dug in her purse and dropped an old piece of money that is no longer valid and an aspirin.
Maybe the aspirin came in handy later for the parent who had to deal with sugar-hyped kids.
I much prefer seeing news about this type of war:
Happy Halloween all! We had a Halloween dinner last night at a friends’ house and the kids got to go trick-or-treating. That’s right – LAST NIGHT, October 30. But this is Sweden where no one is quite sure if Halloween is only one day or which one it is, so they tend to celebrate for a week or two.
Now what made our Halloween last night so extremely Swedish (besides some people being confused and giving the kids money – better than last year when they got loose potato chips), was the first house we went to. There was a 3 year old boy jumping up and down on a bed in the window. Oh yeah, and he was completely naked. The boys had already rung the doorbell and we thought perhaps the parents would be embarassed, but wait… this is Sweden and you’re always going to run into nudity somewhere. The parents and kid came to the door to hand out candy and the kid stayed completely naked just dropping the candy into our kids bags. Our kids were in hysterics. I’ll give that kid best costume of the night – it was shocking for sure. 🙂
(Don’t worry, kid not shown in this picture.)
Wow! I think I fell into some sort of candy coma. The last thing I remember was loads of gingerbread, chocolates, saffron buns, and beef jerkey (to even out the sugar, of course). Allow me to salad-shock myself today and then I’m back on track! Happy New Year all!
New Year’s Resolution: No candy until Friday. (I like to think short-term.)
Sweden celebrates Easter Monday so we have another day off. I’m not sure why we celebrate, but I don’t complain about extra holidays.
Anyway, instead of a basket of eggs or candy, children (and lucky adults) receive paper eggs filled with candy for Easter. I just came across this article. Nice try undercover dentist, but it’s not going to work!
He’s just jealous ’cause no one bought him an egg.
I put on a pair of pants the other day and they had shrunk. I could hardly button the top button. Strange. I haven’t worn them in a while.
Then I put on a different pair of pants the next day and those had shrunk as well!
My husband thinks I might have gone a bit overboard on the Christmas sweets.
I say, we need a new washer & dryer.
We actually got invited to another Swedish/American couple’s house yesterday for a Halloween dinner plus trick or treating with their kids. It was wonderful! Finally my kids got a fun and real Halloween over here! The family lives in a large area of attached townhouses which are very family-friendly with no streets – the perfect place for trick or treating. I should also say that there were many wonderful people with jack-o-lanterns. Many would answer the door in costume – it was great.
That being said, let me give you the highlights of the Swedes who did not understand trick or treating last night.
1. When our group of kids (6 – 7 years old) came to one lady’s door, she argued with them and told them it was the wrong night and they should come back tomorrow. Then she closed the door. I wonder what she said to the other 20 groups of kids I saw running around and if she ever stopped to think she MIGHT be wrong.
2. One irritated man said, “Guess what kids? Fruit is the new candy!” and gave them all oranges.
3. Some guy gave all the kids potato chips because he didn’t have candy. Just dumped clumps of chips in the bag. Now the candy is all greasy and I have to wash the bag from all the crushed chips.
4. One couple got interupted from a romantic dinner (Swedes don’t often have curtains and we could see the couple having a candlelit dinner with wine – they picked the wrong night). The woman went back in, rummaged through the cabinets until she found a huge bag of nuts. She looked at the man. They both shrugged and then she came to the door and just handed the kids the giant bag of nuts.
5. One lady apologized to the kids saying they had just come back from vacation in America and all they had was dollars. The other American guy and I hollered, “That works for us!” and this sweet, polite lady said, “oh, should I go get them?” We had to say, “um. No. We were just kidding.”
Out of the maybe 50 houses we visited, about half had candy (I was so surprised!), 20 percent gave the kids weird things from their cabinet because they weren’t prepared, 10 percent answered the door and told the kids they had nothing and the rest just shut off the porch light as soon as the kids approached the door (also funny because again, there are no curtains and we can see straight into the houses that the people are ignoring us.)
But the kids were thrilled and they are still talking about it today. Their bags were full, they had a super time and there were a lot of really cool people who made it fun for them while answering doors. There is hope for a real Halloween in Sweden after all!
(But I’ll still hold on to my bag of candy for the next 2 days because they honestly just can’t get the day right).
There are a few things for an American in Sweden that equal gold. This would be Velveeta cheese and candy corn. (Not together, but hmm… I wonder….)
I just got a bag of candy corn delivered from the states this week for Halloween. I had to put it on the highest shelf in the house. It doesn’t stop the thoughts though. It’s a whole bag. It calls to me all day long. No one else in the house really likes it but me. No one would even know if I took just 3 or 4 tiny candy kernels.
Candy corn – devil’s food – you torture me!
This is a message for the Swedes – HALLOWEEN IS OCTOBER 31 ! IT IS ONLY ONE DAY AND IT IS ALWAYS OCTOBER 31.
When I first moved here twelve years ago, Halloween was barely celebrated at all. Over the years things have gotten better. It is easier to find pumpkins for sale and some businesses actually put up decorations. I feel that the Swedes want to celebrate this holiday but are a bit confused by the proper way to do it.
It seems that it is often confused here for the weekend that is closest to All Saints Day, or the weekend before. In fact, it is perfectly acceptable to celebrate Halloween over a 2 weekend period here.
We don’t get many trick or treaters because children trick or treat on Easter instead (more on that in April). Last year we had two trick or treaters come to the door on October 31 and I congratulated them with extra candy just for getting the right day.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m so happy that they celebrate it more here, but once November starts I am completely out of Halloween mode and have eaten all the candy. So get it right – OCTOBER 31. I expect to see everyone in costume, jack-o-lanterns and kids at my door. I will be waiting with a big bag of Twix, which is a candy I like, so I can eat it all when no one shows up.