First halloween

tecniche allungamento pene This was Juliette’s first Halloween, and it was all very exciting (and just a little bit frightening). We were invited over to a classmate’s house to get the formalities going. Poor little Juliette almost had a heart-attack when she arrived and discovered seven or eight little witches (and a grim reaper), all charging around the house loaded up on sugar. It was straight back into Papa’s arms for a little consoling before we were ready to go in.

Halloween isn’t really a big thing in France — it’s an American import that never really caught on. So the host’s family went around to all of the neighbors to warn them that a gang of funnily-dressed little people was going to arrive at their door between 5-6pm, begging for candy. They went one step further, and provided the families with the candy to give the children.

It wasn’t a total success. Not being familiar with the tradition, some households improvised and gave entire boxes of cookies to one of the children, with instructions to “share!” Result: tears.

Other families gave out the candy too quickly, so that the first children got some and later children did not. Result: tears.

Some families had dogs. Result: tears.

One family had an old man, working in his garden. Result: candy for the kids and a head of lettuce for the parents.

It was one of the odder experiences we’ve had over here, to be honest. Juliette’s haul was modest, maybe a dozen pieces of candy, but she was pleased as punch. Candy is very rarely handed out at our house, and when it is, it’s handed out one piece at a time. So this was like Christmas and birthdays and Easter all rolled up into one.

Next year, a pumpkin?

There's nothing wicked about this little witch

There’s nothing wicked about this little witch

Clowning around

Clowning around

This is the level of excitement *before* sugar

This is the level of excitement *before* sugar

Waiting for her nail polish to dry

Waiting for her nail polish to dry

Witches, elder and younger

Witches, elder and younger

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Mom’s birthday

Mom was, unfortunately, out-of-town for her actual birthday. But with a little bit of help from her grandparents, Juliette prepared a cake and we all got to celebrate together when Mom finally got home. Juliette even helped blow out the candles.

That's a lot of candles.  It takes two people to blow them all out.

That’s a lot of candles. It takes two people to blow them all out.