Somehow Halloween isn't the same this year.
I don't know why, but it isn't.
Wish we were there...they must be so excited right now, waiting to go out.
Maybe we'll fly over next year for the festivities.
Here tonight is Castanyes...chestnuts. Traditionally you eat, well, chestnuts and sweet potatoes. For dinner we had these:
Check out those monsters. They are traditional local old-fashioned (there is a special name for that...the word is not coming to me) anyway, we got some of those. Made quite a lot of them in fact. Good thing they aren't too bad. Not as sweet as sweet potatoes, a sample on the left, but not as bland as regular taters.
The locals here are kind of anti-Halloween, not everyone, but some folks have events that are pushing the local Castanya festival instead of Halloween. They are worried about loss of culture, that the kids will lose interest in Castanyes and only want to do Halloween....I get that. I am also a little tiny bit offended too. I love Halloween.
What I really miss about Halloween is the community nature of it. There is no religious or cultural bent, just whole communities dressing up their houses and themselves, coming out and chatting, kids coming around...a big fat festival.....with everyone involved, and all the excitement leading up to it....no matter how hard you try, it just isn't the same when you are away. No one else cares. Indeed, I feel a little like I am offending some people because we want to do something about it.
Sucks to be them.
It just ain't the same.
Wish I could be excited about the house...but I'm not.