Never thought it would be me, but last night, Halloween night, we had the shutters closed and doors locked. We even had a blanket tacked over the crack in the front door (old doors = big crack) so we didn't have to sit in the dark.
NEVER thought I would be the one doing that.
Catalans have the 'Castanyada' on the 31st, it's a family sort of event that involves eating chestnuts. I'm not sure it was all that big a deal till it started to get overshadowed by Halloween. Normally we have a party for a couple of the kid's friends. When they were smaller, it as for a LOT of the kid's friends and this year Youngest was talking about having one but as some of Youngest's friends are at that, "I don't like her....", "If she comes I won't!" stage of going to a party Youngest decided not to have one. Sad.
Every year there have been a few more kids running around in costumes, but the reality is that Halloween here is NOTHING like Halloween in Toronto, or anywhere in Canada and the US, or Parts of South and Central America where it is the Day of the Dead. Here, it's pretty boring, they don't get the community aspect of it. Just not part of the thing.
This year also, I have heard more protest against Halloween, more people refusing to say Happy Halloween and insteads saying Happy Castanyada. Probably part of the rising independence movement.
So, this year, nothing. No decorations, no candy handed out, no party.
Well, that's not strictly true, today (Saturday) we're planning on carving a pumpkin, eating a bit of candy, a lot of chips and some pop while watching Dr Who - if we're lucky, the Man will make a pumpkin pie. So...all is not lost!