There are a few areas in the city where foreigners live in clusters (compounds) and we probably could have found someone who would let us in to trick-or-treat... but given that today is a school day, and I didn't get home from work until 7 p.m. after an hour and a half in traffic, I'm glad we're just staying home. (My 1st graders had fun playing "Duck-Duck-Goose" today--but we said things such as, "trick-trick-trick-OR TREAT" and "ghost-ghost-ghost-WITCH." My high school students, on the other hand, all had midterms... I'll write more about cultural differences in grading some other time).
Talia decided to dress up for school, so she has had a wonderful day even without trick-or-treating. This weekend both girls will get to celebrate as we join our friends at their dacha and all of our kids will recreate Halloween.