Halloween isn't a holiday here; schools are forbidden from celebrating it because the Russian government considers it to be Satanic and dangerous. The only public mention of it is for parties at bars and clubs; hardly kids' fare.
The Anglo-American School sells pumpkins and kids there have parties, etc., but other American kids are left, literally, out in the dark. We used to host our own party, but now I'm just not up to all that it entails.
This year the girls are thrilled that we'll be joining friends at the U.S. Embassy to actually trick or treat... What a thrill for them! We trick or treated there two years ago with Katya's Brownie troop and it was a lot of fun. Halloween used to be so much fun in our Park Slope, Brooklyn neighborhood -- but neither girl remembers that at all.
In addition to trick or treating, we're meeting up with some other American families at a local restaurant on Saturday so our kids can wear "indoor" costumes (they'll have to wear full snowsuits to keep from freezing while outside at the embassy on Friday night) and run around... Then on Monday afternoon we're going to a party hosted by an American/Russian family from Katya's school (next week is school vacation).
Regardless of our plans, I always decorate for Halloween. This year Natalia helped me to make wax paper ghosts for our windows.
I also hung some spiders we made a few years ago from our dining room light fixture. The cats do NOT like them.
Seriously, I'm amazed that they're still hanging... I guess Asya ended up realizing they weren't real and decided to leave them alone. Had she so desired, they'd be shredded pulp by now.
No, I don't allow the cats to be on our table, but I just had to get those pictures first...
Last, but not least, the girls helped their dolls to throw a Halloween party at the local ice cream shop...
Some of you have written about your children's costumes for this year; I haven't because the girls can't decide! In years past, they've changed costumes over and over again. In many ways, it's Halloween every day of the year at our home -- so the whole "costume thing" isn't that big a deal here! I miss trick-or-treating in warmer weather; it was always fun to make big, creative costumes out of cardboard... A mail box that opened around my head is one I can remember...