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Right now, those of you who have been reading regularly know that here in Germany, although they are increasingly aware of Halloween they are not very into it. Here in Saxony, which may or may not be at all like the rest of Germany, they are into the Harvest season. As only 15% of Germans live in the countryside, it may be that I am writing to you from an unusual situation, where the local farmers have every reason to celebrate the seasons.
Halloween: being an American who spent most of my life living in the USA – at least at age 45 that is the truth, I learned about it at a young age. We learned to wear costumes and knock on the doors of those living in our neighborhoods and say “Trick or treat!” Which really means: Give us a treat, or we’ll give you a trick. In reality, it isn’t that nice. A lot of the days after Halloween, there were eggs smashed against cars, pumpkins that were assaulted by people dissatisfied by the offerings, and other relatively minor harm done by ‘tricks’ dished out by those ‘Trick or Treaters’.
I was one of the many good kids, who just politely asked for a treat and was grateful. Where I grew up only in good years was it warm enough out for anyone to see anything of the costumes that wasn’t the head or the feet.
I went home and had more candy in less time that throughout the entire rest of the year. Like most kids, I also traded sorted Halloween candy.
As an adult and as a child, in especially fortunate years I either attended or even hostessed-attended an actual Halloween party.
As a mother, my son has now outgrown Trick or Treating until he becomes a father or escort to some children. We went out together – one or both of us in costume, for years. I remember the year he was so grown up he went out without me or his father.
Whereas my birthday occurs as people are getting back to normal after the Christmas-New Year’s extravaganza, my son just had his birthday as the energy of Halloween is mounting.