Do you get into the spirit of Halloween? Or do you close the shutters and pretend you are not in? We now have 3 girls who get very excited at the thought of dressing up, parading through the village with lanterns and being given sacks full of bon bons.
New vocab for us last year included Friandises ou bêtises - Trick or Treat and Se Deguiser/ To dress up or Deguisements dressing up costumes. BTW Asda do a great range (v cheap and deliver to France for £10 - worth grouping up with friends to do an order? - most of the list below you can find on Asda for around £8 - £14 including adults.
- Un fantôme – a ghost
- Un vampire – a vampire
- Une sorcière – a witch
- Un diable – a devil
- Une momie – a mummy
- Un monstre – a monster
- Une chauve-souris – a bat
- Une araignée – a spider
- Une toile d’araignée – a spider web
- Un chat noir – a black cat
Traditionally in France, of course the celebration around this date is actually the Catholic holiday of "la Toussaint", which is on November 1st and is a rather sad celebration when family mourn their dead and go to the cemetery to clean up the tombs, bring flowers, and pray.
Chrysanthenums seem to have become associated with dying and death and one of the first mistakes we made when we came here was putting two beautiul chrysanthenums outside our front door (as we used to do in England). Our neighbour kindly told us - they are only for dead people...so now you know - they will be everywhere but don't be tempted to put them on your doorstep!