This year I am feeling kind of ‘meh’ about Halloween. I think because there is so little in the reminder of the holiday- although I have been told that every year Halloween gets bigger and bigger in the Netherlands. It’s ok- I just don’t know if I have the energy to get behind it all this year anyhow, but my biggest regret is not seeing the boys trick or treat. On the other hand… then I also won’t have to deal with the battle over the candy. So it’s a toss up.
All we have going on is the expat club Halloween party- which yours truly is supposed to be in charge of throwing. Thankfully it’s on a pretty small scale and my friend Ace from A Life In Dutch is the co-chair. She possibly doesn’t realize I am nominating her as the co-party-host, but that’s ok. She’ll figure it out once she arrives to help me decorate.
So back to Halloween. The weather is perfectly set for the holiday. The nights are wet and dark, with blustery wind and swirling leaves. The sky this morning has fast-moving dark clouds and the wind blows right through you. I love it. Mix in the fact that it isn’t too cold- and what a perfect Halloween week it is! My husband and I are filling our evenings by gorging on American Horror Story episodes from season two that we haven’t seen yet. It has been pretty great so far, even if a little on the gory side.
So my tale for this year: I don’t really have one. I’m going to revert to the story of Krampus which is actually a German Christmastime character. My hope, however, is that once you watch the video (a very short and delightful treat) you’ll understand why I wanted to include it for a Halloween feature. In a nutshell, the Krampus is a demon like individual- resembling a devil, that beat children with switches, dismembered them and carried them around in a sack if they were on the ‘naughty’ list. Kids were traumatized with threats of this guy coming to take them away- so next time you’re feeling guilty over telling them that your Elf on the Shelf is watching- don’t. At least you’re not filling their heads and nightmares with this guy.
I saw this recently on an Anthony Bourdain rerun- technically it’s the holiday special. However this video works for the Halloween holiday if you ask me. Not kid-friendly. Really. I don’t advise watching this around kids old enough to understand what’s going on. Or maybe so! Whatever you need. No judging here.
I hope you have a spectacular Halloween week ahead of you- and I’ve got only one more post in me for the Expativersary. I seem to have used up all my words last week- which might not be such a bad thing.