Halloween kind of snuck up on me this year. You see, Halloween isn't really a thing here in Vietnam. In fact, celebrating the "holiday" has been discouraged among locals for many years because it encourages Western traditions. So we were not bombarded by the usual displays of costumes, candy, pumpkins, and what not. In fact, I've kind of forgotten that it's fall right now as everything around us is still a rich shade of green.
Thanks to one of our new expat friends, Halloween was not forgotten. Nearly all of the expat families with young kids got together for Halloween and went trick-or-treating around the apartment complex where many of our colleagues reside. Around 30 adorable pirates, princesses, super heroes, skeletons, and more gathered for a very fun (albeit exhausting) evening visiting over a dozen different apartments receiving some candies that I have never seen before.
Owen got a new spiderman costume, but he wanted to save it for school the next day and chose to wear his fireman costume from last year. Oliver was superman. It was too big for him, but it was the smallest costume we could find. Thankfully he liked the cape and was down with it.
The boys had a blast, and I am so thankful that we have so many families around us with kids. Next year maybe I'll prepare a bit more and ask the tailor to put together something fun for the dudes.