Happy [belated] Halloween from Brazil! Although we missed the nostalgia of Halloween in the USA--fall foliage and crisp autumn evenings, carving pumpkins and raiding the kids' American candy stash--we still had a great time. Trick-or-treating at Portal do Morumbi, trunk-or-treat at our church and a party at the US Marine's house with the American Society of São Paulo helped us feel like Halloween made an appearance in Brazil too.
This was the Year of the Monkey [and Banana] and boy did I REGRET that decision. The week of Halloween was painfully humid and my poor kids had costumes appropriate for trick-or-treating in Minnesota. They actually didn't even wear their costumes on Halloween because it would've been child abuse! (But that didn't stop me from a having a little photo shoot after the fact.) Thankfully little Po's friend loaned him an Ironman costume on Halloween. He loved it so much he asked Santa for one of his very own. Santa promised to take care of it...
Little Po went trick-or-treating with his American amigo Jack on Halloween. They had a riot! I loved seeing little Po excited about Halloween for the first time yet blissfully content when we only trick-or-treated for one hour. Love those sweet boys.
Little Po loves Jack to death, they've been friends for 3 years and met as babies in Boston.
These pictures of the little guys trick-or-treating make me laugh because it looks like they ran through sprinklers but it's actually sweat. Yes, it was that hot!
Ironman and Spiderman share a laugh with their papas.
I stole the black/white photo of the festive trunks without permission from a fellow expat friend. Thanks Erin! ;)
The American Society of São Paulo Annual Halloween Party
Pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating for AMERICAN candy through a haunted forest and a debatably kid-friendly haunted house that inspired little Po's newfound fear of the dark. We love Halloween!
Halloween Treats & Sweets
Every holiday I find dozens of recipes and crafts I want to make with my kids and I never make them! This Halloween I told myself, "Dammit Maike! No more saying 'Little Po would love to make that.' Make it!" So make it we did. Obviously we didn't tackle the entire Best of Martha Stewart Halloween Handbook that I've worshipped for 3 years, but we did conquer one Martha craft, specifically the Batty Bag Clips for his classroom treats and trick-or-treaters... I cheated and enlisted a helper to do the painstaking cutting, our driver who non-surprisingly had never crafted in his life. It took him 2 full days to cut and assemble 70 paper bats! I think he still resents me for making him do "woman's work"...HA!
We also made mocha mummies and ginger frankenstein cookies and no, no one helped but little Po and me. Note: I recommend the mummy cookies. Yummy, cute and decently easy to make with a toddler. After we finished making mummy cookies little Po asked me when we were making "daddy cookies." Kids say the darndest things!
Hope you had a frightfully wonderful Halloween!