Saturday, November 11, 2006

Dutch Halloween ?!

We have our own kinda halloween thing over here and it's called St. Martin ..... No spooky things though but this day is celebrated in the evening of November 11. Children go by the doors with paper lanterns and candles, and sing songs about St. Martin and about their lantern in return for a treat, very similar to the American tradition of Halloween. The boys made cute lanterns @ school & the creche, we practiced the songs so they were all ready !

Since it was quite cold last year I really bundled the boys up for their walk, Colin was so excited as this year he knew what was happenning. Last year it was all new to him but he went along with it because he loves to sing..... It was quite windy (storm even) but at least they weren't going to be cold !



Ed always goes out with the boys,this year we went with some new neighbours, and they had loads of fun. I stay at home to give candy to the kids that come by our door (and I love it !). They started out at 18.15 and stayed out for an hour at least ! This is what they came back with



I warmed them up with some tea, they ate a few treats and after brushing their teeth extra good they went to bed @ 19.30 (wow it's really late mommy, it's so dark .... haha)

7 comments:

Nat said...

Oh I love Saint Martin! They don't celebrate it here in North Germany but they did where I grew up in Düsseldorf! Love it!

Mandy said...

They must be good singers, judging by those buckets all filled up... Looks like they had a lot of fun hihi, wonder how long they'll take to finish it all ;-) Still got tons of candy lying in my hallway here, didn't see any kids! (Or maybe it's cos our doorbell is broken)

MaMaLoT said...

Sint Maarten rocks! :D Kan niet wachten tot ik met Julian langs de deuren kan gaan...

Geweldige foto's weer Daniëlle! Die trotse blikken boven de buit zijn meer dan scrapwaardig!

lilian said...

We only had five children at our door, they came at 21.20 pm!
So I had to eat the rest of the candy myself ;-) and the rest of the week I'm eating mandarins hahaha.
Your kids look very happy with their candy, just as I was when I was a kid, it's a great tradition!

Nicole said...

wat een berg snoep... bij ons was het heel slecht weer, dus het wordt weer een jaartje wachten...

gr Nicole

Diane said...

Lovely, I never heard of Saint Martin before. Thanks for stopping in on my blog.

Daffie Online said...

How can people resist giving these 2 boys anything? Wow.. their are so full of joy that it is no wonder they came home with tons of candy..