Photo Tuesday

November 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Posted in Bun, Lollipop, Photo Tuesday, Transylvania | 20 Comments
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“Backward, turn backward,
O Time, in your flight
make me a child again
just for to-night!”
— Elizabeth Akers Allen

There is no Halloween in Romania. So we created our own festivities. We magicked Halloween costumes with a little help from Michael’s, Etsy, my mother, and the U.S. Postal Service. We went to two parties (one with a group of international families, the other at the home of a fellow expat). We danced to “Thriller” and smacked a piñata. And we most assuredly felt the requisite rush (and crash) that only a sack full of sugar can induce. But the best part? Sharing our American tradition with our new Romanian friends. The kids colored jack-o-lantern cards and I baked loaves of pumpkin-chocolate-chip bread, which we wrapped in good old American Ziplocs and delivered to our neighbors, our nanny, my physical therapist, and my husband’s work colleagues. No tricks, only treats … and fists full of air-mailed candy corn.

Do you celebrate Halloween where you are? What’s your favorite costume of all time? And how many pieces of candy did you sneak from your children’s bags after they fell asleep??


Fluffy Bunnies in Romania:
Read the tales
See the photos.


See more Halloween tricks and treats at Beth’s on Thursday.




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  1. Yes, we celebrate halloween over here in indiana, USA…the girls get sooo much candy. But, they love dressing up.

  2. That’s awesome 🙂

  3. Happy Halloween to you and yours! I would love to be sampling some of that pumpkin and chocolate chip bread and am uber-impressed that you were able to make and deliver it, what with the bum leg and all. We enjoyed our first suburban Halloween — boo-tiful!

  4. I was wondering if you would celebrate. I’m glad you found a way!

  5. i’m sure the kids appreciated the celebration! i love the bumble bee hat. it’s too cute.

  6. i love all of these shots!! I think its neat you created a way to celebrate, great job!

  7. Glad you were still able to celebrate and that bread sounds SO good! Cute hat and great photos. 🙂

  8. I love, love, love that you created the holiday for your kids and shared the good cheer with new friends. This is the stuff that you will all remember from your time away. That and perhaps a certain broken leg. 🙂

  9. Love the photograph with the polka dots, the shadow, and the pattern of bricks. Hoping your leg is doing better… and wishing you many interesting away-from-home holiday celebrations!

  10. Awesome! Pumpkin chocolate chip bread… that sounds pretty delicious.

  11. Love that last shot! So cute!

  12. I find it so funny that you made pumpkin bread with chocolate chips (can you actually get those in Romania? We have to import them to Germany!) An American expat I became friends with her baked some to share with me a few weeks ago and it was SO good. I’d never heard of it before this year. Boy have I been missing out! 🙂

    • My mom brought the chocolate chips when she came to visit. I’m trying to refrain from eating them out of the bag! =>

  13. No halloween??? No matter, you made a perfect one it sounds. And the pictures are so cute.

  14. Ahh…beautiful pictures! Looks like you guys have tons of fun!

  15. Really loving that beanie! So cute!

  16. I am glad you recreated Halloween for your family. That first pic is amazing.

  17. No Halloween in ROMANIA? Land of Vampires? Dude.

  18. The pictures are gorgeous! (And I loved Tracey’s comment above. Land of vampires. It’s no Sunnydale I guess…)

  19. This is a wonderful way to make friends that last. Sharing who you are…your traditions, and reaching out with the colors and textures of what makes you a family reaches into the heart of another. Something about this gives me goosebumps. It feels like love. does that sound too corny?

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