Well it’s nearly Halloween in France and this year more than ever this quirky event seems to have been taken to heart by the French. I can remember a few years ago, you wouldn’t even know it was happening but now every shop seems to be decked out with festive spider webs and talking pumpkins. I think a lot of it is due to TV and American shows like NCIS which are hugely popular in France!
In my little village we’re not quite at the trick or treat stage but it can only be a matter of time until the kids brave the rain and the muddy paths to knock on doors. Quite what my 88 year old neighbour M-T will make of that I don’t know. I’m pretty sure she has no idea that Halloween is widely celebrated as a festive occasion in much of the world. She does have a black and white TV, but she only watches the news or programmes that feature the British Royal Family whom she adores. Halloween to her is the night before La Toussaint, All Saints Day, which is a time to remember friends and loved ones who are no longer with us.
Every year the local churchyards are a riot of colour as friends and family of the dearly departed take pots of chrysanthemums to place in memory. This year I’ll be taking a pot to my local church to place on the tomb of a lone British soldier killed in WWI whose last resting place is in my village.
I’ll also keep a bowl of bon bons by the door – just in case…
With best wishes and bisous from France
Bon Weekend and Happy Halloween!
Don’t miss on the website this week:
Real life spooky story from France! This really did happen to me in Annecy when I went into an old room in a hotel that hasn’t been decorated since 1681…
Ile Saint Honorat, Cannes: just 15 minutes from the vibrant and busy resort of Cannes is a tiny island of tranquility.
Discover William the Conqueror in Normandy: 950 years after he conquered England you can walk in his footsteps in Normandy…
The Auvergne region: It’s been called the unknown jewel of France, but this lovely area has loads to offer visitors and expats who live there.
Dish of the week: Rachel Khoo (My Little Paris Kitchen) shares her roast chicken in red wine recipe and it’s a real winner!
Want to know some French Halloween words? Here you are!