Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

All Hollow's Eve dawned cloudy and cold on Cape Cod. Yesterday afternoon we had a Main Street parade, which is always fun for people of all ages. Wellfleet also celebrates the holiday today from 4 to 7 with "Trunk or Treat" at the drive-in, hosted by the Firefighters' Relief Association. The registration flyer warns that participants should be ready to accommodate 400 - 500 children. Yesterday night we attended a Halloween party for grown-ups, and one of the ladies said she had participated in last year's Trunk or Treat. Her car's theme was "Haunted Oysters." We never received many visits from trick or treaters out here in the woods, but now that the firefighters do such a great job of organizing a fun event, no kids come at all. This year I actually grew a Halloween pumpkin. As a child, I lived in the same DC neighborhood as then VP Richard Nixon. His wife used to hand out little boxes of California raisins. As a child, I was not too keen on this choice, but today it makes perfect sense. I lost the Halloween spirit when I moved to France. Today French children have started celebrating the holiday. And, Wellfleet's favorite Frenchmen? As you may remember, they are hosting the PB Pumpkin Carving Contest. I asked blog readers to guess what the prize might be. Boris sent an email this morning, so I can share what the top carver receives with you: first prize is dinner for two.