10.31.2012

happy halloween!


 


Here's the catch about living in a foreign country: You never know which of your cultural holidays will be a "thing". Planning for holidays appears to be a constant guessing game of, "Can we get a pumpkin here?" and "Where do you suppose I could locate a faux tree...".

Halloween, I've gathered, isn't a big thing in Kuwait. I spotted a few pumpkins for sale at Dean and DeLuca, the grocery stores had a few more gourds than usual, and Pottery Barn has the autumnal vibe in full swing. But other than that, I didn't notice much while out and about. (Correct me if I'm wrong, fellow expats!)

But then, you never know. In Kuwait, it's common for some apartment buildings to accept "western only" tenants...in which case I imagine you might be visited by a knocking ghost or goblin. But our building isn't western exclusive...it's a mix of westerners and Arabs. Will kiddos come trick-or-treating? Not sure.

A chatty American family moved in on our floor a month ago...they have three young girls, and I thought it might be sweet to make something just for their munchkins.

So, I whipped up a few treat bags using 5"x7" glassine bags, washi tape and a yard of black lace I'll never use. I figured out how to print on glassine with an ink jet...but not before I smudged half a dozen bags, jammed my printer and cursed a bit. The trick: To avoid jams, insert a light cardstock into each bag as it prints. To avoid smudges, let them dry for several hours. Or, carefully lay a towel over a freshly-printed bag and iron over the towel a few times. It wrinkles the bag a bit, but not any more than it will wrinkle when you put goodies inside.

Tonight I've got a date with Gabe...a bowl of caramel corn, some Oreos and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. We'll see who comes knocking. :)

Hope your Halloween is a blast! :)
 

13 comments:

  1. it cracks me up that there's a Dean and Deluca and a Pottery Barn in Kuwat! hope you have a great Halloween :)

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  2. I think it would actually be the lack of Halloween, and not the booze, that would send me over the edge. But seriously, leave it to you to find someone to craft for. I've just decided that things other than paper do not get along with my printer and even that's iffy. So cutely printed bags are just never, ever going to happen for me. Sads.

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  3. You're exactly right about the pumpkins and how scarce they are around here. I also doubt you'll get trick-or-treaters. But I do love your candy bag idea and think it's so very thoughtful of you. They're going to love it I'm sure!

    As for Christmas, have you been to Ace Hardware in Shwaikh yet? You'll feel as though you've stepped into America. Downside is they pretty much remove the dollar sign and replace it with KD -- making things far more expensive than they should be. But they have some huge, gorgeous fake Christmas trees already available.

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  4. i'm in Okinawa, Japan and i was worrying about the same things but there are so many military bases here and have been here a while that i think us westerners have influenced the japanese culture. They don't celebrate halloween but man do they go all out !!! It was like a Comic-Con convention tonight :) There was a halloween costume contest at American Village, which is sort of like a mall, but outside. It was so much fun!

    I finally got to dress up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz but with a twist, a living dead kind of twist. Hope you guys had a fun night!! <3 :)

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  5. i just pinned your little bags, so cute! even if you don't get anyone at your door at least you can deliver those adorable bags to the little girls, that will make their day! happy halloween to you.

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  6. Entirely to cute! Love your crafty ideas! Happy Halloween! hope you get a few knocks on your door=]

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  7. Your night sounds a lot like mine will, and I'm pretty excited for such a relaxing night! At least you got a few decorations in!

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  8. You are the best neighbor. As much as you (and I!) might miss Halloween, I'm sure those kiddos miss it much more! You probably made their day!

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  9. Oh i do hope you got a few goblins at your door! Those treat bags are adorable!

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  10. That is an absolutely adorable goodie bag! :)

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  11. I have a feeling you'll be their favorite neighbor.

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  12. I can't get over how thoughtful you are :) What a lovely little treat for those girls. I hope you had a fun night though. x

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  13. So, so cute! You're so thoughtful! Did they love it?

    x Jasmine

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