Halloween in Holland

When we do Halloween in Holland, we do it right!

Our annual Halloween in Holland party was a hit again this year. It’s fun to see how things have changed since we started. The first time we had the party was right before our wedding and, since I didn’t know anyone here at that point, they were all Hubs’ friends.

Halloween isn’t so much done in the Netherlands. Kids here go door-to-door asking for candy on November 11 for Sint Maarten’s and the Dutch (mostly just the adults) do their dressing up for Carnival. So Halloween in Holland hasn’t really caught on.

Despite all that, it’s Hubs’ favorite holiday. And what better excuse to go all out and make your friends participate than an American (future) wife? So we spookified his apartment, filled a table with creepy hors d’oeuvres, and put together some seriously awesome costumes.

I was still living in the States at the time, so I went to Party City for a Deluxe Scooby-Doo costume for Hubs. I went as Velma, with red Mary Janes from my years at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, an orange sweater and above-the-knee red skirt from Goodwill, white-dyed-orange soccer socks from high school, and a bob wig and thick-rimmed glasses from Charelle’s Costume shop in Frederick, Maryland.

No one else on the invitation list had any idea (a) how to celebrate Halloween, (b) what to do for costumes, or (c) how seriously Hubs was going to take the whole thing. One guest wore an old bomber jacket, another pulled a straw hat from her grandmother’s attic, and a third picked up a police hat and plastic badge from the local party store on his way over.

Now, though, they’ve caught on. And they’re giving Hubs a run for his money. They’re literally gathering amongst themselves and plotting how to outdo us! It’s been super fun to see and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.

We also made it out to the International Women’s Contact Halloween party for the first time. I was asked to come as a fortune teller and read fortunes for children during the party, and Hubs came along as Scooby-Doo to help out.

We’re now preparing for Thanksgiving and the coinciding visit from my parents next week. I more than likely won’t have the chance to post before December, so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving from the Jansens!

Until next time!

Is Halloween celebrated in your new country? How have you managed to celebrate (or having to celebrate)?

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A New Home

New home Christmas
Christmas in my new home

Hubs, Turner, and I have been in the Netherlands for 4 days! Four days as a new family. Four days in our new home (mine and Turner’s new home, anyway).

Been busy working on wedding thank-yous, unpacking and organizing, and generally trying to fill my days in my new country while Hubs is at work. As far as I’m concerned, I can’t get a job soon enough… Went to my first International Women’s Contact Utrecht event, a games night, and had a wonderful time!

Hubs is balancing work with adjusting from the single life to married-with-a-dog life.

We’re sure Turner has no idea where he is or what’s going on, but he’s being a real trooper! He follows me around all day and is beginning to cling to Hubs as well. He’s definitely getting used to Hubs and picks him out at the train station way before I do when we meet him there after his commute back from work.

Next it’s Holiday cards and getting ready for Christmas. Looks like expat life is ideal for training housewives. *sigh*

What was your first impression of your new home? How was the initial adjustment process for you? I’d love to hear your story!

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