|A German candy (like gummy bears) made in Japan|
with the common R for an L mistake
The kids had a great time. Before we went to the party, I did a role play with Lola to make sure she remembered what she had to do to trick or treat. She seemed to remember the "trick or treat" party and I loved her Japanese response of "arigato" at the end. (So of course, I had her repeat it for the camera). She got a little confused during the actual trick-or-treating tonight because most everyone was sitting with their doors open, so she didn't have a chance to knock.
Halloween is a holiday that is definitely recognized in Japan. In general, Japanese people like to dress up and there is always Halloween-like displays at the stores, including candy and costumes. But, it is not common for Japanese kids to trick-or-treat like John and I did growing up. However, there is a huge festival on our island for Halloween where kids dress up, but it's mostly eating great street food and doing other festival games (which our family got to enjoy this year). There is a kids' costume parade at the Rokko Island Halloween Festival, but the line/wait is always horrendous, so we've never participated. The kids are happy to just dress up and munch on food on sticks for two days (the adults are too!).
|Saddling up for the Halloween Party|
|Going to Trick-or-Treating|
(John went as "Old Spice")
|Maximo's Halloween Bag. I labeled it in English and he did it in Japanese.|