Some years I've been in Munich or even Berlin for Halloween; other years, in Berkeley. This year, I'm in Berkeley. On the street where I live, we have no sidewalks, so only a handful of the local kids trick or treat. The very few littles come early, but the older kids (and parents) all go to one of the areas in Berkeley that go nuts for Halloween in a fabulous way. There are several, although I won't name street names, to avoid totally flooding said fabulous neighborhoods. This year, we racked up an exciting 2 Trick or Treaters, for a new low. They knew they were rarities, though, and made up for it by scooping up immense amounts of mini-Butterfingers. My husband, having lent out his Count Dracula cape, visited some of the local Halloween neighborhoods as a ghost.
For the grownups in the Bay Area, there are also Halloween parties; in Bavaria, too. While Halloween isn't really a traditional German holiday, the custom has spread. In Munich, you see groups of young adults and older teens walking around, dressed in delightfully gruesome, Gothic costumes--Grim Reapers, ghouls, and the like. No Tinkerbells, Cleopatras, or pirates, at least that I've seen. The day after, All Saints Day, Nov. 1, is a traditional religious holiday in Bavaria. Stores, most museums, etc., are closed. Google honored All Saints, All Souls, and Dia de los Muertos with a special logo on Chrome.
What about Halloween or All Saints Eve customs in other countries or other parts of the world? Comment if you're so inclined!
What I'm reading: The Lady from Zagreb; And Tango Makes Three; A Dirty Job
What I'm listening to: Bach's Magnificat; Faure Requiem; songs by David Garner
What I'm working on: songs by Bartok, Ruehr, Schwendinger, and Vandor for Nov. 8 at the PJCC in Foster City. Related to that, the JWeekly published a wonderfully supportive article by Dan Pine about us (E4TT and JMPP) on Oct. 30. Check it out if you haven't seen it already!