Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween à la Maroc

One of the fun things about travelling to other countries is seeing how they celebrate holidays.  Halloween is the States has some universals.  Kids dress up, perhaps go to parties, but definitely go Trick or Treating. 

The Flamenco Dancer and the Asian Girl

Much the same here.  On Saturday, we were invited to a Halloween party at the house of one of Joe and Leila's friends.  Eight or ten kids as superheroes, chevaliers and even a Tigger.

 Later, we walked to the American Club.  They had games and very American food at the Club:  Roasted turkey legs, pumpkin soup, caramel-coated apples and cupcakes.  There were games for the kids and the parents sat and chatted in English, French and Arabic.  Even the American Ambassador and his wife attended.

At 5:00 clock, it was time for Trick or Treat.  The younger kids had first dibbs.  We left the American Club, walked down the street, turned the corner and walked past the American Embassy

and into the parking lot.  There, a number of families had decorated the trunks of their cars and kids walked from one vehicle to the next, saying Trick or Treat and gathering candy.  Some of the cars were elaborately decorated.

It was a hoot--one of the most enjoyable Halloween's ever.

Happy Halloween all!


  1. Judi, your granddaughters are as always adorable. Halloween there looks like lots of fun for adults as well as children. But wasn't it just the Americans? I wonder what the Moroccans think of such costumed goings-on.

  2. I love how they were in parked in the parking lot with their cars decorated. Sounds like a lot of fun for everyone. And like Susan, I'm wondering if the locals do anything? (Your granddaughters are so darn cute!)

  3. It looks like you're having a wonderful time. Your granddaughters are so cute all dressed up :)

  4. Did they do the truck or treat because it's dangerous to go door to door or because it's an American thing to go beg for candy?

    Glad you're having fun. Miss you.


  5. Okay, so me three or four wanting to know what the natives do on Oct. 31st, if anything. I'm glad they organized something for the American ex-pats, Hallowe'en is such a big deal for kids. We had a grand total of 3 trick-or-treaters last night. I'm really glad I bought candy I don't care for (pb cups).

    Glad you're having a great time. You are coming home, aren't you? LOL

  6. Hi, all
    Thanks for the nice comments. The girls are great fun.
    No Halloween for Morrocains. It's not one of their holidays. I'm not sure what they think of the costumed parade. Probably used to the crazy Americans by now.
    It's perfectly safe to walk around here. Probably safer than lots of American cities. I walk home every day from French class, even the evening I got out at 7:00 p.m. They do the cars to make it easy to go from 'house to house' for Trick or Treat since it's not celebrated here.