I love that time of the year... or loved. I'm too old now to go around the neighborhood, knocking on doors and saying "trick or treat." Now I'm the person who opens the door, giving the adorable little(not at all scary) girls the candy - or hide in my room if it is someone from school. I miss being a little girl. I miss getting all that candy and dress up. I used to walk around in the evening with a few friends (usually dressed up as a witch) and knock on doors. I liked walking in the dark, feeling the thrill of the unknown shadows. And then I would throw the most awesome halloween parties for my friends. We all dressed up and ate mini pizzas, ice cream and played some funny games. We would play bingo and cover each other with toiletpapir so we would look like mummies.
But now I'm way to old for that - okay not that old! Besides, in Denmark we don't make much out of Halloween. It's just not that big a deal. But maybe that's because we have something else like Halloween in February called "Fastelavn." It's basically the same concept except it isn't about dressing up scary and the dead don't come to live. You just dress up like something and have fun . And there's a barrel filled with candy, that you have to beat down with a bat (could be a baseball bat.) It's kind of like a pinata. The one who beats down the last of the barrel will be crowned "kattekonge" - translated it means "king of the cats." It's called that cause in the old days it was believed that killing a black cat would keep away the plague. In some countries the cats were burned, but in Denmark they were placed in a barrel and beaten to death. Terrible, right? But of cause we don't do that anymore. Today Fastelavn is just fun. And if you're lucky and have some awesome parents or grandparents you will get a lot of different candy attached to some branches, and on the day of Fastelavn, you're allowed to wake up your parents by beating them lightly with the branches.