The adventures of Kurt, Sarah, Ethan, Reid & Leah


We were not sure what to expect of Halloween over here. Back home it is one of the highlights of the year in our neighborhood as the area is teeming with kids of shapes and sizes. Knowing that Halloween is a relatively new phenomena in Norway, we tempered the kids expectations quite a bit. For costumes, our friends Palmyre and Jøran graciously opened up an old box of costumes that their kids had worn over the years, letting our kids pick out a hodge-podge of pieces that interested them. They each crafted their own custom creation:

The Combat Vampire

The Intergalactic Blood-Sucking Bandit

The Space Fairy Witch Who Helps People

Each of the boys had class Halloween parties that they each thoroughly enjoyed. Kurt reported that true to 6-year-old form, Reid’s party consisted of lots of running up and down the halls in response to consuming a large amount of sweet treats.

Reid’s plate at the school Halloween party

Leah and I went with Ethan to his party which involved more dancing and lots of great looking costumes. Ethan and I were impressed with how elaborate many of the costumes were considering this is a relatively new celebrated holiday over here. Lots of zombie and ghoul inspired outfits with a handful of devils and dancers thrown in the mix. Not a single Batman, Spiderman or other commercially identifiable character to be found.

Leah cut quite a rug on the dance floor

For Halloween night we were invited to the apartment of a neighbor to join several families for dinner before taking the kids through the apartment complex. Many of the parents commented that this was the first time they had ever celebrated Halloween, that it is only a fairly recent holiday, and an imported one at that. However considering Kurt and I were the only adults not dressed up, I would say they have easily gotten the hang of it. We enjoyed dinner, the kids played, and then we took off breaking into groups of girls and boys to find the apartments who would be participating in Halloween, saying the Norwegian ” knask eller knep” when the doors were opened.

Leah was beyond thrilled to be around kids close to her own age.

Leah would occassionally stop and scan the room with her googles to ensure that the bad guys were not in the room so she wouldn’t have to resort to her special powers.

Scanning the room again with her welding goggles


Kurt surprised the group when he opened the door dressed like this.

Leah was a bit obsessive about taking the candy out of her bag and eating it as soon as she got it — which was quite easy for her to do considering a good portion of it came unwrapped.

We all regrouped at the end with the kids sitting for some TV time and the parents relishing the calm before the inevitable second-wind-sugar-rush-storm

Leah’s sugar rush kicked in on the way home when she announced that this was “the best night ever” and that she wanted to do it again tomorrow night, right before she took off running laps around the apartment. Can you see the crazed look in her eyes!

Here is a snapshot of one of the bags of candy that came home — the unwrapped candy came that way. The bag of candy we bought to hand out, a bag we believed to be small wrapped chocolate bars, turned out to be half unwrapped. Thus when in Rome …



  1. Your youngest? An eater? Surely not;) You know Hallowe’en is my favorite, I was concerned it might not be celebrated there and that I would miss out. Your kiddos did Not disappoint!!!

  2. After resisting Halloween for years, arguing its “commercial un-Norwegianness” – I am a convert! What fun! Agnes loved it too. She refuses to remove the now rather faded black nail polish…

    It was great to hear Ehtan’s stories on how your neighbourhood celebrates back in the US. Maybe we will do the same in our building next year? A cocoa stand, music and scary fun in the back yard?


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