Halloween in Nepal…

Hundreds of expats from all around the world live here in Kathmandu – we get the benefit of celebrating Nepali holidays with the locals and celebrating foreign holidays with expats! Halloween is huge in North America and is starting to make a presence in the UK, Australia, and some other European countries. Families from Scotland, USA and Canada initiated the festive celebrations here…

Home-made MnM costumes - colorful T-shirts, cardboard circles, cotton stuffing and a bit of white fabric - that's all it took!

Home-made MnM costumes – colorful T-shirts, cardboard circles, cotton stuffing and a bit of white fabric – that’s all it took!

At The British School, several kids and ALL teachers were in costume! All 6 PE teachers dressed as Incredible Hulk; several teachers had gruesome, blood-spattered, scary attire; there was a cowgirl and a few witches and several creative costumes from the teachers. The kids were equally gory, cute and creative – ghosts, witches, goblins, Harry Potter characters, and many more.

As is expected for Halloween, the fun began as the sun set… We participated in a walking, set-path, trick-or-treating event! About 15 families participated and we all had a ball. We met at House #1 and walked together to 7 other homes as a massive mob all decked out in our costumes! I think some locals thought we were crazy, some locals understood that we were celebrating a foreign holiday and some knew exactly what was going on and called out “Happy Halloween” to us!

Prakash leading the skeletons, goblins, ghosts and witches through the song, Have You Ever Seen a Pumpkin.  We learned this song years ago at the West Regional Library in Cary, North Carolina and remember it fondly each Halloween.

Prakash leading the kids through the song, Have You Ever Seen a Pumpkin. We learned it years ago at the West Regional Library in Cary, NC and remember it fondly each Halloween.

Since we were visiting only a few houses (as compared to the several dozen we would have visited in the USA), each family offered more than just a sweet treat for the kiddies. There were games, songs, and treats for the adults too: a neat game where apples are floating in a large bucket of water sitting on the ground and the child stands over the bucket with the back of a fork in their mouth, releasing the fork hoping to puncture an apple ; standard bobbing for apples game ; a really cool scavenger hunt over the front and back yard exploring for the sweet treats ; the “Have You Ever Seen a Pumpkin” song ; and French fries, pumpkin bread and wine for the adults. All in all, a great substitute celebration – complete with costumes, sweet treats and a trick or two! The only thing missing was bright orange PUMPKINS!

Charles joined us for the evening - he is an intern at ICIMOD and is in a "gap year" after finishing his undergrad at Harvard and before starting his PhD at MIT next fall.

Charles joined us for the evening – he is an intern at ICIMOD and is in a “gap year” after finishing his undergrad at Harvard and before starting his PhD at MIT next fall.

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