Today is Halloween.
To give you a glimpse of celebrating US Holidays in a foreign country, here were some of the challenges.
Finding candy corn.
In the US, the holiday of Halloween is a big commercial enterprise. Most big-box type stores anywhere have loads of candy near the entrance and a section of the store dedicated to all things for the holiday — costumes, decorations, candy, and supplies to run it all like bags, batteries, and other goodies.
What’s candy corn? Didn’t find it. Not even in the candy section. Needed to visit a store that caters to expats with imported items.
Want yarn? Find the store where they sell yarn and ribbons.
Need sugar cookie mix? Supply issues in one store meant none for that day.
Without a car to help us get from store to store, whatever was missing from the store that day didn’t get bought. On top of it, yesterday was payday before a three day holiday weekend so traffic was hosed, as it is today as people are trying to get out of town.
Brenda found the yarn in a specialty shop that sells only yarn and ribbon tapes, because it was a block from our house.
Since Halloween is a US Holiday, there is no retail madness to have all the baking supplies or candy near the front door or in any kind of simply 1 stop location in a store.
The scarf you see pictured — hand made from yard using straws as a loom.
Brenda spent hours last night hand making it. What a labor of love.