Sunday, October 31, 2010

Joyeux Halloween!

This La Mom Classic was originally posted on October 31st, 2009.

Halloween was always favorite holiday back in the States. It’s still my fave in Paris – but not for the crisp fall weather or imported candy corn.

Because it’s a chance to get an up-close-and-personal look at the best real estate in town.

Trick or treating involves begging strangers for sweets. In a town where you don't know your across-the-hall neighbors, this doesn't go down so well.

So there’s only one solution.

Host a party in a private Parisian mansion where there’s all the doors you need and more.

You know you’re celebrating Halloween in Paris when:

- Kids use Chloé shopping bags as trick-or-treat sacks

- Moms give out individually wrapped Hédiard chocolate squares because “that’s all I had in the house!”

- An army of nannies/au pairs dole out the candy when the children come knocking.

- Mommy’s “treat” while the kids OD on KitKats is Pierre Hermé macaroons washed down with a flute of champagne. The “trick” is to pry the Fries away from the portable crèpe stand manned by the household help.

Let me tell you, it feels like a long way from the pumpkin patch back home...


Simony said...

Once a French friend told me Halloween is not popular in France because it involves "begging" for candies. And begging is something French don't like to do!
Have a happy one, anyway!

Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

It is a long way but it sounds so glamorous!
This is such a fun blog -- I'm following you now! I'd love it if you visited and followed too if you like :)

Ellinor Forje said...

A French pumpkin. Original indeed. Feel free to visit me too when you have time.


Angie said...

au pairs and nannies... am doin 200 hrs at the french alliance in orded to become one! Lol. Any pals u know in need of one, thatd be great!


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