Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Treeeck or Treeet 2010

Trick or Treat
Smell my feet
Give me something good to eat
If you don’t
I don’t care
I’ll pull down your underwear

Feet and underwear being the key words for how La Mom’s Halloween went down.

Actually, let's put it this way:

You know you live in Paris when you celebrate Halloween 2010....

-By making the expat moms hide in various rooms around your apartment to dole out the Halloween candy when the kids come trick-or-treating. And they play along with cheesy smiles plastered on their faces like it’s the cutest idea they’ve ever heard of.

-By having the kids trick-or-treat in your apartment. They have to knock on the doors of the laundry room, the bathroom, the guest room, the bedroom, and the kitchen looking for their treats.

La Mom: I can’t believe my kids are trick-or-treating in the bathroom!
S. Carolina Mom: Swee-tay, it’s thuh best ya can do livin’ in a cun-tray that doesn’t celebrate Halloween.
La Mom: I know, but c’mon. Trick-or-treating in the crapper? How crappy is that?
Washington Mom: Don’t worry, the kids don’t realize it. They’re focused on the candy, not les chiottes.
SF Mom: What can you do anyway? It’s not like you can let the kids trick-or-treat in your apartment building. You don’t know your neighbours and the French just don’t get the whole begging for candy thing.

-By inviting Big Fry’s French friends and their bourgeois parents to the Halloween party. Then you watch nervously as they sit uncomfortably not relating to the loud American dads drinking beer in the salon and watching a download of the World Series, while the bilingual American kids chase the French ones around screaming, “Smell my feet! Sentez mes pieds! I’m gonna pull down your underwear! Je vais enlever ton caleçon! Ha ha ha!”
(So not funny for the Frenchies).

-For the adults: by serving a 40€ bottle of Bolinger champagne with a 1€ bag of Bugles chips and a 5€ frozen chocolate cake from Picard.

-By observing the distinct difference in how the French kids ask for their candy:

Texas Mom: Pierre-Louis is so well behaved.
PL's Maman: Merci.
Texas Mom: I asked him, “What do you say in English?” when the kids knocked on the kitchen door for candy and he said...
PL’s Maman: Treeeck or treeet? We’ve beeen practeeceeng zat sentence all morneeng before ze partee.
Texas Mom: He said, “s’il te plaît.” How adorable is that?!
SF Mom: All the Americans screamed, “ I want candy, trick or treat!” "Please" was the last think on their minds.

-And the American dads walk into your apartment and bust out laughing as they see pumpkins displayed on the hallway table:

Texas Dad: Hey La Mom – are those the Jack-Off Lanterns you found at that French farm?
S. Carolina Dad: Who’s the Jack-Off that doesn’t know how to use Google translator?
SF Dad: La Mom, do they sell “Choke the Chickens” at that farm too?
La Mom: Not so loud! You don’t want the Frenchies to hear you acting like a Jack-off!

Merci beaucoup to those gorgeous ladies and gentlemen who are publicly following La Mom's blog. I love seeing your smiling faces!


Nicole said...

I never thought about doing the trick-or-treating in the apartment like that- what a great idea! I actually organized T-o-T last year with all the neighborhood concierges that I pass each day, who say hello to the girls. They were thrilled to have all the kids in costumes come to visit (of course, I supplied bags of treats for them to give out which made it easier...) Afterwards, I found out that the all the retired grandparents in our building were very disappointed that they didn't get to see the children and so this year we added them to the itinerary. Between chatting with each child about his costume and taking group photos, t-o-t took about an hour longer than I had planned!

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

I seriously couldn't stop laughing! But really, what a great idea to trick or treat around the apartment and I'm positive all the kids had fun -- candy in any language tastes just as sweet :)
Thanks for trying to follow!!

Sweet Freak said...

YOU are an awesome mom! How many women would hide their friends in the crappers (lol) so their kids could experience the delight of knocking and getting candy?? Bravo!

Are You Pregnant said...

The word trick or treat scares the sh*t out of me. May be it has something to do with the move "Halooween" and "Trick or Treat"? I do not know. Nice post by the way!

KentuckyGal said...

OMG that picture is too funny! Found your blog from Melysah at Mom Bloggers.

Here for Halloween, they closed off a couple of blocks around the town square. It's a smallish town, but there were so many people...I think I have a taste of what it was like for y'all t-o-t'ing in a house.

My mother was born in Switzerland and has always wanted to visit Paris.

travellermimi said...

cun-tray ... hee hee
that really captures the slang.

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Gotsomethingtotalkabout said...

My girlfriend and I were just talking about these today. Funny - and a good read.

Anonymous said...

Paris is so stunning, I got my tickets for the famous Moulin Rouge show to see the unmissable show while in the French capital!


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