Halloween in Anacortes is a whole lot of fun.
All the local bars, cafes and shops really get into the festivities and decorations – you’ll find corn, pumpkins, flowers, cotton ‘spider webs’ and burlap everywhere. The Skagit Valley area bursts with fresh autumnal produce, and farmstores like Schuh Farms and Gordon Skagit Farms are at their best. And then there’s the apple picking!
As an Australian, I never grew up celebrating Halloween. It was deemed by many as an ‘American consumerist holiday’ only seen in movies and sitcoms, and my town never really embraced it. Once or twice we were visited by trick or treaters, and I recall having to scrounge to find lollies to give them (I vaguely remember handing over dodgy eucalyptus honey cough drops as it was all we had!). Though I believe Halloween is growing in popularity nowadays, overall Aussies are pretty ambivalent to the holiday – with the exception of a few dress up parties.
It certainly makes more sense as a holiday in the northern hemisphere. October is the end of harvest and cool winter weather is beginning. Back home, if you waited until dark young kids wouldn’t begin to trick or treat until 8 or 9pm!
However, one of the best things about living overseas is experiencing the different traditions of your adopted country.
So while I never participated in Halloween previously, it’s actually been quite fun to get into the spirit of spookiness these past two years.
Picking pumpkins and spending an afternoon carving them into masterpieces – and learning I have very poor pumpkin carving skills. Decorating the house with bats and ghosts and creepy crawlies. Putting together fun costumes. Trick or treating down the main street of Anacortes with my friends’ families.
As my two years living in the USA keeps drawing ever closer to the end, I keep thinking about my time here, and the things I want to take back with me to Australia. My love of hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors. Making the most of exploring the place I live. Visiting not just big cities, but spending time in small towns too.
Halloween is a whole lot of fun. I’m looking forward to taking this tradition back to my friends in Australia – even if it’s just an outrageous costume party and some dodgy candy! Um, I mean… ‘lollies’.
Here’s a quick look at Halloween in Anacortes as captured by my camera.
Halloween in Anacortes is so much fun! How do you celebrate Halloween?
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