Halloween in Canada
All Hallows Eve, the Day of the Dead, the night before All Saints Day, Halloween. Whatever name you call it, the holiday has become an American favorite. Our neighbors around the globe however view it somewhat differently. I have invited a couple of my Twitter friends to share their Halloween traditions and memories with us. This week’s contribution comes from our Canadian neighbor. Kimberley Demers, aka @kimberwitch on Twitter. She is even sharing a favorite (favourite) Halloween Treat recipe with us.
Halloween in Canada is much the same as in the United States. Children dress up every year to go door-to-door for trick or treating, adults host parties, and companies have dress-up day and give prizes for the best costume. All pretty standard stuff. Halloween in Québec means keeping a close eye on the weather forecast and then deciding if your costume will be worn as is or on top of a snowsuit. No joke. It has been known to snow around here as early as the end of October. I remember, as a kid, feeling terribly sad that my cute little princess dress was going to be worn over my snowsuit. Not the same effect at all. Some years it’s pouring rain and parents drive their kids from house to house. I remember the first year I had my own home and how excited I was to be spending my first Halloween in it giving out candy. It poured buckets that year and we saw a total of six kids. Six.
According to Old Celtic beliefs, Halloween is the time when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. It’s a time when those who have passed on can come amongst the living. In our home, we always set an extra place at our Halloween supper table and invite our loved ones who have passed before us to join us as we honour and
remember them. It is a joyous celebration and marks the beginning of the season when we spend more time together snuggling, playing games and watching movies.
Chocolate dipped Twizzlers
Since Halloween is all about treats, indulge in these… you won’t be sorry. Plus, the kids love to add sprinkles at the end!
We like to think of ourselves as being pretty awesome. Each day we get up, ride scooters and sell Halloween costumes. It's the job we all wanted to have when we were eight. Because we do something so different, so unique and so fun, we work hard and take a lot of pride in everything we do. We went from a small, family-run business operating out of a garage a couple months a year into a huge, family-run business with over 100 year-round employees and thousands of season employees, operating out of a 200,000 square foot warehouse in less than a decade!