I can't remember the last time I didn't carve a pumpkin for Halloween. It's a yearly ritual: finding the perfect pumpkin, choosing a fun design, roasting the seeds...
Well, this year was no different, but it was the first time anyone has ever looked at me strangely for scooping the innards from a squash and cutting holes in it. We set up shop in Karen's dorm and got curious looks from several Swedes who wanted to know what we were doing. "Do Americans carve pumpkins for Christmas?" one of them asked. (We assured him this was not the case.) Halloween barely exists in Sweden, and if people celebrate, it is usually by dressing up, and not by trick-or-treating or making jack-o-lanterns.
Saturday, October 27, 2007