Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

We had a very exciting day yesterday.  First, we brought all the kids to Mass with us (which was much more frustratingly exciting than I would have liked).  Then we went to a "Family Reggae Disco."  It was put on as part of International Week (which also included lots of other activities, including a concert we went to on Saturday, an International Student Food Competition we went to on Friday [where UiB students prepare dishes from around the world and the public is allowed to sample them--a panel of judges decided which was most delicious], and building a bat house [which we did last week]).  The disco was held in a beautiful old building.  There was a DJ there spinning reggae records and there was a "circus school"--all kinds of "circus-y" toys that the kids were free to play with.  It was one of the coolest kids' events I've ever been to (and I've been to quite a few).

Afterward, we went to a Halloween party thrown by our friend Jill--she has a toddler and a preschooler, and lots of other kids were there as well.  Halloween isn't a Norwegian holiday (though it is gaining popularity here), but Jill's husband, Scott, is American, so their family likes to celebrate it.  Scott was out of town, but Jill still managed to bake and frost a very impressive number of Halloween cupcakes for the party.

We did find one "community" Halloween activity in Bergen, so we went to that next.  It was at the Bergen Aquarium.  Kids were encouraged to dress in costumes and to bring flashlights so they could look around the aquarium in the dark.  It was really cool.  There were lots of spooky decorations, and people in costume were walking around giving candy to the little kids, while others were scaring the adults and big kids.  Oscar scared a good number of people, too.

Spider-man Sergio, Skeleton Oscar, and Alien Jonah at the Aquarium
Oscar got to hold a tarantula!

Today Oscar wore a Halloween costume to school.  Of course, he was the only kid at his school that dressed up, but he had a second costume that he was just dying to wear:

Good Sir Oscar
The boys are upstairs right now watching E.T.  I think I'll go join them.

Happy Halloween!

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