Arguably, Halloween is purely a marketing ploy no matter what country you live in, but in Japan it seems to be all consumerism and no activities to attempt to balance it out. Candy and snack companies wholeheartedly endorse Halloween in Japan. All sorts of orange and black, spooky themed decorations and food wrappers can be found during the month of October, but actual festivities, like carving jack-o-lanterns, children dressing up, or trick or treating, have yet to be adopted. There is a month of chintzy consumer items available but the 31st goes by quiet and unremarked year after year. Except by us.
In mid-October while picking apples at a local farm, I spied some huge carving pumpkins. They were scattered around the orchard marking the rows. When it came time to pay for our apples, I enquired about how much it would cost to buy a pumpkin too. They were pretty amused that I would want one of the massive pumpkins and let me pick one out for free. Dustin and I absolutely love carving jack-o-lanterns and of course had a lot of fun with this one.
|Theo dressing in his robot costume|
|I am pretty sure that William wouldn't have pulled it off as well as this guy|