Halloween (Noć Vištica)

 

The kids loved all the Halloween parties this weekend! The holiday, known as “Night of the Witches” in Serbian is not celebrated in Serbia, but in our expatriate circles and the international school, it is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Kids get so excited to dress up and trick or treat and even the non-American parents, get into the spirit of the event and dress up as well.

On Friday night the kids attended the school Halloween party (photo above). Owen’s outfit was from the obscure movie “Tron”, Oliver was Iron Man, and Ocean was a princess.

The Canadian Embassy hosts a costume party every year and Nadia and I went with friends again this year. Our friend Claudiu brought costumes from the USA and we went with traditional Bavarian folk costumes. We had a lot of laughs and one of the best things about the night, is the costumes allow strangers to interact with one another. Everyone has their “act” with their costume or we try to guess what they are dressed as.

Nadia, Bill, and Charmaine

The fun continued on Saturday evening with the American colony, Banovo Brdo, hosting a trick-or-treat and party. The kids went around to many of the homes in the gated community. Then Robert and Julie turned their home into a Halloween Amusement Park with decorations, food/drink, and a haunted walk in their yard. Absolutely brilliant and I would like to give them a big thank you! The kids ran around and laughed and had a blast.

A special part of the evening was Ocean losing her first tooth. She was so excited that her tooth just fell out. Nadia luckily found the tooth on the ground and the tooth fairy left 200 RSD for Ocean last night. My angel princess is so beautiful!

Kralovec Halloween Family

 

Last night we enjoyed the ISB Halloween Festival at the school. The weather was quite nice and the kids really had fun. We took the photo above on the way home in front of a spooky gate. Belgrade is full of “haunted houses” and has a perfect atmosphere for halloween. The boys and Ocean went trick or treating around the classrooms, and Owen participated in the costume parade. I couldn’t get Ollie to go with his class. He would rather play in the park and his teacher was dressed as The Cat in the Hat and it freaked him out. All three kids liked best the Arts & Craft station where they did worksheets and put stickers on mini pumpkins. Ocean crawled under the tables while they were doing that. Our costumes were repeats from previous years. Owen was superman, Ocean was Yoda, Ollie was Woody, Nadia was Le Chef, and I was a fair dinkum Aussie. Next year we will go with a family theme and plan for the evening. Now that we are not in the tropics, there is a possiblity of cold weather, but last night it was beautifullly warm, as it has been most of the month of October. The only thing I didn’t like about the festival was it was too crowded.

 

Nadias Kinder Class
Nadia's Kinder Class

 

 

 

We had a good week. I am feeling more comfortable at work with a quarter under my belt. We are getting our car on Monday!!! It has been a bit of a hassle with taxis and I am itching to explore Serbia outside of Belgrade. I got out of going to the Paris MYP conference as we are hosting a CEESA boys soccer championship, as well as a visit from the architect designing the new middle school, etc. Parent-Teacher conferences are also on Tuesday and we have no classes.

Oliver was a brave little guy again and got out his stitches. He will probably have a slight scar between his eyes. You can click on the flickr account to see the rest of the festival pictures. International schools love Halloween because no other country has the holiday and it is a good idea.

 

Ollie With the Doctor
Ollie With the Doctor