Our first Halloween in Germany was so fun! Since most of the Americans that live here are scattered throughout Bavaria, to trick or treat everyone flocks to Post or to Netzaberg, which is probably considered to be the Rolls Royce of trick or treating here. Netzaberg is the biggest Army housing complex in this area, with over 800 homes for American families. 800! They have their own Elementary and Middle school, their own mini Mall and American gas station, and even have their own childcare center. So yeah, This hood is huge and trick or treating at Netzaberg is definitely like hitting the jackpot, especially with the amount of people that show up to Netzaberg. It’s like one big party!
And because the houses are pretty much stacked up on each other (one of the many reasons we chose not to live there) you can cover a lot of ground in just under 45 minutes – which is the perfect amount of time to take a tired toddler trick or treating in the freezing cold German weather ;)
For our costumes, we decided to do things as cheaply as possible since our priorities are to spend money on travel instead ;) We ended up dressing up as the zombie slayin’ Grimes family from The Walking Dead. The husband dressed up as Rick, I scored a $5.00 white dress off of our local garage sale Facebook page, Caleb rocked a flannel and Calvary hat just like Carl, and Amelia went as the little ass kicker. All we really needed to do was to roll in the dirt, splash some fake blood on us, and look as dirty and angry as possible. Done!
In total we spent $5.00 for my dress, $3.00 for Caleb’s sword, and 1 euro for Caleb’s fake Cavalry hat. I’m kind of ridiculously proud of how little we spent but I also can’t wait to actually go all out for next year’s halloween, when Caleb really understands Halloween.
Anyway, Netzaberg ended up being insanely crowded but we loved the crowd. Caleb fed off of everyone’s energy and had a blast watching other dressed up kids. He loved being able to pick out his candy and then say “dank doo” (thank you). He even started pulling me to other houses so he could collect more candy and then tried to ring every doorbell haha. He didn’t quite understand what was being given to him, but he sure loved the idea that he was being given something.
We ran into a lot of German kids dressed up as well which was surprising, since we assumed they didn’t celebrate Halloween. We also came across some AWESOMELY decorated houses, complete with a projector playing creepy movies into the sky, and then this guy:
So that was our little family’s first night of trick or treating. It was beyond adorable watching Caleb have a great time, and it’s moments like these that makes being a parent so much more fun :)
And in other parenting news, can you believe my baby boy is going to be TWO in three days!? We already had a joint celebration with one of his buddies here since we were planning on being away this weekend. But since Amelia’s tourist passport still hasn’t arrived, which we were really counting on, our weekend trip is canceled and we get to celebrate our little boy all over again.
Not complaining about missing a trip though. That little cutie totally deserves another excuse to party :)