Friday, October 30, 2009

ask the colonial ghosts if they live in your bones

Even though my bedsheet Casper the Friendly Ghost outfit and hippie costume days are long behind me, I still get envious of Americans at Hallowe'en.  It's mostly the fault of those tv shows where all the little trick or treaters trip merrily down their perfect Stepford streets, comfortably attired in their gossamer fairy gowns and natty little Freddie Krueger outfits.  We just can't compete with that.

I am constantly reminded of the vast difference between our countries at times like this.

Top five clues that you are spending Hallowe'en in Canada:
1.  It's Hallowe'en, not Halloween.
2.  They are chocolate bars, not candy bars.
3.  You have to make your costume 3 sizes too big so that you can get your snowsuit on underneath it.
4.  If you put on a nice blue sweater and tuck an Abbey Road album under your arm, everybody knows who you are supposed to be.
5.  We get Coffee Crisps and Hawkins Cheezies.  And that more than makes up for having to wear snow boots with your princess outfit.


Allison said...

Ah, cheezies and coffee crisps! My dad would always steal them from me, saying it was his fee for taking us trick or treating.

It was always such a pain trying to find a costume that fit over a snowsuit. I remember pitching many a fit refusing to wear a jacket...also remember being sick the week after Hallowe'en too. ;)

Wandering Coyote said...

#4 = LOL!!!!

I just look forward to Nov. 1 because then all the candy goes on sale!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

You Canucks with our socialized holidays.

Karen said...

Don't forget the Smarties. Americans are jealous of Smarties. And our Reese's Peanut Butter cups. I've had both and ours are much better.

Yep, the snowsuits are soooo worth it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You dad is smart and knows how to pick good eats, Al.
I wasn't easy being a Canadian trick or treater, that's for sure.

See? I knew you'd know who I meant, Wandering Coytote!
By Nov 1, I am pretty sick of candy and am good till the big Christmas glut.

If it was truly socialised, we'd pay for our Hallowe'en candies with our taxes, Dr M.

That's right, no Smarties in the US, Karen. I had forgotten. Smarties aren't at the top of my list anyway, but Peanut Butter Cups! Yeah!
How do they differ in the US?

justrun said...

#3 is the same. But coffee crisps?? Do tell!

kelly said...

ok I was waiting for someone else to say it. Who would #4 be?

Charlie said...

Chocolate or candy bars--either is preferable to "sweets".

And I love Cheezies.

And aren't you a bit, uh, mature to be wearing a costume over your snowsuit?

And what's different about the peanut butter cups?

And what are Smarties?

Do I ask too many questions?

John Mutford said...

Garghhhlllll, Hawkins Cheezies.

Never did get the apostrophe though-- are we supposed to pronounce it as Pauly Shore would?

S.M. Elliott said...

Heh heh. The first time we took my stepkids to the U.S. to visit my family, I told them, "There is one major difference between the States and Canada. Americans do not have Coffee Crisps."

Halloween (sorry, Hall'ween) in the northern States isn't much different from a Canadian Halloween, though. I recall having to wear a winter jacket with one of my first costumes, a Q-Bert mask my mom knitted.

The chocolate tastes slightly different. More milkfat in the Canadian stuff, maybe?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yeah, you'd be in the snowsuit geographiz zone as well, Justrun.
OMG Coffee Crisps are the best! Layers of wafer filled with a coffee cream and the whole thing covered in chocolate - a nice light snack!

#4 would be our fearless national leader, Kelly, he of the nice sweater photo ops to show that he is a nice guy and the Beatles singalongs to demonstrate that he doesn't hate the arts.

I am a bit mature to be wearing a snowsuit, Charlie, with or without costume overtop.
I have never had an American Peanut Butter Cup (hint hint) so I can't say, but apparently they are inferior to the Canadian variety.
Smarties are like M&M, only with a Canadian accent.
No, you ask just the right number of questions.

Pah! Paulie Shore! I will thank you not to mention that name on this blog, John. I just believe in practicing safe apostropheing, is all.

You have raised the stepkids well, SME, answering all of life's big questions for them.
Aww, a handknitted mask, how very northerly!
The chocolate itself tastes different, does it? We need to commission someone to get to the bottom of this burning question.

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