When my family moved to France when I was seven years old, it was all just a big adventure.... until I found out that they don't celebrate Halloween over there. What? You mean I can't go door to door and take candy from my neighbors? WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY IS THIS?! (But for the record, other than on Oct. 31st, I really didn't mind living in France).
When we were still living in California, before France, my parents would tell me to pick five pieces of candy from all the loot I had just gathered. Then, the "Pumpkin Fairy" would come and trade all that candy for a TOY!
And since I was only five years old at the time, I totally fell for it.
What a sneaky way for mom and dad to keep all of that candy to themselves. BRILLIANT!
Below, an Etsy tribute to the sweetest American tradition around....