Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween in Paris

I'm a die-hard member of the adults-dress-up-for-Halloween school, one of those deep maternal character flaws that always made my kids cringe in embarrassment.

Needless to say, I've grown out of that habit -- though not the will to do so -- living in Paris.

Naturally I was overcome with childlike glee when I happened upon Aux Feux de la Fete, a costume and fireworks store on boulevard Montparnasse. I popped inside to find out what the offerings were.



The owner was one of the most thoughtful Parisian shop-owners I've encountered. I asked him if Halloween was really popular. "Oh, l'Halloween, c'est surtout pour les jeunes," he said with a chuckle. "A few years ago, a lot of adults were having costume parties, but that's pretty much leveled off. Mostly it's les petits."

"Do they go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood?" I asked.

"Oh, well, not door-to-door," he said. "But they do stop in at the places they know to show off their costumes. They have little parties at home, peut-etre. But when the children visit my shop in their costumes, they bring me the candy, not vice-versa. C'est charmant. Many of these little ones I have known all their lives -- since they were in the ventres of their mamans." He made a big gesture of a round belly. "Now they are grands comme ca," he added, holding his hand at chest height.

Monsieur may have mostly the younger crowd as clientele, but he certainly is well-stocked for the more -- dare I say mature? -- generation as well.

There is something so quintessentially French about Marie Antoinette wigs, of course.

But you have to admit, nothing is more French than being Johnny.



4 comments:

davidL said...

Did they have any of those Sarah Palin wigs?

GoingLikeSixty.com said...

I would LOVE to go to a real costume ball!
You know, the kind that lasted for days and everybody just moved into the castle/villa/chateau!

"Oh, I am so debauched!" I would utter on the way home.

Polly-Vous Francais said...

My daughter called tonight for the annual "what shall I be for Halloween?" advice. I suggested Sarah Palin and she said, "Naww, EVERYONE's going as Sarah Palin this year.

She liked the Tippi Hedren-ornithologist and Winona-shopper ideas, though.

Meg said...

I attended a Halloween party last Saturday and there were at least 5 Sarah Palins. Four Uncle Sams, three Old McCains, two Bill Clintons (still?), and a George Washington in a cherry tree.

I love the Tippi Hedren idea!

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