29 Oct 2007
WATERLOO CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN
In Belgium Halloween is not celebrated. But since a few years you can see some decorations in the shops. But my town Waterloo is an exception because one quarter of the current registered population are non-Belgian, most of whom work for institutions in Brussels, the capital of the European Union. Waterloo is home to St. John's International School, one of the largest and oldest international schools in Belgium. The European headquarters of MasterCard International is also located in Waterloo. Therefore we have a lot of Americans and British people living here. And they brought Halloween to Waterloo. Since 3 years the city organizes a Halloween party in the Waterloo park.
To make the foreign people feeling home, they even organized a "Trick and Treat" tour for the children. The Americans and other english speaking nationalities get a map indicating the streets and houses where children are welcome for "Trick and Treat". Just like in their countries.
This had been created because the poor Belgians couldn't understand when suddenly disguised children where standing at their doors and screaming "Trick or Treat". So families can give their addresses and are then put on a list where children are welcomed for this use in order not to create heard attacks for the Belgian population.
Here is a little video of the party, where the children are waiting for a "Witch Danse" and some pictures to show you how they celebrate. I took the pictures on saturday.