Our first year in Doha we had just got settled in our villa and Halloween was suddenly here, we had little or no decorations mainly because I couldn’t find the box they had been packed in and the kids costumes were the only costumes on the rack in a grocery store. The costumes that we brought were made for Canadian Halloween all fleecy and warm so that even in -20 you would survive you trip around the block and were not going to be great in +28 degree weather. We didn’t carve pumpkins or even hand out candy. We joined friends of ours in their compound for a kids halloween party and it is pretty much a blur now.
This year the youngest muppet has been talking about halloween since the second week of school. I am not sure where he picked it up from but he can not wait until pumpkin day and is obsessed with anything to do with Halloween. We sat as a family and watched The Nightmare Before Christmas a movie that I have been waiting to watch with them for years. After that the littlest muppet went on a rant about needing a scarecrow out front in the yard, a grave yard and of course pumpkins! “Halloween needs pumpkins mummy or else it can’t be Halloween” he explained to me the other day over chocolate milk and cookies.
Now finding pumpkins in Canada is easy, you go to any grocery store and they are there for five dollars, a huge assortment of them easy as pie! In Doha you can go to the grocery store and by a pumpkin for thirty to one hundred dollars and that is me low balling it, last year the muppets and I saw one for 1045 QR the equivalent of almost $300 Canadian!! So for the past two years my wonderful neighbour has done a pumpkin run to the Vegetable Souq where they sell them much cheaper. As I was strolling through the supermarket yesterday and I saw a pile of little pumpkins for sale, they were a decent price so I grabbed three one for each muppet and today after school we carved them in to Jack O Lanterns!
Normally this is a daddy job but the poor guy was at work so I instructed the muppets to scoop the insides out with their hands and put it in the bowl. All three reached their hands in and were instantly disgusted. “It is so slimy” said the oldest “Gross” said the middle “Yucky” said the youngest. I told them it wasn’t that bad and reached my hand in and grabbed a handful of seeds and pumpkin insides! “It it like brains” I told them laughing they looked at me in shock that I would do something so gross, I could not believe that they were not loving the pumpkin brains! I got each of them a spoon and we cleaned them all out, craved them up and sat them on our doorstep. “Now we are ready for Halloween!!” said the youngest muppet!
Bring it on, Halloween number four in the desert!