Halloween as a Pirate (Not Me, Obviously…)

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Trying on the Hat...

Trying on the Hat…

It’s raining, it’s getting cold and you are crashing from your Halloween candies sugar high?

I have a perfect fix for you: a good dose of cute.

You have to (kind of) like kids, though. If you don’t (and I respect that!), you may leave now and go search for “hot girls”, “hot guys” or “cute puppy” on Google—no worries.

Halloween wasn’t much fun last year. Mark was only two weeks old and I spent the evening upstairs, in the bedroom with him, trying to put him to sleep as Feng was dealing with trick-or-treaters downstairs.

I don’t know how to do Halloween because we didn’t celebrate in France when I was a kid. We may have heard about it through American movies (“They get free candies? Seriously?!”), that was it. Thanks to an elaborated but efficient marketing campaign, Halloween took off (again) in Europe in the mid-1990s but it is mostly celebrated in bars with a bunch of drunks acting as… well, drunks. At least this was my limited experience of Halloween in Nantes, where no one needs another excuse to hit the bar scene anyway.

In Ottawa, we give out candies every year. But I couldn’t really go trick-or-treating without that essential accessory—a kid.

I baked a baby for nine months and I’m trying to raise a toddler. I deserve to go trick-or-treating now! With Mark walking, that was my perfect excuse to head out for a little bit.

I did what any caring and organized mother would do: I spent months thinking about the perfect costume and I sew it late at night, in front of the fireplace.

Okay, scratch that: I stopped by Old Navy two days before Halloween and picked up the pirate outfit because 1) it was only $10 2) it looked like a good fit 3) I really couldn’t dress Mark as a mermaid.

And ta-da! A pirate he was. He loved the hat actually, kept on playing with it.

And yes, he had some of these candies. Meh. It’s candies, not poison!

You can see the complete Ottawa – Fall set on Flickr.

A Pirate and Its Loot

A Pirate and Its Loot

A Pirate and Its Loot

A Pirate and Its Loot

A Pirate and Its Loot

A Pirate and Its Loot

A Pirate and Its Loot

A Pirate and Its Loot

A Pirate and Its Loot

A Pirate and Its Loot


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. Mark makes a great pirate. He is getting big, he has always been cute. Halloween is popular here. It is really All Hallows Eve, or the day before All Saints Day, although few make that connection. For some of us Halloween was the opportunity to dress up and take the kids trick or treating. The kids go up and ring the doorbell while we waited at the curb. Back at the house the kids got sick on candy while the grownups enjoyed punch and whatever the kids wouldn’t eat.

  2. Salut Zhu,
    Too cute!! I don’t when I first trick or treated but I went up until about Middle school. For a North American kid it is like heaven on earth!
    Take care & bises :).

  3. “I deserve to go trick-or-treating now!” Ha ha.

    Sure Mark had some candy, it wouldn’t have been very fair not to share with him as he was your ticket to candy land.

    I forgot about those little Halloween buckets! Glad to see they’re still around.

      • Nope, not popular here. A friend told me that one group of kids came to his door, and he had to scrounge around because he wasn’t prepared for them. Very few kids trick-or-treat. Luckily an American friend of mine had a party, so I did get to dress up!

  4. Ahahah, j’aime bien l’accessoire principal pour passer l’Halloween 😀 Mais c’est clair, t’as bien raison! 😀 Un très joli pirate en l’occurence! 🙂

  5. Mark looks adorable! I don’t understand, did you actually go out with him? If you did, happy first trick-or-treat to the both of you!

    The last time I went was in ninth grade and I kind of went too far with it. I wore my taekwondo training clothing as a costume and went around for hours. I locked all my candy in a suitcase to keep it safe from my siblings’ long fingers. I munched on that candy for months. No wonder I have a weight problem…

    • Yes, I went with him around the block, just for fun. It was cool for both of us! I munched on many tiny Kinder eggs when I was a kid 😆

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