This year, we had the interesting juxtaposition of Diwali on the 30th and Halloween on the 31st of October! Since there wasn’t much time to take down the decorations of one to put up the other, I decided to celebrate Diwali inside and Halloween outside!
So, yes, our front yard had all the scary stuff while the inside displayed the diyas that my sons and I lovingly paint every year! We also managed to put up some light on our balcony, which will be on every day until New Year!
On Sunday (Diwali), I had the ambitious plan of making several dishes, but then parsed it down to pooris and jeera aloo. Of course, I definitely needed to make Indian sweets, so I made rasmalai (from Vidhya’s recipe blog), coconut laddoos, and peda!
On Monday, we had sandwiches before taking my younger kid around the neighborhood for trick-or-treating! My older one had been invited by his friend to another neighborhood, so he traipsed off on his own – another milestone in parenting!
I walked along with my younger one as he systematically walked to each house that had Halloween decor and lighted porches, and watched while he chatted with our neighbors before getting his loot! We then spied one of his friends on the opposite sidewalk. I immediately asked my son if he wanted to cross over, but he shook his head and said he wanted to continue the same way so that he could cover all the houses on his side of the road. “So, you work alone, eh?” I joked. “Yes, I’m a lone wolf”, said he, before belting out a howl!!
Fun times! I leave you with a few pictures of decor for both days!
If you want to know more about how we celebrate Diwali in America, please do visit this post!