The coloring and shape of the pumpkins were not traditional, but they were very carvable.
One of the pumpkins had seeds inside that had already sprouted.
Will wanted a scary one.
Joel wanted happy. Sarah's was a happy baby with a curl of hair.
For costumes Sarah was Artemis the Greek goddess of the hunt. She got the idea from the Percy Jackson book series about Greek gods on the loose in modern day New York City. Some of the students helped braid her hair and make the bow. Joel was a rubic cube and Will a ghost. Mom and dad made the costumes using discarded bed sheets (including the elastic trim of a bottom sheet), a box and some paper.
On Friday night we had two other Mormon families come over (the dads are both graduate students at Hebrew University). All of the other Mormon kids are consulate kids and went to a party there. The woman in charge of that party is our primary president. She tried to invite the eight non-consulate children, but it was not permitted. She did however give us a large bag of American candy she had imported for the party that made trick or treating most enjoyable--I even scored two Almond Joys from Will and Joel who have been well taught to pass them on to their dad.
At one point in the evening Will was out in the hallway with his costume on. Our nice neighbor Gayle Brown (wife of the director and good friend of Aunt JoAnn) came out of her apartment and saw a ghost. She started to exclaim: "Oh no a ghost!" Will was concerned that she really was scared so he quickly took off his ghost top while saying "It's me, it's just me, Will."
Marie made pizza and the kids decorated cookies. We also danced to the Monster Bash (via Youtube) and watched an old video of The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.
At 6:00 pm the kids treated the happy BYU students to a costume parade through the Oasis (cafeteria).
We then paraded up to the top level to show off our costumes for the nice security men. Bassam on the right has been working at the center since at least 1987. Back then he was young and single. Now he is married with five kids.
Descending to the third and fourth levels to trick or treat at the student apartments. Earlier in the day the American candy had been distributed to ten of the apartments.
Students volunteered to be at home from 6:30 -7-00 to welcome our two groups.
Later in the evening our kids (can you find them in the photo?) joined in with the BYU students in the gymnasium for their costume parade. The students (and faculty) were in Jordan from Monday-Thursday so the students only had Friday to come up with costumes. They came up with some very creative ones!
The Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock.
Egyptian Belly dancers.