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Happy Halloween!

Although Halloween isn’t celebrated in a big way (it’s basically an American export), you can find some parties in town – and plenty of Paris bars have Halloween bashes minus the costumes. That being said, you will be invited to wear costumes to some parties such as the Alice and Wonderland Halloween party at L’Art de Rien Studio in the 18th arrondissement. (Party Starts at 9 pm to 1 am). Be sure to check out their Myspace video and you may decide to drop in even if you don’t feel like wearing a costume.

Galerie l’Art de Rien
48, rue d’Orsel – 75018 Paris
Métro Abbesses ou Anvers
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Halloween has come a long ways in Paris from the days when I had to search high and low for a pumpkin to carve out. Here, in Paris, people put pumpkin to more practical use – they eat pumpkin of course – either as a puree or as a pumpkin soup.

You’ll find it listed on menus as ‘soup de potiron’ although the word for ‘pumpkin’ is ‘citrouille’.
After having lugged an entire ‘citrouille’ from the only market where I could find a whole pumpkin (in the 6th arrondissement) to the 13th arrondissement by Metro (don’t forget those four hundred steps and long halls connecting different lines), I will never forget my one attempt to carve a pumpkin in Paris – I will also never forget the expression on 12 year old Kemo’s face when he saw how I lit up the carved pumpkin for Halloween Eve. It was worth the effort to find that pumpkin.

Here are some other possibilities for Halloween parties tonight (Halloween, October 31, 2008)
Halloween ‘Soirees’ (