I live in Stavanger. A beautiful town on the west coast of Norway.
I moved here in 2008 from Oslo. I learned about the wonders of Halloween in 2000 when visiting friends in Texas, USA.
October 31st is my birthday and it took me over 40 years before I discovered this wonderful spooky holiday.
Halloween is not very big in Norway, but we are slowly getting there. Here in Stavanger there are Halloween parties at nightclubs and pubs, schools have begun to have Halloween parites for children and people have parties at home. So the adults get drunk and the kids eat candy!
Some children go Trick or Treating, but not very many. I have the same ones come to my door every year. I let them in to have a look at my decorations. Even one of the parents said it was the highlight of the year!!
We have basically 2 shops, NILLE and Europris, which sells Halloween decorations and costumes ca. 2 weeks before Halloween. But, if you take the time and go searching in other stores, you might get lucky. I actually found some great things in book stores. Like the 2 felt baskets and Tea candle holders.
NILLE and Europris basically have part items. Baloons, paper plates/cup, arms, legs and blood, and everything you might need for a spooky bloody party! I’m not too much into that and struggle to find things I like. So thanks heaven for my lovely Texas friends who have provided me with most of the decorations I got.
And then there is internet……. So much Halloween stuff, so little time!! (read money!) We have to pay toll and taxes for purchases over ca. $ 35/£ 35. EEEEEEK!! If that isn’t spooky…….
What is Halloween without carved pumpkins. I buy mine at our main grocery store, Meny. They only start selling a week before Halloween. As far as I know, the grocery stores are the only place you can get big ones for carving. I also buy small ones from flowershops for Fall decorations.
So far there are not much outdoor decorating here in Stavanger and as far as I know, people only decorate for that one Halloween party they’re having. I have always shed a little tear every year when I have to put my decorations in storage. This year I caved in, and decided to do a bit of Halloween all year. Do what makes you happy I say. And pumpkins, witches, Fall colours and spooky things make me VERY happy!! YAAAAY!!!!
Finger crossed. Let’s hope this wonderful spooky celebration will only grow bigger and bigger each year……