Woop, woop! It’s Friday and – for the kids and the young at heart – also Halloween! The weather in Copenhagen is perfect for a spooky night: our clocks went back on Sunday so it’s twilight by 5pm, there’s a real chill in the air and it’s not really raining but just damp. Yesterday morning we had hard frost but the most beautiful sunshine. I went running in the park with a friend at 8am and – boom – we both exlaimed, “Mosekonen brygger!” 🙂
“Mosekonen” means “the Woman of the Marsh”. And when there’s a ground mist like this, the Danes say that the Woman of the Marsh is brewing! Poetic, non?
When I first moved to Copenhagen 16 years ago, Halloween wasn’t really a big deal. Very few people had lit, carved pumpkins outside their doors. There were just two or three costumes you could choose from at Fætter BR (the Danish toyshop chain). I always had a huge bowl of sweets ready…but no-one ever rang the bell! 😕
Nowadays it’s common for kids to go door to door asking “Gys eller Guf?” (Trick or Treat?). And many will bake cakes or treats to take into school. Here’s the batch my DD12 (dear daughter, aged 12) made for her Manga drawing class.
And it’s not just the kids who are getting into Halloween here. Even the makeup ladies in our local MATAS (Danish chemist shop/drugstore chain) had ‘scary’ black and white Halloween painted faces this morning… Hee hee, made a nice change from the ubiquitous ‘orange’ faces! I’m being kept busy too… My DS14 (dear son, aged 14) has his entire class (28 – count’ em – boys and girls!) coming here for a party tonight. Yikes! Or should that be Eeeeeek?
Let’s just hope we have enough crisps, cakes and sweets to stop them from turning into…right little monsters! 😈
Have a fabulous and frightful Friday!
2 thoughts on “Halloween! And the Marsh Woman is brewing…”
Hi Diane, Hope the kids had fun. My Darling Danish Granddaughters were having 36 kids round for halloween yesterday and my son went to work – I wonder why??? Great blog, you give me so many happy memories with your Denmark tales. Sorry I don't always find time to comment but I do love reading. Have a great day. Norma
Hi Diane! I am coming Denmark soon under Green Card Scheme. I found your weblog really infor ative. Thanks!
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