The Dutch don’t Halloween (it’s getting better!) but I wanted to bring a bit of that here. In America, Halloween parties revolve around spooky costumes, fun friends and fantastic food. Since I wasn’t going to dress up, I decided to cook up some of my favorite Halloween treats.
Holiday inspired goodies
I put together some mummy frankfurters (traditional hot dogs don’t exist here!) It was so weird to buy a can of wieners for our meal! There were 7-8 inside the can. And they turned out delicious! Of course our wrappings were a bit haphazard, they were the most popular.
Sugar cookies were something new to me but I still wanted to try and make some. They’re easy to throw together and quick to bake so I found this recipe and set to work. All I was missing was white sugar so I used brown instead but boy were they delicious!
I also made these brownies and turned them into dirt and wormy treats. I didn’t have the chocolate chips so the brownies were chunks of chocolate that I had cubed. But next time I’ll be doing the chips for sure! We also didn’t have a pan that catered to the required measurements so our bites were tall! Regardless they were delicious.
For the toppings, I took the idea from this recipe, to add pudding and then the oreo dust. It was a super messy process but pretty tasty.
What does NL do?
And now for how the party went!
If you know Disney and if you came from America, you know what a giant The Nightmare Before Christmas is. I haven’t been to the Florida parks but a large chunk of my early twenties was spent at Disneyland. We all know that Jack and the gang takes over the Haunted Mansion and we all know that there are entire stores dedicated to the movie.
But here? No one has even heard of the movie! Sander’s younger brother and his boyfriend were the only ones who knew what we were talking about. It’s surprising, I know. I’m curious to see if the Paris Disneyland Park has anything about it. We had planned on going this past May but ended up in California during that time.
Now the party went well and it was enjoyable to see everyone again but there was no excitement for Halloween and it got me thinking. Halloween is important to me, as I’ve stated thousands of times, but that sort of excitement isn’t seen here. In Amsterdam and (as far as I know) one major theme park celebrates Halloween. While Amsterdam is about the clubbing scene, this theme park, Walibi Holland, celebrates what would present at at Knott’s Scary Farm.
Otherwise, soon as October hits, the stores are stocked full of Sinterklaas products!