The French have their own unique, stylish ways of celebrating Halloween traditions. Here are some Halloween photos we found in the blogosphere from different regions of France.

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Witches’ Festivals take place in small towns all over France, inspired by the witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries. From getintravel.com.

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Pumpkin- and mushroom-shaped candies and chocolates in Cannes. From allaboutgem.com

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Pumpkin stand. From the Busy as a Bee in Paris blog.

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Paris costume shop, from the blog Paris at a Certain Age. The shop name Au Fou Rire means “laugh out loud!”

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Jack o’lantern, Eiffel Tower. From avenuestory.com

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Fine wines, cheeses. (What else does one need?) From The Travelers Collection blog.

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Witch, pumpkins, Eiffel Tower. From jimlepariser.fr

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Pumpkin-shaped candies. From Le Petit France.

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Trick or Treat!

FREE trick or treating in Old Town Tustin on Halloween, this Wednesday! Put on costumes and come to our neighborhood after school from 3:00-5:00, and trick or treat with the restaurants and shops. Hundreds of people come every year. It’s a fun time to visit and people-watch.

Old Town Tustin centers around the intersection of Main and El Camino Real with lots of free parking around the neighborhood. Google Maps Link

Here are some photos from last year…

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Marge Redmond Flamme at Old Town Flooring.

Jean-Michel and Miss Bobbie in front of Miss Bobbie's Low-Carb Shoppe & Cafe

Jean-Michel and Miss Bobbie in front of Miss Bobbie’s Low-Carb Shoppe & Cafe

Jean-Michel poses with Miss Bobbie at Miss Bobbie’s Low-Carb Shoppe.

France Today Magazine

NEW this month and available in-store only! I Dream of France now offers France Today magazine. Written in English, France Today is full of articles about French travel, food & wine, culture, design, shopping, real estate and much more. Each issue also includes the TV5MONDE listings (US cable/satellite channel of French programming).

We also offer Edible Orange County magazine for more articles about food, art, and Southern California culture. The Fall 2012 issue is all about chocolate!

–Brett

Every year on Halloween, the merchants of Old Town Tustin pass out candy to trick-or-treaters after school hours, before it gets dark. This year there were about 400 kids and parents walking around. Top costumes included multiple Marios and a Luigi (who knew they were popular again?), a family of nerds, Pebbles & Bam-Bam, princesses, and lions. In between clusters of kids, we snapped some photos. Scroll down to see all of them.

Trick or Treaters Passing by Prospect Village

Trick or Treaters Passing by Prospect Village

Trick or Treaters Stopping at Old Town Flooring

Trick or Treaters Stopping at Old Town Flooring

Trick or Treaters Passing by I. Initial

Trick or Treaters Passing by I. Initial

As festivities wound down, we posed for photos with our neighbors.

Miss Bobbie and Jean-Michel

Miss Bobbie and Jean-Michel

Here is Jean-Michel (a Frenchman dressed as a Frenchman, get it?) and Miss Bobbie as a witch in front of Miss Bobbie’s Low Carb Shoppe & Cafe.

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Here is Marge Redmond Flamme in front of Old Town Flooring. Does the broom give her costume away?

Brett at I Dream of France

Brett at I Dream of France

Here I am, in front of I Dream of France, dressed as…the American wife of a Frenchman!

–Brett

Halloween is coming! Looking for some new ways to decorate a pumpkin? Here are some fresh ideas we discovered this year.

Toile Pumpkin -- Photo by Miki Duisterhof for Country Living Magazine

Toile Pumpkin -- Photo by Miki Duisterhof for Country Living Magazine

First, how about a French Country toile pumpkin? Click the photo for a link to Country Living Magazine’s article on how to decoupage an artifical pumpkin. I would make this in  black and white toile and display it with smaller pumpkins covered in black and white checks.

Monogram Thumbtack Pumpkin -- All in a Day Blog

Monogram Thumbtack Pumpkin -- All in a Day Blog

Next: a nickel-colored pumpkin with your own monogram! Click the photo to go to the All in a Day blog and see how Amy made this. I haven’t seen a pumpkin like this before, and I think it’s unique, charming, and lovely. Another stylish colorway would be a black pumpkin with brass thumbtacks.(I discovered this pumpkin via Pinterest — if you haven’t heard of this site before, check it out!)

Terra Cotta Jack O'Lanterns -- Shabby Chic Shar Blog

Terra Cotta Jack O'Lanterns -- Shabby Chic Shar Blog

A friend of mine collects terra cotta jack o’ lanterns from the flea market. She has several sizes with varying faces. The lid (or hat) of each pumpkin comes off so you can put a votive candle inside. I found this photo of a similar collection from the Shabby Chic Shar Blog.

Halloween Light-Up Pumpkin by Day

Halloween Light-Up Pumpkin by Day

Halloween Light-Up Pumpkin by Night

Halloween Light-Up Pumpkin by Night

Here is a light-up electrical pumpkin I found at a discount store. It is made of a metal frame covered with a thin layer of woven fibers, sequins, and a felt leaf and stem. Under the frame are light bulbs. The lighted effect is a pleasant anticipation of Christmas lights…only a month or so away!

Coucke Citrouille (Pumpkin) Dish Towel from I Dream of France

Coucke Citrouille (Pumpkin) Dish Towel from I Dream of France

And last but not least…a French pumpkin kitchen towel! This design is super popular in our shop, and people love the grommet in the corner for hanging. The cheerful mix of colors make this towel pretty year-round. No need to pack it up after jack o’ lantern season is over.

Hope you feel inspired to try something new this year, and Happy Halloween!

–Brett