The new French president, François Hollande, made his first mark on the French school system by extending "All Saints' Day" school break into a full two weeks. This worked out quite well for us this year since Thanksgiving falls pretty early; it allowed us to arrive in time for Halloween, stay through Thanksgiving, and the boys only miss 2 weeks of school.
With the hurricane and all, we weren't sure we'd make it in time for Halloween after all, but we did our best, and it all worked out in the end. Glad that my mom didn't make the boys' costumes for nothing! They went Trick or Treating for the first time (wellll second I guess if you count going with their school a few days earlier, but given the candy they got there, I say this counts as the first time) with their cousins, Alex and Xenia, around my parents' neighborhood.
Benjamin was upset at first because I mentioned wearing a coat (it was COLD!), but my mom saved the day with a sweater he could wear under his costume. Then he was annoyed because he wanted to come back to the house after and split all the candy up equitably (that is what they did at school). We told him we weren't going to do that, that they were all going to the same houses and would get more or less the same candy. He stayed perturbed for a while about that... until he realized he had a lot more candy than the others. Then he decided we didn't have to share it all out again. (I think there is probably some political and/or religious lesson to be had here.) (And I have no idea how he ended up with so much more candy than the others.)