He is on his way! He travels by boat – a large steamboat – from Spain to the Netherlands. Of course his helpers – “Zwarte Pieten”, Black Petes, since their faces are black from soot – travel along, in their bright colored outfits and funny hats with feathers.
We don’t really do Halloween. In the fall you may see the typical decorations like carved pumpkins on the front porches, but it never really was a tradition in the Netherlands to celebrate “All Hallow’s Eve” on October 31th. Although it’s becoming more popular now over here, Halloween has to combat another holiday that is celebrated around the same time, November 11th: Saint Martin’s Day, or in Dutch: Sint Maarten.