“I got four of my local mom friends together to organise an American Halloween party…by party I mean Trick or Treat event. This is our third year doing it…we meet at a Central Park at 5 with all the kids that will join, after going over the “Trick or Treat” phase in English and reminding everyone to have good manners and say thank you, the kids are off to collect their candy.”
“We pass out a paper to each house in the neighbourhood with an explanation of the event, a date and time, and a pumpkin cut out on it. The participating houses hang the cutout on their gate or by the doorbell, making it easy to know which houses are giving out candy. In a few years I might teach the kids some fun tricks and warn the neighbours if they don’t start giving out Treats, they might get Tricked!”
Erinn and her son!
Xana celebrates by throwing a party for students at her English school. She includes a scary pinata (unique for Japan!) and of course jack-o-lanterns! “DH grows pumpkins with various degrees of success. The students in my classes each draw their designs on a mikan (mandarin), and I pick one from a bag as a design for our jack-o-lantern.”
Xana’s school Halloween party!
Vicky’s son dressed up as, well I can’t figure out what but it looks amazing, for his piano school’s halloween party and won first prize.
The prize winning costume!
Lynda looks to her Irish roots for a traditional celebration:
“Halloween is huge at home, because it is also the Samhain festival which Halloween was born from. So this year I am really trying to celebrate and educate the kids on this ancient celtic festival. We’ve been making Halloween crafts all this month, on Halloween night we will light a bonfire, an Irish tradition to cleanse and protect the household, we will eat the closest thing to colcannon and barmbrack that I can find, the latter with a ring hidden in it per tradition, we will bob for apples and play snap apple, we will dress up. This year we won’t carve Jack O’Lanterns which historically were carved from turnips. (When Irish emigrated to America they started using pumpkins as they couldn’t get turnips.) We will also look for fairies! This is the best time of the year to find a fairy, as they come out to play for Samhain.”
Like Erinn, Heather started a Trick or Treat event in her neighbourhood. But it turned into an unexpected English lesson!
Heather’s neighbour getting into the spirit of things.
‘I did trick or treating in my neighbourhood. I bought oodles of candy and took it to my neighbours and tried to explain trick-or-treating and asked them to be involved. The results were a hoot- complete mystification as to why I would buy candy and then give them the credit for handing it out and wondering how they would know which kids to give it to etc etc. My coolest neighbour got right into the swing of it and wanted to know what to say in English. Happy Halloween was too tricky so we settled on ‘Here you are.’ After 10 minutes she chased me down with a pen and paper as she’d forgotten and needed pronunciation practice!”
School parties, neighbourhood trick or treating, jack-o-lantern carving – it’s been a busy month! At least we have November to recover before we get into the Christmas spirit!
Mum to three very loud boys and wife to a patient Japanese man, I'm Australian and moved to the Kansai area in 2012. Aside from navigating all the craziness of being a mum in another country, I work semi-full time and try to keep my sanity! Of course I clean but I don't cook!