You may be surprised to find out that this is not your au pair’s first Halloween! Halloween is not strictly an American holiday, but it definitely has it’s own American twist! Here is a little history of the holiday and some favorite activities you might choose to do this time of year.
Those holiday has its history in ancient Gaelic culture, known as All Hallows’ Eve The pagans believed some portal between the living and dead was opened at the end of harvest season festival. Bonfires were burned and masks were worn to mimic the spirits. Irish and Scottish immigrants (my people) brought these traditions to the Americas in the 19th century. Thanks you, great, great grandparents!
Modern-day Halloween activities involve carving pumpkins, having bonfires, taking hayrides, visiting spooky corn mazes and haunted houses, costume parties, and of course, trick-or-treating. Read about an au pair cluster who just went to a corn maze: http://goaupairtoledoarea.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/butterfly-house-and-corn-maze/ Go Au Pair Providence has gone apple picking and taken a hay ride. What have you done. What fun Halloween activities are you planning this week?
Let us talk, just for a moment, about trick-or-treating. Most American families take their kids to the local neighborhood where they can easily walk door-to-door as a group. We start off around dusk and go as long as the kids have energy to continue. If you happen to live in a more rural area, parents often opt to take kids to Halloween parties or drive them around in the car for house-to-house candy collecting. This is much more tedious and made even harder by the bulky costumes and seat belt rules. If possible, take your Host Kids to the local neighborhood where you can walk for an hour or so. Be sure to bring a flashlight and maybe a stroller if you are bringing a toddler.
Be safe, have fun, and enjoy your American Halloween! For more information about adding an au pair to your family, contact me or simply go to http://www.goaupair.com/Providence and register today!