Dear Au Pairs and Host families,
It is October when everything is turning yellow, orange and red around us and it is time to enjoy beautiful fall in Colorado! For those who are experiencing October in the U.S. for the first time it will be exciting experience with Halloween costumes, pumpkin carvings, Halloween decorations, haunted houses etc. Here is some information about Halloween in America:
Halloween is a yearly celebration on October 31st, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows (or All Saints). Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror movies. Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” refers to “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, in the United States the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses. Because Halloween comes in the wake of the yearly apple harvest, candy apples (known as toffee apples outside North America), caramel or taffy apples are common Halloween treats made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup, sometimes followed by rolling them in nuts.
I encourage you to take part in all activities: go to the pumpkin patch with the family to pick and carve your own pumpkin, find your way through a corn maze, take a hayride, wear a costume and go trick-or-treating with kids, face your fear at one of the haunted houses and just enjoy this colorful time in Colorado!
Wednesday, 2 October 2013 9:06 AM