I did it.
I knocked on total strangers doors and asked them to give 50 kids candy this Saturday. I have never gone to so much effort just so my kids can go trick-or-treating! I've also never had to explain how Halloween "works" and what "to do" to grown ups before!!!
When I started I didn't have a plan on what to say... I ended up starting with my standard "Ummm.. Hello, Is English okay?" They would immediately look at me odd. I started to explain that we were from the International School, and as a way to experience another custom we wanted to take the kids trick-or-treating in the neighborhood for Halloween. At that point I'd either see a smile or an even more confused look. I'd ask if it would be okay if the kids could come and knock on their doors for some candy on Halloween night. :) I was amused at how many times I had to explain how it worked and what to do. Most understood the concept of it, but I'd guess some of these people haven't ever done the American trick-or-treating thing. I hope they don't get surprised when they open the door and the kids yell "TRICK OR TREAT" instead of singing a nice song like they do in February at Festalavn. I wonder how many people will hand us a piece of bread? :)
I visited half the houses I needed to so far... most said yes and seemed very nice and willing to help us out. A couple houses were not too excited about the idea though... I'm taking candy back to one woman so she can give it back to us and the older woman just didn't understand our English I think.
So I'm feeling better about my upcoming Halloween. Earlier this month I had read my blog post from last Halloween and that has definitly motivated me with this trick-or-treating thing. :) I want a "regular" Halloween. I have two giant pumpkins which we will carve tomorrow. Our party at school will be fun and involve a cake walk and a Halloween Parade. AND we will go trick-or-treating! YAY. :)
PS. I also read in this same post I didn't like the girls school. Here I am a year later, complaining about all the same school things. Doesn't make me too impressed with my progress in this area. I think means I should be done with the school. I have a meeting with the "headmaster" tomorrow because I kinda told her the school was dumb and a waste of time. (I said it nicely of course.) :)
ALSO from this same blog post I remembered that my Grandma was here last Thanksgiving to help me make everything. I will now call her and ask her to please come again but I have the feeling she would like to come during a warmer part of the year. :)