Sunday, October 25, 2009

Trick or Treating Plan

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. :)

10 comments:

PiNG aka Patti said...

Way to go you! You definitely have more guts than I do!!

C and H Romenesko said...

You are such a good mom! I'm sure the kiddos will love it. We'll be in the US for Halloween (moving into the new pad), so I have to make a mad dash to Target to buy candy to give out. Nothing says "welcome to the neighborhood" better than Trick or Treat. I just hope we don't have a lot of teens coming through.

Monica said...

That is a great idea! Last year we just sent the kids around the neighborhood with the hopes that they would meet kind neighbors that knew that the Americans had moved in! LOL (There goes the neighborhood! ;)
This year we actually have seen Jack-O-Lanterns on three of the streets, so I think they are ready for us, and we might even get a few back! Super mom!

Archaeogoddess said...

You rock!

Strictly said...
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Strictly said...

Tara - how did your meeting with the school go? Did you get your points across?

Tara said...

I had my meeting at school. I've had the same conversation many times over the past two years so I'm not too confident things will change. The "headmaster" didn't show up so I couldn't even talk to her. I'm about to send an email... Other parents are not happy with the school, nobody is for that matter. We are thinking of striking and keeping our kids home one day. !! TOO FUNNY!

Strictly said...

I've never heard of kids striking before! LOL!

I hope you get some resolution, you're there for another year, if I remember rightly?

Ingrid said...

I am really impressed of the work you did visiting all the houses for Halloween! We will have a great party at Saturday!
But I do think some parents are happy....

Kelli Nørgaard said...

you really are the ULTIMATE MOM!!! Get those camera batteries charged because you know we will all want to see the pics!

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