I never realized how strange our American customs were until I tried explaining Halloween to an African family.
“I will pick you up and we will go trick-or-treating….”
“I mean, we will put on costumes and…..”
“Ok, we will put on outfits that make us look like something else…..”
I’m obviously back-pedaling at the confused look on their faces.
“Once we have our costumes, err, different outfits on, we will go to houses and ring the doorbell. When someone answers, we will yell ‘Trick-or-treat!’ and they will put candy in our bags.”
At the word ‘candy’, they broke out in smiles.
Sugar is a universal language.
The smiles lasted all evening. When they saw their costumes they could hardly contain their excitement. We practiced saying ‘Trick-or-treat’ and ‘Thank you!’ very loudly. We did not want to be rude trick-or-treaters!
Even the mama got in on the fun. I love a woman who is not afraid to dress-up!
We were quite the mob walking down the street. I’m so glad we have kind and loving neighbors!
And the candy trading happening at the end was epic. Anniela’s favorite candy is Smarties, which is my kids least favorite…. So she traded her chocolate for their Smarties. Of course, my kids thought they got the better end of that deal…. But so did Anniela. 😉 Everyone was happy.
Until the next day when I realized my boys hid all their candy from me. Whaaaaa?? For good reason, yes. But still!
After all I do for them…