Halloween is getting to be more of a 'big thing' over here in Australia. Summer and AJ remember what a big deal it was when we lived in the USA, and it's still nowhere near that, but it is getting a little bigger every year. The big orange jack-o-lantern pumpkins are imported and more people are getting into carving them or using them as decorations...although they do cost about $20 EACH, so they are kind of rare to see around. Well, besides the price, it's the fact that it's almost summer time here so it's pretty warm during the day so they really don't last long. Anyway, the kids have been wound up about Halloween for months. I found it hard to get motivated to do much about it, but made an effort in the couple of days before. On Halloween day, we went to a street fair where all the kids held a snake:
and played games, and painted, and watched the lion dancers:
and AJ was chosen to go onstage and play a local-knowledge game - which he won!!!!:
He was SO thrilled!! He won prizes to some local fun places.
Gypsy didn't like being left for the day so she decided to dig a hole to China:
We went trick-or-treating in the evening and the kids got about 50 pieces of candy each. Which sounds like a lot, but by U.S. standards, it would be a tiny fraction. They are still grateful for what they got.
So now the kids are already planning for Halloween 2011!