Sugar Highs & Costume Drama's!
One of the most entertaining and challenging weeks in the Elementary School year, is undoubtedly Halloween week. Although it's fun in many ways, in general it's eyed with some trepidation by faculty. After all you just can't beat 200 little kids on a sugar rush for a challenge!Friday will really just be a write-off here. What with all the excitement of they're outfits for our Costume Contest, then too much candy thrown in for good measure, it's guaranteed to be 'out there'!The USA goes in for Halloween in a BIG way, and from my experience more so than the UK. Our school and homes have been decorated for Halloween for most of this month and as we approach the big day, the really OTT decor will be making an appearance.I went past a home in town last week with ghostly apparitions floating all around it, with more than a week still to go. What really amused me, is for the rest of the year this home is severely neglected and needs more than a few ghosts to make it presentable! It struck me as ironic they'd spend so much money on fleeting decorations and yet won't shell out for a few cans of paint and some much needed maintenance!In general my decorations are tame; a hanging evil pumpkin wooden thingymajig and a gravestone that lights and makes scary noises when someone approaches it, will go out Thursday. But I am having to put some more effort into my costume for Friday.Yes as is tradition here, the faculty dress up for Halloween. This year our chosen theme is relatively easy being 'The Fifties', but even that I find strange. When I was growing up in England (it may now be different), your Halloween costume was always something scary not a famous person or something 'normal'. But here it's quite different and we have Princess', Fairies, Superheroes, household items etc! So I have my rolled up jeans, neck scarf, polka dot headband with bow, ballet slippers, button down cardi and pearls at the ready. But I might be true to my roots and come as a dead 'Fifties' girl!So I will be soaking up 'the madness' this week as the US whips itself into it's usual Halloween frenzy, which all seems slightly surreal to little expat me!