To start with… YES… they celebrate Halloween in Germany! Everyone has asked the same question… including me! It’s mostly for little kids to go trick-or-treating…just as it is here. But they also have Halloween Parties and dress up in costume at all ages. Halloween actually started in Europe.http://www.history.com/topics/halloween#a1
Lara’s first Halloween in America turned out to be a week-long affair. It started with a Halloween Party at her friend’s house on October 22nd. Katie is in Lara’s English class, and also a friend and softball teammate to our daughter, Brittany. Both girls were invited but Brittany was out-of-town so this was also Lara’s first party to attend by herself. Our older daughter, Amber, helped Lara put a Witch’s costume together with a combination of some things Lara had and things amber had. Amber brought Lara to the party. I picked her up. Lara had fun! Lara also has a special bond with Katie’s family so that helps! Katie’s mother has relatives in Germany and talk at our daughters’ softball games about life there! It’s been quite an education for all of us.
On the following Friday night, the 28th, we all went to an annual Halloween Party at our oldest son’s house. Tyler and his wife, Sharon, spare no expense in decorations! Last year was their first party, before they were married.
Brittany, Lara and I went there to help decorate and make food items the night before. We made Ghosts out of Chocolate-covered strawberries and a 7-layer dip that looked like a spider web.
The night before Halloween, Lara and Brittany carved Pumpkins and made some great Pumpkin Seeds. They googled a recipe and put them in the oven while they carved their pumplins. And yes… they carve pumpkins in Germany too!
On Halloween night, Lara and Brittany attended a YoungLife Costume-Dance Party. Previous Blogs have explained YoungLife, http://www.younglife.org/us. Both girls decided they wanted to dress up as something different…and they looked so cute! Lara was Minnie Mouse. Brittany was a Little Girl. Their friend Katie was “Dora the Explorer”. I told them it was like looking at a Little Girl with her two favorite things… a Minnie Mouse and Dora! They are still little kids at heart, I guess!