October is scary month. Tee hee, it's Halloween on 31 October.
Halloween is not a big deal in New Zealand. As a child I can still clearly remember how disappointed I was going trick-a-treating in New Zealand for the first time. I’d been spoiled you see, as my first few years of Halloween were experienced when I lived in the USA. I loved that we all dressed up and that we had to have a trick ready in case they wanted a trick.
You see, I’d been living in the USA for about 3 years while my dad was at Cornell. We returned to NZ when I was six. That October we went out trick-a-treating and I got hardly anything!
In the USA, I could remember having to have several baskets ready to collect all the ‘candy’ ‘lollies’ or ‘sweets’ as the bounty is called depending on which country you’re from. Because New Zealanders don’t really get into Halloween, I got less than one basket, and no one really dressed up! I was so upset I cried.
That was a few years ago now, and a few more NZ families get into the groove, so to speak, on the 31st October, and some kids do dress up, but I’m still lucky if I get one or two kids knocking at my door. I usually have sweets let over. It’s not helped by the fact it’s the start of summer, and day light savings, so it doesn’t get dark until about9pm. Not very spooky when you’re running around in broad daylight, but I suspect a bit safer.
This year, since my move from Wellington to the Hawkes Bay, I live rural, so I suspect I’ll get no children knocking on my door. Still, I have bought my bags of ‘candy’ ‘sweets’ or ‘lollies’ ready for the heady rush of asking for a trick. I’m ever hopeful when I open the door that the children have made an effort and dress for fright!
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