Happy Saint Nicholas everyone! I hope you all cleaned your shoes and put them out so he was able to leave you a little something.
I want to use the day were we celebrate Saint Nicholas to tell you about another celebration that is much bigger here in the UK: HALLOWEEN!!
This post is not going to be very long, but rather features all the great decorations we put up.
I was very lucky and spent Halloween in a household where they love to decorate the house for all the different events. Since I was there and the oldest daughter came home for a week, the father once again had to take out all the decorations and we then put them up together at the 29 October.
After we put up two big spiders on the handrail of the gallery, we put a ‘Happy Halloween’ banner next to it. Next the pictures in the hallway were exchanged with some scary portraits.
The tailor’s dummy got dressed with a black wig, a hat and a ghost face. All the tea-light holders and candles in general were replaced by Halloween themed and a nice chain of lights was hung over the fireplace.
Even though these decorations were already quite nice, there was more to come. After we put two false hands in the front garden, we took out all the noisy decorations.
A nice old-looking coffin was put entrance room, so whenever someone walks by it will make noises and a skeleton looks out and scares people. Next was a skull with bright eyes who would light up and start moving around in rhythm to the music:
“I always feel like somebody’s watching me.
And I have no privacy.
Woh, I always feel like somebody’s watching me.
Tell me is it just a dream?”
Another highlight was a bowl with a skull face on it and when you put your hand in, a skeleton hand comes out. For finishing touch we put up a red beware sign that lights up and plays “Toccata and fugue in d minor” by JS Bach with a scary “BEWARE” at the end.
Two days later was Halloween and Hannah, the oldest daughter, came to visit the family just the day before. I didn’t really noticed that it was Halloween until later that day, when Hannah and I carved a ghost into a pumpkin and at dinner we used some nice Halloween themed glasses.
However the funny really just begun when children came trick or treating. Sadly there were just two children once, but we still had our fun. They were quite shy and hesitant anyway, but when they wanted to take a chocolate bar out of the skull bowl they were so frightened because of the skeleton hand that suddenly came out. Poor things. In the end they still got their chocolate and then left again.
Even though it was just a small Halloween celebration, it was still very nice to see what it’s like over here and I can tell you, it’s far more celebrated than in Germany.
Thank you Andrew and Julie for inviting me to celebrate with you and Hannah for the nice pumpkin carving! I had a lot of fun with you!
With this I’m saying goodbye until tomorrow with another story from my time in England.