October is a magical month for children. Everyone is settled into their new school routine, the trees are changing color and one of the most fun holidays is around the corner. Halloween, with its scary motifs and creative costumes, is acknowledged in many countries, but I think it is safe to say that no one does Halloween like Americans! Here are some ways your au pair can help your family have a great Halloween:
- The all-important costume: Store-bought Halloween costumes can be expensive and are often only used once. Why not have your au pair help your child make their own costume? Click on the link for some of our favorite ideas: http://www.parents.com/holiday/halloween/costumes/halloween-costumes-made-by-moms/
- Pumpkin carving: Have your au pair supervise your children as they carve their favorite Jack-o-Lantern pattern. Little kids who aren't ready for pumpkin carving can paint pumpkins instead. Check out this article for some pumpkin painting ideas that will appeal to adults as well as children: http://www.bhg.com/halloween/pumpkin-decorating/painted-pumpkin-ideas/
- Trick-or-treating is an American tradition that children absolutely love. It's their one night to shine and gather loads of treats. Have your au pair join in the fun by chaperoning your children as they go door to door in your neighborhood.
- Safety first: After a night of gathering treats, the only thing your child will want to do is face-plant into their pile of candy. Have your au pair help with going through the candy to make sure it's safe for your child to eat. Remind your au pair that candy should be in its original, unopened wrapper. Unwrapped candy should be thrown out and children should only eat fruit or homemade sweets from people your family knows and trusts. Your au pair can also help with monitoring your child's intake of sweets for the many weeks after.
- Spooky treats: Don't have time to bake cookies for your child's classroom party this month? Have your au pair show your children how to make a traditional treat from their home country. Not only will your child get to learn about different cuisines, but it can be shared with the class as well!
Allowing your au pair to be part of the family during this special season will give them great insight into American culture and give you some time to enjoy a treat or two yourself.