Is Halloween Celebrated Everywhere?

In Germany and Sweden, Halloween is not an official holiday. Some people celebrate it, but most people don’t. If you walk down a German or Swedish street, you wouldn’t know it was Halloween. This is because people don’t decorate their houses like they do here. Not a lot of people go trick or treating, but the people that do go, are mostly young kids. If you go, you can`t assume that every house will be prepared with candy. Linda (German Exchange Student): I have only been trick or treating once and that was when I was little. It was mostly because I went to a birthday party and all the kids wanted to go trick or treating. I dressed up as a traditional witch.

  Alicia (Swedish Exchange Student): I have been trick or treating a couple of times when I was little. I dressed up as a witch, but since October is a cold month in northern Europe, I had to cover my costume with a jacket, hat and gloves. In Sweden, most parents make their make Halloween cards before they go trick or treating. You give the cards as a thank you to the people that give you candy and if you don’t have a card it is kind of impolite. We were both excited to celebrate an American holiday and be a part of the American culture. We saw this as a great opportunity to spend time with our host families. We both dressed up and went trick or treating with our host siblings and friends. It was interesting to see all the decorated houses and it was fun to try a lot of American candy that we had never tried before.

German & Sweden Exchange Students 1st Homecoming


Important note: This article was written by the exchange students that Newport Harbor is privileged to host.  
  What would you think about going to a foreign country and experience events that don’t exist in your home country? How would you feel before a school event, would you be scared, excited or nervous? These are thoughts that crossed our minds before experiencing something completely foreign. We are two exchange students from Germany and Sweden and we are going to write about our thoughts and feelings about experiencing our first homecoming dance.IMG_2606 Since we don’t have homecoming dances in Germany and Sweden we had no idea what to expect. Our only knowledge was based on American teenage movies and they are not always very reliable. Before the actual dance we both felt nervous, curious, and excited. To be honest, we were kind of stressed out. We didn’t know what to wear or how to do our hair and makeup. Lucky, we had friends that could help with explaining the dresscode. We helped each other get ready; we curled our hair, did our makeup and painted our nails. In the IMG_7726meantime, we were listening to music and just getting ready, which was a lot of fun. We arrived at homecoming  and our first impression was that it looked extremely fancy and unique. We were both ready and excited to experience our very first homecoming dance. We met our other friends there and all danced to the music that the DJ was playing. There was a variety of good food and desserts, such as chocolate fountain, brownies, and cookies. We also took a lot of fun pictures in the Photo Booth with our friends. The photos are a great way to remember this night. To summarize, we had a great time and this was a really nice American experience. We are grateful that we got to experience something that doesn’t exist in our home countries and we both fell asleep with a huge smile that night.