You will not see the British decorate their houses(this goes for other holidays except for Christmas). You might see the odd jack-o-lantern but that is it. They might take their children out to trick-or-treat usually between 5-8. Also when they dress up, they most likely wear costumes of scary things such as ghosts, witches and skeletons not whatever you would like a in the US. Here is more history on the occasion..
Just because a house doesn’t have its front light on doesn’t mean it is not participating in Halloween so if they are not participating they just won’t answer the door. Sometime teens are naughty and if you don’t give them treats, they will egg your house.
If you don’t want to stick out in your English neighbourhood, you could just put a jack-o-lantern on your doorstep and decorate the inside of your house.
There are other ways to celebrate:
- Have a Halloween party and invite your British friends over to see what the fuss is all about!
- Scaresville at Kenthall House
- Hit up the areas where there are a lot of Americans such as base housing areas. I hear that they run out of candy very quicky so the earlier you can go the better!
- Go to a pumpkin patch like:
- Milton Rectory Farm Shop- Landbeach Rd, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6DA 01223 860 374
- Christmas Hill Farm Shop- Station Road, Lakenheath, IP27 9AB 01842 861144
- Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze- Undley Road, Beck Row, Suffolk IP28 8BU
- Go on a ghost tour in Cambridge, Ely or Bury St Edmunds.
- There are some activities during this week as it is half term for the children attending British schools.
All the Best!
American to Britain