Sunday, 5 October 2008

American October Celebration.

It's the Halloween month.
I remember my host told me the first year I was in Arkansas that they do not celebrate Halloweens but Nov 1st, all Saint's day. (I think) It was more of a religious celebration for them on Nov first then Halloween.

To me is a day where all American children play dress up in the community and get candies. In Shanghai, most expat families, not just Americans, would participate this costume seasons. Children will knock on your door, which is decorated to indicate you are participating in this event, and the apartment tenant will pass out candies, coupons or homemade cookies.

There is also a darker side to this celebration, not that I know clearly what it is, but I remember my host family telling me children in the community can only be trick or treating in the same community they are from, for safety reasons. Kidnapping and people making thier own candies with razors or silica powders etc for the kids to eat!

I never celebrate Halloween, that is because I never grew up doing this. In Malaysia, no one does it and by the time I was in America for my studies, I was too old to participate.

Although I do like the idea of dressing up for a fun occasion, since I can not do that here or I don't have pictures of me in costumes I am sharing PingPing with you.
She is in her 1st Halloween costume - a glitterly butterfly.

Click HERE to grab it.

Recently I will be busier. A friend and I came up with the idea that I design the cover of the Wedding Guest Book for her as she is a wedding planner. I have agreed to do this for her and I am really excited.

I hope I can continue to give freebies to you as my work began to pile up. I am very very happy to share my work with you. Especially those who made effort to write me and encourage me. Oh, I have finished finally my November Oriental Challenge and I am working on the December Oriental Challenge. It will be a Peranakan Themed. (a Chinese Malaysian Theme)

I will not be doing any Christmas Challenge, but I may have a surprise Christmas gift for you. I will be away most of Dec as I will be celebrating Christmas in GERMANY!! for the first time with BF's family. I will try to bring my HD with me so I can set up Christmas gifts for you everyday. Like a Christmas Advent? Everyday you open a box and a small gift inside?? Nice idea? What do you think?

Oh well. I need to get to work on my Wedding Guestbooks layouts.
Have a good Sunday.


terri - hawaii said...

PingPing is a doll in her cute costume. Oh, having a daily freebie for Christmas would be fun. Or, maybe not daily since you will be on vacation, LOL. I just really enjoy your asian creations. Thank you - hugs and aloha!!

Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 05 Oct [LA 11:41pm] - 06 Oct [NY 01:41am, UK 06:41am, OZ 04:41pm] ).

deadrose said...

Those Halloween scares have been proven to be urban legends, except for a couple that have been in-family poisonings using Halloween candy as a cover. If you're curious, Snopes has a lot of information on it.

I never got to take photos in the Asian neighborhood yesterday, it was raining too hard. We finally replaced our old rice maker though!

Taniyah said...

I have to admit that Halloween is definitely my favorite non-Jesus holiday.

Liz said...

thanks for the site !

linda said...

We love Halloween here! My son just turned 2 last week and asked to be Batman- the old TV version- so we are doing crafts and the whole famly is following a theme. Last year my daughter was a fairy- so your freebie will be perfect. Now I'll have to find something batty....