Having an au pair is a game-changer in more ways than one. From flexibility in childcare schedules to extra help around the house to having another driver to help with picking up and dropping off the kids, an au pair can make life much easier for the entire family.
But when it comes time for those special holidays throughout the year, there’s something else that au pairs can come in handy for – their creativity! With Halloween right around the corner, it’s prime time for au pairs and their host kids to get going on their costumes. And of course, to plan out the best trick-or-treating route in the neighborhood.
Au pairs can really make a difference for host families during Halloween. They can spend hours with the kids, brainstorming costume ideas and working through options. Then they can go shopping for any supplies to help bring the costume ideas to life! Of course, when Halloween night arrives, they can be trusted to take the kids out trick-or-treating in the neighborhood; after all, they’re experienced and loving caregivers, and they can keep a watchful eye on little ones during a particularly mischievous night of the year. When it comes to screening collected candy to ensure that everything is safe and suitable for the kids, au pairs can be a big help! They can check all of the pieces of candy and help sort it all into piles, making for an organized and happy ending to a spooky night.
If you’d prefer to take your children trick-or-treating yourself, perhaps your au pair would like to stay home on candy distribution duty. Let them stay home and pass out candy to neighborhood kids in costume – it will be a fun way for them to experience a classic American holiday, and feel like a treasured member of your community, too.
Including your au pair in your Halloween plans is a simple and surefire way to build a stronger bond with them and to include them in a beloved American tradition. Au pairs are curious to experience unique parts of American culture – and Halloween is a big one! It’s always fun for host families to share their traditions and customs with their au pairs; it usually results in a renewed appreciation for the American way of life.
Take it from these host families, who sent in photos of some inspiring Halloween costumes, as well as firsthand experiences of what it’s like to celebrate Halloween with an au pair!
The Webb family in Virginia
“On Halloween, she came up with the idea of being ‘Elsa’ for the kids. On her own, she went out and bought an Elsa costume because she knew the kids LOVED Elsa and wanted to give them a treat. That morning she came up the stairs dressed as Elsa … playing the ‘Frozen’ song. ‘Elsa then cooked them breakfast! My kids were in heaven that day, having a princess play with them. She opted to stay in character all day for them.”
The Khandwala family in New Jersey
“Our son loves traffic lights. So for Halloween, our au pair Paola worked with him to create a traffic light costume from scratch using a cardboard box, painting it yellow, cutting out the holes for him to wear, and attaching the lights. Not only did our son enjoy the costume making project itself, he was also the happiest and proudest Halloweener around.”
The Woods family in Washington
“On Halloween, our au pair Corinna took the kids’ red wagon and transformed it into a pirate ship. By using cardboard boxes and duct tape, this pirate ship became a favorite new toy that our little pirates LOVED!”
The Casey family in Massachusetts
“Our six-year-old decided he wanted to be a dunk tank for Halloween. So our au pair Jessy went and bought supplies and made him a handmade dunk tank costume, complete with target and attached ball. It was a thing of beauty that he could actually wear.”
The Annis family in New Jersey
“Our au pair Cointa is one of the most creative people I have ever met. For Halloween, I wanted to recreate the Heinz super bowl commercial where there are dachshunds (we have one named Jules) dressed as hot dogs running to their owners who were dressed as Ketchup, Relish, and Mustard. Cointa hand-made all the costumes for the boys including one for herself. They were simply amazing! Our boys were the envy of everyone on Halloween!”
The Dennison family in Virginia
“Even before her arrival, we knew that Karla would be a great fit for our family by her eagerness to participate in our annual, themed Halloween tradition. After the kids chose Star Wars as the family theme, she chose to dress up as Darth Vader without any hesitation. This simple act set the tone for her time with our family and made great memories for our children!”
To help inspire you this Halloween, here are some more au pair and host family costumes from over the years. We love seeing the creativity of the Cultural Care Au Pair community!