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November 3, 2022


Agnes Sorensen

A lot of kids go trick and treating at houses decorated with Halloween themes in Highgrove. As an exchange student, this was my first experience with the American Halloween and people go all in.

Halloween is an American holiday, which is spreading around the world. As an Danish exchange student in the United States, this was my first “real” Halloween experience. 

Halloween has started coming to Denmark, but I never went trick and treating, so on Halloween night I went to Highgrove to get the full experience.  

I was impressed by how the kids dressed up and even their parents would have outfits that might even match. Some high schoolers even dressed up with their cool and even scary costumes. 

I liked the family-friendly costumes with princesses, superheroes, fairies, etc. but the people who dressed up as clowns or were wearing fake blood were really cool as well. 

Everyone was really nice when they went out trick-or-treating. Kids were yelling “Happy Halloween” and a lot of people asked me how my first American Halloween was going, which made me feel very welcome.

People go all in. I mean ALL in, which I actually did not expect. People had the spiders, skeletons, gravestones, and clowns as props, which was really cool, but the most impressive prop was definitely the fake smoke. This gave an extra touch to the scary factor. 

I went on a golf cart drive in the Highgrove neighborhood, where I could see all of these props. Wow! People do so much and are extremely dedicated, which is really cool, because it is not like that in Denmark. 

Something that surprised me a bit was that nobody dresses up for school. Halloween could have been even more cool if it was a thing to dress up for school, so Halloween was not only at night. 

When the kids came trick-or-treating I thought they would actually say “trick or treat,” but most did not. They usually said “thank you,” and I feel like everyone was really polite to each other. 

 Something that disappointed me a tiny bit was that Halloween was not as scary as I thought it would be, but it was probably because I was in a family neighborhood. There were a few houses where the person handing out the candy was scary and did not say anything and even another house with a clown. 

At about 9 p.m. families started packing up and getting inside, which was earlier than I thought it would be. 

I will definitely take my friends and family from back home back to Peachtree City, so they can experience Halloween. I really liked it. People were more dedicated than I thought they would be.

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