Happy Halloween!

Halloween is slowly becoming more popular in Albania. Last year, I experienced the kids that acted like ravaged wolves, as I handed out candy. This year, the volunteers in a neighbor site, decided to make a small haunted house for their community. My sitemate and I were excited to help out and experience the chaos that was likely to accompany that many children.

Monika making some delicious apple pies

Monika making some delicious apple pies

We can be festive

We can be festive

Will getting ready

Will getting ready

Making scary posters!

Making scary posters!

I have been to quite a few haunted houses in the states, but I have never participated in actually scaring the kids. This year, I landed a spot as one of the main “events.” Lucky for the kids, my water schedule had been ridiculously short for the last three days, which meant my unwashed hair did a great job of looking zombie like.

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Will and Monika, told the kids to come by their house at 5:30 pm. Starting around 3pm, there were periodic shouts from kids that were too excited to wait much longer. Not long after, a crowd began to form and we all began to wonder what we had just gotten ourselves into.

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The crowd, slowly getting bigger

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Some of the helpers

Some of the helpers

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By 5pm, the kids were making so much noise, a small group of parents gathered across the street. They sat there and watched as we tried to control their children. Realizing they weren’t going to wait any longer, we began taking kids through, 5 at a time.

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The kids were so excited and hopped up on sugar that they were trying to climb the gate to get into the house.Thankfully, two older Albanian boys came to control the crowd. Without their help, it would have likely turned into a disaster.

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We tried to limit each kid to walking through the house only one time. Some of them stealthily walked through two or three times, screaming and laughing just as loudly each trip. This was something they were going to be talking about for months. Sharing our culture with the kids here, no matter how big or small, is easily one of my favorite parts of service.

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