Celebrating Halloween in London as an Expat

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Back in 2010 my husband and I left the concrete jungle of New York City to move to Sydney, Australia and test it out for a few years.

It was a great experience filled with so much. But it also gave us the opportunity to learn about a new culture and celebrate new holidays.  We always loved Australia Day and playing 2 Up. On the flip side, it was equally as exciting being able to share our own holidays and traditions with Aussie locals that might not be familiar with those of our own. I remember hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner where the majority of our guests were NOT from America. And it was a hit! I mean, how can you not love stuffing your face with tons of delicious food while enjoying time spent with friends?

As Halloween quickly approaches, you may be wondering where in London can I take my kids trick or treating? Keeping in mind that this is not a local holiday celebrated by all. In fact, the British hate Halloween apparently. A survey done way back in 2006 found that over half of British homeowners turn off their lights and pretend not to be home on Halloween. Yet another reason the United States is happy to be free from British rule. smiley

Here are a few tricks and treats to celebrating Halloween as an expat in London. 

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Where expats can celebrate Thanksgiving abroad

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

One of the toughest parts of being an expat is when holidays in your home country aren’t celebrated in your new country. For Americans abroad, the biggest missed holiday is usually Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Expats
During our own time abroad in Australia, the first Thanksgiving was a real challenge. Finding a big turkey to feed your American family and friends? Good luck. Pumpkin pie? Well, that’s not a thing Down Under. This led to some hilarious attempts to pull a dinner together – we may have called every baker and butcher in Sydney.

And even if you can find the supplies, many ovens just aren’t big enough to fit a large bird. Sometimes it’s just easier to have someone else do the cooking.

We’ve compiled a list of places in major expat destinations – Amsterdam, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, and London – where you can get yourself a proper Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin’s. Just make sure you book soon since Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away — some restaurants are already filling up!

Bon appetit!

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Adrenaline Pumping Activities For Expats And Travelers

Kate  @goodmigrations

Need not fret (frugal) adrenaline expats and travelers abroad, because we’ve done the work and here are nine epic activities you can experience around the globe that will have you leave saying, “whoa”. Whether traveling for fun or living overseas, these will get your heart beating.

Extreme Airplane Aerobatics AustraliaAustralia
Extreme Airplane Aerobatics
Airlie Beach, Queensland
http://tigermothadventures.com.au

Flip, twist, swirl and whirl all over the ocean in an open-cockpit two-seater airplane. The aerobatic flights range from Mild, Wild to Extreme.
(100USD / 145AUD)
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L2 Double Loop Waterslide AustriaAustria
L2 Double Loop Waterslide
Worgl, Austria
http://www.woerglerwasserwelt.at/en/l2-double-looping/the-l2/

Whether you go head or feet first, you’ll be whipping through the first, most extreme, and certainly the most intense double loop waterslide in the world. This ride is not for the faint at heart.
(30USD / 26EUR)
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