Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween in Stony Brook Village!


Jenny and her host kids check out the APIA Scarecrow

Jenny and her host kids check out the APIA Scarecrow

Stony Brook Village hosted a fun filled Halloween for families this year!  Au Pair in America Senior Community Counselor Cindy Garruba invited host families and au pairs to join her at the festivities.  Cindy handed out Halloween coloring books to the children who stopped to see the Au Pair in America Scarecrow.  DSCN0224

There were crafts and games for the children and a really big crowd.  Everyone loved the scarecrows and the entertainment from the local dance school.  Even Walkie Bear from radio station 97.5 was there with the DJs from the station.  It was a great place to spend a safe and happy Halloween!DSCN0226

Au Pair in America Halloween in Stony Brook

Meet Cindy Garruba

Suffolk County Senior Community Counselor

for Au Pair in America

Halloween in Stony Brook Village

3:30- 4:30 PM

Check out the APIA Scarecrow near the Post Office

Costume Parade for the Kids

October 31, 2013-October 31, 2013
Stony Brook Village Event(02:00 PM-05:00 PM)

23rd Annual Halloween Festival

Join us in the Stony Brook Village Center for our 23rd Annual Halloween Festival! Trick or treat in the shops, meet Walkie Bear from WALK-FM Radio, enjoy a performance from Spotlight Dance Academy, receive a free mini pumpkin, participate in a Halloween costume parade with Monster Merlin, and play games in Inner Court. This event is free!

Location: Stony Brook Village Center


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Halloween Safety Tips

halloween pic

Ghouls and goblins will take over the night. But even scary creatures need to be safe and celebrate Halloween right. Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and automobile collisions. The Red Cross wantsyour family to have a safe Halloween so we’re providing these tips,

the Lucky 13:

  1. Map out the route that you plan to roam, so adults are assured you will find your way home!
  2. From the bravest of superheroes to the noblest of knights, everyone should remember to bring their flashlights!
  3. If you visit a house where a stranger resides, accept treats at the door and, please, don’t go inside.
  4. When you get ready to put on your disguise, use face paint instead of masks, which will cover your eyes.
  5. Always remember, before you embark, to wear light-colored clothing  to be seen in the dark! (And remember to use reflective tape, even on bikes, and brooms and the edges of your cape!)
  6. Whether you walk, slither or sneak, do it on the sidewalks and not in the street.
  7. As you roam through the neighborhood collecting your treats, please look both ways before crossing the street! (And speaking of streets, the corners are the place for trick or treaters to cross no matter their pace.)
  8. Wigs, capes and costumes are flammable attire, so avoid open flames to prevent a fire!
  9. Use a glow stick instead of a candle so your jack-o-lantern isn’t a  safety gamble!
  10. You may fly on a broom or a space ship from Mars, but please be on the lookout for drivers in cars! (Between parked cars is no  to hide, be sure that you’re seen whether you’re a clown or a bride.)
  11. Monsters and zombies should stay off the lawn, and only visit homes with their porch lights turned on!
  12. You may be dressed as a werewolf, a cat or a frog, but be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
  13. For additional information on how you and your family can be prepared for emergencies on Halloween or on any day of the year, please visit

October Cluster Meeting with a Spooky Maze!

DSCN0149The Suffolk County Au Pair in America au pairs spent Sunday meeting together at their counselor’s beach house.  Cindy Garruba, Senior Community Counselor. talked about the upcoming American holiday season including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas & Hanakkuh, and New Year’s Eve.  We discussed childcare, gift giving, and how the holidays are celebrated in the USA.

DSCN0151After our discussion we had a some pizza and then visited the local Spooky Maze at Harbe’s Farm.  The au pairs enjoyed the Halloween spooky fun for the 45 minutes they worked their way through the maze.  Click here to learn more about the maze!


International Day of the Girl – October 11th

020Theme for 2013: Innovating for Girls’ Education

On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

Girls face discrimination and violence every day across the world. The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

Au Pair in America promotes education through the Global Awareness Program exclusive to APIA!  Au Pairs are encouraged to share their culture to promote international understanding in American classrooms around the USA.  If you are interested in learning more about Au Pair in America’s Global Awareness program click here.