Halloween fun
Oct. 15, 2012
by Jenni Sebora

Ghosts. Goblins. Witches. Cartoon characters. The list goes on of possible costumes to disguise yourself Halloween evening. All in fun, of course. That is what we have to remind our kids.

My youngest daughter is already conjuring up a list of costume ideas for this Halloween. She actually has been dressing up in costume from our trunk full of play clothes, old costumes, material, and whatever else may have made its way into it.

Our family enjoys Halloween. We love decorating with scarecrows, pumpkins, gourds, lights, and, of course, some fake tombstones and spider webbing that we adorn our front porch with. Halloween music and a fog machine have also made their way into our Halloween traditions.

Traditions are what make the holidays special. We look forward to them. They provide comfort, stability, and connection to others and our roots.

My students have started a new tradition. We are hosting our second-annual harvest party for preschoolers in our district. We have come up with a date, made invitations, and sent parent letters to inform the families of the party. Subcommittees have been formed, to take care of crafts, games, snacks, decorations, and tattoos and face painting. Our class has some very artistically-talented young adults, who plan on making graphic arts a career.

The face painting committee has drawn up their own harvest/Halloween-related pictures, symbols, and characters that our young party goers can choose from to adorn their cute little cheeks, foreheads, wrists, and/or arms. I am always in awe as my students draw these pictures freehand – not looking at any picture to copy – just conjuring up things from their minds. Talented.

The snacks committee is making spider snacks with the children. Using a large marshmallow for the body and attaching eight small pretzel sticks for the legs and two raisins for the eyes, an edible spider takes form.

Worm burgers are also on the harvest party snack menu. A gummy worm and chocolate frosting is pressed gently between two vanilla wafers. Of course, it looks gross but that’s part of the fun.

Harvest bingo, and “attach the nose to the pumpkin” are the game choices. My students are busy making bingo cards, drawing the pumpkin on tag board, and creating various noses for students to attach to the pumpkin while blindfolded with an orange bandana. These are typical games loved by all.

Harvest wreaths made from a paper plate, ribbon, silk, and construction paper leaves and Halloween stickers are part of the craft station. My students are busy cutting out leaf templates and the middle of the paper plates to be used as the wreath base.

The sucker ghost is a choice for a craft activity, too. A tissue tied around a sucker with a piece of ribbon and marker eyes makes a simple, but edible ghost.

Gift bags filled with special goodies are given to each preschooler as they leave our party. The gift bags are created from small brown paper bags with pictures on them drawn by my students.

There is lots of prepping and planning, and a lot of fun that goes into this special event. My students look forward to it as much as the little harvest party goers who will be attending.

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