I'll share some of our Halloween traditions in just a moment. But first, I have a short Halloween story for you! It's inspired by Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie Contest. I'm joining her challenge for bloggers to write a 100-word (or less) Halloween story with the words "witch," "bat," and "trick-or-treat" in it. I'm calling my story:
by Carla Mae Jansen
"Trick-or-treat," they rang the bell,
"Trick-or-treat," they'd nicely yell.
I filled their bags to the top
Until something scary made me stop.
Many things come knocking at my door,
But I'd never, ever, seen this before:
Two big eyes, floating high,
A broom, a cape, and two wings to fly!
When he lifted a candy bag with his broom,
I saw a bat...dressed in a witch costume!!
I filled his bag and laughed inside.
He said, "Thank-you," and smiled real wide.
I waved good-bye to what I'd seen,
And then enjoyed my Halloween!
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Now, a little about our favorite Halloween traditions. We love to visit pumpkin patches, carve pumpkins, play at festivals, and go trick-or-treating. We also have a little Halloween party during the day with our friends each year. This party has evolved as my oldest daughter (aka Party Planner) has grown older, but it must include a few items:
#1--A Pinata! My daughter explained to me that this is essential to make sure all the kids get a lot of candy on Halloween. We like to make them ourselves the week before the holiday. Last year, we had a spider. Click here for instructions on how to make your own!
#2--A Witch's Brew! In the picture below we made homemade root-beer with dry ice. The science teacher in me loves talking about dry ice (how it is frozen carbon dioxide, sublimation, and doing a few dry ice demos like freezing marshmallows)! This year, I think we will be trying fizzy orange juice in an attempt to be a little healthier!
#3--A Game! Pin the Broom on the Witch, Monster Bean Bag Toss, Obstacle Course Games, or any other fun Halloween-themed activity is a great way to energize our little party!
#4--A Craft! Sometimes, we have more than one craft. Depending on the age of the children I have, the craft has varied from scratch art to clay activities.
#5--Treats! I've done cupcakes, full-sized cakes, and cracker treats (ghost crackers, spider crackers, etc.). A pumpkin or ghost cookie cutter can make sandwiches or quesadillas into a Halloween shape. I love these Monster Pitas from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons!
What about you? Do you have plans for today? Any favorite traditions? I'd love to hear!!
I may share at any of these parties!