Today is a day filled with excitement for little people. Streets will be flooded with little phantoms, zombies, and princesses. Spidermen will be sighted, as well as some wizards and Jedi masters.
This year, I am not feeling the vibe for Halloween – instead of feeling the excitement, I cannot wait for it to be over. The reason may be that I am tired and would love to be able to sleep uninterrupted until refreshed. I know, however, that the children are excited for the day so I have done the usual preparations for the celebrations: I have decorated the classroom, prepared some activities, and co-created a Halloween door.
We do love our door and have been enjoying it for the past two weeks.
Tomorrow I will take down the decorations and prepare the space for our next festive celebration.
Today is the Fall Fair at our school – one of the major fundraisers that are organised by the parents. This week, teachers were tasked with helping students decorate a pumpkin for the silent auction. After a discussion with my students, I decided to work on my idea that would encourage all students to participate in the decoration.
I divided the pumpkin into 20 segments and asked each student to paint a segment with acrylic paint. As we are currently working on patterns, I asked them to use the colour that was next in the pattern. We used red, green, and blue as these colours show up nicely on the orange of the pumpkin (yellow definitely does not work).
Once the paint was dry, I asked each child to spell out a word that we would use during Halloween with foam letters. After I had checked the spelling, the child pasted their word onto the pumpkin.
The students were proud of their work; and I was happy that I had incorporated both literacy and math into the task.
Our pumpkin is currently sitting on a table in front of the office for the silent auction. I am interested to know who will finally take it home.
With Halloween coming closer, I decided to decorate my classroom door to get into the spirit of the day. Taking down my boxes, I took out some webbing which I thought could hide a spider. The “Do Not Enter” tape was perfect to add to an aura of spookiness. An inspiring thought led me to getting the children to make ghosts containing their own faces.
The children and I love our door. I will be sorry to take down the door decorations next week after 31 October.
On Friday night, the evening of Halloween, it was still raining (as it had all day). My children, however, still wanted to go out trick-or-treating. Dressing up warmly, we headed out. On our evening walk in the neighbourhood, we looked out for entrances that were lit with lights and jack o’lanterns.
As my children walked up to the many entrances, we admired the decorations that had been set out by the home owners.
We enjoyed the many pumpkin carvings. I appreciated the carvings depicting a scene from Gulliver’s Travels:
The one entrance we visited was surrounded by the beauty of Fall leaves. The entrance did not look so spooky to me – instead it seemed to be welcoming.
Not at all like this little ghost:
Or these skulls that littered one sidewalk:
One woman’s Halloween decorations were purple-inspired. As you can guess, I loved it!
This family had done a lot of pumpkin carving:
My daughters enjoyed the silhouettes of the characters from Monster’s University as seen in the window of this home:
And yet some more jack o’lanterns:
This spooky entrance caught my eye – the decorations were shown through the entrance windows of a house.
We particularly liked this carving:
Spiderwebs and cobwebs abounded as did skeletons, spiders and bats.
We expected the skeleton lying in the driveway to move – and then realised we had the wrong house. Maybe those homeowners had moved away?
This pumpkin pair had their orange guts spilled out onto the walkway.
I hope you enjoyed a little of the Halloween sights we enjoyed on our walk. I always enjoy looking at the decorations and the children’s costumes. Sadly the weather this year prevented me from seeing the little goblins and witches in their full regalia.