Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Hallowe'en fun

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For the last couple of years we've enjoyed the fun side of Hallowe'en, carving pumpkins, making crafts, dressing up and visiting the locals as is custom. This year has been no exception.

Yesterday we carved our pumpkins having viewed a huge number of photos of very inventive carvings on the BBC website. K and B set too on their own. B carved his little pumpkin that he grew from seed last year to resemble a rather ghostly open mouthed goul and K carved a lovely floating ghost.

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B taking great care using a knife to design his pumpkin

Yesterday evening we went along to the park for a group Hallowe'en BBQ and party with some games and lots of fun. Children had a fabulous time running around in the dark with those clever glow sticks that look so pretty. The children all dressed up for the occasion and each brought a carved pumpkin to enter into a competition. Other games like find a scary toy in a bucket of "worms", or guess what you're eating, playing in slime and a traditional apple game. As the light fast disappeared we were cooking our food by torch light, but we all had a good time and the evening was mild and dry.

Today, we used the internet to understand the traditions of Hallowtide better. K and B made a mini poster which has been divided up over the three days of Hallowtide (Hallowe'en, All Saints Day and All Soul's Day). Today they concentrated on Hallows Eve (Hallowe'en) and drew pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, bats etc., etc., and wrote a little about them. We all made scarecrow ghosts to line our pathway with K and B writing small cartoons about their ghosts with lovely drawings showing scared faces on the people their ghosts met!

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Ghosts and pumpkins line the pathway

Trick or Treat after dark, with more dressing up (and make up too this time). Temperature here dropped dramatically since last night with quite a biting wind too, so we just went "round the block" with the children pleased with their loot at the end of it all.

Rather exhausted kiddies after two nights of excitement. Hoping for a quieter day tomorrow.

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At 7:45 am, Blogger sam said...

happy halloween! sounds like you had a great time.

At 9:38 am, Blogger lucy said...

love the ghostly pumpkin!


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