We celebrated Halloween at school today. I wore my best spooky earrings: dangly, glow-in-th-dark, bloodshot eyeballs. I bought these long ago--maybe 15 years ago--for 99 cents at a drug store's post-holiday sale, and I've worn them once a year ever since. The children held their math work up to my extra eyes so that I could check it before drawing ghosts, bats, and pumpkins to show approval.
This morning we watched the movie The Pumpkin Circle along with the rest of the lower school, a shared tradition we all love.
During writing workshop, each of us wrote the first sentence of a scary story. Then we passed our papers around the class adding one sentence apiece, creating scary-funny-twisting stories that made us laugh when we shared them aloud. We enjoyed a special holiday lunch before the children donned their costumes, introduced themselves in character to their friends and families, and then headed for the all-school costume parade and party.
So. That holiday's taken care of for another year!
No, wait, it's only October 28th! Monday will be the real Halloween! And Tuesday will be that most dreaded of school days, the day after Halloween! A whole week of lunches consisting largely of candy lies ahead...