I spent Halloween afternoon baking pumpkin pies with two groups of 3rd graders. I based the activity on a wonderful picture book, Halloween Pie, written by Michael O. Tunnell and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley. A witch casts a spell on the spooks who ate her pie, turning them into ingredients. They mixed themselves into the pie. Vampire scooped the pumpkin, zombie poured the cream, the ghouls cracked the eggs, banshee sifted the sugar, ghost sprinkled the salt, the skeletons ground the cinnamon and cloves, mouse rolled out the dough, and wind whipped the cream. Lots of fun, lots of clean-up, and oh-so-much preparation!
|Willem (age 3) and Kathe (age 5) in Savannah|
|Who is that little lion?|
Some years, recycling was
the best that I could do!
|Kathe's Beanie Baby Otter|
|3rd Grader Phoebe:|
"I think I want to be a frog for Halloween..."
|Pumpkin carving with Dad|