Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Fun!

Today's school 'work' was devoted to the theme of Halloween.  I read to the children about the origin of Halloween.  We learned that it began as a Celtic new year festival called Samhain (SAH-win) and  over the years has evolved into what we call Halloween.  We learned about how the Jack-O'lantern came into being.  Then, how the Romans incorporated their feast to goddess, Pomona, with the Celtic traditions.  Next, Christianity was established in the Celtic region and the evening before All Saint's Day was known as All Hallow's Eve - Halloween.

We read a funny ghost story, "Grizzly Pete and the Ghost" by John Beder.  Then learned a few Halloween jokes.

How do you mend a broken jack-o'-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch!

How do witches tell time?
They look at their witchwatch!

What do mummies dance too?
Wrap music.

Which room do zombies stay out of?
The living room.

We then went to the grocery store to pick up all the things we needed for Halloween cookies, mummy dogs, dragon's blood punch, and ghost fingers.

My kitchen then became the staging ground for a big mess!  Cookie dough, flour, cookie cutters, rolling pin, pans, etc. made their way to the kitchen island.  The children had a blast!

Finally, after and hour and half of cookie making and baking.  The children were done.  We finished icing a few cookies and everyone seemed to disappear when it was time to clean up.

I made the Dragon's Blood punch and then cleaned up the cookie making mess.

Combine all four in a one to one to one to one ratio.  Refrigerate and drink when cold.
Next, I got out the 'ghosts' for the yard.  My mother-in-law had given us the old curtain sheers out of her living room last year.  I am using them for various craft projects with the children.  I decided that they would be good ghosts to hang in the tree.  So, off I went to add the ghosts.

Molly just figured out it is Halloween and was begging to come inside.  I couldn't resist taking her picture next to the jack-o'-lanterns.

Now, all I have left to do is make the hot dog mummies and then take the children trick or treating later.  Happy Halloween!