Halloween Alternatives

What if you don't celebrate Halloween, but your kids want to dress up? Or maybe you'd rather to do a bit more on the educational side rather than simply buy a costume. Here are some ideas from my school and friends:

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Halloween Alternatives

International Day: Research your ethnic background and the national costumes associated with it, or choose a country. Our school has 24 countries and on International Day (which we do around Oct. 31) we have colorful costumes from all over, as well as a few Tom Sawyers and Little House on the Prairie costumes. Then we have a parade for parents and the upper school, singing a variety of international songs.

Reading Day: Dress up as your favorite character or author. Let other readers guess who you are!

All Saint's Day: This is, after all, November 1st. Halloween was supposed to get you ready for it. Do some research on your nameday saint or another favorite, and dress up accordingly.

Reformation Day (which is Oct. 31): what would Martin Luther or John Calvin have worn?

Dress Up As A Historical Figure: Do you have a budding composer? Get a wig and look like Beethoven! A scientist? Dress up as Madame Curie or Einstein. Studying Greek mythology at school? Go Greek. There are any number of ways to include education in some kind of dress-up fun (and if you want, you can still go trick-or-treating).

If you don't like the greed and the candy associated with trick-or-treat, try trick-or-treat for UNICEF or some other charity of your choice.

I hope these suggestions will spark your creativity. Have fun with them. You can use most of them all year round.

By Cantate from Tokyo, Japan

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October 9, 20070 found this helpful

My kids are all out of grade school now, but at our school we always had 'STORYBOOK DAY' on Halloween. It took the pressure off of Halloween for us, and it put the emphasis on books, instead. The students had to find a book to go with their character or dress as a character from their favorite book, and there were some really good ones over the years! My favorite was the set of triplets being the Three Little Pigs, and their teacher dressed up as the Big Bad Wolf. The sky's the limit! Kim

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October 10, 20070 found this helpful

We usually take our children to the local nursing home. The owner/operator has all the residents that are able lined up around the walls of the hall with goodies to give. Not only do the children get their treats, the residents have a great time giving them out.

Shirley

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October 10, 20070 found this helpful

Many Latin American countries celebrate Day of the Dead on Nov 1. This is a time when families get together for a meal and remember ancestors and relatives that have died. They also go visit their graves. It's not really a sad or morbid day, just a day to remember loved ones who are no longer with us.

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