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Celebrating Halloween

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Although Halloween takes place on October 31st, the celebrations can happen anytime leading up to the big day, or even the following weekend. Many families carve pumpkins, decorate homes and yards and plan costume in honor of this spooky fall season.
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October 9, 2008

At our church we do not celebrate Halloween, we celebrate Harvest Season. At the party we use the theme of God's creations. The kids as well as the adults have the option to dress up as any of God's creations of the first 6 days of creation.

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October 9, 2008

We love Halloween and start celebrating October 1. We do at least one different Halloween activity every day leading up to October 31, and most don't require spending money. Kids playing a halloween game.

 

We start with unpacking our decorations on the 1st. In addition to attending several community events, we get Halloween library books, reserve seasonal DVDs from the library, read scary stories in the tent in the backyard after dark, make Halloween treats in the kitchen, take baths in the dark while playing spooky music, the list goes on and on - for 31 days! I have two preschoolers, and we've been doing this since the older one was two years-old.

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31 Halloween Activities:
(you'll see some are specific to our region).

  1. Get out Halloween decorations
  2. Have a Halloween drink with our pumpkin cups
  3. Submit grocery store coloring contest entries and pick out free pumpkins
  4. Make Halloween craft out of felt pieces
  5. Attend "spider" story time at the library (and more themed library activities)
  6. Have a Halloween bath in the dark with Halloween music playing and using our Ghost-shaped bath mitts and Halloween soap
  7. Get out Halloween books and borrow stacks of Halloween books from the library
  8. Reserve Halloween DVDs from the library ("Spookley" and "Monster House")
  9. Visit party store to look at all the Halloween decorations
  10. Go to craft store and buy Halloween stickers (super cheap - less than $1)
  11. Make Halloween treats like sugar cookies with black sugar, rice krispy treats with pumpkin-shaped sprinkles, a ghost-shaped cake
  12. Make healthy pumpkin donuts for breakfast
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  13. Read Halloween stories in the tent in the backyard after dark with lanterns
  14. Make up Halloween games like "Chubby Ghost" where we take turns putting a marshmallow in our mouth and saying "Chubby Ghost." Whoever fits the most marshmallows in their mouth wins.
  15. Go on a haunted hayride and pumpkin carving contest
  16. Attend "Halloween Spooktacular" at a local bookstore
  17. Get dressed up in last year"s Halloween costumes and read Halloween stories wearing them
  18. Play Halloween computer games free online
  19. Make monster masks out of paper grocery store bags
  20. Spend a day in Salem, Massachusetts
  21. Attend Halloween events at the zoo
  22. Dance to Halloween music
  23. Decorate, paint and/or carve pumpkins
  24. Make Halloween costumes
  25. Attend a pumpkin festival
  26. Display all of the kid's Halloween artwork from school
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  27. Wear Halloween novelty clothes that I got last year after Halloween for 75% off
  28. Get out the Halloween activity books
  29. Make orange play-dough
  30. Trick-or-Treat!
  31. Convert all of the pumpkins into Thanksgiving decorations

By Britt from Boston, MA

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Susan Sanders-Kinzel
October 24, 2006

I love Halloween, first because it is the beginning of the holiday season. Being a gardener, I also appreciate it as a great time to celebrate the harvest. I think of it as a celebration of autumn.

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