Tuesday, November 1, 2011

[learn] halloween fun

We kind of learned.  Does talking about the letter H count?  Okay, we probably celebrated a little more learned but we did cook and craft.  We started with snacks to eat while we watched It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

Trail mix is always super fun with the kids.  We used this mix from Munchkin Munchies as a starting point and put our own twist on it.  The key ingredients were Honey Nut Chex cereal, Honey Nut Cherrios, Cocoa Puffs, honey roasted peanuts, mini marshmallows, Cheeze-Its, and candy corn.  We threw some goldfish in there because we wanted to and they were orange.  It's a great mix and I was especially surprised at the Cocoa Puffs.  I'm not a big fan of the cereal but added to the trail mix, it was great!  Then came candy proper in the form of Hersheys chocolate mummies and Blow Pop ghosts that doubled as treats for the kids classmates.

We also made the ghost lights pinned earlier out of paper cups, google eyes, and some twinkle lights.  The idea is a great one from All You and you could make so many variations from ghosts with just a little more effort.  I think next time we will stick with one light per cup though because otherwise it makes the string of lights get very short, very quickly.  Then it was time for clay.  I stole the white clay and made some ghosties with black brads for eyes.

The kids were much more creative.  Jack's is a halloween gnome of some sort and I'm not honestly sure what the girls were.

Then it was time for Trick or Treating.  Jack was a tropical chimp and the twins were cowgirls.  Artic cowgirls thanks to the temperature dropping 40 degrees in less than two days.

Downtown Maiden and the churches on Main Street do a wonderful job on Halloween.  The streets close down and between Trunk or Treats and Halloween Festivals you will get all the candy you want.  Not to mention that you can go house to house too, almost all of which are decorated.

So maybe this lesson was as much of a lesson as it was a party, but we still have lots and lots of fun.  Happy Halloween!

Now onto the letter I.  I'm thinking ice cream although igloo may be more appropriate with our current weather conditions.

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