Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Ten Things to Do Before Halloweem

1. Pick your costumes

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We have the same 2 costumes for two years in a row – Smarty wants to be a witch for Halloween parties and a ghost for Halloween night.

2. Read spooky books


This is an incomplete list of Halloween books we read over years and recommend to others…

3. Visit a pumpkin patch

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Even if it’s a “fake” suburban parking lot pumpkin patch, it’s certainly worth an hour of your time!

4. Decorate your house

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We try to add seasonal touches all year round, but Halloween and Christmas are good excuses to do a little more.

5. Pumpkin science play

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We had an easy pumpkin decomposition experiment with a piece of pumpkin that I cut when making pumpkin cookies. See what happens to the pumpkin after a few days “in the wild”. Have a long philosophical discussion about what happens to our bodies when we die.

6. Bake pumpkin cookies

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Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies were delicious, but daughter said they were “too gingery”. Less ginger next time!

7. Play with goop

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This is a very standard goop (or oobleck) made out of water and cornstarch. Many “pizzas” can be added with food coloring and spices.

8. Create Halloween crafts

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So far most Halloween crafting took place in school and YMCA afterschool, but we made air-dry clay Halloween decorations – we still need to paint them.

9. Carve pumpkins

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We do pumpkin carving close to Halloween, but daughter was very happy to make a potato head pumpkin that joined our non-carved pumpkin family outside.

10. Trick-or-treat!

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This is a picture from the last year, and it’s amazing to see how much my little witch grew this year. The first trick-or-treating event falls on her birthday this year, and she is super excited to go.
Your turn: Are you in Halloween mood yet? What are your favorite things to do in October?
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10 comments:

Jackie Higgins said...

My youngest is wearing the same costume as last year too! At first I tried to change his mind, but then decided he should get to decide. Unfortunately he has grown a ton in the past year so we have to find a new batman costume!

obatwasiruntukibuhamil said...

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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

She really has grown up a lot! We are way behind on our Halloween prep, but we did carve pumpkins yesterday (and will probably have to carve new ones for real Halloween, as I doubt those will last long enough!)

Phyllis said...

A great list. I love that last photo.

Erica MomandKiddo said...

What a fun list! My boys recycle the same costume over and over, too. It makes it easy on me!

Ticia said...

September 30 my kids were ready to put up decorations. Actually they asked about it back in August, and then wondered why I was laughing.

Silly kids.

I LOVE this list. And pumpkin cookies, YUM!

Jill R. said...

These are some cute learning activities. We do some of the same things and I think I might try one or two we don’t. Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop.

Anna said...

LOVE that potato head pumpkin! Cute!

crayonboxchronicles.com said...

So many fun and creative ways to explore Halloween! We haven't decorated, but LOVE the pumpkin patch! Very cool science activity too. Was smarty pants surprised at how it looked after a few days?? I really enjoyed your post. Thank you for sharing on our page!

crayonboxchronicles.com said...

So many fun and creative ways to explore Halloween! We haven't decorated, but LOVE the pumpkin patch! Very cool science activity too. Was smarty pants surprised at how it looked after a few days?? I really enjoyed your post. Thank you for sharing on our page!