My friend Bri, (from Red, Round or Green) brought up a fantastic point last week. Halloween is well Halloween. Kids dress up, beg for candy (or other treats). Typically they end up with tons. It’s fun, lighthearted and a little sinful, but overall a very well liked day. So why do we pre-game the kids at school?
Here are this week’s top 5 alternatives to a school Halloween party.
5. Move the party to the evening so families can participate, plan and help. It doesn’t need to be all on the shoulders of the teachers, allow them to do their jobs and instill a sense of community. Trick or treating is a great way to spend quality time with your children whether it’s at an event or in your neighborhood.
4. Celebrate Fall age appropriate activities like carving pumpkins (clearly not for the kindergartners), form a scarecrow, make cider, jump in a pile of leaves. Get the kids outside and active to wear them down and handle some of this excitement for the evening activities. Oh and hey, these all sound pretty healthy as well and they may never figure it out.
3. Teach a cooking class for the afternoon. Okay, it’s a bit of a shameless plug, but if the kids are too excited to concentrate then teach them some life skills. The Fall is FULL of amazing harvest items like squash, apples, pears, etc to play around with.
2. Spend the afternoon working/planning a community project. All Saints Day, World Kindness Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and many more ridiculous days are celebrated in November.
1. Have school. Especially since this is one of those holidays that could fall on any day of the week. The kids can be all jittery and anxious, but take a step back and look from the outside in. Most schools run on a quarter system with first quarter ending around this time. Let’s focus on their education and how to maintain or improve that. I may sound like the old grump (referenced in my last post). Sometimes we have to admit the alternative can be so obvious we miss it.