Monday, 3 November 2014

Happy Halloween 2014!

Halloween is not among the many festivals widely celebrated in Switzerland.  You don’t see children running around in costumes going door-to-door asking for treats!  This was a surprise to us when we first moved here!

 Kai is fortunate to be in a playgroup where a Halloween party is held every year – thanks to American teachers!  This was Kai's 2nd Halloween party since we moved.  His school was decorated with Halloween crafts which the children made throughout the week.  There were also some Halloween-themed treats like clementine jack-o-lanterns and ghost lollies.

Kai dressed as the Incy Wincy Spider at home but later on decided he wanted to be Batman so that’s what he wore to school. 

Kai's Halloween excitement went ‘poofed’ when he saw a boy dressed up as Spiderman in school.  He refused to participate in any activities until his wonderful teacher suggested that she paints Kai’s face as Spiderman.  This was a great suggestion and Kai was back in his usual happy self after his makeover!  Kai made a pumpkin collage (look at his sad face!), Frankenstein handprint art, did the 'walk the pirate plank', pin the nose on the pumpkin, colouring, and listened to two stories: Room on the Broom and Big Pumpkin.

Belle and Keefe didn't celebrate Halloween in school (due to some restrictions!) so they dressed up at home, and I made them a Halloween-themed snack and lunch for school.

That night, we did a Halloween scavenger hunt at home since there was no trick-or treating in the neighbourhood.  The first clue started with a letter in our mailbox, and led the kids to the following clues: broomstick, witches stew, bat, spoon to carve a pumpkin, spider, witches hat, and finally the BIG treat!


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