Summer has (finally) ended and we are slowly moving into shorter, colder, darker days. Sure, we still sometimes have days where we barely need a jacket, but all the signs are there. The leaves are falling, frost is on the windows in the morning, and the heat is on. During this transition, we have a cluster of family-centered holidays– Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. Other traditions and cultures have similar holidays– Samhain, Day of the Dead. These are the three we choose to celebrate because they are part of our own cultural heritage.
Here are some gentle ideas for celebrating the season with your family.
A Collection of Halloween Crafts, including
a felt board jack o; lantern
a jack o’ lantern window transparency
and a beeswax decorated tree and owl for the nature table.
And of course you can check out the recent Waldorf Wednesday posts
for some great seasonal links!
I remember when I first heard about the sugar sprite/sugar fairy.
It was way back when Michael was just a baby, 13 years ago on the WE_HS egroup. The earliest version I could find came from Kytka, back when she ran Hedgehog Farms (how’s that for a blast from the past?).
Michael is not picture. He was too cool to ToT with us and went with a buddy instead.
Also, we may have created a monster with Daniel. This morning he said “I don’t want to go church. I want go Trick or Treat!”
Beeswax owl and tree from Autumn Seasons of Joy
This year, our Halloween circle is framed by a lovely little story by Nancy Foster called “The Naughty Little Hobgoblin.” It can be found in Let Us Form a Ring. This is a great book and I highly recommend it, even if just to learn how a Waldorf circle “works.” I also found a copy of the story here.
At the end, there’s a lovely little traditional song:
Jack o’ lantern, jack o’ lantern,
You are such a funny sight
As you sit there in the window,
Looking out in the night.