Halloween

Our Halloween, All Saints, and All Souls

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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.

Jack-o-Lantern

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Jack o’ lantern, jack o’ lantern,
You are such a funny sight.
As you sit there by the window
Looking out into the night.

You were once a sturdy pumpkin
Growing on a curly vine.
Now you are a jack o’ lantern.
See your night lights shine!

~ Anonymous

pumpkims

Here are some gentle ideas for celebrating the season with your family.

A Slightly Spooky Halloween Circle Time

Hey Ho for Halloween! Circle Time

An easel bat craft

Source: Bear Dance Crafts

Jack O’ Lantern Tortillas and Pizzas

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.

In Our Halloween/Autumn Book Basket

And of course you can check out the recent Waldorf Wednesday posts

for some great seasonal links!

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Katie Grace dressed up as Molly MacIntire from the American Girls books, Daniel was a kitty, and Nicholas was Superior Nick, a superhero of his own creation.

Superior Nick with his trusty sidekick, Superior Dog. The face paint is lame, we know.

Walking with Daddy.

Up a looooong (to him) flight of steps.

Trick or Treat!

Nick was digging this giant “snow globe”.

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!”

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This is being posted a little later than I would have hoped. I’m slowly getting my groove back, and some days are better than others.

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.