A Very Czech Halloween.

Singing (together):

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?
Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween
This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night
This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It’s our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween

Lyrics found here: The Nightmare Before Christmas – This Is Halloween

In the Halloween Spirit © Lucia Saldarriaga Photo

The past two Halloween themed weeks have been busy, busy, busy!!! But it has all been worth it because who doesn’t love Halloween!?! It has been particularly lively at the Preschool, all the dumplings have been telling me about their Halloween costumes just about every day during circle time. Earlier last week, we went to Dýňová Farma in Bykoš -a farm and pumpkin patch in the region of the Czech Republic. The kids got to pet bunnies, throw bean bags into a giant pumpkin cut-out, ride on a tracker, and most importantly…pick out their own pumpkins. On Halloween day, we had a costume party and Halloween parade at work. Everyone including the teachers dressed up -I dressed as a Ballerina doll complete with a wind-up key that the kids could turn in order to make me dance…oh the joys of being a dancer and having ballet slippers and leotards still hiding in my wardrobe- and former students stopped by to say hello -eat candy- and march in the trick or treat parade!

Additionally, we carved Pumpkins -many of the kids carved them (with the proper supervision) for the first time, we hung Halloween decorations throughout the week. For our themed art classes, we made mini cotton ball ghosts, paper mâchéd pumpkins, sang Halloween songs -like this one. Even during cooking class for the week, my coworker (a visiting teacher from Finland) made pumpkin soup, and roasted sweet and savory pumpkin seeds. The little dumplings ate everything right up! We also had an all important teaching lesson where the kids learned that ghosts, vampires, monsters and zombies are not real. Many of the kids were very concerned that ghosts and zombies could possibly find out where they lived! Haha

Later in the evening-after the school day had ended, I went to Manifesto Market with my adult friends and we all ended up dancing the night away to a Halloween DJ, sipping Prosecco and celebrating the fun and fantasy of Halloween. What I still love the most about Halloween is that it’s such a wonderful time to tap into your imagination, to be creative and let that expression shine through costume (I’m also a big fan of any excuse where I can use face paint and glitter, hahaha).

I think all of the photos speak for themselves, it was a very memorable celebration, one that I will never forget, and even cuter to spend it with my little Halloween dumplings. I hope it was as sweet for them as it was for me. To all my readers, happy Halloween 2018 all!

Farma Bykoš © Lucia Saldarriaga Photo

Pumpkin Picking Bykoš © Lucia Saldarriaga Photo

Pumpkin Carving & Paper
Mâché © Lucia Saldarriaga Photo

Mummy Toilet Paper Party © Lucia Saldarriaga Photo

Frankenstein Art © Lucia Saldarriaga Photo

Halloween Parade © Lucia Saldarriaga Photo

A Halloween Soldier © Lucia Saldarriaga Photo

Adorable Little Witch © Lucia Saldarriaga Photo

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