Davina here - I have been so busy this term with going back to work and settling Elfie back into Kindergarten and Bonnie into childcare that Halloween has crept up on me and I haven't had time to plan anything properly. Normally I host a Halloween party for Elfie's friends but thankfully this year my friend is hosting it so that helps to take the pressure off but I would still like to get the house ready for Halloween to help build excitement in Elfie (and me!).
Here are a few quick ways I plan to prepare for Halloween (tonight and tomorrow).
- Decorate the home with pumpkins. Sometimes the simplest decorations are the best. I love a cluster of mini pumpkins on the centre of the table or on the mantle piece.
- Carve a pumkin - doesn't have to be a detailed face - could be a pattern like lots of dots or a very simple face like one below.
- Make a simple Halloween Banner (see image above). I simply used bondaweb to glue felt cut out letters of BOO onto a felt pendant banner. I also used it to attach the pole on the to banner. See this tutorial for more details. This took me in total 30 minutes this lunch time when Bonnie napped. I cut my letters out in paper first to check for size - see above.
- Buy or pick some Autunmal flowers for the dining table - Chinese lanterns are particularly great for halloween.
- Bake some trick or treat treats with your kids. Elfie and I have already made masrhmellows so we plan to give these out. Last year and the year before we baked halloween shaped biscuits. I think its so lovely for kids to make something that they give - it helps to build up to the festival.
- If you don't have time or enjoy baking then embellish some little paper bags, envelopes or take away boxes to put sweets in. If you have kids they could draw or rubber stamp on bags and envelopes. I used bondaweb to glue felt letters onto take away boxes.
- Prepare costumes. This doesn't need to be about making a new costume (especially with so little time till Halloween) but more about looking through the fancy dress box or simply getting out the same costume you wear every year - its the excitement of it that counts - like getting out the christmas decorations.
One of my favourite ways to prepare for any festival celebration in through storytelling. This is something that Steiner schools that both Hannah and my daughters go to, really practice well. Here is a lovely link to a Halloween story about the invention of carved pumkins.
If you can think of any other quick ways to prepare for Halloween please let us know as we would love to share.
Wishing you all a spooky Halloween!
Davina & Hannah x