halloween activities

Turnips, Pumpkins & Stingy Jack


 

WHY WE CARVE PUMPKINS INTO JACK-O-LANTERNS: A BRIEF HISTORY

jackolanterncarving-800pxDo you know where the tradition of carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns came from? It begins with an Irish legend and ends with Irish immigrants to the United States. Here’s the story. Read it to your kids in your scariest voice!

Many years ago, in a village in the Irish countryside, there lived a miserable man known as “Stingy Jack.” Because he was lazy and opposed to work, he lived by stealing from others.

Jack’s favorite food was turnips, and he often carried a turnip with him—just in case he should get hungry before he found a bit of food to steal.

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Halloween Pumpkin Fun for Everyone


 

HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN FUN: A BOOK, A SONG & ORIGAMI

scary pumpkinAny discussion of pumpkins, especially in October, wouldn’t be complete without a reference or two to jack-o-lanterns.

Some kids embrace Halloween in all its eerie glory: ghosts, goblins, witches and jack-o-lanterns grinning in the night.

Others find the spookiness of the holiday a bit intimidating.

And some, let’s face it, find the whole idea of Halloween just plain shiver-in-your-shoes scary!

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Pumpkins: Color Me Orange


 

2 COLORING PAGES: PRETTY PUMPKINS & A JACK-O-LANTERN

PumpkinsColor Page 12-PumpkinsColoring isn’t just for kids anymore. For the last couple of years, coloring books for adults have literally kept the book business alive. There’s something about coloring that soothes the soul. Some avid “color-istas” even host coloring parties, no kids allowed!

Taking time to color a pretty picture is great for those of us whose lives are hurried and harried and who need to slow down. (And I’m afraid that describes a whole lot of adults these days–me included.) But coloring with your kids has additional benefits: it creates connections. It lets your kids know that they’re important to you, and that time spent together is as much fun for you as it is for them.

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