Red River Cart Adventures – October 27, 2020 – HALLOWEEN EDITION

Book: Bedtime A Very Brave Witch

Written by: Alison Mc Ghee

Illustrated by: Harry Bliss

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One Halloween, a little witch decides she’d finally like to see what this special night is about. As soon as she makes a new friend, she discusses how much fun trick or treating with humans can be.

Craft: Yarn Broom sticks 

Supplies:

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Real sticks

Directions:

  • Go on a nature walk and pick thick sticks
  • Choose the color or colors of yarn that you would like your broom to be.
  • Use just one color or combine colors to wrap your broomsticks. You might want to cut the yarn into strands for smaller fingers so that it is easier for them to work with.
  • Wrap the yarn around your stick covering from end to end. When you are satisfied with your stick, tie the yarn in a knot at the end to hold it in place.
  • Cut equal length strands of yarn for the bristles of your broom. Place the yarn around the stick.
  • Once you have the yarn in place, wrap another strand of yarn around the yarn bristles to bind them to the stick. Wrap it around several times and then tie a knot at the end to hold the yarn into place.

*For more information on this craft please visit:  https://thepinterestedparent.com/2016/10/yarn-wrapped-broomsticks/ 

Activity: Carving a Pumpkin

Supplies:

  • Proper pumpkin carving tools ( from Dollarama)
  • Black marker
  • Printed template or draw your design
  • Stick pins
  • Newspaper or old table cloth
  • Huge bowl or pail ( for the guts)

Directions:

  • Place down on a table either newspaper or a old table cloth
  • Cut the top off as a lid and scoop out the guts into a bowl
  • You can separate the seeds and roast them
  • Draw your pattern on your pumpkin or print out from the internet a free pumpkin carving template
  • Pin the pattern to the pumpkin and trace with a black marker
  • Start carving
  • Cut the top off as a lid and scoop out the guts into a bowl

 *For free pumpkin carving templates, please go to:  https://www.pumpkinpile.com/ 

Research ideas:  Halloween

Ever wonder why we celebrate Halloween or why we go trick-or-treating?  Where did Halloween originate from and why do we wear costumes? Discuss what is happening this Halloween and the options that are out there

Here are some fun facts about Halloween:

  • Halloween is an annual holiday that takes place on October 31st.  It is the 2nd most anticipated holiday for kids.  It is only beat out by Christmas.
  • On Halloween, children dress up in costumes and go door-to-door trick-or-treating.  Children receive a “treat,” usually candy. 
  • Halloween has also been called All Hallows Eve, Witches Night, Snap-Apple Night, Samhain, and Summer’s End.
  • Black and orange are the colors of Halloween.  It is believed that the orange color represents the Fall harvest and the Fall season.  The black color represents death and darkness.
  • Some people believe that Halloween is based solely on evil spirits and death but this isn’t true.  Halloween has been associated with the ancient Roman festival of Pomona that celebrated the harvest goddess Pomona.
  • Halloween has also been associated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain or “Summer’s End.”
  • During medieval times in Ireland and Scotland, the Samhain festival was held at sunset on October 31st and lasted through daylight on November 1st.  It marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “dark season.”
  • During Samhain people would put out food and drinks in front of their homes for the spirits and ghosts.  The food and drinks were offerings to please the spirits and ghosts.
  • During Samhain people would dress up in costumes to disguise themselves from the dead.  They would often go from house to house enjoying each other’s food and drinks.
  • Children Originally received fruits and nuts for trick-or-treating.
  • It is recorded that children starting going trick-or-treating in the U.S in 1911.  Trick-or-treating became popular in the US in the 1930s.
  • 52% of trick-or-treaters prefer chocolate candy such as Snickers, Reeses, or M&Ms over hard candy such as lollipops or other sweets.

Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

The first one said “Oh my, it’s getting late”

The second one said “there are witches in the air”

The third one said “but we don’t care”

The fourth one said we’re ready for some fun!

Then oooh went the wind and out went the light and

The five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Three Little Witches

One little, two little, three little witches

Flying over haystacks, soaring over ditches

One little, two little, three little witches

Happy Halloween

One little, two little, three little witches

Flew over fence and tore their britches

Sew them up with 60 stitches

Happy Halloween

One little, two little, three little witches

Flying over haystacks, soaring over ditches

One little, two little, three little witches

Happy Halloween

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