No one in Grayling dressed up as the swine flu or an i-phone or the Public Opinion for Health Care or Facebook, but there were plenty of creative, funny, spooky and interesting costumes along with plenty of fun last night. It all began with trick-or-treating from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. At about 10 degrees and with an almost full moon it was a perfect night to be out.
These two were the first scary visitors to our house; 5:00 on the dot. We almost played a bad trick on them… The skeleton mask made it difficult to see and that little guy almost missed the steps and would have fallen 3 feet off the deck to the frozen ground. After that, everyone got the “watch for the steps” warning along with their candy.
We don’t know where all the store-bought costumes came from (Anchorage? mail order? on-line?), but there sure were a lot of them and you could hardly tell there were coats and snowpants underneath.
The school and community teamed up to put on a carnival in the gym from 7:00 to 10:00. The tradition has been that the older kids decorate and run the carnival for the younger kids (with some adult help).
Hans ran the bowling game and Bonnie ran the “pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern” game (which was a new carnival game here). There were also fishing games, drop the coin in the water tank, balloon pop, face painting, pinata, cake and costume contests and hamburgers for sale. Everybody in town was here; a good ol’ community event.
Based on last week’s comments, here is some more artwork, this time Halloween themed… (thanks to Martha and Carrie for their inspiration and expertise).
After studying bones, skeletons and joints, the K-2 kids did this project focusing on drawing a skull and vertebrae and warm color background:
Although there were lots of Halloween concepts kids here knew about, there was one thing that was new to the K-2 class. . . a real pumpkin. Karen came out from the district office and brought one with her on the plane.
Thanks to Dawn and Robert for scanning garage sales in Anchorage and sending the skeleton’s hat, beard and cape. Thanks to the school for having a skeleton in the attic!
One student was so fascinated with the pumpkin that when it was time for school to end on Friday, he said, “Can I please just stay here with the pumpkin tonight? I’ll be good.” We had meetings after school so he had to leave. About an hour later, he showed up at the school and asked if he could please see the pumpkin again for a little while. He knelt down and stared into its eyes and stroked its cheeks. After the carnival last night he won a “drawing” and got to take the pumpkin home.