Halloween is quite different this year. There’s no trick-or-treating. Children will be wearing pajamas to school today for ‘PJ Day’, and ‘A Day in the Dark’. These are fun alternatives to costumes, as has become the norm for the past many years.
Sadly, our ever-popular family party at school could not happen this year. For me, this was one of the hardest changes and biggest disappointments. The evening of a pizza supper on the playground, followed by carving a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern was magical – especially lighting the jack-o-lanterns as it became dark, and singing our favorite jack-o-lantern song.
Then today I received this email:
The Bakers and Cusicks had a GCS/Aqua Room Pumpkin celebration last night. Like yours from years past, we had pizza and carved pumpkins. We just didn’t sing but decorated cookies instead.
Thanks for creating those great memories that we can continue! 🍁❤️🎃
My goodness! How wonderful, indeed. Yes, this is an event that creates memories over many years. They did not sing the song, so I thought you might like to hear it (children want to sing it all year long):
Gloria has been trick-or-treating with an Aqua Room friend every year since I can remember. She has been Minnie Mouse, a dragon, a cow, a scarecrow, and wearing many other costumes for Halloween. This year she is staying home in the classroom, with her mask, and taking care of the jack-0-lantern.
Children are resilient. Gloria is resilient. I know that. I need to remember that.
Stayed tuned tomorrow for storytelling, and a Jennie Story – “The Halloween Story.”