Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween!

I spent the day carving a small pale pumpkin (which, very oddly, smelled like watermelon!) and counting the seeds with my class. That very small watermelon-pumpkin produced a whopping 617 seeds! Several of them had already started splitting apart and sprouting leaves of their own inside the pumpkin itself.

Later, for snack, we made Worms in Dirt*. There was something very cathartic about pounding whole Oreo cookies into fine dust at my desk this morning. The kids remarked: "Mrs. K, you sure liked THAT part!"

We watched the Disney Halloween Sing-Along, and ate Worms in Dirt. After that, we gave out spider rings, plastic bats, and salamanders.

Ah -- the simplicity of kindergarten.

Offspring's school has a Book Parade every Halloween. You get to dress up as your favorite book character, and march around the school, showing off your costume. Offspring and I put together a horribly mis-matched outfit; she messed up her hair, and she went as Junie B. Jones.

She also got a mite ticked that I didn't save her any Worms in Dirt.

We plan to go trick-or-treating tonight with OzChick and her family. OzChick has triplets that are 2 years older than Offspring, and the kids always have a ball with each other. We will have lots of fun. (I plan on snagging all the mini-Snickers I can get hold of before Offspring notices.)

I won't be wearing a costume this year. I ran out of time. JF is going as a juggler. (Shocking!) and Offspring is a Gothic Princess. Will try to remember to post pictures later. (Note to self -- take camera trick-or-treating!)

Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone!

*Worms in Dirt (for those of you not hip to the palate of the average 5 year old) is chocolate pudding with crushed Oreos on top. You add in a couple of gummy worms, and presto! Worms in Dirt. Also known as "Graveyard Dirt."


Running2Ks said...

Happy Halloween, my friend.

I cut a butternut squash that smelled like a canteloupe. Huh.

ccw said...

Love worms in dirt!

I like the book costume idea, that is very cute. Kid L still loves Junie B, what a fun character to be!

Hope you had a wonderful Halloween!

halloweenlover said...

I think I am going to try this worms in dirt thing tonight! Yum! I want to see pictures too!

RussianViolets said...

It sounds good -- even if rather visually unappealing. I love that you counted the pumpkin seeds, though. How cool!

allison said...

There ain't nothin' a little Oreo crumbs won't make better...

Phantom Scribbler said...

Can't wait to see pictures. Glad that your Halloween was so fun.

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