This past week we had a school-wide harvest carnival! I teach at a Christian school that doesn’t believe in Halloween so we do Harvest instead. To prep for the carnival we made Jack O Lantern bags (out of brown paper bags) that the children would use to put all their prizes and goodies in (yes, we are allowed to do Jack O Lanterns). Just seeing the bags completed and sitting on a table waiting for the big day made the kids super excited!
Then, the day before the carnival I stayed 2 1/2 hours after work to help set up and decorate for the carnival – that part was really fun! It didn’t feel like work at all! Then, the big day finally arrived! We had two hours where the children could walk around and play games, make an art project, and decorate a cookie! Since we were all in one big room (with all the teachers, administration, and plenty of parent volunteers) I let my children go wherever they wanted to – I wasn’t going to micro-manage them and take all the fun out of it!
We had lots of games: a bean bag toss, pumpkin bowling, hula hoop toss, clothes pin drop, a fishing game, and much, much more! The children had a blast! They were super excited – they talked about it all the rest of the week! We asked the parents to donate all the prizes and candy – and each child got a bag full – they had donated so much! I was soooo happy to see how well the parents responded! Everyone agreed that it was a big success! I just feel bad that I didn’t take my camera to work with me that day! I would have gotten some awesome pictures! Oh well, there’s always next year! I’m just glad that everything went so smoothly and we all had a fantastic day! 🙂
Also – I hope everyone has a very Happy and Safe Halloween!