Tonight we in Singeorz-Bai also celebrated Halloween. We did the same thing as last year but got a much bigger turn out. At 5pm we all met behind the high school with our pumpkins and got to work. I brought the 2 large bags of Reeses my mom was kind enough to bring from the states, the knives, lighters and candles while the kids supplied the pumpkins. Even in freezing cold temperatures we had anywhere from 25-30 kids at a time which is about twice as much as last year. After spending a solid hour on making our pumpkins, separating the seeds, and eating all the candy, we headed around town to show them off. Our two stops were our director and assistant director’s houses where we “trick or treated” and were treated at both with even more sweets.
This week I have focused on the kids learning about Halloween. I showed them clips about the history of halloween, we read how the jack-o-lantern got its name, played Halloween hangman, watched “Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and even read a story by Oscar Wilde. All of these fun activities culminated into the after school event today which consisted of some pretty awesome pumpkin carving. About 20 kids from all 4 grades showed up to carve pumpkins and then place them in various locations around town. After about 1.5 hours, a 5lb tub of jelly belly jelly beans, and many curious passerbys wondering what we were up to, we finished our masterpieces. We placed some by the Solomon Halita statue in front of the school, in front of my counterpart’s house, in front of the vice principal’s house and finally the rest in front of the principal’s house. When we showed up at the principal’s house, we all screamed happy halloween and then him and his wife came out with a bowl full of candy for the “trick or treaters”. I had a blast getting to know some of my kids better and I’m hoping to make the pumpkin carving school wide next year.