Today I went to school decked out in Halloween colors and bringing treats for all the teachers to celebrate the day! I played spooky halloween games with two of my classes which was super fun! Gar and I lit our jack-o-lantern (that we made with a few friends over the weekend, picture above^^) ate a feast and watched some scary movies in the evening, a nice way to end the day.
Last week I threw my after school grade 1 class a halloween party, which I think they really enjoyed!
I lugged all my Halloween gear to school, including a giant red buckets for future apple bobbling, 2 dozen apples, toilet paper for a mummy wrap, and of course Halloween goodie bags, all pilled together. When I walked into the teacher’s room carrying the huge ensemble I got a lot of strange looks like “what is the foreigner teacher doing now” I quite frequently carry around a lot of things for my classes, like pringle cans I use for games, giant whiteboards, markers, a giant bag of erasers for class activities. My co-teacher turned to me at my desk and asked “Is this for the party?” and smiled.
The party went great. We first started out with a mummy wrap race, then did a Halloween crossword. I made it a competition between the girls and boys, and said whoever could finish both activities first could have first choice on pizza. (A good motivator!) The girls really caught on with the wrapping, the boys did not, having the toilet paper fall at everyone’s feet. (look at the pictures)
I wanted to order pizza for the party, but it turned out that my principal doesn’t like teachers to order food without her having any. (I’ve never heard such a thing) My co-teacher said not to worry and just order the pizza anyways and just make sure the principal doesn’t see it. I felt kind of sneaky doing this, but it worked out. I had two of my students go to the front of the school pick up the pizza and bring it right up to the room. My principal didn’t find out about the pizza but almost every middle schooler did, coming by my room and asking if they could have some.
Three pizza’s ended up feeding 10 kids, each got 2 pieces each and then played rock paper scissors for the rest. (Rock paper scissors pretty much solves any problem) While everyone scarffed down pizza I showed them a couple mini episodes from the Simpson’s Halloween special. When one section of the episode ended everybody chanted “teacher one more!” The really like the Simpsons!
The best part of it all was bobbing for apples. A few kids were questioning if they would drown in the water, I reassured them they wouldn’t. A couple boys were making gestures that suggested shoving a friend’s head in the water, and I set them straight and said if they did that they would be punished by me and their homeroom teacher. No one tried any monkey business.
At first a few kids only wanted to try it, then when a few tried it, everyone wanted to try it! The boys and girls bobbed separately with separate water (I swear if all teenagers were like my after school class there would be no need to worry about teen pregnancy, they won’t even get near each other) After the boys tried bobbing, the girls insisted the water was too dirty and needed to be changed, then they would try bobbing. The girls filled and emptied out the big bucket, taking 3 girls to carry it. My bucket was not as deep as a traditional apple bobbing bucket, but they got the idea nonetheless. Each kid dunking their face in the water, trying to chase the apple around the water, it was a funny sight to see. After each kid went, they ate their apple and then I rewarded them with a Halloween treat bag. A few kids even stayed after class to try.
I made sure the room was spotless after class and rewarded a couple girls with extra candy, which they got a kick out of! It was the best event in my after school, definitely glad I went through with planning it!