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Sunday, October 9, 2016

October 31st - Homemade Halloween/Eco-Fair

In lieu of a Halloween party, we have tried to come up with a meaningful (but very fun) way of celebrating October 31st. In the K-2 grades, this has traditionally meant having an Eco-Fair. After arriving at school, children from all grades are led in some sort of parade, where parents can ooh and ahh and take lots of pictures. After the parade, the younger students are divided up into groups and spend the morning going to different stations. Each station will have an environmentally-themed craft or activity. When it is lunch time, the costumes go off and normal clothes go on - and the rest of the day is spent doing normal school stuff. 

Children are encouraged to wear costumes, but with a twist. The costumes must be made of recycled/reused materials. Please let the children take the lead in designing their costumes – this should be a lot of fun! It doesn't have to be difficult, either - and you probably already have most of the materials around your house.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Robot – use a box for the body, vent tubing from a dryer to make arms, veggie strainer for a helmet

Flower – green sweatshirt and sweatpants, make petals out of recycled paper

Dalmatian – white turtleneck and white pants, put blacks dots on them, draw whiskers and a nose

Recycle Bin – Cut a hole in a box that has been decorated with the recycle symbol

Bubble gum – dress all in pink

Pile of leaves – attach a bunch of paper or real leaves to a red sweatshirt

Sheet - the classic ghost!

Made up super hero - a towel can be the cape

Here are some pictures of some cuties from the past two years. 

Don't forget that thrift-store purchases and hand-me-downs are recycling too! The Scrap Box (my FAVORITE place in Ann Arbor!) may inspire your child also. Above all, don't stress and have fun!

Finally, please leave toy weapons of all sorts at home. School continues to be a weapon-free zone, even on Halloween.

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