Does your child's school celebrate Halloween? Does your family? For years now, we've been at schools that have eschewed the tradition of costumes in class. Perhaps it's too distracting or too commercial. Whatever the reason, I was delighted this year to discover a new tradition: Commemorating Heroes.
Commemorating heroes of the past plays nicely into the idea of Halloween costumes, and gives children the additional chance to learn about brave people who've made a positive contribution to society.
The idea is that each child researches their chosen subject, be it Benjamin Franklin, Rosa Parks, or Eleanor of Aquitaine. Then on Halloween morning, they present that person's life in costume in front of the whole school and parent body. The kids gets to involve themselves in the making of the costume, the preparation of a speech, and bonus? Their Halloween costume is taken care of.
In addition to being a great fact-finding mission, it's an incredible exercise in public speaking, and circumvents most of the typical issues that might otherwise disrupt a traditional Halloween school day. So I dare you, next year start a new tradition!