Halloween Spirit To Do ListOct. 26th, 2015 4:28 pm
This year brings another exciting opportunity for students of Catholic schools all over WNY to get together and celebrate Halloween with fun, scares, and quality time with their friends and family. Here are 5 ways you and your Catholic school students can get into the Halloween spirit!
1. Get Lost in a Corn Maze
One of the best parts of the Halloween season is working together to find the right path of a corn maze. Western New York has a multitude of corn mazes to discover and figure out. Perfect for Catholic elementary school students because they don't feature scary or gory imagery, but still fun and exciting for teenagers and students of private high schools in Buffalo and WNY.
Here are a few corn mazes around WNY to take the whole family, or tell your high school aged kids to check out with their friends.
2. Go to a Haunted House
It's the spookiest time of the year, and there are few thrills like a good scare at a haunted house. Some haunted houses may be too graphic for elementary aged children, but there are also kid friendly versions. Teenagers seem to be the most interested in going with a group of friends to see who is the bravest of the bunch. In the spirit of the season, hundreds of volunteers work together to create truly amazing artistic sets to create the feeling of a real haunted experience. Here are a few scary haunted houses for Catholic high school students, as well as a few kid friendly versions.
STARRC Raving Madhouse - Sloan NY
District of the Dead - Buffalo NY
House of Horrors/ Haunted Catacombs - Cheektowaga NY
Frightworld - Tonawanda NY
3. Go to a Costume Shop OR Make a Costume OR both!
When Halloween began being celebrated, children and adults began wearing masks and dressing in costumes to scare off ghosts and spirits. The tradition of dressing up in costume has remained, and one of the best parts of Halloween. You get to be someone else when you're in costume. It's fun for children, to assume their favorite superhero, princess, or monster, but it's also fun for teens and adults, as it brings them back to a childish imagination. Trying on costumes is always fun, but dressing up in a completely home made costume is something else. Take a look at a few of these costume shops to try on different costumes or inspire your Catholic school students into how they can make their own!
George and Co. Williamsville NY
Betsy Ross Costumes Clarence NY
DC Theatricks Buffalo NY
4. Make a Jack O Lantern
This one seems like a no brainer, but the process of creating a jack-o-lantern is one thing that truly gets kids and adults in the halloween spirit. It's creating, it's artistic, it's fun. The whole family can make their own, and bunch them together for a family photo. Teens can help younger siblings. Parents can help teens. If the process of carving their own jack-o-lantern doesn't seem like fun, just wait until you see your son or daughter's face light up when they see their creation with a candle inside.
5. Write a Scary Story
October 20th is National Day on Writing, a celebration created by the NCTE, the National Council of Teachers of English. Celebrate in the Halloween Spirit with your Catholic elementary school student and have them create a scary story from scratch. Help them out by giving them a starter sentence, or a setting to start off with. Example: When they walked up to the old house all they could think of was.... This will generate creativity in addition to getting them into the Halloween spirit. When they've finished their masterpiece, have them read it aloud in their spookiest narration. Start a new tradition with a "Halloween Story Contest" where everyone in the family writes a one page story, and whoever wins the most scary or most creative wins some delightful Halloween Treat!