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I have mentioned before that we don't really celebrate Halloween as such, but this year Jack is showing more and more interest. I'm not sure if this is because of starting in a school setting nursery or paying more attention when we visit the shops but I find I have to tell him more about it.
The part of Halloween I don't particularly like is all the gore and children seeing it as they must go trick-or-treating and expect money and sweets; I don't want Jack to see it as that.
So this year I've planned some fun Halloween activities to do with Jack to introduce him to Halloween and the fun parts which I feel he would enjoy. The first activity I chose to do is make a 'Happy Halloween' cake and use chocolate and make it bright.
Jack loves baking and especially chocolate cakes; so we set our mission to create a big chocolate sandwich cake and decorate it in lots of chocolate and a spider, spider being the Halloween link. So we visited the shop and purchased some Mars Twix for the outer edge of the cake and some Mars M&M's to decorate the top for the spider to sit on. We decided to use Mars chocolate as I see many cakes made using other brands and hardly ever Mars; they are also working hard on cocoa sustainability. Mars - "As part of our commitment as a responsible global company, we are striving to make cocoa a vibrant, environmentally sound industry from farm to factory."
I placed all the ingredients into the bowl and Jack did the mixing with the mixer. We then baked it and Jack helped again when it was decorating time. Whilst decorating we spoke about the different colours of the M&M's, bringing in his school work and learning colours. We also spoke about orange being associated with Halloween. We also spoke about spiders, there role in general everyday living and why they get associated with Halloween.
I found it much easier explaining Halloween to Jack this way; I don't want him to think of it as scary and I will be doing my best to make it fun for him as he grows up. We will be welcoming trick-or-treaters and if any turn up, I'll teach Jack that part then.
I have lots more activities planned to help Jack learn about Halloween.
How do you celebrate Halloween with your children?