Class member: I took the idea out of the syllabus about the Halloween Witch. The tooth fairy’s cousin. They have to leave money for the Halloween ghost to trade for a book. It’s like Christmas. They are excited.
Class member: My son is in the mission field. We decided that we will have a second tree and it will stay up and be the missionary tree.
Class member: Made ‘witch legs’ that the kids can move so it looks like she is sitting underneath something.
Class member: We made pillowcases for Halloween. I’m going to expand it and make them for all holidays.
Class member: We make a “Thankful” tree. We say best 3 things that happened for us for the day. We are going to take those things and cut handprints out of craft paper and those get to be the leaves for the tree.
Class member: My son gets a ‘gimme’ attitude. We put the focus on making the goodies and giving them away. We are putting the focus on giving rather than getting.
Make plates and give to firefighters on Halloween.
Class member: Our family has started the tradition of picking a country and doing International Night. We cook something, do a craft or activity, and play a game about that place. For England we had a tea party and made cardboard double decker buses.
Class member: I have a 6 year old. He was in charge of FHE. He wanted to bob for apples. We are going to every year for Halloween. In our kitchen in a canner.
Sister Tanner: We had our teenage boys bob for apples in the bathtub. We had fabulous family Halloween parties. I love the decorations of Halloween. We all got in our costumes. We pushed the table back and put a lantern in our dining room and told ‘modified’ scary stories. We had apple cider.
Class member: For St. Patricks day we do “Legend of the Leprechaun”. The night before they decorate a box and leave it in the moonlight. They have to follow the treasure map to get treasure in their box…lucky charms, green cups, green shirts.
Class member: Christmas tradition…started when I was a kid we woke up at 6am. We tried to open our bedroom doors and we couldn’t open them. All 3 of our doors were tied together shut. We had to figure out how to get out. Our parents door was open, but covered with butcher paper saying…go away. There was a trap. We had to work together to get through. One year everything was gone...tree, presents, everything. Parents left a ransom note. They had to do a lot of things to find the tree including climbing through their parents bedroom window to get to the presents.
Class member: This one is Groundhogs day. We always have ground hog on groundhog day. She put cloves in the link sausages for eyes. Make ‘groundhogs’.
Class member: Last year husband decided he wanted to have a family journal. Anyone that comes they can write a memory about their visit. We put pictures in it.
Class member: At Christmas time you challenged us to do something out of the ordinary. I have a friend that has foster children. She heads up those tree. We decided that we would do that as a family. We collected gifts for the foster kids. All my kids could think about is what those foster kids wanted. We had a goal to fill our truck. We took the cash people had given we bought toys and filled the back of our truck. We talked about the struggles that they have and how good it was to be a family. I have a 6 year old son who picked out a really cool bike for one little boy. He really wanted it for himself, but didn’t ask about it. All my kids could talk about was next year we are going to do it bigger and better. All year they are talking about what they can do with the foster kids.