"I love Halloween!
We get to dress up and pretend to be lots of scary monsters and ghosts, and it’s fun because we get to play with others. Somehow, with all of our friends around, these scary things don’t seem scary, they seem silly! I always find it better to have Herman with me, just in case. After all, he’s a monster! But I know he would rather eat a cookie or a piece of candy than eat me, haha!
So, if you are planning to have a Halloween party this year, or are just looking for something different to do this October, here are a few spooktacular ideas you can explore with family and friends. Try telling a Ghost Story, or Bobbing for Apples." - Oscar
Bob for Apples
This is a really fun classic game played in Autumn, and we like to play on Halloween. It’s super easy. All you do is try to catch an apple that is floating in some water with JUST YOUR TEETH! It’s harder than it looks, but it’s a lot of fun. Bunnies like me love this because of our big amazing buck teeth.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
A large bowl, big enough to fill with water and a few apples. We use one of the large bowls you use for candy for trick-or-treaters.
A bunch of apples. Apples are delicious, and are naturally in season in the Fall. You should be able to find your favorite kind at a grocery, farmers market, or fruit stand.
A Towel, to dry off after all of the splashing that will happen.
A Timer or music, if you want to make it a competition.
HOW TO PLAY:
1. First fill the bowl most of the way up (¾) with some water.
(You’ll be sticking your face in it, so make sure it’s not too hot or too cold.)
2. Then put apples in the water.
There should be plenty of apples floating around, but they should still be able to move around the bowl. If they don’t move there are too many apples. Just pull out a few for the next person.
Hint: If you’re playing this game with friends you may want to divide the apples between players, so no one has to share apples that have been in someone else’s mouth. Just put a few apples into the water when it’s that person’s turn.
3. When you’re ready to play, put both arms behind your back. You are only allowed to use your mouth and your teeth to catch an apple.
4. Now have someone start the timer or music, and try to catch an apple!
Breathing is important
Your face may go under the water trying to get the apple, so don’t take a big breath in. You can’t breathe water silly! Be careful.
Part of what makes this fun is that it is completely ridiculous. Everyone looks so silly splashing around with their faces in the water. So ONLY use your mouth. No hands. No feet. Just teeth and lips. Good luck!
Make it a competition!
See who can catch one the fastest.
Or who can catch the most in a certain amount of time.
Or, if your grown up allows, have everyone take turns in the same basin of apples and see who catches one first.
There are so many ways to play. Just make sure to be safe and have fun with a grown up watching.
Spooky stories are...well...spooky! But that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun too! Sometimes, getting a little excited and scared can give us a thrill. But if you think you might get too scared, remember that ghost stories are just that...stories, like anything else you read, and are simply a part of our imagination. But if you’d like to keep on a nightlight or hug a teddy bear, go right ahead. We always have Leonard with us too.
Here’s a story that’s just a little spooky which you can read with your loved ones on a dark October evening.
A Spooky Wisconsin Story
retold by S.E. Schlosser