Campers and parents alike are probably just as busy as I am today in getting ready for Halloween. With three little boys under foot and under the age of eight, I know my house is bustling with excitement!
Still, between final costume touch-ups, planning treats, and insisting on healthy meals to round out all those goodies, I thought I’d take a moment to wish our ‘Ghany community a very happy Halloween.
Whether you’re actually celebrating with trick-or-treating or a party, or planning to hand out candy to a train of little Harry Potters and princesses and dinosaurs and Wonder Women, or if you’re more focused on the beautifully turning leaves (at last!), whatever you do, please be safe, enjoy yourselves, and take the ‘Ghany spirit with you wherever you go.
In the past, when there weren’t so many kids to keep up with here at Chez Shreckhise, I wrote some blogs about Halloween that I thought I’d pull out of the cobweb-covered vault and share with you today. They will provide you with food and costume inspiration as well as a nice diversion for your downtime.
Voices from the Past
One post, “A Very Campy Halloween,” offers tips on how to pull together quick and easy costumes that harken back to camp. None of them are as complicated as going as s’mores, a hotdog on a stick, or a cardboard campfire, but you could try that, too. Whatever you do, post your costume on Facebook or Instagram and tag us — we’d love to see your creativity in action!
Another post provides some alternatives to the endless offerings of sugar-laden treats that creep into our lives beginning with this huge American holiday and lasting all the way through New Year’s. So if you want some ideas for tamping down the sugar rush, read “A Healthier and Just as Happy Halloween.” And if you made some kind of treat, sweet or savory, tag us with that, too. We always want to see what our ‘Ghany Girls are up to!
And then there’s my blog, “Where Campers Fear to Tread!” Read it IF YOU DARE! 🙂 But seriously, it actually has some old-school references to camp’s little quirks and some reflections from my vaunted youth (or should I say my haunted youth in this case?)
Now I simply must run around…so much to do at this bustling time of year especially when the littlest of kids are giddy with excitement about the spookiest day and night of the year.
Don’t forget your lantern! And don’t forget to chant this little chant in your best Scottish brogue…
From ghosties and ghoulies, and long-leggetie beasties,
And things that go bump in the night,
Good lord deliver us!
– From a quaint old Litany
— Elizabeth Shreckhise, Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls