It was actually quite fun.
As the kids arrived they took a paper bag and headed to a table with origami paper, stickers, ribbons, pens and crayons and they made their trick or treat bags.
Then when we'd all done that we read the ultra easy GenkiEnglish Halloween book (Look! There's a witch. I'm scared. Look! There's a wizard. I'm scared. Repeat 9 more times) and practised our candy-getting chant 'trick or treat, trick or treat, give me something good to eat.' I have no idea how authentic this is, one of the other mums suggested it. I actually don't like the idea of kids saying 'give me' without saying please but they only learnt it as a set phrase so I don't think it will have done lasting damage. ;)
Then we went through the kid's masks asking 'what are you?' 'I'm a cat. Happy Halloween!' 'Happy Halloween'. For the first time ever all three shy-to-the-point-of-paralysis girls answered the question. I think I'll have them wear masks every week!
The masks and a couple of our candy bags. Probably the smallest candy bags on the planet but they don't know that. :)
Then it was reviewing the halloween vocab and halloween karuta time. I have a special even-the-playing-field rule where I call out cards that have already gone and if you move you take a step (well bum shuffle) back. Guaranteed it's the fast kids slapping indiscriminately who get caught and them moving back gives my shyer think-before-you-whack kids a go. Brilliant, huh? ;)
Then finally the highlight of the day. We set up tables around the room and the mum's were the householders with bags of candy and the kids and I went as a group (safety in numbers and all that- halloween's a pretty dangerous time of year, yeah?) ;) from 'house' to house and did our chant. Then we had to answer a question: 'what colour do you like?' 'how's the weather?' 'what's your costume?' before we got our candy because I figured with all that candy waiting for them this was my best chance all year to get them answering in big confident voices!
And that was it. We said thank you to the teacher (me) to the leaders (East Azusagawa mums) and see you next time to everyone. It was pretty low key but perfect for our age group (3-7) and the kids all seemed really excited by it.
And the best bit? Neither of my girls really like chocolate so they ate the senbei and lollipop and I got a handful of chocolate- bonus!! I think I could get to like Halloween!
Phew! Look at those chipmunk style candy filled cheeks. Oh well, it's only once a year. And Amy's mask? Well she's a princess but she wanted to do it all by herself. It's not a masterpiece by anyone else's standards but it's her masterpiece and that's the important thing, right? :)