The magical night of Halloween
Every Halloween, part of me tells myself to just get it together and smile over the triple dipped gummy marshmallows bites for the kids’ sakes so they don’t end up at The Halloween Support Group as adults, full of dour people recalling their parents cringing over the many small and colorful packages of corn-syruped GMO food coloring.
And so every year we piece together costumes, we canvas the neighborhood with our candy baskets, we sort through candy, and I do a lot of cringing.
This Halloween, we got to remake the holiday.
I jumped at my friend Joanie’s suggestion that we put on an interactive Halloween Play (a free resource from Sparkle Stories, a fantastic company that produces audio stories for kids), a magical mystery in which costumed parents assume roles and the kids band together to unlock the mystery.
On Halloween night, the kids (for whom the story was a surprise) met in the woods as “travelers.” They soon learned from their adult guide that the Fairy Princess needed rescuing from the magic of the Will’o'Wisp, who stole the Princess’s magic wand and cast a spell on the creatures of the forest, freezing them. If the Princess could be unfrozen, the Fairy Ball would proceed!
First, the kids assemble, learning that they need to find the Will’o'Wisp and retrieve the stolen wand.
Next, they come upon The Grey Lady, tending her fire. She teaches the children a song to unfreeze the forest people.
They find the wood cutter, frozen mid-chop. The children unfreeze him with a song. He gratefully gives them a story in return.
The wood elves commiserate with the travelers over the Fairy Ball being cancelled. “No treats? No dancing? No fun?”
Next, the children stumble upon the wandering minstrel.
He tells his story through song.
Next, the Gnome under the Stone gives the travelers a shiny gem to trade with the Will’o'Wisp for the magic wand.
The will’o'wisp, responsible for all the mischevious magic, tries to hide behind a pumpkin. (Also, holy paper maché wonder!)
Gotta love that the magic wand is a mullein stalk. The kids get the wand in a fair trade!
The kids find the Fairy Princess, still frozen.
Rose taps The Princess’s doc martens with the magic wand to wake her up.
She is thrilled to see the children still believe in magic and fairies and she announces that The Fairy Ball will go on!
The Fairy Princess passes out tickets–tickets!—to the fairy ball, and the party begins! There is fire, hot drinks and a table of sweets.
Everyone resumes their Mama/Papa role, but there is much magic in the air, which will never be completely undone.
Even Rose, president of the Kids Need Candy fanclub, asked about 30 seconds after it was over, “can we do that again next year?” (Which is akin to getting a 5-star review).
Some hugs for the photographer.