My way of getting around it - campfire stories. =) For the past week, my students have heard lots and lots and LOTS of campfire stories - some funny, some weird, some spooky, some folktales. They were given a challenge, write their own campfire stories with 3 basic rules to follow:
1) no one can GET killed. They can already be dead though
2) no ghosts, witches, or things that may be offensive
3) keep it E for Everyone please!
The stories they come up with always amaze me! This year, they were so good, we used the whole writing process and published them too!
'Now, the piece de resistance occurs - you guessed it - on Halloween! We held our campfire today in my classroom! I had two volunteers come in to make microwave s'mores and we huddled around the "fire", shoes off, pillows brought in for comfort and listened to and celebrated each others writing. I set up the "fire" before they come in from related arts - black paper on all the windows and only the firelight showing. It's hard to tell - but it's just one of the fake torches from a Halloween store! Every year, they love it and talk about it all year long. So, if you happen to be in a school that doesn't do Halloween - here's an option for you - and even if you do Halloween - who doesn't love a campfire??
Happy Halloween and have a great week!