At the end of every October, The Cottage School hosts its annual Halloween Parade and Harvest Festival for the school children and their families. All ages participate, including our littlest ones who attend our Mommy and Me program. Children are encouraged to wear noncommercial costumes—some of which are found in the school’s handmade “Theatrical Costume Collection” from the children’s annual school plays.
During the Halloween Parade, children walk a path with their teachers through the school yard and into the decorated playground. The children visit “stations,” where they say a nursery rhyme or sing a song and receive a healthy treat, such as an apple or bread. Each harvest station is directed by a parent dressed in costume:
The Farmer distributes organic apples from her harvest
The Miller shows the children how to mill corn into cornmeal
The Baker distributes corn bread
The Candlestick Maker hands out natural beeswax candles, which are handmade by the children at school the previous week
The Wizard performs magic tricks and gives each child homemade playdough
After the children visit each station, family members gather with their children and the teachers to enjoy some apple cider.
Nursery Rhymes Recited and Songs Sung at the Harvest Festival
Ten little apples, up in a tree
five for you and five for me.
Let’s shake that apple tree just so
and all the apples fall below.
Blow, wind, blow!
And go, mill go!
That the miller can grind his corn
That the baker may take it,
And into bread make it,
And bring us a loaf in the morn,
And bring us a loaf in the morn.
Pat-a cake, Pat-a-cake,
Bake me a cake,
As fast as you can.
Pat it and prick it,
And mark it with B,
Put it in the oven,
For baby and me.
The Candlestick Maker
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick,
Jack jump over the candlestick.
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky.
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.