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Jack-o-lanterns, Seasonal fruit and Vegetable displays; Why?

​Halloween in Canada is a very popular holiday marked by a great deal of expressive culture.  Traditional Halloween activities include making of decorations for the home, such as Jack-o-lanterns, seasonal fruit and vegetable displays, harvest figures adorn porches and yards and of course the most prominent of all traditions is the making and wearing of costumes. 
In history, this time of year was observed as a new beginning.  A time when the fruits and vegetables of the summer were ripe and hence the end of pollination and reproduction.  A time of year when trees shed their leaves, the harvest ends and many animals prepare for winter hibernation. A time when homemakers prepare for winter by gathering wood for the fireplaces and making pickles and preserves from the fruits and vegetables of the harvest.
In many religions, Halloween commemorates a time when those that have passed roam the earth and as tradition has it, people offer them treats because if they do not, then a trick or a prank will be played on them!  One such creature is the Jack-o-lantern; tradition states that his name is Jack and he swallows coal so that his eyes, nose and mouth light up his path in the dark.
Such a large-scale contemporary event, rooted in tradition, does not go unnoticed at West Dalhousie School (WDS).  Halloween is a big deal for us.  Teachers and students dress in their favorite costumes and engage in many activities.  These events allow each of us to express our individuality and interests but also teach us about the beauty that this time of year has to offer.  Students study the changes to the weather and the changes in nature with many of them spending time in our outdoor classroom and amphitheatre. 
This year our Parent council will be hosting a Halloween dance on October 27th and as a school we will celebrate Halloween on October 31st!  I wonder what the teachers will wear on Halloween day!
As the fall approaches us, I wish you a season of regeneration and a time to prepare for the school year's goals on achievement and success.  Delve into your community and join in on the WDS events and fundraisers!  Here is a great book to listen to or read with your children.  
All the best.
Mrs. Spagnolo


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West Dalhousie School

6502 58 St NW Calgary, AB, T3A 2C8
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Maria Spagnolo
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Divya Devender - Kraft
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Laura Hack

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