Thursday, October 7, 2010

Halloween Photo and Journaling Opportunities

Photo Opportunities

Halloween presents us with tons of photography opportunities...below is a list I have compiled so I don't miss any of the important activities!

Choosing a Costume
Making a Costume
Decorating the Indoors
Decorating the Outdoors
House Lit Up at Night
Detail Shots of Decorations
Haunted House Adventures
Pumpkin Patch Adventures
Cornstalk Maze
Choosing a Pumpkin
School Halloween Functions
Getting Dressed
Getting Make Up Applied
Costume Details
Picture of Each Child in Costume
Trick or Treating (group and individual shots)
Knocking on the Door
Opening the Bag for Treats
Scary Movie Night
Passing Out Candy
Bag of Treats at the end of Trick or Treating
Neighborhood decorations
Family Members in Costume
Scooping out Pumpkin Guts
Carving the Pumpkin
Completed Jack-O-Lantern
Cooking Pumpkin Seeds
Eating Pumpkin Seeds
Halloween Parties
Bobbing for Apples
Group Party Picture
Hay Ride
Carmel Apples
Changing/falling leaves
Pets in their costumes
Costume Parade

Photography Tips

Here are a few links to sites that give some great tips for Photographing Halloween.  There are tips from everything from costumes, to Jack-O-Lanterns, to decorations.

Journaling Opportunities

Now for the journaling...Besides the typical Who? What? When? Why? and Where? answers, try to make your Halloween journaling a little more are some journaling prompts to get you started...

  • Have a child describe how to carve a pumpkin...copy their answer down "word for word"
  • Include the recipe for making baked pumpkin seeds
  • Include recipes for other Halloween traditional treats or dishes
  • Write a timeline for Halloween evening or day
  • Explain how the Halloween costumes were chosen
  • "Halloween by the numbers. I love "by the numbers" pages, where you track the statistics associated with a certain event. For Halloween, write down the number of houses you take your trick-or-treater to, how many blocks you walked, how much of each different types of candy was collected, etc. Take photos to match, and your page practically creates itself!"--Halloween By the Numbers Idea Quoted from
  • Add a Halloween poem to your layout
  • Add lyrics from a Halloween song
  • Describe Halloween traditions
  • 13 things you loved about Halloween
  • Top 13 costumes you saw tonight
  • Print out a short history of Halloween from the internet to include on your layout

Halloween Interview Questions for Children to Answer

Interview each child as soon as you are done Trick or Treating, the day's events will be fresh in their mind.  Some questions to include could be...

What was your favorite part of Halloween?
What was the scariest part of Halloween?
What is your favorite treat or candy?
What do you think you want to be next year for Halloween?

I'm still brainstorming more interview questions, if you can think of any, leave a comment and I'll add the to the blog post!
Have fun with you Halloween layouts!!!

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