It's Halloween in Rome!
This is my third Halloween in Rome, and each year it has become more popular among school aged kids. This year there were many more Halloween items for sale in the neighborhood stores.
At Ambrit Rome International School we had a pumpkin carving contest. The Italian pumpkins have very hard shells, so some entries were creatively painted instead of carved.
My class decorated several dozen pumpkin shaped cookies for a bake sale to raise money for an orphanage in Haiti. (I think the kids bought back more than half of the cookies that they had decorated!)
All but two of my students wore costumes to school.