Lewis Carroll, author of the "Alice" series, was know for making up words to include in his poems and books. You too can be audacious and make your own Halloween dictionary.
- Find an empty notebook, journal or sketchbook and decorate it. Put "Audacious Dictionary" on the cover. Alternately you could put "_______________ Dictionary" substituting your own made up word to describe the dictionary’s contents (you can even put a definition of the word in small print on the cover under the title).
- Make up some new monster, spooky or fantasy words and then have fun making up their definitions.
- To cap off the activity, write a story or poem using the words you have created.
- Keep your dictionary and add to it the next year (or throughout the year if you wish).
- If you wish, keep to one or two definitions per page and illustrate your dictionary.
If you’re doing this as a family and extending it to the rest of the year, in time you will begin to develop your own family secret code!
Example Entry (need not be this detailed)
Flooglabble, noun. A three-horned mammle known to live in a floo. It survives by ingesting smoke and ashes. It is not known exactly what color the flooglabble’s coat of fur is naturally, for it is consistently covered in a grayish soot and has a keen fear of water and bathing. Flooglabble’s are know for trying to grab small creatures and feed them to the fire below them. It is assumed that this behavior is one method for farming soot and ash.
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