To Catch a Leprechaun: St. Patty’s Day Trickery

by MyDadBlog on March 16, 2009

in Funny,Holidays

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Since our kids are young and gullible, we try to seize the moment and do something silly each holiday.  Perhaps you’ll find some of these to be fun ideas to do with your kid…or you can shake your head at our family.  While Christmas is the proverbial Santa Claus and reindeer banging the heck out of the bells in the attic each year, St. Patty’s Day is all about leprechauns of course.  So, we decided we’d try and catch was a leprechaun during the course of the night and see if he’d leave us some gold.  This required a rather elaborate arrangement of course, because our 4-year old kept questioning how the trap would hold him, how much he weighed, how tall he was, etc.  After making it through the interrogation, we finally arrived at a suitable trap for the leprechaun.

Leprechaun Logic:

  • First of all, it’s well-known that leprechauns are mischievous.  Therefore, we had to have something around that they’d want to make a mess out of – that’s the bait.
  • I devised a trap using my kids’ toy tent and some yarn.
  • I used the upstairs banister as the pulley to pull the tent up and trap the leprechaun should he be foolish enough to step into the tent.
  • As bait, since we know they’re mischievous, we used a bag of foam blocks that any respectful leprechaun would want to knock down at first glance.
  • Now, the trap is set.  And he bought it! We’ll see what happens tonight.

Here’s a visual demonstration:


In the morning, we intend on leaving a pile of gold coin chocolate candies in the trap.  The news will be bittersweet.  On one hand, it’s the leprechaun that got away.  On the other hand, he had to depart without his valued pot of gold!

I know, this is totally corny if you don’t have a kid at an age that will believe this stuff.  However, if you do, you’ll probably find this to be similarly amusing.

Please share your ridiculous holiday rituals; I’m sure there are some great ones out there!

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