WELLSTON, OKLAHOMA -- A history teacher might discuss the origins of Halloween and how the Jack-O-Lantern fits in.
Art teachers might develop a lesson plan for how to mix paint.
But when longtime resident Jerry Conley brought a trailer load of pumpkins to Wellston Elementary this week teachers here allowed their kids the freedom of expression and let it crowd the halls.
We brought a few examples to 'show and tell' and shatter the quiet school library.
First grader Jaxon Bays showed us his Ghost Buster theme.
"I just liked it," he says. "I don't know."
His big brother Logan had something similar.
"We only had 15 minutes," he complains. "So I just did something Halloween."
Mason McCarty had the right idea.
"I just painted it," he says. "I didn't really think of anything."
His classmate Mattea Lawson put it even better.
"And then I took my paint brush and went shshskpth."
Landon Kulp did an angry bird.
Aynsley Tillison did a pig.
Attaya Oliver rendered a Cookie Monster.
"That's like beautiful," says Tillison.
They might actually have learned a little bit about mixing colors but only by going crazy.
"When the red hit the white it turned pink," says Landon Kulp.
Full disclosure here, those lessons in spontaneity extend to television interviews as well.
Sometimes the best results come from chaos, like when you hand the keys to the asylum to the inmates, or the cameras to the kids.
What you get is the real stuff.
Halloween can be scary partly because you don't know what's going to happen.
But in the end, it's almost always fun.