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Talk Like a Pirate Day Celebration Ideas

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Kids love pirates! I know I have always had a love affair with pirates since I was a little kid riding my favorite ride at Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean (which is still my favorite ride and is usually the first ride I go on when my daughter and I visit Disneyland for the day). There are some perks to living in Southern California! So I guess I am not too surprised that my first book, Penelope the Purple Pirate, featured a girl pirate who loves to have adventures. Much like a modern-day Pippi Longstocking, I wanted to have a strong and feisty role model for our girls that teaches the importance of using your imagination as well as treating others with kindness and respect.

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day Celebration

International Talk Like a Pirate Day was started by two friends, Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers and John “Chumbucket” Baur over 10 years ago. It was officially declared a “holiday” by author and comedian Dave Barry after he heard about this silly day created by these two friends who asked that everyone talk like a pirate on September 19. It is celebrated across the country and even globally. You will find many a pirate-loving adult having a good time celebrating this day around the world and posting about it on Cap’n Slappy and Chumbucket’s Facebook Page.

On their website they list events happening around the world as well, so make sure to check out and see if there is something happening near you.To read more about these crazy mates you can check out my interview with them here.



Join in the Celebration

If you are looking for some fun ideas to throw your pirate-loving kid a birthday party or you want to join in the fun on Talk Like a Pirate Day you can find some great ideas on Pinterest. I recently finished up a post and featured some of my favorite pirate-themed party ideas. The important thing to remember when throwing a party is to look for inexpensive ways to get the same effect as one you might see in a magazine. Be creative! Like the mom who used pirate-themed paper she found at her local craft store as the place mats, or the mom who created her own set of props that included moustaches, lips, and funny hats from a FREE download on Pinterest and just glued a colorful paper straw to the props and voila! I love Pinterest and you won’t believe what great ideas you can get just from doing a “pirate party ideas” search on this fantastic site.

And if you are looking to have some fun on International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19, come over to my site for a little Facebook Party! Go here for me details. However you decide to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, do have fun matey!

What do you like most about pirates? 

headshot.mel.securedownload Melissa Northway, M.S. is a children's picture book author and her award-winning storybook app and book Penelope the Purple Pirate was inspired by her little tomboy.  Penelope is a modern-day Pippi Longstocking who loves the color purple and adventures. You can read more at and at Melissa's new lifestyle site dandelion moms 




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