Hello there mateys! I hope you’ve spruced up your eye patches, because this Monday is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
The event, started in 1995 by friends John Baur and Mark Summers — now better known as Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket — has become a cult favorite since it was mentioned by syndicated columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Held every September 19th, the “holiday” has even been celebrated on the International Space Station.
International Talk Like A Pirate Day is a great time to have pirate-themed fun with the family. Before you get started, you’ll all need pirate names, so be sure to visit Froggy Net’s Pirate Name Generator. (Mine is Flora the Mean.)
And now, to get your family pirate party on …
- Learn the proper way to speak pirate at the Talk Like A Pirate Day website. According to the founders, acceptable words and phrases include: “Ahoy!” “By GARRR!” “Rumpot!” and “Keelhaul!”
- Download a great pirate app from iTunes. My 10-year-old son loves to play Plunderland, and I’m planning to download Penelope the Purple Pirate app for my 5-year-old daughter.
- Set up a treasure hunt in your house, with gold-wrapped chocolate “doubloons” (coins).
- Visit Family Fun magazine to learn how to make your very own pirate parrot craft.
- Email your kids a customizable Talk Like A Pirate Day greeting.
- Take the kids to a pirate-themed event. There are many going on all around the country. Make sure to check your local paper, as quite a few of them will be held this weekend, in advance of the official Talk Like A Pirate Day since it falls on Monday. For example, the Children’s Museum of Houston is hosting a Pirates Ahoy! Bash this Sunday from 1-5pm, featuring a live action pirate show and a treasure hunt.
- Finish out your pirate party day with a great bedtime story. Our family’s favorite buccaneer picture book is “How I Became A Pirate” by Melinda Long.
Oh, and for the grownups, if you want to learn how to tweet like a pirate or change your Facebook status updates to pirate language, visit Mashable to learn how.