St. Patrick’s Day Fun – Make a Little Magic

Tomorrow is a day of magic! Leprechaun magic!

Although St. Patrick’s Day is anchored in Ireland, many people off the green isle celebrate the magic of this fun day. Even though I have reddish hair and some freckles, and my dad looks like a Leprechaun, I’m not Irish. But ever since I was a wee little lassie, I’ve been very fortunate to have the Leprechaun come to my house every St. Patrick’s Day.


Some years he would turn the milk in the carton green, or leave green pancake batter ready for my parents to cook. I wrote him a letter once, and he answered all my questions (my Leprechaun was named Paddy). Each St. Patrick’s Day I would dress in green from my dilly-boppers down to my shamrock covered shoes (compliments of that mischievous fairy).

As I grew up, the Leprechaun didn’t play as many tricks, but there were always shamrocks left to remind me of the magic. I think this magic, and the fun I associate with it, helped lead me to writing. In a way, Paddy was my muse, and I defended him to all those kids that said he wasn’t real. He was real to me.

Now that I have three kids of my own, the Leprechaun once again invades our home every year. He leaves notes, changes the milk green, stacks the kitchen chairs on the table and turns all the pictures in the house upside down. He even pees in the toilet and forgets to flush!

My youngest still builds a Leprechaun trap, trying to trick him with fake gold. So far she’s been able to catch tiny shoes, a small felt jacket, pair of pants, and a tiny hat. Maybe this year the Leprechaun will leave his boxers, and there will be a naked Leprechaun running around our house!




The winter is long, and spring is finally almost here. With flowers starting to bloom, it’s like magic fills the air (achoo! And pollen!). St. Patrick’s Day is another opportunity to embrace the magic in our everyday worlds.

Whether it just makes someone giggle and smile or it inspires them to embrace the idea of fairies and magic to later write a story – invite the Leprechaun into your house this St. Patrick’s Day.

Leprechaun tricks:

  • Add green food coloring to milk, pudding or batter (when adding to batter, add a good amount so the color will show up after it’s cooked).
  • Add food coloring to the toilet water.
  • Make “footprints” on the toilet seat with washable paint (side of your hand or fingerprints).
  • Covering shoes and book bags with shamrock stickers.
  • Hang green streamers like a waterfall through doorways.
  • Leave shamrock stickers as tracks leading to a small treasure of chocolate coins or small shamrock plant.
  • Open all the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen.
  • Run green yarn through the house to make a big tangle.

Has the Leprechaun ever visited your house? What did that rascal do?

12 responses to “St. Patrick’s Day Fun – Make a Little Magic”

  1. This sounds so fun, Heather! I’ve never had a leprechaun encounter, but this is a much nicer association for St. Patrick’s Day than people drinking green beer starting at dawn. What a nice way to promote the magic. 🙂

  2. Tis the luck of the Irish and their magical ways that keeps life interesting. St. Patrick’s Day treasure hunt to find gold (chocolate) coins around the house and yard (if the snow is gone). The rules always change to the whim of the Leprechaun. Sometimes you walk backward. Sometimes you can only look every 10 minutes. Sometimes there is a cheeky note from a Leprechaun with instructions to dance a jig (adults have to sing an Irish song) before moving on. Always, in the end, there is a small pouch with a special gift and often real coins too (adults get a green certificate for a green libation). Lots of fun and tradition to embellish and pass to the next generation.

    • Heather McCollum says:

      I love this, Ann! What a wonderful tradition! Thank you for sharing & happy Paddy’s Day!

  3. Jennifer Bray-Weber says:

    Oh! I wish I would have done these things for my kiddos. So much fun!!! The only tradition done ’round these parts is the pinching! If you aren’t wearing green, you WILL get pinched.

    • Heather McCollum says:

      Absolutely, we do pinching for those not in green : ) Of course for adults, that leads to “I’m wearing green underwear.” Which leads to a justified pantsing.

  4. Tamara Hogan says:

    OMG, Heather – those green footprints on the toilet seat are absolutely hilarious!! You have such a fertile imagination.

    Today, March 16, Minnesotans of Finnish ancestry celebrate St. Urho’s Day. According to legend, St. Urho chased the grasshoppers out of ancient Finland, saving its grape/wine crop. In northern MN, more people don purple to celebrate St. Urho’s Day than wear green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂

    • Heather McCollum says:

      Wow! That’s so interesting! I’ve never heard of that before.

      Truly, the more I learn, the more I realize I know so little.

  5. Rita Henuber says:

    Oh. My. I LOVE the toliet pic. Wish I’d thought of that when my kids were small. Thank you for the smiles this morning.

  6. Gwyn says:

    The footprints on the toilet seat made me giggle. Wish I’d thought of it.

    No leprechaun pranks here, but there will be massive quantities of corned beef and cabbage, red potatoes, green beans, Irish soda bread, Lemon curd, in either tarts or on cheese cake, to welcome the spring (which I could color green–hmmmm), and some family. More than enough to satisfy the Irish in me.

    Wishing you and yours the luck o’ the Irish!

  7. What fun, Heather! I need to run out and get some green food coloring. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all.

  8. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    Fond memories for you and a lot of fun ideas for today! Wish I was visiting my great-nephew…he’d get a huge kick out of those footprints on the toilet seat & the green pee:)

    Thanks, Heather!

  9. Tina Beckett says:

    Love the cute tips, Heather! I, too, love those green footprints!


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