A few years ago we started making Leprechaun traps as a St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Matt and the kids create them a week or so before the big day, running a few trials ahead of time in case some Leprechauns are casing our house early.
On the night of March 16, they bait the traps with coins, marshmallows, rhinestones and anything else that might appeal to the mischievous creatures. On the morning of St. Patty’s Day, the children head straight for the traps to see if they’ve caught anyone or anything.
Although we haven’t snagged a little guy yet, the kids have been fortunate to find treats of chocolate or tiny sparkling treasures in their traps. Unfortunately, last year’s visitor left a mess for us to clean up: a trail of leprechaun dust from the back door to various rooms all over the house, including a trip up the carpeted stairs. Faith and begorrah! Forget the Lucky Charms; we need a Hoover for this holiday!
Matt created the trap in these photos, which is tripped with any bumping or jostling of the surface it’s resting upon. I don’t know about the real things, but this LEGO Leprechaun isn’t going very far!
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