Blow me down and brush me barnacles—it’s almost time for International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th! Make no bits about it—celebrating this holiday is fun for landlubbers and pirates alike.
Ahoy language lubbers! Don’t be a scallywag, but join in the fun with costumes, games, and, of course, lots of pirate parlay.
1. Wear ye pirate costume.
If yar havin' a bit o' trouble growing some whiskers, try pilfering yar closet for the following items to create the essential pirate look.
Put on a pirate hat.
Got a hole in ye pockets? All ye need is a newspaper to craft this pirate hat. Decorate it as ye desire.
Don a swashbuckler shirt.
No need to be a tailor to craft a swarthy shirt with this tutorial. All ye need is one white and one old brown T-shirt and a pair o' shears (scissors, that is), which you'll use rough up ye shirt and to snip the holes for the ties.
Strap on yar eyepatch.
We won’t ask how ye lost yar eyeball, but cover up the damage done with this easy eye patch.
Grab ye hook.
Grab ye hook. If ye got some doubloons left, check ye local party store, costume shop, or if yer lucky, ye might just score one at the dollar store. To make yer own, snag some aluminum foil, a disposable plastic cup, scissors, and black duct tape, but that last one ain’t essential.
Wear an earring.
No pirate look is complete without a bit of bling. Wear your favorite gold hoops or clip on a dangly earring (we won't ask where you got it).
Watch the tutorial below to see how one of our Mangos made her own pirate swag.
2. Step to some Pirate Day freebies.
Long John Silver's.
Last year participating Long John Silver's restaurants gave customers a free piece of classic whitefish if they dressed like a pirate or gave their best shot an "Arrrgghh!" when they ordered. So keep at least one eye outside of a patch so you don't miss any deals this Pirate Day.
3. Play pirate games.
No Pirate Day is complete without a proper hunt for hidden treasure. Just add yar own pirate twist to a scavenger hunt with swashbuckling riddles and (plastic or chocolate) gold coins for winners' booty. Remember, "X" marks the secret spot.
Walk the plank.
Use two parallel lines of duct tape to create a "plank". Blindfold young scallywags and have them walk the plank by staying in between the lines. Another option is to use an actual plank of wood laid on top of a blue tarp. Reward the brave ones with a bag o' chocolate dubloons.
Build a pirate ship.
All hands hoay! Take your library by storm with a Spanish galleon. All you need are a few cardboard boxes and some creativity. Check out a few ships for inspiration. Then place your galleon on top of some blue tarp for even the youngest pirates to start sailing the seven seas.
4. Drink grog.
If ye have worked up a sweat with all yar carousin', you'll be ready for a cup o' grog, a.k.a. pirate punch. While the real deal features a strong spiced rum, you can make a kid-friendly pirate punch with any combination of tropical juices with a bit of 7-Up for some fizzy fun. We found one blogger who makes a mean grog recipe with Berry Blue Typhoon Hawaiian Punch, 7-Up, and eight scoops of pineapple sherbert.
5. Learn to speak Pirate.
Learn Pirate for free with Mango.
Don’t just look like a pirate—talk like one, too. With Mango’s Pirate course, you'll learn everything you need to know to parley in perfect Pirate. Create a profile with Mango to start learning Pirate for free!
Pirate name generator.
Now that you've got some Pirate speak down, all ye need is a true pirate name. Channel your inner buccaneer with this pirate name generator.
Change Facebook language to Pirate.
Log in to yarr Facebook profile and navigate to the dropdown menu on the righthand side to select the 'Settings' tab. Then click the Language tab to change the language you want to use Facebook in to Pirate. You can even choose to translate your news feed stories into Pirate as well. Savvy?
Singing's the life for me.
Pass the time at sea with some shanties, work songs with rhythms that coordinated the labor of sailors and pirates alike.
Steer clear of Davy Jones's Locker, and share in the fun of Pirate language learning at your library.
Fancy you’re ready? Well then, batten down the hatches and weigh anchor to embark on a language-learning adventure!