Hannah and Gretel

Once upon a time, there in a deep forest lived a woodcutter and his two daughters, Hannah and Gretel. The woodcutter was remarried to a nasty woman who thought only of herself, so when hard economic times hit, she forced the woodcutter to make a difficult choice.

The nasty stepmother told the woodcutter, “We have no money and there are too many mouths to feed! You must take the girls deep into the woods, so that someone else can provide for them. Surely, someone will want to take care of them. You must do what I say or else…”
The woodcutter was deeply afraid of the “what else” and felt he had no choice but to follow the orders of his nasty wife. He was hoping that surely someone would really be able to give his children a better life than this. Hannah and Gretel overheard their stepmother’s wild demand and was overcome with sadness.
contemplating what to do
Hannah comforted Gretel and said, “Don’t worry, I know God will take care of us no matter what. Plus, we will always have each other.” Hannah tried to never show her fear in front of her sister. Hannah knew that she had to be true and brave to help Gretel get through this very tough time, so she concocted a plan for when her father would take them into the woods.
i have an idea
The next day, the father declared that they would be off in search of wood for the stove. He took his girls, Hannah and Gretel with him. They all walked off into the deep, deep woods together. Knowing what her father was instructed to do, Hannah put her plan in motion, from the very moment they left the house. She made a trail of tiny pebbles, so that she and Gretel would be able to follow their way home.
let's fetch some woodpebbles will do it!
Once they were in the deep, deep forest, the woodcutter decided it was time to chop some wood. He chopped and chopped, until he said he needed more wood, so then he told his daughters to stay and watch the wood until he returns.
we need wood
Hannah and Gretel waited and waited. They grew tired from all the waiting. As soon as the first twinkle of stars came out, Hannah said that it was time to go home.
waiting for papi again
Gretel said, “How are we are going to go home? We don’t know the way.”
let's go! wondering
Hannah replied, “Gretel, I left a trail of pebbles for us to follow home.”
leaving a trailthank you sister!
Together they set off to follow the trail of pebbles home. Once they got home, they quietly and tiredly snuck back into their beds and off to sleep they went.
In the morning, the nasty stepmother was surprised to have found the girls sleeping in their room. She immediately went to nag her husband and demand that he take them deeper into the forest or else…
Deathly afraid of the “what else”, as soon as the girls awoke, their father declared it was time to fetch more wood. The woodcutter said, “Hannah and Gretel, we must go back into the deep, deep woods to get more wood for the stove as we have already run out!”
off into the forest

Due to the quickness of the trip, Hannah didn’t have much time to plan, but all she managed to bring was some pieces of bread. She decided that she would use the bread to leave a trail back home.

bread will do it!
As they were making their way into the woods, Hannah broke the bread into tiny pieces to make sure to leave a trail behind them. Unfortunately, Hannah failed to let Gretel know the plan and Gretel was so hungry that she ate up the pieces of bread that she found.
gretel eating the traili'm scared hannah!what shall we do?
After awhile, Hannah started to pay attention to Gretel and noticed she was chewing. When she demanded to know what she was eating, she told her to stop because that was going to be their way back home. Gretel immediately apologized not knowing the plan and Hannah continued to leave bread crumbs to make a trail. Little did Hannah know, that a tiny bird was just as hungry as Gretel and ate up all the other bread crumbs that was left behind.
our trail! where is it?!!
Once they were much deeper in the deep, deep forest, the woodcutter decided it was time to chop some wood again. He chopped and chopped, until he said he needed more wood, so once again he told his daughters to stay and watch the wood until he returns.
waiting for papi
Hannah and Gretel waited, waited, and waited. But just like last time, they grew tired from all the waiting when Hannah decided it was time to head back home.
Together they set off to follow the trail of bread crumbs home, but to their surprise there were no bread crumbs to be found. Hannah and Gretel were immediately disheartened and started wandering deeper into the dark forest trying to find their way back home.
oh no!hannah and gretel
The young girls were hungry and tired after wandering for a few hours, when they happened to spot the loveliest sight. It was a house made of their favorite fruits and vegetables. Instead of flowers in the flower bed, there were bunches of broccoli. Instead of a tiled rood, there were watermelons and for windows, there were strawberries. There were also vines of grapes growing all along the front of the house. They were so overcome with excitement that they immediately started devouring whatever they could get hands on.
yummy...i am so hungrythis is good!
As they were eating, an Old Lady popped out and greeted them. At first, Hannah and Gretel were a bit taken aback, but when the lady offered them more food and a place to stay, they happily took the offer. After all, they were hungry and tired, and had no other place to go.
welcoming old lady
Little did they know, that what they saw was a spell put on by the Old Lady of the house. She was able to make little children see what they wanted to see in order to capture these little children for herself. Hannah and Gretel were about to step into a lot of trouble.
Upon entering the Old Lady’s house, everything changed. It wasn’t as lovely as they first saw, and the Old Lady quickly took Hannah and caged her up. She locked her in and there was no way for her to get out. The Old Lady said, “I got you my precious and you will never go home again!”
don't mess with mei will lock you up for good

Then, the Old Lady forced Gretel to become her servant. She made Gretel cook and clean for her.

give me this and give me that!
The Old Lady said, “Hannah, you must eat as I will need to fatten you up for my big meal!”
eat my precious!
Little Gretel, knowing what the Old Lady would do to her sister, took the Old Lady’s glasses and cracked them so that she could not see clearly. Now every time the Old Lady went to check to see if Hannah had been “fattened” up, Hannah would stick out an old bone, so the Old Lady would think that she was still not quite ready to be eaten.
are you fat yet?!!
Growing impatient and hungry from all the waiting, the Old Lady declared she did not care if Hannah was not yet ready. She was hungry now and demanded Gretel get the stove ready for Hannah.
what shall we do?
Gretel afraid for her sister pretended to have trouble getting the stove started. She kept calling for the Old Lady telling her that it did not work. Frustrated, the Old Lady got up to see what the problem was.
it's not working
As soon as the Old Lady was close enough to the oven, Gretel, with all her might, pushed and shoved the Old Lady into the oven.
push her in...
Quickly, Gretel then retrieved the keys to unlock Hannah out of the cage.
let's get out of here!go hannah!

Gretel freed Hannah and together they watched the Old Lady disappear into smithereens inside the hot, hot oven.

is she in there?!!
Happy to be free from the Old Lady, Hannah and Gretel quickly searched the house for the Old Lady’s stash of gold coins. They found the gold coins, took them, then went on their merry way to find their way back home.
steal the gold
Once they were a good distance from the Old Lady’s house, they started to hear their father calling after them. Excited, they followed the sound of his voice and it wasn’t long before they were back with him again. The woodcutter happily embraced his Hannah and Gretel and declared his love for them and ask for forgiveness for being so cowardly and not standing up to their nasty stepmother. He told them that once he realized the terrible thing he had done, he ordered his wife out of the house and went in search of them. He had been searching for days now and he was so glad to be back with them again.
Hannah and Gretel were so excited to be with their father again and to share with him the little surprise they had. First, they recounted the story of the terrible Old Lady and how they got away, but as soon as they got home, they were delighted to be able to show him their handful of gold. The woodcutter was absolutely gleeful to have his daughters home and that they no longer have to worry about money.
papi! we found gold!!!hip hip... hooray!!!
Hannah said, “Father, see God took care of all of us. Look, we are rich now! You never have to chop wood again and we can have all the fruits and vegetables we want on our table!” They all embraced and were just so overjoyed to be safe and back together.
And they all lived happily ever after…
bratcher productionlived happily ever after
Have a Happy Halloween!!!


95 Responses to “Hannah and Gretel”

  1. I love this! This has got to be one of the cutest things I have ever seen. Must have been just as fun to make as it was for me to read.

  2. Oh my! That was so adorable and so creative! & I love that your husband seems to be so into it! Happy Halloween!

  3. boots says:

    Thank you so much for sharing that! its the absolute cutest thing ever- it must have took so much planning- your one wonder women!!! these memories will last forever for your little ones!

    • Lizabeth says:

      nao interessa se a ONG eh comprada ou nao…o que importa eh que a pesquisa foi pra parar nas manchetes e o estrago esta feito, pois nao tera contra-ataque dos tuao.asn..comprcda ou nao, passara como sendo verdade, pra nao variar…

  4. youve done it again!!!!! i was wondering what you guys would bethis year!! ou are brilliant!!!!

  5. TOOOO cute for words. What a fun memory for your children, and for you. XXX Annie

  6. Erin says:

    Your family is so awesome! How cute. All the costumes are fantastic – did you sew them all? Happy Halloween to you too!

  7. mama turtle says:

    so so cute! You guys are great!

  8. Carly Jane says:

    OH my adorable! That was fantastic in every way. I loved every single sweet picture. Job well done.

  9. marseille says:

    this is amazing. what a creative little family you have. i can't wait to share it with others. happy halloween.

  10. Casey says:

    i love your halloween stories! what a great memory for your family… great job on all the outfits, too!

  11. Marie says:

    This is so cute:) I love the pictures! I hope that you are doing well. Have a good weekend:)

  12. lahmode says:

    Oh my gosh. You're girls are SO adorable.

  13. Renee says:

    THIS IS WONDERFUL!!!! I cannot even express how great I think this is… your girls are just lovely! Your family is so creative and so fun… I look at your girls & wish I would have been a fun mom like you are. My girls have grown so quickly & I wish I would have done more fun things with them, but time slips away without you realizing it sometimes. Anyways, your blog is in my favorites b/c I love to visit everyday to see what sweetness you have concocted (sp?) for the day…. I'm always amazed at what your family does… can I be a part of your family? ;) Tell your daughters they did such a great job on their performance! Have you ever thought about turning your blog into a book… or at least these stories…. I love them!

  14. once again your creative family has amazed me. how do you have time/energy to create such wonderful sets and costumes all whilst being pregnant! you truly are a super woman ;)

  15. absolutely darling! i love the girls' little outfits so much:) what a wonderful treat to look back on this years from now!! happy halloween! xox…jenn

  16. Jara says:

    Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!! Wonderful costumes! What talent you have! SOOOOOO fun! Have an awesome Halloween!

  17. Sherry says:

    OMW!!! This is the cutest post ever! I've been following your blog for a little while now and enjoy reading it everyday. Your family is so sweet.

  18. kristineW says:

    My oh My! There is no limit to your talents and creativity! Ben and the girls are such great sports and are looking as gorgeous as ever. You too! Thanks for providing such visual inspiration as always. Enjoy the weekend.

  19. absolutely wonderful!!! I am going to link to it on my blog and send everyone here to see it – made my day as my kids are all grown and no one comes here to trick or trick ;(

  20. RachelDenbow says:

    There are no words for how awesome this is!

  21. Kara says:

    bravo!! bravo!! that was wonderful!!! :]

  22. andreaberg says:

    I am giving you a standing ovation right now. OMG. that was absolutely amazing! Can you adopt me into your family. I just love all of the amazing things that you do with Ben and the girls.!

  23. Susan says:

    Sooooooo awesome, Ruby!

    I LOVE their dresses!!!

    I'd say more, but I think everybody else has already gushed enough, and it's only 9am! :O)

  24. helen says:

    HAHAHHA RUBY!!!! finally, the epic Halloween post. SOSOSOSO LOVELY again per usual. love all the vintage fabric. you're so good!! miss you, love you, and it's almost your birthday!!!! :D

  25. mystele says:

    oh my goodness! this was delightful! thank you!

  26. lexylou says:

    Oh my word….
    This has got to be, hands down… the cutest blog post I have ever seen!

  27. Alena Jo says:

    You're AWESOME!! That was so much fun to read! You looked like you were having so much fun, too! What an awesome, creative, fun family you have! :-)

    Happy Halloween!

  28. Renee says:

    Now you and your beautiful family have completly made my day.

    Stunning post.

    Love Renee xoxo

  29. melindakimbo says:

    too cute! poor truey in that cage. :(

  30. Maluhia says:

    I LOVE it!!! You are so creative and your family is so adorable. Thank you for making my day! I was a little sad earlier because I made my step daughter her 3rd costume in a row and I have never ever seen her wear any of it for Halloween because she is always at her moms. Thank you for making me realize that even though I will not get to see it worn that it is worth it. Thank you!

  31. Misha Lulu says:

    oh my, I could not wait to come home and see this!
    So amazing as usual!
    You guys are the BEST!

  32. hot dang! oh i would do anything just to be on your blog! i LOVE you RUBYELLEN!!!

  33. Naomi says:

    Your sweet family makes a great storytelling troupe!

  34. That's just not fair. You are much too talented. Love the photo series. The costumes are outrageous. Where do you come up with these ideas?! The girls are adorable.

  35. jessicajane says:

    how ADORABLE!!! you have got to be the coolest mom ever. Happy Halloween! Your girls are so beautiful :)

  36. Andria says:

    Yay!! What fun!!! These are the best posts! Those costumes are adorable, and I was relieved to see in the final 2 pictures that you were not such a mean old lady after all. :)

  37. Lisa says:

    wow this is so great! what a good idea :)

  38. chelseybell. says:

    adorable. love it. the absolute best.

  39. so very cute Ruby! I love it ;)

    Enjoy your Halloween!

  40. gret says:

    Awww. This story has a special place in my heart. And I loved your version. Gretel :o )

  41. Prue says:

    Oh my goodness! The effort you went to!

  42. Harmony says:

    I've never commented here before but HAD to with this story. I love it! What an awesome idea–amazing!

  43. melanie says:

    ammmmmmmmmmmmmmmazing!!! oh i love it!! that must've been so much fun to shoot! your girls did wonderful! props way up!

  44. Jenn Kirk says:

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  45. Jenn Kirk says:

    You made my day! I am still smiling.
    xo, Jenn

  46. emily ruth says:

    so so cute!
    what a fun family :)

  47. Iris says:

    so fun! thanks for another great halloween post!

  48. cindy says:

    Oh my goodness! I love how crafty each of you are!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! :D

  49. Becca says:

    Your fam is so cute. I love this. So so creative. The costumes are fab!

  50. I read this to my kids for tonight's bedtime story… 3 times. Thanks for the wonderfulness!!

  51. Suzy says:

    Oh my word. You are so cute I could just eat you up!!! Thanks for sharing this!

  52. adele says:

    Hey there,
    I recently stumbled upon your blog. And I wanna say that I love reading your blog. especially after rushing my school work.. reading your blog brings a smile to my face. (: it's also great how you share about God! Oh and I love your story :D

  53. Cassi says:

    Wow, wow, wow! That is one of the best posts I have ever seen!! So, so cute!! You should have this printed up in one of those photo books – what a wonderful memory!

  54. Becky says:

    Very, very cute costumes. Love Hannah and Gretel!

  55. Hedy says:

    WOWEEE…I wish all mums and dads could see this.It is really,really wonderful.Your children are very lucky with parents like you who keep the magic alive!

  56. Ellen says:

    I'm so happy I finally got a chance to see this!! =)

    “Gretel” looks SO adorable feeding the “old lady” awww….

    Happy Halloween!!!!!!!

  57. carmel says:

    that is unbalivable!
    you are truely creative!!!
    amazing what you and your famely do with each other!
    and you and husbend look like perfect perants that love each other very much
    amazing, beautiful- wow!!

  58. Fallon says:

    Fantastic!! You all are so much fun! Great costumes, photos, stage and story :) Happy Halloween!

  59. Tracey says:

    That was lovely! Thank you! Happy Halloween to you too.

  60. ADORABLE – you are so creative. This is so sweet.
    What fun your household must be!
    Happy Halloween!

  61. erika says:

    Wow, Rubyellen this is so great and inspirational, I think Sofia and Mila would love this. You alway amaze me with your ideas and how you get your lovely family involded in the project!!

  62. Bunny B says:

    Too cute!! I love your creative posts like these!!

    Happy Halloween!! :)

  63. lina says:

    oh my goodness!!! this is tooo adorable!!! i love love love!

  64. L'Deezy says:

    What a beautiful story..I love the pictures

  65. Fee-AMore says:

    My, what a brilliant and creative family project! I love it. This is absolutely wonderful Ruby!

  66. resa troyer says:

    cutest blog post ever. you again, have outdone even yourself. Your creativity is so inspiring. And your family is Adorable- with a capital A.

  67. Holly says:

    Fantastic! What a wonderful way to remember the holiday with your family :)

  68. Karin says:

    What a gorgeous cute little story. I just found your blog. Love it. I'll certainly be back!

  69. Veronica TM says:

    i am speechless, this is so good!!!
    i especially love the girls' clothes. you are amazing!!!!

  70. Sharon says:

    Wow! I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like this. The costumes, set, the fact that you got your hubby to play along. I'm amazed by you all! You are obviously a very loving, close family. It's a joy to see. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  71. I agree with Renee. You should make a book on it (I suggest using Blurb) so that your girls can look back on it and remember what an awesome childhood they had. I hope that someday when I have kids I'll be this creative with them.

  72. Amanda Y says:

    Oh my adorableness. You must make a little book for your sweet girls. Just amazing.

  73. How awesome is this?! I'm assuming it'll be put into a photobook for y'all to have later on… right? :) I love the last pic. Your husband's hand on your belly is just sooo precious! Lovely family!!!

  74. mudpuddle says:

    What a terrific idea!

  75. Bekah says:

    this has got to be the cutest post ever!


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