Happy National Talk like A Pirate Day: DIY Projects for the family!

There is this silly day that places give you discounts when dressing up and talking like a pirate.. No one knows exactly how this started but it sure is fun!

person holding Pirate figure

So this day is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. An observer of this holiday would greet friends not with “Hello, everyone!” but with “Ahoy, maties!” or “Ahoy, me hearties!”. The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy.

Official acknowledgment

  • The US state of Michigan has officially recognized the occasion.
  • Krispy Kreme gave out free doughnuts to people who talk and/or dress like pirates on September 19, As of 2017, they have stopped giving out free donuts. Long John Silver’s has a similar promotion.[21]
  • Google Search and Facebook both have the option to choose “Pirate” as a language choice.
  • Antivirus provider Avast Software has, since 2011, permitted users to select “Pirate Talk” as a language option. The option was added on International Talk Like a Pirate Day of that year.
  • In 2006, it was described as a holiday for members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster religion.
  • World of Warcraft also holds an event with special achievements for the holiday.
  • If the 2004 version of Sid Meier’s Pirates! is played on September 19, the in-game dialogue will contain pirate speech.
  • On January 5, 2012, Minecraft added a “Pirate Speak” language option (en_7S) with many humorous word choices.

How to Talk Like A Pirate

Here’s some basic words and phrases no self-respecting land lubbing pirate can live without. Master them, and you can face Talk Like a Pirate Day with a smile on your face and a parrot on your shoulder, if that’s your thing.

  • Ahoy! – “Hello!”
  • Avast! – Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!”which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!” or “Get off!”
  • Aye! – “Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”
  • Aye aye! – “I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”
  • Arrr! – This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this beer,” “My team is going to win it all,” “I saw that television show, it sucked!” and “That was a clever remark you or I just made.” And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!
  • Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty,” or even, “me buxom beauty,” to one particularly well endowed. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.

Shiver me timbers! There’s actually a day called Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arrrr! Indeed, you can read more about it here. Celebrate with the kids on Saturday, September 19 with these quick crafts made from supplies likely to be found around the house. Make a hat, spy scope and an eye patch. We enjoyed making these and I really can’t stop talking like a pirate. Arrrr! This pirate gear would also work well for a quick Halloween costume and the hats could be a simple craft for a pirate-themed birthday party if you just paint the bags beforehand. And the hats will fit adults too! Listen up mateys, here’s how to make the booty.

How To Make The Pirate Hat

-brown paper bag
-black & white paint
Follow these simple instructions and you’ll be sailing the seven seas in no time:
Pirate Crafts & Costume for Talk Like a Pirate Day and Halloween

How To Make The Eye Patch

-thin cardboard (cereal or cracker box)
-black electrical tape
-elastic or string
Simply cut an eye patch shape from the cardboard and wrap it with the electrical tape, being careful not to stretch as you wrap or it will curve your eye patch. Poke a hole in either end and thread elastic or string through the holes, adjust to fit, and tie off the ends.

How To Make The Spy Scope

-2 or 3 cardboard tubes of various sizes (found on paper towels, toilet paper, aluminum foil, etc.)
-electrical tape in black and red
Wrap the electrical tape around the longer tube in a striped design. Stop at the point where you’ll add your smaller end piece and leave that part cardboard (so the glue will adhere). Then wrap your smaller piece with the black electrical tape. Attach the smaller piece to the end with the glue and allow it to dry. Go spy some scallywags!

Pirate Crafts & Costume for Talk Like a Pirate Day and Halloween

Here are tons of awesome activities to inspire your own pirate-themed day with little ones. I have also included a few birthday party ideas that feature activities and fun food ideas that can be done separately for playdates and other get togethers.

Pirate Crafts for Kids

  1. Pirate-themed preschool packet – Preschool Powol Pockets
  2. handprint pirates and pirate ship apples
  3. Homemade no sew pirate costume
  4. Paper plate pirate craft and book – I Heart Crafty Things
  5. Story Stones – You Clever Monkey
  6. Galleon craft, hat, and sword  – Craftulate
  7. Create a hideaway – Childhood 101
  8. Colored ice ships and an experiment – Camilla and Roman


Treasure Hunt Ideas for Talk Like a Pirate Day

  1. Sunken treasure discovery bottle  – Fun-a-Day!
  2. Pirate crafts and a treasure hunt
  3. Searching for buried treasure in a bubble bath + the book Bubble Bath Pirates!
  4. Search for buried treasure in this easy to set up sensory bin
  5. 5 treasure hunt ideas – Little Bins for Little Hands
  6. Beach treasure hunt – Love, Play, Learn
  7. Egg garton treasure chest – Red Ted Art
  8. Treasure hunt sensory bin – Munchkin and Bear
  9. Alphabet treasure hunt to go along with the book Shiver Me Letters A Pirate ABC – School Time Snippets
  10. Salt dough doubloons – Hodge Podge Crafts


Talk Like a Pirate Day Recycled Crafts

  1. DIY cardboard pirate swords  – A Collection of Hobbies by Kristen
  2. Egg carton ships – Spoonful
  3. Egg carton raft – MollyMoo
  4. DIY cardboard box pirate ship – MollyMoo
  5. Loo roll pirates  – Red Ted Art
  6. Cardboard box ship and a DIY treasure map activity – Nuturestore
  7. Easy spyglass telescope craft + a pirate hat and hook craft too!


Pirate Party Ideas

  1. Jake and the Neverland Pirate Suckers – The Joy of Boys
  2. Pirate birthday party favors – Fleece Fun
  3. Free pirate party printables – Itsy bitsy Fun
  4. Pirate-themed birthday party ideas – Coffee Cups and Crayons – love the cannonball practice!
  5. Pirate ship cake – Hodge Podge Crafts
  6. Mini treasure boxes and a big cardboard treasure chest – Hodge Podge Crafts