Halloween is one of the United States’ most loved celebrations (roughly 70% of Americans join in the Halloween fun on October 31). However, this fab-boo-lous day actually has its roots in Europe and is now celebrated by people from all over the living world.
Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. On this day, ancient Celts believed the boundary between the living and the dead began to blur, and the souls of the dead returned home — spooky! To send these ghoulish spirits back to the otherworld, Celts dressed in costumes and lit bonfires. This is where our tradition of dressing up for Halloween comes from!
Free Halloween templates & worksheets
How can I bring Halloween into my classroom?
Here are some wicked classroom activities to creep it real in the classroom.
For the younger kiddos, why not throw a Halloween party? It’s an excellent opportunity to combine several key subjects and skills into one classroom Halloween party. Here are some educational party ideas:
- Trick or treat yourself to our free printable Halloween worksheets and templates!
- Lift their spirits with a Halloween-themed word search — another Kami freebie!
- Get creative with some Halloween crafts (like making Halloween decorations such as spider webs, or these awesome DIY toilet paper and pipe-cleaner spiders!)
- Have a whole-class sing-along or BOOgie with these Halloween songs
- Give them pumpkin to talk about with these Halloween games (including STEM activities such as candy corn towers to test engineering skills!)
- Everyone’s favorite Halloween activity from school was making sticky slime, right!? Check out this glow-in-the-dark spider slime, you won’t believe your bloodshot eyeballs!
- Hopefully, your class avoids making monsters when conducting these creepy Halloween science experiments!
Middle school/ High school classes
They’re never too old for a fun Halloween. Halloween activities can be a fun way to teach important content and add a little festivity to your lesson plans.
- Older kids can be real lazybones! Why not start the lesson with a party game before getting to the serious stuff?
- Give your math class a Halloween treat with these math activities that are so fun, they’re to die for…
- There are a ton of opportunities for science learners too. Check out these ghoul science experiments!
- Halloween is an excellent time for literacy activities. Why not read a spooky classic such as ‘Frankenstein’ or ‘Dracula’? Or create writing prompts for a haunted house story or for a scary twist on a Shakespearean tragedy — ‘Romeo and Ghouliet’
- Because Halloween is such a visual festival, it’s an excellent opportunity for art students to get creative. Cover one of your classroom bulletin boards with black construction paper and get each student to create a spooky piece of art to decorate it.
Save trick-or-treating and carving jack-o-lanterns for when the kids get home — there are some roarsome learning opportunities to be had in the classroom. So, download our spooky templates and worksheets, and have a Happy Halloween!