Despite what your students may tell you, Halloween’s about more than just the candy! From decor ideas to spooktacular reads, we’ve got a whole host of ideas to help you to make the most of the spooky season in your classroom.
Knock knock, who’s there?
Get your students excited about lessons before they’ve stepped into the classroom with a fun Halloween-themed door. Whether it’s witches, bats and ghouls, or pumpkins and frogs for the younger ones, having students work together to decorate the door also fosters a sense of ownership and is an opportunity for everyone to bond and get excited about the season.
Ghost stories, anyone?
Halloween’s the perfect excuse to change up reading and writing activities in the classroom. There are plenty of books centered on Halloween or its related characters — from classics like The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat or The Worst Witch series for the younger ones, to Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Roald Dahl’s The Witches for Middle Schoolers. And High School students don’t have to miss out on the spooktacular literary fun either! We love Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and short stories by Edgar Allen Poe or the Queen of Horror herself, Shirley Jackson.
If your students are working on their writing, Halloween’s the perfect backdrop to discuss and practice crafting suspense, tension and fear in stories. See if your students can answer this question: what exactly makes a ghost story SO thrilling?
There are tons of ideas to make Halloween-themed origami, whether for decor or to use as a bookmark. Check out this easy origami ghost tutorial or, for something more advanced, instructions for an inflatable origami jack-o’-lantern.
Origami also cultivates patience and discipline, and I’m sure we’d appreciate more of that in the classroom, eh?
How much do you know about Halloween?
Get students excited with a bit of friendly competition using our Halloween Quiz. Pumpkins, ghosts, and Jimmy Kimmel all make an appearance! You might learn some new facts yourself.
How else are you celebrating Halloween in the classroom? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!