Let’s be honest. Halloween is not one of the best days for teachers-even worse the day after. So unless the day lands on a weekend, chances are you’re going to be somehow involved. So, other than sitting and eating junk food while dressed in costumes, what other activities can a teacher do with their class while still celebrating Halloween?
Pair up students to come up with a clever or silly description of their partner’s costume. Set up a runway in the classroom so the fashion show can have a catwalk. Christmas lights or flashlights can make it more interesting and it’s easy to find runway music on YouTube that just runs in the background.
Design a Haunted House
What would happen if your classroom was converted into a haunted house? Don’t worry, you don’t have to actually host a haunted house, but you can have students take some graph paper and design one. Tie in a bit of math with area and perimeter for fun, too. Make it even more exciting by actually building a haunted house and hosting other classes.
Pumpkin Designer Contest
Instead of pumpkins, students get a balloon and Sharpie marker. They design a pumpkin on the balloon. Balloons are fun for any age. Just be sure the marker is dry before playing with the balloon.
Put students in groups of 4-5 students. One student is the mummy and the others will help wrap the student in one roll of toilet paper. No tape, scissors or glue allowed. Which group can cover the student the best?
Toilet Paper Sculptures
Take that toilet paper from the mummy activity and have students rip it up into lots of little pieces. Place it in a big bucket. Gradually add 1/4 cup of flour per roll of toilet paper and add 1/4 cup of water per roll of toilet paper, mixing with your hands as you go. We recommend having a student mix while you measure and add the ingredients so you can monitor the mixing. Continue to mix and knead until the dough is manageable (it will make and hold a ball). Place a piece of parchment paper on each student’s desk. Give a handful of dough to each student and have them sculpt their dough into something creative. Let the sculptures dry overnight on the parchment paper. This is much easier to clean up when it’s dry. Be careful not to wash any of the dough down the drain.
Sometimes you just want a quiet, clean and simple to prepare activity and that’s where our Halloween Reading & Writing Activities come in. It’s filled with reading, writing and puzzle activities which can keep your students busy while learning and having fun.
What activities do you enjoy during Halloween? Let us know in the comments below.