Halloween Lessons, Activities & Resources, Grades K-5
Lessons, Activities & Resources Help Your Class Explore Halloween History, Have Fun with Pumpkins, and More
Students in grades K-2 practice the proper overhand throwing technique by getting rid of all the ghosts in their haunted house.
Collaborating on a Class Book: Exploring Before-During-After Sequences
Students in grades K-2 produce a Halloween-themed class book, focusing on a basic before-during-after sequence of events.
What Do Halloween Costumes Say?
Students in grades K-12 look critically at the Halloween costumes marketed to them. In schools where Halloween is observed, the activity can be used to develop guidelines for acceptable holiday garb.
Pedometer Trick or Treat
Students in grades 3-5 earn that food contains calories and you can burn those calories through physical activity.
Students in grades 3-5 make Halloween mobiles from recyclable materials found in the classroom.
Halloween/Day of the Dead ( PDF, 20 KB, 3 pgs.)
Students in grades 4-5 compare Mexico’s Day of the Dead with the United States’ Halloween.
Lesson Plan Collections
New York Times Learning Network
Lesson plans, student crossword puzzles, related Times Resources and other links.
The Origin & History of Halloween
What we know (and don't really know) about the origin and history of Halloween.
All Hallows' Eve falls on 31 October each year, and is the day before All Hallows Day, also known as All Saints' Day.
Samhain | BBC, Religions
This festival, coming between autumn and winter, marks the Day of the Dead.
A debunking of the widespread belief that there are documented cases of Halloween poisonings.
- Making a Turnip Lantern
- Eerie Halloween Wreath of Leaves
- Carve Your Pumpkin Online - Virtual Jack-o-Lantern
Arts & Crafts
- Printable Halloween Worksheets and Puzzles
- Halloween Printables | Nick Jr.
- Halloween Crafts, Coloring Pages, Lesson Plans, Video Crafts, & More
- Halloween Word Book
The War of the Worlds - Mercury Theatre Original Radio Broadcast
Orson Welles’s Halloween broadcast of October 30, 1938.
Halloween | History.com
28 brief videos, 1 photo gallery and 2 interactives
Check out the pumpkin carving patterns.
- History: Where Did Halloween Come From?
- This Is Halloween (3:56)
Song from Nightmare Before Christmas
last updated: September 10, 2014