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Halloween Lessons, Activities & Resources, Grades K-5

Lessons, Activities & Resources Help Your Class Explore Halloween History, Have Fun with Pumpkins, and More

Found In: Language Arts & Literature, Grades PreK-2, Language Arts & Literature, Grades 3-5, Grades Prek-2, Grades 3-5

Lesson Plans

Ghost Busters
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.

Halloween/Day of the Dead (PDF icon 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

Haunting Ideas: Halloween in the Classroom and 'On the Street'

Halloween History

The Origin & History of Halloween
What we know (and don't really know) about the origin and history of Halloween.

All Hallows' EveAll 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.


Halloween Poisonings
A debunking of the widespread belief that there are documented cases of Halloween poisonings.



Arts & Crafts






The War of the Worlds - Mercury Theatre Original Radio Broadcast
Orson Welles’s Halloween broadcast of October 30, 1938.


Halloween |
28 brief videos, 1 photo gallery and 2 interactives
Check out the pumpkin carving patterns.

  • This Is Halloween sung by Broken Peach (2:22)
    Song from Nightmare Before Christmas


last updated: October 8, 2019



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