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Halloween Lessons, Activities & Resources, Grades 9-12

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

Found in: Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies, Grades 9-12

Lesson Plans

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.

Halloween Carnival (Special Event)
Students in grades 6-12 participate in physical fitness activities to promote the acquisition of physical education skills.

The Tell-Tale Hearts of Writers
Students in grades 9-12 use a poem or story by and an article about Edgar Allan Poe to investigate the relationship between word choice and the reader’s mood and interpretation of a piece of writing. Each student then selects a favorite writer as the focus of a biography and interpretation of a passage of his or her writing.

The Horror! The Horror!
Students in grades 9-12 identify the conventions of the horror genre and analyze films and texts to uncover these conventions in action. Their work culminates in a class celebration of the genre.

Lesson Plan Collections

New York Times Learning Network
Lesson plans, student crossword puzzles, related Times Resources and other links.

Halloween History

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

All Hallows' Eve
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.


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



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.

The Night America Trembled 1957 - H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds (59:24)
In this 1957 television play, Edward R. Murrow and actors present the story of the 1938 broadcast and the panic it caused.


last updated: October 8, 2019



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