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Halloween activities for the classroom

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25 October 2016

October is almost over and Halloween is just around the corner. Halloween is a fantastically exciting time for children; they get the opportunity to dress up and go trick-or-treating, and they love nothing more than munching on sweet treats!

There are a lot of ways you can incorporate Halloween into the classroom:

Decorate pumpkins

There are few things more Halloween-y than pumpkins, so it’s great to incorporate them into the classroom over the spooky season! How you do this is up to you. However, we do recommend close supervision if you’re getting older pupils to carve pumpkins themselves. Younger pupils will love decorating, rather than carving, pumpkins. Give each pupil their very own pumpkin, or get them to work in pairs, and let them decorate it using paint, glitter, felt and any other art supplies you have in your classroom.

TOP TIP: Why not turn the pumpkin decorating into an autumnal display to help your pupils understand seasons? Go out and collect fallen leaves, conkers, acorns, tree bark and anything else you can find, your class will love sticking them to their pumpkins. Plus, these masterpieces will look fantastic in the classroom; just make sure you dispose of them before they start to rot!

Write some spooky poetry or stories

Halloween is a great time to get creative, especially when it comes to writing. For younger pupils, arrange the classroom into a circle and get each pupil to say a section of a scary story, or get pupils to draw a scary character from their imagination. They’ll love the creativity, and you’ll have a nice Halloween-style display for the classroom!

Older pupils will enjoy writing short horror stories or poems; you could even arrange a prize for the best work.

Monster pairs

This activity is great for pupils of all ages. Pupils will choose their own pairs, numbered one and two, and will each have a piece of blank paper. First up, number ones will communicate to their partner an image of a monster they have in their head, and number twos will draw what they describe to them. Then, they will swap round.

This activity helps to increase pupil’s instruction giving skills, as well as creating a fantastic display for your classroom wall.

Learn about spooky literature

This one’s perfect for secondary school pupils. Some of the world’s greatest literature has been about spooky goings on, so Halloween is a great time to teach pupils about some of these novels. It would be impossible to teach them all in such a short space of time, but some examples include “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”, “Frankenstein” and “Dracula”.

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