Engaging and Fun Halloween Classroom Activities

By Anna Warfield

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Halloween Lesson Plans

Student Activities for Halloween Classroom Activities Include:

Sometimes we use the seasons and holidays around us to excite our students. The seasons and seasonal holidays can be a great point of engagement for students. Whether you want to use these Halloween crafts and activities just for fun, or if you have lesson plans around Halloween, Storyboard That can scare up some fun!

Halloween Classroom Activities Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

Ways to Celebrate Halloween

This is a fun activity for students to explore the different ways people celebrate Halloween. Students can use a web or grid to show some of the celebrations around Halloween. You can also use this activity for more historical and/or religious aspects, discussing All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain, and different practices throughout history.

  • Halloween foods and candy
  • Buying pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and other fall harvest items
  • Carving Jack-o-lanterns
  • Bobbing for apples
  • Praying for the dead
  • Parades (esp. Greenwich Village Halloween Parade)
  • Fortune telling/divination games
  • Making Halloween crafts
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Halloween Writing Prompts & Story Starters

“I don’t know what to write!” is a very common occurrence in the classroom. When writing fiction, some kids need a very solid start already given to them. Some kids will take whatever topic or prompt you give them and turn it into a masterpiece that you never expected! Use Storyboard That to get students thinking about stories. Give them a prompt to work with, or start a storyboard for them to finish. The prompt for this example is, “Lucy was alone in the woods…"

Depending on the level of your students, you may want to enforce the narrative arc, or you may just want the story to make sense sequentially. This particular activity is good for expanding “quick write” ideas, or boiling down a story idea to its major points. It is also good to get stuck students started. Present several finished stories to see the different directions students took!

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Scary Story

Around Halloween, all sorts of “scary” stories pop up. Let students create their own scary story with Storyboard That! Use Scary Stories, More Scary Stories, and Scary Stories 3 for a few ideas of kid-friendly scary tales. Stick with eight cells or less to avoid long and complicated stories. A fun, but challenging, alternative would be to have one student or one group complete one cell of the storyboard. Similar to passing a story stick or writing a class story, this will challenge students to make sense of the previous cells and then let their creativity go wild!

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Trick-or-Treat Safety

Many students go trick-or-treating, and it is always a good idea to remind them about safe practices. Have your students come up with safety tips as a class, or provide them with a list, and let students create scenes that shows these safe practices in action.

In addition to the safety tips in the example storyboard, there are also many other things that parents and kids should keep in mind.

  • Costume accessories (such as swords or knives) should be flexible and/or soft
  • WALK, do not run, when going from house to house
  • Check makeup and hair dyes on a small area first, to avoid irritation or issues with removal
  • Wear costumes and shoes that fit well to avoid tripping, blistering, and falling
  • Make sure costumes do not impair vision
  • Wear fire resistant costumes and be careful around jack-o-lanterns and open flames
  • Enter homes only with a trusted adult
  • Limit the number of treats you eat each day
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Halloween Monsters

Myths and legends can be very entertaining, and they are also an important part of literature and pop culture. In this activity, students create a chart that describes various details about different monsters. Consider including monsters such as witches, ghosts, goblins, or ghouls, or use this chart for a similar activity with other fantasy creatures like unicorns, dragons, fairies, elves, mermaids, etc.

The “Famous Stories” column may be particularly difficult for children (unless the famous stories have been written in the past ten years). Other options for row/column headings might be famous characters, special powers, origins, or diet. Have fun with it!

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Folding Cards

Another great feature of Storyboard That is creating cards! Use the amazing scenes, characters, and items to make a spooky card to celebrate Halloween.

1. Create a three-cell storyboard for Halloween. This could be a short story (beginning, middle, and end), a joke, a message to a friend, or whatever you want!

    Cell 1 is the front of the card.

    Cell 2 is the left inside page.

    Cell 3 is the back of the card.

The right inside page is a pre-selected message. Choose the artwork and message that works best for you!

Storyboards of any layout can be converted into a folding card, but only the first three cells will appear. Titles and descriptions are not printed on the card.

2. After you save your storyboard, click "Make a Folding Card".

3. Print out pop-up image, and fold.

4. Hold the paper so the front of the card is right-side-up in the bottom right corner. Then, fold the paper in half away from you (you should see the back of the card on the left and the front of the card on the right). Fold the paper again so you only see the front.

5. Don't forget to sign your card!

There you have it! A Storyboard That Halloween card!

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