From the costumes to the candy to the ghosts and goblins, Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays for students, and there are so many fun ways to incorporate it into your teaching for any grade level or subject area!
Use these Halloween activities for elementary students to engage them for the holiday. Consider supplementing these activities with healthy treats for your students along with spooky music. Note that while these activities are geared mostly toward elementary school students, they can be adapted for any grade level through middle school!
Fun Halloween Elementary School Activities
1. Read Halloween Books
One of the best ways to celebrate Halloween is a simple one—read some Halloween books! Below are some great HMH books to read aloud to elementary students.
- Hooray for Halloween, Curious George by H.A. Rey (Pre-K–3)
- A Very Witchy Spelling Bee by George Shannon (Pre-K–3)
- The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg (Pre-K–3)
- Halloween Mice! by Bethany Roberts (1–4)
- Bone Soup by Cambria Evans (2–5)
- Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting (Pre-K–3)
- The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes (2–5)
- The Witches’ Supermarket by Susan Meddaugh (Pre-K–3)
- Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert (1–4)
2. Create a Spooky Story
Around Halloween, students hear and read so many stories—whether they’re scary, silly, or somewhere in between, this holiday is all about storytelling! Encourage your students to create their own Halloween-themed stories.
To help get them started, you can provide an opening line or some target vocabulary words to include. Depending on their grade level, their stories could be anywhere from a paragraph to a few pages, and you could even have the students draw illustrations! Use Halloween-themed or colored paper for extra fun! Older students can workshop their stories to foster peer collaboration and present their end results to the class on Halloween.
3. Teach the Salem Witch Trials
If you’re teaching your students U.S. history, Halloween is the perfect time of year to learn about the Salem Witch Trials, which began in 1692 after a group of women in Massachusetts were accused of witchcraft. This period teaches students about tolerance, superstition, and peer pressure.
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