Halloween is one of the most exciting days in school for students. With all of the test, assessments, and schoolwork, students look forward to Halloween as the first big celebration of the school year. So make your Halloween festivities fun, educational, healthy, and safe.
Whether your school policy allows students to dress up in Halloween costumes or not, most schools do allow some type of celebration. If your school does allow the students to dress up, suggest a theme for your classroom. Students can dress up in their career choices, a historical figure, or an entertainment figure. Create lessons around the Halloween or costume theme. Have students write a story about their character or create a skit featuring their character. Make sure students know what is and is not acceptable for your Halloween party.
For most Halloween parties, parents and teachers bring lots and lots of candy. Following the festive event, children are on a sugar high for days. Some children get sick from eating too much candy and even miss school. But teachers can take an active roll in teaching healthy eating habits by creating a suggested treat list including healthier snacks like raisins, granola, etc. Even better, collect a small amount of money from each parent. Purchase fresh fruits and veggies that can be turned into creepy creations. This is an excellent time to integrate a health lesson into your activities for the day. Teachers may want to introduce, first lady, Michelle Obama’s USDA food guide replacement to the food pyramid, my plate.
Decorate the classroom with the student’s own creepy creative works of art. Play Halloween games that are fun but reinforce academic skills. Make sure the games are age appropriate and within curriculum guidelines. And by all means, turn on the music and start moving.
Unfortunately, Halloween has often been a day that is associated with negative content and behavior. Some teachers and schools shy away from it because of all of the disparaging views. But it does not have to be that way in your classroom. Teachers can turn the negative perceptions of ghostly ghouls into whimsical wonders by turning their Halloween celebrations into a fun filled educational exploration that fosters learning in a new and creative way that is no longer spooky, but spooktacular!