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Halloween Web Hunt

Discover the history of Halloween traditions and learn about mummy burials, vampire bats, and other frightful facts.

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

What gets buried along with a mummy? What do vampire bats eat for dinner? And whose brain is behind Frankenstein? Search for these and other frightful facts and discover the history of Halloween traditions in this web hunt.

 

1. Mummies

The ancient Egyptians developed a method of preserving bodies so they would remain lifelike even after death. Today we call this process mummification.

Visit the British Museum and x-ray a mummy. Write about two items you find.
 

2. Vampire Bats

There are more than 1,000 kinds of bats. How many of those are vampire bats, the kind that drink blood? Make a guess, then find the answer in our Bat Library.

What kind of blood do these bats usually dine on?

What's another bat fact that surprised you?
 

3. The Frankenstein Monster

Long before this monster landed a starring role on the movie screen, he originally came to life through another art form. Read about it at the National Library of Medicine.

Was Frankenstein originally brought to life in a painting, a book, or a play?

Who is the original creator of the Frankenstein monster and how old was she when she introduced this classic monster to the world?
 

4. Halloween History

Bonfires, treats to eat, and dressing up in costumes all play a major part in the history of Halloween. To find the original thinking behind these traditions, read the first section of this Halloween article.

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  • Subjects:
    Ghosts, Monsters, Vampires, Witches, Content Area Reading, Halloween, Autumn Themes, Communication and the Internet, Teaching with Technology
  • Skills:
    Reading Comprehension, Online Sources
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