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October 20, 2015 Classroom Alternatives for Halloween By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    For some teachers, Halloween celebrations are not an option. If you can't include Halloween activities in your curriculum, whether for personal reasons or school policy, don't despair. There is still plenty to celebrate! Read on for some fun Halloween alternatives. 

     

    Halloween Alternative #1: Celebrate Autumn  

     

    Mix special fall paints in seasonal colors and scents. Paint with items found in nature, such as pinecones, leaves, acorns, and berries. (If you can't find them in nature, buy some for cheap at a craft store.)  

     

     

    Read Leaf Man and have students make their own leaf people, animals, and shapes. To extend the activity, students may write about where their leaf creations flew.

    Leaf Man Portraits

    Additional resources:   

     

     

    Halloween Alternative #2: Celebrate Harvest Season  

      

    Make an anchor chart to show how three common harvest foods — apples, corn, and pumpkins — all grow in different ways. Then enjoy a treat of caramel dipping sauce with apple slices, popcorn, and pumpkin seeds.  

    Servings of Apples, Popcorn, and Pumpkin Seeds

     

    Make an anchor chart to show that "you harvest what you plant," i.e., if you are kind, people will be kind to you. 

    Additional resources:   

     

     

    Halloween Alternative #3: Celebrate the Equinox  

      

    Make daytime and nighttime scenes with neon yellow and orange glow-in-the-dark paint. Include animals that are diurnal (active during the day), and nocturnal (active at night).   

    Day and Night Paintings

      

    Make daytime and nighttime scenes with animals sitting in the hollow of a tree. 

    Daytime and Nighttime Scenes With Cotton Ball Animals  

     

    Put fall-themed gems in a tub of blue sand for a daytime sensory bin . . . 

    Daytime Sensory Bin With Blue Sand

     

     

     . . . and put googly eyes and spiders in a tub of black sand for a nighttime sensory bin with animals hiding in the dark!

    Nighttime Sensory Bin With Black Sand

    Additional resources:   

     

    One of my old posts, "Easy Halloween Tricks &Treats Across the Curriculum," has some ideas that are not just for Halloween, such as pumpkin math activities, handprint spiders, and a searching for nocturnal animals game. Also, my fellow Top Teaching blogger Brian Smith shares some fun monster activities in "An UnHalloween Celebration." And for some fun fall handprint crafts, blogger Shari Carter offers "10 Fall Handprint Crafts With Book Pairings." Check them out now!  

      

    What about you? Do you celebrate anything besides Halloween? If so, what kind of activities do you do? 

     

    Stay tuned for my next post, "Kindergarten Card Games."

     

    Don't forget to subscribe if you want my posts delivered straight to your inbox every other week. And if you haven't already, follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. 

     

    For some teachers, Halloween celebrations are not an option. If you can't include Halloween activities in your curriculum, whether for personal reasons or school policy, don't despair. There is still plenty to celebrate! Read on for some fun Halloween alternatives. 

     

    Halloween Alternative #1: Celebrate Autumn  

     

    Mix special fall paints in seasonal colors and scents. Paint with items found in nature, such as pinecones, leaves, acorns, and berries. (If you can't find them in nature, buy some for cheap at a craft store.)  

     

     

    Read Leaf Man and have students make their own leaf people, animals, and shapes. To extend the activity, students may write about where their leaf creations flew.

    Leaf Man Portraits

    Additional resources:   

     

     

    Halloween Alternative #2: Celebrate Harvest Season  

      

    Make an anchor chart to show how three common harvest foods — apples, corn, and pumpkins — all grow in different ways. Then enjoy a treat of caramel dipping sauce with apple slices, popcorn, and pumpkin seeds.  

    Servings of Apples, Popcorn, and Pumpkin Seeds

     

    Make an anchor chart to show that "you harvest what you plant," i.e., if you are kind, people will be kind to you. 

    Additional resources:   

     

     

    Halloween Alternative #3: Celebrate the Equinox  

      

    Make daytime and nighttime scenes with neon yellow and orange glow-in-the-dark paint. Include animals that are diurnal (active during the day), and nocturnal (active at night).   

    Day and Night Paintings

      

    Make daytime and nighttime scenes with animals sitting in the hollow of a tree. 

    Daytime and Nighttime Scenes With Cotton Ball Animals  

     

    Put fall-themed gems in a tub of blue sand for a daytime sensory bin . . . 

    Daytime Sensory Bin With Blue Sand

     

     

     . . . and put googly eyes and spiders in a tub of black sand for a nighttime sensory bin with animals hiding in the dark!

    Nighttime Sensory Bin With Black Sand

    Additional resources:   

     

    One of my old posts, "Easy Halloween Tricks &Treats Across the Curriculum," has some ideas that are not just for Halloween, such as pumpkin math activities, handprint spiders, and a searching for nocturnal animals game. Also, my fellow Top Teaching blogger Brian Smith shares some fun monster activities in "An UnHalloween Celebration." And for some fun fall handprint crafts, blogger Shari Carter offers "10 Fall Handprint Crafts With Book Pairings." Check them out now!  

      

    What about you? Do you celebrate anything besides Halloween? If so, what kind of activities do you do? 

     

    Stay tuned for my next post, "Kindergarten Card Games."

     

    Don't forget to subscribe if you want my posts delivered straight to your inbox every other week. And if you haven't already, follow me on Pinterest and Twitter. 

     

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