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Want to turn your homeschool into a haunted homeschool for the Halloween season? We have ideas to help you go from funschool to fright-school below! Click on each subject to find ideas to add some spine-chilling spooktacular lesson ideas.
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Why we’ll start by collecting some rubbings from tombstones. Be careful! Remember that is someone’s loved one under there! Place your rubbings over boxes or boards set out in your front yard.
The Real Prince Dracula Yes, there was a real Dracula, and he was a true prince of darkness. He was Prince Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes, meaning “Vlad the Impaler.” The Turks called him Kaziglu Bey, or “the Impaler Prince.”
Read The Legend of the Jack-O-Lantern and find out how Irish immigrants brought this story to America. According to Irish folklore, a man named Jack, well known for his drunkenness and quick temper got very drunk at a local pub on All Hallows Eve. He met the Devil outside the pub because the Devil wanted his soul. Jack asked him for one more drink but he didn’t have the money to pay. Perhaps make a skit of it and act it out on Halloween!
Many, Many Mummies Some famous Incan mummies included children. At times of a drought or a famine, a child would be offered to the gods as a sacrificial gift. Modern people love their pets and so did the Ancient Egyptians. They also loved them enough to make sure their beloved Fifi made it into the afterworld through the process of mummification!
Visit a Haunted House! A directory of haunted houses in the US and Canada. Some may be in historic buildings.
Learn more about the history of Halloween and the traditions that many of us still continue today, like costumes! Costumes need not be scary. However, it is important to remember that culture should never be a costume.
Set up black lights around your house. Beneath the lights “paint” some spooky pictures or things like “Boo!” using liquid Tide. The stuff that makes Tide “whiter than white” will also make it glow under black light.
Next, with a little science and art mixed together, we’ll work on some special effects from Halloween – Special effects.
“Write, record, and scream! A creative way to explorestorytelling.”
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Getting into the Halloween mood can be helped with some spooky-inspired eats Get into the kitchen and make some Gory Halloween Goodies for your family, friends, and neighbors.
Set up a mad scientist’s laboratory, and invite the trick-or-treaters to watch in amazement as you perform a variety of glowing and eerie tricks from Dr. Grovenstein & Igor’s Halloween Lecture Notes.
The Evil Mad Scientist of Silicon Valley has some real cool Halloween projects that involve some simple electronics anyone from about 10 years old and up can do. Components are available on the site to buy.
Have a costume race…put different costumes on each end of the racing area and the racers must race change costumes race back. The first one back wins! Or find more PE ideas for Halloween.
Years ago children used to sit by the radio and listen to spooky stories on the Mercury Theater. Today, you can download these old shows and listen on your computer.
Older students will enjoy reading Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat,” which first appeared in the United States Saturday Post (The Saturday Evening Post) on August 19, 1843, serves as a reminder for all of us. The capacity for violence and horror lies within each of us, no matter how docile and humane our dispositions might appear. – By Martha Womack. Another spooky favorite to read on Halloween is “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
Read the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving’s classic American short story.
Read some Ghost stories and strange folktales of the American South, told by the region’s most celebrated storytellers along the moonlit road.
For younger student try some of these favorites:
Halloween Jokes can help teach parts of speech and things like homonyms and words with two meanings. Why didn’t the skeleton want to go to school? His heart wasn’t in it.
by Suzanne I. Barchers
Deliciously ghostly, startling, and downright scary scripts will make your students shiver, chuckle, and even jump! Based on 30 folktales, myths, and ghost stories, these reproducible scripts are invaluable for enhancing the language arts program and much more.|Deliciously ghostly, startling, and downright scary scripts will make you and your students listen, ponder, shiver, chuckle, or even jump! Based on 30 folktales, myths, ghost stories, and legends, these reproducible scripts have been evaluated using the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Scale and range from second to fifth-grade levels. Elementary, middle school and chapter teachers will find them invaluable for enhancing the language arts program and for use with developing and remedial readers. An introduction provides everything you need to get started.
Write a story about fall on this lined fall paper for primary students or on this lined stationery for older kids. Here are two other papers to choose from: candy corn Halloween paper for beginners and slightly older kids.
Practice Halloween-themed spelling and vocabulary words.
We love Halloween music and always use it to set the scene while getting ready for trick or treating and during Halloween parties. Luckily, Amazon makes it easy to find the perfect sounds and music for your Halloween needs!
Some of these Halloween tunes are free if you are a member of Amazon Prime.
Here’s some Halloween Worksheets, including many for math facts. You could create similar puzzles for your child at their math level.
When you have collected all the candy you can, sort the candy by brand and put in columns next to each other. On graph paper, color one square in a column for each type. Label the column. Does your graph of actual candy bars look like the one using equal-sized squares? Why doesn’t it? Come up with a guess (a hypothesis) about why one candy bar was favored by your neighbors.
Take a trip to the pumpkin patch and get a pumpkin!
- Guess the weight of your pumpkins and then weigh them.
- Estimate how many seeds are in your pumpkin. Put the first handful of seeds in a 1/4 cup measuring cup. Count them. Put these seeds and all the rest of the seeds in the biggest measuring device you have in the kitchen. How many 1/4 cups of pumpkin seeds is in that cup or bowl? Multiply the number of seeds in the first measurement times the number of 1/4 cups in all. You will have a pretty good estimate of the total number of seeds your pumpkin had.
Free Halloween Game Bundle!
In this bundle we have:
Halloween Who Is It
Grab your detective hat and ask questions to guess who your opponent’s Halloween character is.
Halloween Say What?
Decode the gibberish to figure out what Halloween related item, person, or phrase is being said. This one always gets us laughing at my house!
Hide your ghosts and see who can be the best ghost hunter and find them all first with this battleship inspired game.
Can you act like a ghost? Can you be a witch riding on a broom? Break out those acting skills with Halloween Charades.
What else would you add? Share your Halloween lesson ideas in the comments below.