Instead of throwing your average Halloween party in the classroom, consider adding in some of these Halloween activities for elementary students.
It’s October, and Halloween is right around the corner. Why do kids always seem to be on a sugar high at 8 am and weeks before trick or treating even started in October? It’s hard to get them focused and wanting to learn. They seem only to be able to focus on three things candy, costumes, and staying up late.
So when you are writing up those lesson plans, stop and think. What are some Halloween activities you can incorporate that are still educational and fun?
5 Halloween Activities for Elementary Students
So, you are looking for some classroom Halloween party ideas? They can sometimes become full of candy, juice, and cupcakes. We all know how that combo can cause a sugar high and chaos. So why not look for some other ways to celebrate Halloween that are both fun and educational? These Halloween activities for elementary students are the perfect combo of both!
1. Halloween Themed Science
When looking for Halloween activities for elementary students who are older. Like 4th and 5th grade. It can be kind of challenging. These spooky science experiments are not only super fun but super educational and will get your students learning even when they are vibrating with excitement for Halloween. Each of these experiments is easy to prep, and most materials can be found around the classroom or bought at the dollar store. Making it super inexpensive! Here are two example experiments.
Using the classic vinegar and baking soda chemical reaction, have your students work together to inflate their ghost balloon. Then they record their findings and answer the questions given!
Pumpkin Candy Towers
Everyone loves the idea of candy corn and candy pumpkin, but no one ever actually eats it! So, use it instead to see which team can create the tallest tower! An engaging STEAM activity that is a perfect way to let your students play with their food. PS. you can totally let them eat a couple of fresh pieces at the end.
This Halloween Themed Science pack comes with 5 different experiments. These Halloween activities for elementary students are all focused on fun, and your students are sure to learn something too!
2. Halloween Reading
If you are looking for teaching ideas to keep the rhythm during the week of Halloween. This reading on the history of Halloween is the perfect activity for your ELA lesson.
This Halloween Reading activity includes graphic organizers, multiple choice questions, and close reading bookmarks to help your students truly understand the reading. The perfect Halloween story to add to the lesson plans. This ends up being a favorite Halloween activity in my classroom each year. Students love to learn about Halloween’s history and how it is celebrated!
3. Pumpkin Flipbook
Pumpkins are a staple when it comes to fall and Halloween. This pumpkin foldable is the perfect Halloween activity. Foldables are not just for kindergarteners! Even older students enjoy coloring or reading about topics like pumpkins!
This pumpkin foldable is full of readings, graphic organizers, and multiple choice questions that let your students really dive into pumpkins. Read more about the pumpkin flipbook here.
4. Halloween Party Math Activities
If your class is working on adding and subtracting decimals, or if you have some students who are a little ahead of the game and are looking for a challenge. These Halloween math puzzles are the perfect addition to your math lesson!
With over 10 pages of adding and subtracting decimals activities, students will love creating their own Halloween party and making their own problems for their classmates to solve.
5. Halloween Treat Bag
Although these are not really Halloween activities for elementary students. If you give students a little treat on Halloween, dress them up with these cute little treat bag tags. Take your pick from ghosts or spiderwebs. These gift tags are the perfect little addition to your baggies.
Looking for other ways to use these gift tags? Have your students put candy in a baggie and give it to staff members who come into the classroom. Have students drop them off to the office staff, cafeteria workers, and janitors on Halloween. There are so many possibilities! Halloween activities for elementary students can also become acts of kindness as well!
Halloween Activities for Elementary Students
Halloween activities for school do not need to be full of black construction paper, googly eyes, towel paper rolls, and paper plate pumpkins. You can keep students learning by including engaging lessons and spooky Halloween fun all wrapped into one. These Halloween classroom ideas and Halloween activities for elementary students are just a few things you can do with your class during the weeks and days leading up to one of the best days in a kid’s year!
I bet you are absolutely loving all these Halloween activities for elementary students! If you’re looking for activities for other holidays and educational months? I have just the thing! Well, actually I have a lot of things!
Check out some of my other blog posts (I’ve got a lot of them)!