Halloween is the second biggest holiday in the USA. Lots of people around the world love to celebrate Halloween. Here are some classical and unique activities that can be done easily inside or outside of class.
1. Monsters and Scary Creatures from Around the World
Students can choose a country and research fantasy or mythical creatures to describe and give a presentation to the class.
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2. Halloween Blackout Poetry
Blackout poetry is perfect for Halloween. The children can choose a full text and they have to scan the information and look for keywords NOT to black out. Once they have their "Black Out Poem", they take a thick black pen and "Black out the rest of the text". Great fun!
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3. Halloween ESCAPE ROOM!
Create multiple intelligence activities with puzzles, worksheets, or challenges, and set up stations around the classroom. Each station can have a timer and props. Work in groups and have at least 6 stations o find clues and get out!
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4. A for Autopsy!
Today's autopsy will be performed by your middle school students as a writing project using class time. There is a "Crime Scene" and one of their beloved characters from a novel has died! The question is how did they die and what were they like before they took their last breath.
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5. Spooky Science Spiderwebs
Using just a few things from the supermarket these spider webs are out of this world to make and see. Get on your lab coat and goggles and start creating some fluorescent magic.
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6. Dark Poetry in honor of Halloween
The Raven, All Hallows, The Goblin's Market, and the Song of the Witches are some excellent poems to work with. Great opportunity to teach about poetry. You can use classic poems or even contemporary poems to dig deep into poetry writing.
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7. Wrap the Mummy
Middle Schoolers love to participate in races and this one is good fun. Divide the class into 4- student teams. Choose one student to be the "Mummy". Give each team one or two rolls of toilet paper and ready set, go, as fast as they can, they have to "Mummify "their classmate. The first team to finish is the winner. Funnier if it is carried out blindfolded!
8. Halloween Karaoke for all
Here are some classic tunes to get your groove on the week of Halloween. Songs like: I've got a spell on you or Abracadabra. The classic Thriller is always a big hit. So get your mic and some drinks and snacks and have Karaoke "Halloween Style."
Learn more: Sing to the World
9. Paint or Decorate Pumpkins
Pumpkins are vital for Halloween and it is time to decorate them and properly learn how to cut open a pumpkin, wash and dry it out, take out the seeds for roasting and carve it with style.
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10. Amazing Zombie Apocalypse Project Week
This might take a bit of preparation, but it is worth it. First, review how viruses and infections can spread worldwide, then review the human brain and how viruses or epidemics like COVID-19 affect our brain and body functions. Students can use graphing calculators and these links below and conquer the Zombie virus.
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11. What goes "Bump or Creaks" in the night?
Spooky stories are loved by tweens and you can do this in any setting. Try to cover the windows to block out as much light as possible. Have the kids sit in a circle on the floor or in chairs. The readers can take turns reading by a flashlight to create a haunting atmosphere.
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12. Halloween Italian Style
When you think of Halloween, you probably don't think about Italy. You would be surprised how Italians have added a twist to this American holiday. Mask making, statues, and more.
Halloween has taken Italy by storm becoming one of the best festivities for "All saints eve or The day of the dead."
Learn more: City Wonders on the Go
13. The Black Cat and Edgar Allan Poe - Learning about Suspense
More than anything, the thrill of the suspense is what is so exciting about Halloween. This classroom activity teaches about suspense in literature and how to build up to the final moment. Fantastic reading activity and a graphic organizer to download.
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14. Sick Science with a Pumpkin Explosion
Have the middle schoolers work together and with special carving tools carve a face on a jack 'o lantern with a big mouth or if you can find foam ones that are pre-cut and you can cut out the bottom even better. Now with Steve the Science Guy and this amazing mix of H202+ KI, you will be in for an explosive treat. Goggles and Gloves are recommended.
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15. Celebrating Halloween "En español "
We all know how important Spanish is. This site helps to reinforce simple grammar structures, intonation, and vocabulary in Spanish. Celebrate "las Dias de las brujas o Dia de Los Muertos".
Learn more: Spanish Academy
16. Cool Arts and Crafts for Tweens and Teens
Usually, arts and crafts is something like decorating, carving, or painting a pumpkin. Here we take it a step further with some string art, jewelry making, cooking crafts, and the stranger things pumpkin! You will impress your friends with your handicraft.
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17. Mad Scientists Experiments - Halloween Week
All the STEM activities are on this website and so much fun working in groups or pairs. Follow step-by-step instructions to make sticky slime, lava lamps, candy experiments, and much more.
Learn more: Science Buddies
18. Is Chemistry a dream or a Halloween nightmare?
Science and Chemistry can be challenging subjects. Let's have a little fun and mix in the Halloween theme. Costumes, science experiments, recipes, and even a little anatomy will break up the stress of this subject. This site is packed with cool projects. You might even revise the periodic table simultaneously.
Learn more: American Chemical Society
19. Halloween Drama Games
Kids love to play games and mimic people - Charades is a classic game and so is Improvisation. These drama games are so much fun and middle schoolers will love to let their hair down and jump in and participate.
Learn more: eHow
20. Halloween Deviled Eggs
These are a real treat. Most people love the taste of Deviled or filled eggs. On this site, they have gone one step further to make them ghoulish and scary looking as well. They taste great too.
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21. Unleash the Werewolf in you and get writing!
One idea is to do some creative writing activities to get their brains and pens moving. Creating a horror story or explaining a day in the life of Frankenstein. They will love letting out their creative flair and they might "howl" for more.
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22. G= Geography-The origin of Halloween and how it grew globally so quickly.
Let's go back in a time machine, head to the "Caves of the cat" and learn about the original history of this "Hallows-eve" and how this madness and love for this celebration has grown and spread worldwide in the last 15 years.
Learn more: National Geographic
23. Eerie, Ogre, and Cackle!
It's Hangman time, but using difficult vocabulary will help in creative and descriptive essay writing. Get your pens, and paper, and make your list of words to use in your next daunting Halloween hangman!
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24. "I scream, you scream we all scream for Halloween ice cream!"
Ice cream is a favorite dessert for all. After a night's out, or just to cool off and have a treat. These recipes will blow your mind.
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25. Marvel Villians and Halloween
Kids and Tweens all love Marvel Comics. What a great way to learn about some of the Marvel Comics that are not so well known. Have you ever heard of Jack O' Lantern by Marvel? He is a bar worker by day and a villain by night. Learn all about him and his powers.
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26. Books with the word KILL in it
Halloween is about scary movies and sometimes people get killed. So why not look for novels to read excerpts out of that have the word KILL in the title. You might be hanging on the edge of your seat biting your nails to see what will happen or perhaps wonder why the word kill is even in the title.
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27. Halloween Math Mazes
Mazes are so much fun to do and even better in our Math Class!
This is a great collection of printable math mazes for middle school.
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28. Learn about proverbs and Cats and their 9 lives
All cats come around when it's Halloween, and we see lots of scary black cats deco or crafts.
Here are some proverbs about cats on this festive day.
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29. OCTOBER is the Month
Learn cool, weird, and interesting facts about Halloween Month October!
Using all 4 skills and by grade level, this site has some nice language arts activities.
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30. Halloween Pranks
Pranks and jokes are really a lot of fun to prepare for Halloween. You can do a red jello mix shower, hide fake insects in the bed, or leave bloody prints on the wall. Watch your back and remember it all in good fun.
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31. It is Powerful Potion Time!
Printable Potion recipes and you can make the cards in advance. Depending on the size of the class make sure that at least 3 or 4 groups can find their potion ingredients. ( Hint use the Frog juice instructions to carry out the game) Objective -do tasks to collect cards to match them to your potion.
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32. If you hate Mosquitos, you will love Bats!
Bats got a bad wrap, but we should love them and protect them. Why do you ask? Because they love mosquitos! Learn all about bats and how cool they are in this activity.
Learn more: Bats Live
33. Get your Dancing Shoes on!
Time to show off your moves with 83 Halloween music tunes! You have to have creepy music like "Thriller" from the king of pop and "Monster Mash "is a blast. Click on the link and set up your playlist!
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34. The Mask
Halloween is all about disguise and no better way to do that is to paint your face!
Here are some amazing face painting tips and tricks that are easy and cheap to carry out.
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35. Carmel and Candy Apples - Where did that come from?
The story is sweet and simple. When there was an excess of caramels and candies at the factory, the owner had to think about what can I reinvent so that I won't lose a lot of money on this product. He melted some caramels and drizzled them over apples and that's where the caramel apple got its name.
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36. 45 Super activities for Halloween
There are so many things to choose from. Recipes, games, crafts, and decorations. Let's dive into the Halloween fun with this link. For the whole month of Halloween October!
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37. Be a Halloween Volunteer and Treat Others
With the financial crisis and hard times many parents cannot celebrate Halloween, but a costume or take their kids trick or treating. You can learn to be a Halloween Volunteer and give some kids a treat to remember.
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38. Door Decorating for Halloween
Get out your arts and crafts and time to have a door decorating contest with friends and classmates.
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39. Halloween and Party Planning
Time to prepare and find the best party games for your next Halloween fest. Here are loads of ideas for all ages, especially middle schoolers.
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40. Ha Ha ha ha Halloween Jokes
We all need to laugh and this site has 100 jokes for Halloween that will make your day!
We all need to have a good laugh to get those endorphins moving!
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41. Spooky Haunted Houses and Art Projects
Kids love crafts - even the big ones! Here are 5 cool projects for tweens or teens around Halloween.
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42. Jewelry Making
Skull earrings, spider web necklaces, and potion charms. Learn how to make cool festive jewelry with these easy-to-follow instructions.
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43. Halloween T-Shirt Making
Here is a great site to make some cool t-shirts you DIY. You can let your imagination go and they are nice to wear anytime.
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44. Create a Candy Wreath
Everyone has a sweet tooth and why not make a wreath for your door around Halloween for an extra treat. Or gift one.
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45. Spiced Pumpkin Latte Recipe
Pumpkin spice lattes are delicious and kids love them too. Make them Decaf and at home. Enjoy one with the whole family.
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