Ghouls & Goblins
- Halloween is a holiday that occurs annually on
October 31. Children often celebrate by dressing up in
strange costumes and going door-to-door begging for
- In Celtic, pre-Christian times the evening of October
31st, then known as the festival of Samhain, was believed
to be the night when the souls of the dead were out and
about. Samhain was the Celtic Lord of Death. This was the
biggest festival of the Celtic year. People gathered to
sacrifice animals, fruits, and vegetables. The Celts
believed that during Samhain, the ghosts of the dead were
able to mingle with the living, because the souls of
those who had died during the year were then traveling
into the otherworld. The following day, November 1st was
the beginning of the Celtic new year.
- By 800 A.D. the Christian church established All
Saints' Day on November 1, so that people could continue
celebrating the festival. The evening before All Saints'
Day became known as All Hallows' Eve. Learn more about
the history of this celebration at
Halloween by J. Santino (http://lcweb.loc.gov/folklife/halloween.html)
at the Library of Congress and History and
Customs of Halloween (http://wilstar.com/holidays/hallown.htm).
- This is a large guide to Halloween animations, clip
art, virtual cards, Halloween costumes, events, party
recipes, pumpkin carving, haunted houses, other Halloween
links, and lots more.
from History Channel
- Site features facts about Halloween history,
jack-o-lanterns, ghost stories, and more.
O Lanterns from Everything
- Here you find costume ideas, design tips for pumpkin
carving, links to virtual haunted houses, games, and lots
- Here are ghost stories and strange folktales of the
American South, told by the region's most celebrated
storytellers. You are invited to light a lantern, open
the gate and come take a walk down The Moonlit Road.
- After visiting several of the websites,
complete one or more of the following
- Complete Some Online Halloween
Activities. Play an official Halloween
safety game. Go to Halloween
and complete the quiz. If you are going to go
door to door trick-or-treating, you should
play. Also try the online activities at
Halloween Lesson (http://www.englishpage.com/holidays/weeklylessonhallojv.html)
from the English Page.
- Have a Pumpkin Decorating Contest.
Get started with the ideas at (1) Great
Pumpkin Carving (http://gophergirl.freeservers.com/),
(2) Pumpkin Carving 101
(3) Pumpkin Carving 101
(4) Jack O Lanterns (http://everythinghalloween.com/jack/index.html)
and (5) Pumpkin Masters!
Join with friends and family, vote on your
favorites, have lots of different categories.
- Plan A Halloween Party. Find links
to all kinds of party ideas at (1)
Halloween Central (http://rats2u.com/halloween/halloween_index.htm)
and (2) Halloween Recipes and
Decide on the decorations, food, games, and
(3) your Halloween Costume
Don't forget the invitations and cards: Find
e-cards at (4) Animated Halloween
Greeting Cards (http://rats2u.com/calendar_gh/calendar_halloween.htm),
(5) Ghost Cards from
Halloween Kids (http://www.halloweenkids.com/k_ghostcards.htm)
and (6) Halloween from
Yahooligans! E-Cards (http://ecards.yahooligans.com/category?g=8).
Now that you have gone to all this trouble,
why not invite your friends and have a real
party! Have a great, spooky time.
- Create a Spooky Story. You can
read some spooky stories at (1)
Halloween Fun (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/7424/hallo.html)
and read some fun stories. Or you may want to
write one completely 'from scratch' -- all by
yourself. Be sure to visit (2) Erica's
Spooky Ghost Stories (http://www.geocities.com/twobits_2/ghoststories.html),
(3) North Carolina Legends and Ghost
or (4) The Moonlit Road
for more stories.
- Try Your Hand at Songwriting.
Christmas has its carols. Easter has music
too. Visit Halloween Carols
and Halloween Songs (http://rats2u.com/halloween/halloween_books.htm#songs)
to get the ideas going for this season. Then
see if you can come up with your own
Halloween song. You might want to start with
just writing a poem.
- Complete a Halloween WebQuest.
Follow or adapt the procedures found at one
of the following webQuest sites.
- 1) Happy Halloween (Be Safe on Trick or
Treat Night) by A. Ford http://www.stonewall.fayette.k12.ky.us/wq/halloweensafetywq/halloweensafetywq.htm
- 2) We're Going Batty! by A. Schaffner
- 3) Halloween Webquest by L. Everton
- 4) Halloween WebQuest (Grades 3-5) from
Education World http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/webquest025.shtml
- 5) Halloween WebQuest http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/8328/halloweenWQ.html
- Here you find how to build a 3D haunted house,
Halloween games (both online and offline), an interactive
Halloween story, Halloween sounds, and monster
Halloween from Ben &
- Learn how to make your own spooky decorations. Print
out these craft pages, color them, cut them out and
fasten them together to make your own Halloween
decorations (Each year, this webpage goes up on
Friday, October 15).
Crafts from Kids Domain
- This site has some fun craft projects for home or
Poetry from Alphabet Soup
- Here you find a small collection of Halloween
- Another Poem Site:
- 2) Poems (Halloween) http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/7217/hallowpg2.html
- Visit a virtual haunted mansion and graveyard.
Site from Detroit News
- Skulk around here in their Halloween house of
horrors. Read a story, play a game, send a ghost card,
fill up on gore lore, and you'll feel like a brand new
- Here you find a bunch of Halloween riddles.
- This site has lots of Halloween activities.
from EduScapes 42eXpore
- Learn all about pumpkins at this site.
- The "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" tradition began in
Philadelphia in 1950 when a youth group collected $17 in
decorated milk cartons on Halloween to help children
overseas. Since then, U.S. children have collected more
than $100 million by going door-to-door with the
trademark orange collection boxes on Halloween.
- Websites for Teachers
Help for Teachers
- Here you find a collection of classroom activities,
worksheets, and resources for Halloween.
Theme from A to Z Teacherstuff
- This site has lesson and unit plans, printable
handouts, activities, songs and poems, and more fun
- Similar Sites:
- 2) Halloween from The Teacher's Corner
- 3) Halloween Lesson Ideas http://teachingheart.net/halloweenlesson.html
- 4) Halloween Lesson Plan
- 5) Halloween Lesson Plans and Thematic Units
- 6) Happy Halloween http://www.teachingheart.net/halloweenindex.html
Lessons for Halloween! by C. Bafile from
- Ghosts and goblins are about. Is there any doubt that
Halloween is here? Here are five lessons that have
students using their reading, writing, and research
skills -- and more!
All Hallows' Eve'
bobbing for apples
trick or treat
- Created by
Johnson, 10/99. Updated