It’s the spookiest time of the year! Thanks to the prominence of non-religious Halloween parties and traditions in American pop culture, the popularity of Halloween celebrations has been growing steadily around the world and is now a key staple in the British diary too. Below are classroom resources and activities to bring the spirit of the festival into the classroom.
Halloween is celebrated on 31 October around the world. It is not a public holiday, but it is a very important celebration for children. The word Halloween originally came from All Hallows’ Eve, which means the evening before the Day of the Holy Ones or All Saints’ Day, 1 November. The tradition is that on this night, spirits, ghosts and witches wander the earth. People used to make lanterns out of pumpkins and place them in the window to scare away these frightening creatures.
Here are a number of resources you could use to bring the fun and excitement of the celebration into your classroom.
Halloween handouts with teacher notes for young learners
Halloween is a great excuse to get creative with your class. These worksheets from Kid’s Box Second edition bring out pupils’ imagination while practicing speaking and counting skills at the lower level, and the higher level worksheets will drive your pupils ‘batty’ with true or false statements to test their knowledge.
Right click on the links below to download these ghoulish worksheets with accompanying teacher’s notes:
Scary word lists
Have your own ideas for a Halloween lesson but not sure what vocabulary you should be teaching? Here are twenty words appropriate for each CEFR language level from Cambridge Dictionary. You could also create your own Halloween word list to share via social media with your class!
Flashcards are an effective tool to learn vocabulary, no matter what level of English your learners are at! Here are a set of flashcards based on words found in the Halloween word lists above for beginners, intermediate and even advanced learners. Once you’ve presented the vocabulary to your class, why not extend the activity to challenge your learners to sort the cards into groups of nouns, verbs and adjectives?
Right click on the links below to download each set of cards:
Have you got a favourite Halloween activity or lesson idea? Share it with us in the comments below!