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8 Halloween Activities for School That are Fun AND Academic

Halloween activities for school can be both a blessing and a curse. Like most teachers, you probably know that Halloween is an exciting and fun time of year for your students. You probably also know that some stress might be coming your way in the form of parties, costumes, treats, and everything pumpkin.

By finding ways to keep this time of year fun AND academic, you’ll have a major Halloween win in your classroom.

Here are 8 Halloween Activities for School that are fun and academic:

Halloween Parts of Speech Color by Code 

This is great practice for identifying parts of speech, such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Students actually ask for MORE of these when they finish! Perfect for party days!

Design a Haunted House Project

Hundreds of teachers have successfully used this project. They have reported that their students have so much fun with the project, they don’t even realize they are learning. WIN!

Create a Magic Potion Multiplication Challenge

Oh. My. Goodness. What a fabulous way to practice multiplication skills! All directions are included for this easy-to-use escape challenge, and NO locks are required. So much fun!

Halloween No Prep Math Worksheets

Can you say NO PREP fun? Yes! These super fun math worksheets are great for party days. Just print and go!

Haunted Places Reading Passage and Worksheets

Ooooh! Spooky fun! Upper elementary students love reading true facts about haunted places. What kiddos don’t love learning about strange, but true, phenomenon?

Halloween Mini Writing Flip Books

These little gems are perfect for practicing writing in the informational, narrative, and persuasive modes. They are so cute when finished, too!

October Reading Passages and Centers

Are you looking for one packet to cover all the ELA bases for October? This resource is LOADED with great stuff, including reading passages, worksheets, writing activities, and ELA centers!

October Writing Prompts

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All of these Halloween activities for school are easy to use and require very little to no prep. Students will love every minute of the activities, and you can stop worrying about losing instructional time. It is a Halloween win!

Happy Teaching,

Shelly Rees






Looking for More Seasonal Learning?

If you love connecting your classroom learning to the seasons or holidays then you must check out these other posts. Here are many seasonal activities that will engage your students while still keeping them focused on the important skills and standards they need.

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I'm Shelly Rees of Appletastic Learning. First and foremost, I'm a mom of 4 boys, wife of 25 years to Aric, and Wyoming girl at heart. I love being creative, making resources for teachers, baking cookies, Diet Coke, teaching, public speaking, and spreading kindness wherever I can. After teaching in the upper elementary grades for over 23 years, I retired early and focused on creating and helping teachers around the world with my teaching ideas and resources. I also serve as a mentor to hundreds of teacherpreneurs and help them get focused on growing their own successful businesses. With 100% honesty, I LOVE my life! Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll stay awhile and come back often. Read More

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