Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Promoting Literacy with Halloween Fun

Halloween is just 2 weeks away. Here are some ideas to promote literacy during this Halloween season.

Halloween Read-Alouds

  • Collect several Halloween books (picture books work well for this) and take turns reading scary parts in your scariest voices. Make this a voluntary activity. Appreciative listeners are welcome to take a more passive role. Need book ideas? Click here.
  • Read a bunch of Halloween books and rate them with 1, 2, 3 or 4 stars. Consider sending your favorite Halloween books to school for a teacher read-aloud.
  • Record scary stories and/or Halloween family memories.

Pumpkin Seed Math

  • One pumpkin: predict how many seeds and then count them. Who was the closest?
  • More than one pumpkin: predict, count and then chart the results.

Halloween Science

Brainstorm and research scary animals (real and not-so-real)


Go to a haunted house or other Halloween-theme event. Take pictures and make a Halloween scrapbook, complete with captions.

Halloween Cards and Bookmarks

Make cards for others – friends, relatives, neighbors… Scary and/or funny is good! Ideas:
  • Copy or write your own poem on the inside.
  • Make thumbprint ghosts, pumpkins, witches… with washable ink or paint, and then draw on faces.
  • Fold a strip of paper, accordion-style and glue/tape on back of picture. Attach to inside of card so it pops out when the card is opened.
  • Make Halloween bookmarks. Include lots of Halloween words or scary sayings.


Here are some websites that suggest Halloween activities.

I Love That Teaching Idea 

Could also be cute cards.
Remember to take pictures!
Maybe add a fun activity for every “Boo!”

FunSchool Kaboose

This site provides a variety of online Halloween activities.

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
What a fun site! I spent a lot of time exploring.

PBS for Kids:
Stories and activities based on PBS kid shows.

These are just a few of the many ways you can promote reading and learning at home while enjoying Halloween. Next week I’ll have more.

Does your family have fun Halloween activities? Share them in the Comments box!

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