Halloween is a holiday celebrated on October 31 each year. Ask the children to explain what a holiday is and help them out with the definition if needed. A very long time ago, people believed that ghosts were real and were afraid of them. So they would dress up in costumes to fool the ghosts so they would not recognize them. Now we know that ghosts are not real and are nothing to be afraid of. So we dress up for Halloween for fun! Ask the kids what their favorite part of Halloween is. What are they dressing up as this year?
"Do not be afraid. He has Risen"
I want to start out with this to help the children understand they don't have to be afraid of things they may see this Halloween. It is pretty hard to hide from the dark and scary aspects of this holiday.
(I pulled much of this lesson from ministrytochildren.com)
- “What are some things that come to your mind when you think about Halloween?” Take input from the children.
- “Many of the things you have shared are scary things and things to do with death. Would you say a big part of how people celebrate Halloween is to be scared and find fun in death?”
- “But, God tells us in the Bible that if we are His child who has accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then we do not need to fear death.”
Singing this song can really help the kids feel that God is protecting them and keeping them safe!
There is also a Veggie Tales video called "Where's God When I'm S-S-Scared?" that is excellent for helping kids feel God protecting them all the time!
1 cup water
1 cup cornstarch
Green food color
Mix ingredients well in a bowl. The sciency part is how the substance is both a solid and a liquid at the same time! You can let it "drip" from your hand to the table but you can also break it in half. The Halloween-ish part is that it is green slime! Have fun with this one.
Art - Spider Web Marble Painting
Marble painting is awesome because it creates an original masterpiece every time and it is also great for fine motor skills!
You will need a box that is big enough to fit a piece of paper at the bottom and has tall sides. You also need paper, paints, and a few marbles.
Place the paper in the bottom of the box. Squirt or drop a few different colors of paint onto the paper in various areas. (Let the kids pick their colors, I like to do 2 colors). Let them drop in a marble or two. Then they will shake the box around, tilting it one way and the other, in order to create their work of art. In the end they will look like a spider web! This will work really well if you use colors like brown, black and grey.
Craft - Paper Plate Spiders
To go along with the spider web art, make spiders!
Halloween Sequencing Puzzles
Candy Corn Math
You will need a divided plate with 3 segments and a bunch of candy corn!
To help to visually understand addition, we will use some yummy Halloween candy! Place 1 candy corn in one small segment and 1 in the other. Talk the kids through the process of "adding" the 2 candies together. Point to 1 candy and say "one candy PLUS" point to the other "one candy EQUALS"? Physically take each candy from their small section and place them into the large section. Ask a child to tell you how many that makes. When they guess correctly, you could give them the candies! This is a motivator that I don't use often, but it is fun to use on special occasions. Continue this lesson by changing the number of candies in each section.
Fine - Toothpick Punching
The idea here is to punch holes around simple Halloween image, like tracing but with holes.
You need carpet remnant or sample squares, toothpicks, construction paper and a Sharpie.
Draw some simple Halloween shapes on the paper. You could also look up "Halloween template" online and come up with some if you don't want to freehand it! Place the paper on top of the carpet and instruct the kids to use the toothpicks to punch holes all around the line of the shape. When they are done you can tape them to the window and the light will shine through their holes!
This is excellent for concentration and for developing their hand-eye coordination.
(one idea I saw that seems like a great idea is to poke the toothpick into a cork or large eraser to make it easier for little hands to grasp)
LETTER & READING
Letter I, Short I Sound
Print the Letter I worksheet below. Talk about the items on the page and their names. The children will circle the items that begin with I.
Letter I Worksheet
Written by Harold Myra, President of Christianity Today, Inc., this trustworthy story is accompanied with fun, whimsical illustrations.
Fly over moonbeams without any hitches (Make titanic flying motion)
Hey its Halloween night
One little, two little, three little witches. (Count on Fingers)
Fly over barb wire and tore their britches (Make titanic flying motion)
Had to go home and get some stitches. (Make titanic flying motion)
Hey, its Halloween night
The witch just laughed and shouted Boo!
One ghost ran home and then there were two
Two little ghost who shiver and shook
With every single step they took
When the door opened wide
A goblin stood inside
One ghost said to the other. . .
I'm going home and stay with my mother
One little ghost can't have much fun
so he ran home, and then there were none