Halloween Holiday, observed on October 31, commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)". The Irish festival's name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".
Welcome to the Halloween page of Busy Teacher! There are currently 167 worksheets and excellent articles available on this spooky holiday. Planning your Halloween lesson just got a lot easier! Take a moment to browse through the section to find something that's appropriate for your class. Whether or not your students are familiar with Halloween, they are sure to enjoy the creative activities you do in class. You can make the experience more authentic by encouraging students to dress in costume and by handing out candy but make sure these are both acceptable at your school!